They can be role mod­els with strong in­flu­ence over the pub­lic, says PM

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PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said en­ter­tain­ers were role mod­els who were in­flu­en­tial in spurring the direc­tion of the na­tion and shap­ing of the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 (TN50).

He said those in the in­dus­try could not only shape the na­tional direc­tion in the cre­ative and en­ter­tain­ment sec­tors but also shape the face of the na­tion and an ex­cel­lent so­ci­ety.

He said unity was a must among play­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try as they had strong in­flu­ence over the pub­lic.

He said this last night dur­ing the TN50 di­a­logue ses­sion with movers and shak­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Cit­ing the mas­sive fol­low­ing en­joyed by lo­cal en­ter­tain­ers via so­cial media plat­forms, he noted that ac­tress Nora Dan­ish had 4.7 mil­lion fol­low­ers while co­me­dian Zizan Razak had 4.1 mil­lion.

“En­ter­tain­ers, be it singers, ac- tors, mu­si­cians, com­posers or co­me­di­ans, are cru­cial role mod­els, espe­cially to young Malaysians.

“When­ever you are act­ing or singing, you are com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the peo­ple. You are im­por­tant to de­ter­mine the coun­try’s fu­ture and en­sure that no­body can un­der­mine Malaysia.

“I be­lieve out­stand­ing artistes can help shape the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to lift the na­tion’s sta­tus and be our as­pi­ra­tion,” Na­jib said at the di­a­logue, which lasted two hours.

Among those present were pro­ducer Datuk Yu­sof Haslam, vet­eran singer Datuk DJ Dave, ac­tor Datuk Rosyam Nor, lo­cal tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Datuk Aznil Nawawi and co­me­dian Harith Iskan­dar.

The prime min­is­ter’s wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Multimedia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak were also present.

Na­jib urged those in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try to play their role in mak­ing Malaysia a first-rate na­tion.

“We have started mega projects, in­clud­ing the Mass Rail Tran­sit, High-Speed Rail, Ban­dar Malaysia and East Coast Rail Link projects. And, this is only the be­gin­ning.”

He said those in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try must not be marginalised, but should be placed in the main­stream agenda.

The di­a­logue, mod­er­ated by Rosyam, saw more than 300 peo­ple shar­ing their as­pi­ra­tions and views with Na­jib on how they ex­pected things would be by 2050.

The prime min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment wanted to make Malaysian cul­ture and arts a brand at the in­ter­na­tional level.

The is­sues and views raised in­cluded the wel­fare of the artistes, the need for bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing busi­ness loans and en­tre­pre­neur train­ing, study loans and bet­ter healthcare schemes for those in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.


Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak speak­ing at the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 (TN50) di­a­logue ses­sion with en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try play­ers in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

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