KUALA LUMPUR – Several film makers’ NGOs unanimously urged the Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), Datuk Hans Isaac to resign after he had allegedly failed to carry out his duties.
Besides interfering with the duties of FINAS’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ahmad Idham, Hans had also apparently influenced the Minister of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM), Gobind Singh Deo in his decisions.
The President of Persatuan Pekerja Profesional Filem Malaysia (PROFIMA) Khir Mohd Noor, who also represented Film Directors’ Association Of Malaysia (FDAM), Artiste Association Of Malaysia (Seniman), Titiwangsa Film Community (KOMFIT), Society of Cinematographers (MySC) and Malaysia Organization of Digital Creative Industry (MDCI) said in a news conference today.
According to them, Hans had failed in leading and creating a clear vision for FINAS. They also alleged that he tried to bring his cronies into the organisation which ultimately caused Ahmad Idham’s contract to be cut short.
“There are many weaknesses. The newly appointed CEO (Ahmad Idham) has been terminated by the Chairman (Hans).
“Sekarang banyak kelemahan, CEO Finas (Ahmad Idham) baru mahu bertugas sudah diberhentikan pengerusi (Hans).
“The Chairman of FINAS, Datuk Hans Isaac had also influenced the minister (Gobind) in matters which were highlighted by Ahmad Idham. Besides that, the board of directors is full of the Chairman’s people.
“We unanimously urge Hans Isaac to resign as the Chairman of FINAS,” he added.
According to Khir, the film makers began to doubt FINAS after the appointment of the Chairman as the organisation has broken into two.
There is a group supporting Hans and another taking sides on Ahmad Idham.
However, Hans denied that he had any conflicts with Ahmad Idham yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Society of Cinematographers (MySC), Mohd Filus Ghazali said that Ahmad Idham should be given at least five years to carry out his plans.
“What is happening in FINAS? Is it true that the management don’t see eye to eye? At least, give the CEO five years. 11 months is not enough,” he said.
Failing to bring effective policy changes in FINAS after heading KKMM, the seven film makers’ associations also urged Gobind to be transferred from the portfolio.
“FINAS failed to create effective policies. We also urge Gobind to be dropped out from the portfolio of KKMM,” said the representative from the Titiwangsa Film Community (KOMFIT), Isazaly Mohd Isa.
If their demands are not met, the associations will not hesitate to hold a demonstration at the office of KKMM.
In a statement yesterday, FINAS said that it has approved the application by Ahmad Idham to shorten his contract period to 10 March 2020.
It was reported that he made the decision after being pressured by certain quarters.
The film director and actor was appointed as the CEO of FINAS on 14 March on a two-year contract.
His position became a question after his statement requesting the government to censor contents in Netflix was criticised by various parties.
Some also questioned his ability in strengthening the local art industry. -MalaysiaGazette