Finas confirms departure of CEO embroiled in Netflix censorship controversy
The National Film Development Corporation (Finas) today confirmed that its chief executive officer Ahmad Idham will be leaving the agency.
Ahmad Idham’s (photo) planned departure came amid his suggestion to censor Netflix, a call which was shot down by Finas chairperson Hans Isaac.
Finas, in a statement today, said Ahmad Idham had requested for his contract which was due in March 2021, to be shortened by one year to March next year.
“The Finas board of directors accepted and approved Idham’s request to shorten his contract to March 10, 2020 for personal reasons,” it said in the statement.
The confirmation comes after weeks of speculation that Ahmad will be leaving the agency.
Following Ahmad’s suggestion to censor Netflix, he became a target of netizens who highlighted his meetings with a local competitor of Netflix, Aflix, which claims to provide “ethical entertainment content”.
Netizens had questioned whether Ahmad’s call to censor Netflix was due to vested interest and bias towards Aflix.
Aflix has denied lobbying for special favours from Ahmad.
Ahmad had said he was only making a suggestion in response to parents’ concerns and noted that Finas has no regulatory power to censor digital content.
Isaac had said there was no need for the government to censor Netflix as users can utilise the built-in filter tool on the streaming service.
The Most Epic Love Story in Local Cinema: A ‘Pencuri Hati Mr. Cinderella’ Movie Review
The internet erupted into flames when FINAS CEO, Ahmad Idham announced he was working on censoring content produced by streaming giant, Netflix. Apparently, he voiced out his concerns regarding the type of ‘detrimental’ messages that were being pushed by the streaming website to Malaysia’s young and impressionable audience. However, his intentions may not be as noble as we might have thought. When news broke pertaining to his collaboration with a new streaming platform, Aflix, his motives became scintillatingly clear. It was a power play and it isn’t as smart as he probably thinks it is.
So, with the new developments and the new ‘ethical’ streaming site, Aflix, in the works, maybe we need to get a gist of what type of content Idham condones. And what better way to gauge a better understanding than to dissect his most notorious film, Pencuri Hati Mr. Cinderella.
Yes, if you were wondering, I did watch this. Several times. It’s because I love you and I am dedicated to my work in reviewing this atrocity so you never have to witness it for yourself. Now, most people would preface a movie review with the saying, “take my words with a grain of salt” but in this case, what I am presenting to you is exactly what the film truly is.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the review. Spoilers ahead, although I don’t think you’d care about having your experience ruined because the film will inherently do that for you.
You know the drill. If a film doesn’t start with a montage of fast foreign cars, does it really qualify for theatrical release? I mean think about it, all our finest creations such as KL Gangster or Remp-It will feature at least 7 car shots at the minimum. Any lesser than that, buang je lah!
By the way, did I mention that Ahmad Idham wrote, directed and starred in this masterpiece? Ugh, we love a triple threat!
Were you wondering why the movie is called Pencuri Hati Mr. Cinderella? No? Let me tell you anyway. Apparently, Salman, a 45 year old man, has a curfew and he has to be home by midnight, like Cinderella. The heroine, eventually steals his heart by the end of the film. Hence, the name. Not to pat myself on the back but I think I have more creativity in my left toe than Ahmad Idham has in his whole body.