Datuk Hans Isaac has been appointed as the new chairman of FINAS (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia).

The 47-year-old filmmaker shared the news on his social media, saying that he is humbled to receive the position by the Minister of Communication and Multimedia.

“I have always been passionate about the wellbeing 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 industry.”

“I am extremely excited to take on this new challenge, and look forward to working hand in hand with the newly appointed CEO En. Ahmad Idham and the current Board of Directors,” he wrote.

Hans’ appointment comes a month after Ahmad Idham was announced as the new CEO of FINAS. He will be serving the chairman position for 2 years from 8th April 2019 onward, taking over from Datuk Samsuni Mohd Nor, who was the Finas acting chairman for 4 months.

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Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said in a statement, “Datuk Gerald Hans Isaac has extensive experience in film and television and is known as an actor, publisher and film director. He has received various awards in the local film industry.”

“He has been a member of Finas’ board of advisors and a member of the Malaysian Film Publisher Association in 2012. I also hope that Finas members will give their full cooperation to Hans in implementing reforms based on the government’s direction,” he added.

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