(L-R) Zahrin Haji Aris, President of Skim Wajib Tayang, Datuk Yusof Haslam, President of PFM, and Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS.
"We will not discontinue the Skim Wajib Tayang (Compulsory Screening Scheme)," stressed Zahrin Haji Aris, FINAS Skim Wajib Tayang’s President during a press conference held at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, to address the recent issue of the annulment of Skim Wajib Tayang that has caused an uproar in the local film industry.
Zahrin further said, "We think that the industry still needs Skim Wajib Tayang, and we will not null it but in fact revise the existing schemes in order to improve the quality of films screened under the system, and these changes will take effect immediately."
The revision includes three changes that will be made to the system; cinema hall size selection, increase in number of compulsory screenings per day, and increase in the number of evaluation days for the minimum percentage of audience per screening.
FINAS will also form a second panel to re-evaluate films that has been disqualified for Skim Wajib Tayang by the first panel, to avoid dissatisfaction and accusations of bias by forming one more panel of judges consisting of people outside of FINAS. This grading system will take place starting July 2016.
Also present at the press conference were Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS and Datuk Yusof Haslam, President of Malaysia Film Producers Association (PFM).
(L-R) Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS, Zahrin Haji Aris, President of Skim Wajib Tayang, and Datuk Yusof Haslam, President of PFM.