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Seniman lauds BN govt's efforts

TANJUNG KARANG: Persatuan Seniman Malaysia showed its support for Barisan Nasional by organising a mini-concert last night.

Seniman president Rozaidi Abdul Jamil, fondly known as Zed Zaidi, said that Malam Nurani Rakyat, jointly organised by Selangor Umno, was a platform to tell the audience about the BN government's contributions for the betterment of society.

"Seniman itself received a lot of benefit from the government. Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced various schemes for artistes," he said.

Among the initiatives taken by the government to help the artistes is the Seniman insurance scheme. The government is also looking into developing a special affordable housing scheme and a royalty scheme for the group.

Rozaidi added that many artistes now had joined politics, reflecting the leadership qualities in them.

"Artistes joining politics is not new. Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joseph Estrada, for instance, are politicians. Artistes here are getting into that era."

Rozaidi added that artistes should be clear about their reason for joining politics.

"They should be championing the community, not just fellow artistes."

On Masrun Tamsi's (better known as Herman Tino) decision to contest as an independent in the Tanjung Karang parliamentary seat, Rozaidi said that it was up to him but Seniman would not support him.

"(Selangor Umno deputy BN chief) Datuk Noh Omar is concerned about artistes in Tanjung Karang and he wanted local artistes to perform in the concert.

"Unfortunately, we could not include Herman Tino in this because he is contesting against BN."

Seniman also raised funds for the Lahad Datu Warriors' Fund in the concert.

"We are expecting to collect at least RM10,000. Tanjung Karang is our seventh destination and I believe we have almost reached our target."

Selangor Umno deputy Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Noh Omar (third from left) with artistes at Malam Nurani Rakyat in Sungai Terap, Tanjung Karang, yesterday. Pic by Suzaini Sulaiman

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