The National Film Development Authority of Malaysia said that the Internet media Al Jazeera’s unlicensed documentary filming has caused controversy. Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah insisted that whether it is mainstream media, social media or self-media, it must be before shooting. Apply for a license from the National Film Development Bureau.
Saifuddin pointed out that according to Article 22(1) of the “National Film Development Agency Act of 1981”, no one is allowed to participate in any film production, distribution and display activities unless a permit has been obtained. He said that whether it is mainstream media, social media or self-media, you must apply for a permit from the National Film Development Bureau 7 days before the shooting.
DAP Kluang MP Huang Shuqi also asked in thequestion and answer whether all social media users, such as TikTok, must also apply for a permit from the National Film Development Agency to upload videos?
Saifuddin Abdullah also did not answer the matter directly. He responded that as long as the existing laws are abided by, the ministry encourages all people in the country to produce or publish any film. “According to Article 2 of the “National Film Development Administration Act of 1981″, the definition of film includes sound and silent feature films, short films, trailers, documentaries, and small commercials.”
“Whether it is young or old, individuals or organizations, we encourage all people to produce films in compliance with existing laws.”
Al Jazeera earlier released a 25-minute documentary that pointed out that Malaysia discriminated against illegal immigrants during the movement control order, which caused many controversies in the public. The police also cited defamation provisions to investigate the TV station.
The National Film Development Authority of Malaysia also pointed out that the authorities found that the TV station did not have a film production license and did not apply for a documentary film permit.