Finas chief Ahmad Idham to leave in March, a year early

Finas chief executive Ahmad Idham ran into controversy about regulating online content. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri, chief executive of Finas, the national film corporation, is to leave in March, a year short of his full contract period.

Finas said today the board of directors has approved Ahmad Idham’s application to shorten his contract, to March 10 next year due to personal reasons.

The announcement came after speculation that he had been asked to take three months’ leave.

Ahmad Idham, 42, a former actor, was appointed as chief executive on March 11.

He ran into controversy last month after seeming to suggest that a law should be made to regulate content on digital platforms such as Netflix.

His motive for the suggestion was questioned as it came at the launch of a Malaysian streaming movie provider.

He later clarified that he had only brought up the matter to encourage a debate on the issue.

NST Online quoted him as saying earlier today that he would willingly accept any decision made about his position. “I didn’t apply for this job, it was offered to me. Therefore, I accept whatever decision made,” he was quoted as saying.