Zed Zaidi, a 34 year-old young man who is originally from Gombak, Selangor has a rather rare combination of his professions as he captured the attention of many because he is a local actor and an aspiring politician. He is a law graduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara but he did not pursue his career in the legal industry. However, he decided to work very hard in the entertainment industry for about 15 years, and currently he is the president of the National Association of Artistes (Seniman) since last year.
As an actor with a legal background, he is actually very outspoken especially on issues which he thinks it is wrong. He is all for quality entertainment and very particular with certain things in the industry in line with the government policies. For instance, he fully support several government-initiated programmes like anti-piracy, anti-drug abuse, and campaigns for a greener and cleaner Malaysia. He even carries a larger vision of hoping to bring Malaysia to a greater heights and turn local talents on the world map.
After several years of being the President of Seniman, he decided to be fully involved in politics which he is with the government-led party UMNO. Currently, he is officially contesting as a candidate for EXCO position in UMNO Youth Wing. In 2012, he was elected as the deputy chairman of UMNO Youth's Culture and Arts Bureau. He believes with his involvement with the government would provide a stronger voice to help out the local creative industry in which it will contribute to the nation's economy.
According to Zed, the government has introduced the National Creative Industry Policy that empowers the industry and it generates a direct income of up to RM7.2bil per annum. With such policy, Zed is confident that the quality of the creative industry will be enhanced within the next 10 years. He said, the culture and arts can help to bridge the divide caused by
difference in people's origins, religion, and politics.
Aside of his many roles as a local artist and a politician, he is also a husband and a father. His son, Ryan Ziqry Rozaidi was born last year, and he said family is his strength and the biggest motivation in life.
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