The government’s goal to make Ipoh an art city is headed in the right direction with the future establishment of a digital filming studio that is also bound to become the main filming hub among the Northern states.
This is following the founding of Pincer MBI Studio Sdn. Bhd. (Pincer MBI Studio) that took charge of PINCER Studio in Meru Raya.
Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud shared that Pincer MBI Studio is a company founded on March 17 this year to revive the studio that has been abandoned since 2018.
According to Rumaizi, who is also the President of Pincer MBI Studio, this is a collaborative initiative between several parties to ensure that the creative industry in Ipoh continues to thrive.
“PINCER Studio in Meru Raya was constructed by the Perak State Development Corporation under the Taman Teknologi Tinggi Perak project with a cost of RM20 million in 2011.
“I’m confident that this studio will become a one-stop art centre for Malaysian artists and even those overseas,” he said.
He said so when met at the breaking fast ceremony hosted by Pincer MBI Studio at Impiana Hotel yesterday.
Also present were the senior managers of Pincer MBI Studio, namely Head Executive Officer Kah Fee Yee@Thong and Executive Director Allyan Too, as well the board members.
Rumaizi further explained that his party believes that once PINCER Studio is repaired and equipped with necessities such as cameras, it will surely encourage both local and foreign art enthusiasts to make use of the facilities.
According to him, the studio is expected to begin operations in the middle of the year, however the building still requires several phases of repairs before it is ready for use.
The Ipoh-born and his friend, Allyan Too, are big names in the local digital filming industry who have been involved in the production of films overseas.
Fee Yee shared that there are currently three digital filming studios in the country in Johor, Cyberjaya and the FINAS Filming Studio.
“The creative industry can bring in big investments especially when a large production company comes to shoot a film. It will definitely boost the economy,” he said.