Monday, May 08, 2017

Asean International Film Festival and Award 2017 - Use Sarawak’s natural attractions as movie backdrops

KUCHING: Sarawak is open to filmmakers from all over the world to come and use the natural attractions here as their next backdrop in the movies they are making, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the state has abundance of charm and renowned sights which are perfect natural film studios.

“Come over to Mulu Cave, a world heritage site; visit our rainforest, the oldest in the world; experience our city and huge lakes which make spectacular backdrops for your next movie,” he said in a recorded speech during the Asean International Film Festival and Award (Aiffa) 2017 gala night on Saturday.

“Aside from that, everyone has their own scripts in life including in the government called the national or state vision, which wants to make the lives of citizens better,” he added.

As the chief minister, he had to encourage growth in as many strategic areas as possible.

“We have recently set up the Sarawak Multimedia and Commission Authority or SMCA, to move towards the Internet. We understand that the future of Sarawak and that of Malaysia and Asia is dependent upon digital.

“The path of SMCA is formation of the e-commerce transformation plan or EcomY30 plan up to year 2030. This plan targets  empowering youths of Sarawak to catapult them into thinking, learning, working and doing business digitally thus making the world the playing field,” he elaborated.