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New Music Policy Approved

Issued: November 01 2009
Malaysia’s Cabinet has approved a new music policy that is hoped will increase quality in the musical industry and protect the rights of songwriters and performers, according to a report by the Bernama news agency.
“The policy is to ensure that the local music industry and its practioners’ future is better ensured,” Information Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim told reporters at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. “We must also see the scenario of CD and DVD sales which have a potential for piracy to the detriment of the local music industry.”
Rais said there was also concern now that training in the world of music was mostly left to ordinary institutions, even that in his own ministry, there was no specific department that handled affairs related to music as there is for films, according to the Bernama report.
“We are now asking that the government to approve an entity, at least a music department in the ministry, to oversee the affairs of musicians in RTM and other institutions and that musical training is conducted at the highest level,” he said.


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