Visit the cinema, show your support, says minister

Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (centre) during his visit to a cinema to observe the SOPs.

KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah has urged the public to help revitalise the country’s film and entertainment industry by visiting cinemas, although adhering to the SOPs.

He said moviegoers need not worry as cinemas were ready to adhere to strict guidelines for the safety of the audience, such as maintaining social distancing and the sanitisation of seats.

Saifuddin said he was satisfied with the compliance level of the SOPs based on reports received in the three days since the cinemas were reopened.

“The important thing is not just for the cinema operators to comply with the SOPs, the audience should come too. There is no point in opening cinemas without having an audience. I hope Malaysians take care of their health and safety, and that we support the film industry,” he said.

Saifuddin said strict action would be taken in a particular area if cases were reported or a new cluster found.

“There were night markets that were previously allowed to operate during the RMCO (recovery movement control order) period but as the SOPs were not complied with, the town councils took decisive action by closing down the markets.

“We don’t want that to happen to cinemas,” he said after visiting a cinema here to review its compliance with SOPs.

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