#Showbiz: Finas to serve as PPV for artistes

KUALA LUMPUR: Kompleks Studio Merdeka, the headquarters of the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) will soon become the vaccination centre (PPV) for artistes, particularly those living in the Klang Valley.

Finas chairman Zakaria Abdul Hamid said that their complex in Jalan Hulu Klang, Selangor, was transforming its Sound Stage Studio, which is as large as a car park, into a vaccination centre.

"We proposed this to the Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry in a meeting last Thursday. This move would help speed-up the vaccination process for members of the creative industry, and such immunity is necessary for them since they often film outdoors," he said in a news report today.

Zakaria thanked Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for his willingness to listen to and consider their proposal, which was made by Finas chief executive officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri.

"The Minister welcomed our proposal, and we all hope that Finas' headquarters can be turned into a PPV in the middle of the month," said Zakaria.

"We are targeting 10,000 individuals, and 600 will be vaccinated in a day.

"They involve crew members, producers, directors, artistes, and people involved in cinemas, advertising, distribution, post-production, animation and artiste association staff."

Zakaria said that many artistes, producers, directors and film crew members told Finas that its headquarters would make a good PPV for them.

"Our premises also has good internet coverage, sufficient parking places and a big studio for vaccinations."

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