The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has decided that participation in the Best Film Award category at the Malaysia Film Festival (FMM) in September be open to all film industry players in the country.

Its minister Salleh Said Keruak said the ministry had also created a new category, the Best Film in the National Language, for the festival, organised by the Malaysia National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

He said the decision was made after taking into account the views and suggestions from all parties including the film industry players and members of the public.

"We are always willing to hear grouses from the industry players and at the same time, we don't neglect our responsibility of empowering Bahasa Malaysia as the national language," said Salleh in a statement today.

Prior to this, various quarters including MIC president Dr S Subramaniam had called on Finas not to separate the films in Bahasa Malaysia from those not in Bahasa Malaysia, submitted for competition at the FMM this time.

Some local film industry players have objected to the films 'Ola Bola' and 'Jagat' being nominated for the Best Film category.

- Bernama

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