Not many people take Finas to be a cash cow but that's what the National Film Development Corporation is, among other things. Industry players say Finas sits on a pile of "creative industry" grants worth more than RM100 million annually. By any standard, that's a mighty big cow.
AfendiAnd so when I was directed to the blog Asam Pedas, which has dedicated four consecutive postings to the alleged politic of Finas and its Chairman Md Afendi Hamdan, I suspect it has something to do with all that money.
So far, Afendi hasn't responded to the blogger or the allegations but I think he should, the sooner the better, especially with regards to the alleged abuses. The Chairman of Finas should speak out not only to defend his reputation against the mud-slinging but, more importantly, to preserve the integrity of the relevant Ministry, of Finas and its staff, including the high-profiled personalities on the Perbadanan board.
And there's also talk that Md Afendi is eying the chairmanship of the powerful Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), whose job, among others things, is to regulate blogs like Asam Pedas and this blog you're reading ...