Film industry offers assistance against COVID-19

Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint receives K 10 million donated by Forever Group yesterday.  Photo:  MNA
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint receives K 10 million donated by Myanmar Motion Picture Organization yesterday.  Photo: MNA

Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO) and Forever Group donated K10 million and K20 million for the protection against, containment and treatment of COVID-19 respectively yesterday. Speaking at the donation ceremony held at MRTV in Yangon, Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint said while the coronavirus has spread to nearly all countries around the world, Myanmar has by some miracle no positive or confirmed cases. However, there are worries as it can enter the nation at any time.
He added that the virus containment process is not something the Ministry of Health and Sports or government departments can carry out by themselves. He said his view is the volunteers and the entire public should all work together on this. He said the entire nation needs to view this as a national cause and participate accordingly. He said it is energizing to see the emergence of organizations and people willing to provide support in case emergencies arise.
The Union Minister said MMPO has always provided assistance for the people of Myanmar and seeing them do so again in this situation is admirable and that he thanks them. He said Forever Group should also be thanked for their contribution and hoped that artistes will continue to provide assistance with utmost enthusiasm during these times.
The Union Minister said the Ministry of Information is preparing for more entertaining programmes for broadcast during the Thingyan period as all pandals will be closed and people will be confined to their houses. He requested full collaboration to make these programmes better than ever.
Next, MMPO Vice Chairman U Aye Kyu Lay explained the reason for the donation, and MMPO and Forever Group handed over the donations to the Union Minister. Afterwards, the Union Minister observed the Public Service Announcement for COVID-19 being recorded at MRTV’s studio 1.
This PSA is a collaboration between the Ministry of Information, Academy Daw Swe Zin Htaik, Myanmar Music Association Secretary U Zaw Htoo Aung and Bo Bo Film Production’s U San Win Oo (Bo San).—MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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