KUALA LUMPUR: After several months of talk that popular actor and filmmaker Datuk Hans Isaac will head the National Film Development Corporation (Finas), it has finally been confirmed.
He is now Finas’ chairman for a two-year term, and he received his letter of appointment from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry in Putrajaya yesterday.
The 48-year-old star of Cuci The Musical and Baik Punya Cilok announced the good news in an Instagram post today.
In the caption to a photo of himself smartly dressed in a dark grey suit, white shirt and pale blue necktie, Hans said: “After over 25 years in the film industry, I’m humbled by the post bestowed to me by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, and I will do my very best to discharge my responsibilities given to me for the next 2 years.
“I have always been passionate about the well-being of my fellow industry practitioners and raising the quality of our films, and my hope has always been for Finas to be a transparent, non-political, professionally-run entity, so that it becomes sustainable and benefits everyone in the film industry.
“I am extremely excited to take on this new challenge, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the newly appointed chief executive officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri and the current board of directors.”
Hans, who was told of his appointment three days ago, also said: “I’ve got 15 things on my priority list, and I’ll work closely with my team in Finas to get them done. We’ll all do our best to steer the film industry to greater heights.”
Hans’ appointment comes almost a month after fellow filmmaker Ahmad Idham’s appointment as Finas chief executive officer.
Ahmad Idham, 45, was appointed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo on March 14.
Hans, who had his early education in St John’s Institution here, first appeared in Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s film Ringgit Kasorrga in 1995.
His other well-known films include Hanya Kawan, Buli, Buli Balik, Baik Punya Cilok, Persona Non Grata, Qabil Khushry Qabil Igam and Tipu Kanan Tipu Kiri.