Abdul Karim: Be resilient in facing Covid-19 challenges via digital platform

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

KUCHING, Feb 22: Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah encourages the local creative industry’s players to be resilient in facing Covid-19 challenges and continue their passion by utilising the digital platform.

According to Abdul Karim, the impacts of the pandemic are not only experienced by the local performers and entertainers but had also affected the whole entertainment industry on a global scale where many music, film and arts festivals, concerts and shows are postponed or cancelled in  order to avoid the spread of Covid-19 virus.

“In Sarawak itself we had to cancel many local and  international festivals that involve music, arts, fashion and film events simply to  comply with the new normal and to do our part in curbing the spread of Covid-19, whereby these measures are necessary and unavoidable.

“Thus, many of our homegrown artistes, singers and entertainers are badly affected and some have lost their incomes simply because having large gatherings of spectators in the thousands are not allowed under the new normal and to comply with the strict standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said in a press statement today.

Abdul Karim noted the predicaments faced by the local artistes and entertainments are similar to that faced by their counterparts and peer groups from other countries.

He said there are many who had refused to give in to the prevailing situations while using the digital platforms in finding the solutions in pursuing their passion, expanding their horizons and showcasing their talents worldwide.

Hence, he continued, the rapid development of information technology especially the online meeting and communication applications had enabled everyone to explore and use such platforms in reaching out to others even on a global scale via virtual engagements and interactions.

“There are many local well-known artists and musicians who have done this and they have also shown us that the pandemic should not be the stumbling block for members of the music and entertainment industry to continue their creative passion and reaching out to the masses.

“There is a necessity for all of us to embrace the new normal while working with others in creating a unique ecosystem that can contribute to the healthy growth of our homegrown artists, music talents, entertainers and performers,” he added.

On the same note, Abdul Karim said there is also a need for the local music and entertainment industry’s players to collaborate with their peer groups in developing good strategies and means to go forward with their passion and profession even though doing it from home via popular online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Instagram, and TikTok.

“The pandemic has forced us to relook on how things were done before and to move on by exploring the use of digital communication technology in filling the gaps caused by the  Covid-19 pandemic which had caused many people losing their jobs and sources of incomes from their natural talents,” he said. — DayakDaily