Malaysians will have to pay more to watch Hollywood films in the cinemas if a proposal by the Malaysian Film Producers Association is accepted by the government.NST - RM20 to watch a Hollywood movie?
The association wants the ticket price for Hollywood movies to be hiked to protect local feature films.
Its president, Ahmad Puad Onah, said the higher ticket prices was among proposals the association would submit to the National Film Development Corporation soon.
"Our members agree that only by hiking the admission price of Hollywood movies will Malaysians go to watch local movies."
before you start cursing and swearing, you have to understand, we come from a nation which produced Proton cars. That and also shallow thinkers.
Once Proton started producing cars, Japanese cars which were the most popular marquee to the average salary worker were made unaffordable to them. Additional taxes were imposed on them to make them priced a class above the Protons. The Nissan 130Y and Honda Civic was quickly replaced by the Proton Sagas known for rosak power windows.
Now the Malaysian Film Producers Association wants to also have this kind of protection.
Sadly, these shallow thinkers think that if they kill the foreign film industry, the people will flock to watch their movies.
Lulu's got bad news to them. Doesn't happen that way.
Yes, the people will find alternatives.
No, if the local film is no good, its no good. No one is going to watch it if its boring, uninteresting and too preachy.
If the government does heed their call [quite often our government makes silly decisions] , then it will be Uncle Ho and his sidekicks who will gain from this decision. Which may not be a bad thing cos in the 98 downturn, the VCD industry was thriving and they were the only people who were spending - buying tai-sai-ngan, tai-kor-tai, helping to memberangsangkan the ekonomi.
We have succedeed before. There were great film series like the Bujang Lapuk and Jeffri Zain. Remember them?
Do you think they could have been filmed in today's environment?
What the Malaysian Film Producers Association should be doing is to improve their films, improve the quality of the script, stop being so moralistic, don't always have to insaf and bertaubat and well.... Lulu is sure you can think of a gazillion more things.
And Finas and the Culture, Arts and Heritage ministry should lay their hands off meddling with films and filmakers. Grants has to be given out fairly, and not to those with connections.
Maybe someday we will flock back.
But for now, no...