NSTP CEO Jalil and four oth­ers recog­nised for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments

New Straits Times - - News - Ber­nama

Palanivel, 68, who started out as a se­nior re­porter in Ber­nama in April 1977, rose to be­come a min­is­ter when he served as MIC pres­i­dent. In Ber­nama, he was a news edi­tor at the Do­mes­tic News Ser­vice and Eco­nomic News Ser­vice be­tween 1984 and 1987 prior to be­ing sec­onded as the press sec­re­tary to the then works min­is­ter Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. He held that post from 1987 to 1990.

Is­mail rose up the ranks to be­come Public Ser­vice Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral and re­tired from that sec­ond high­est po­si­tion in the civil ser­vice in 2010. He had joined Ber­nama in 1968 as one of its pioneer cadet re­porters.

Ber­nama was then op­er­at­ing out of a rented bun­ga­low in Jalan Peke­lil­ing (now Jalan Tun Razak). He left Ber­nama in 1972.

Syed Arabi was also a pioneer cadet re­porter of Ber­nama, hav­ing joined the news agency in 1968.

The re­tired rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity of Malaysia (IIUM) con­tin­ues to serve in the univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Kul­liyyah of Is­lamic Re­vealed Knowl­edge and Hu­man Sciences. Syed Arabi was with Ber­nama for three years as a re­porter and two years as the Sabah bureau chief.

Jalil, 57, has more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in jour­nal­ism and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, hav­ing started his ca­reer in jour­nal­ism in Ber­nama in 1982 as a news ex­ec­u­tive. Dur­ing his seven years at Ber­nama, Jalil also served as the Johor bureau chief and act­ing eco­nomic news edi­tor.

He then joined Reuters and was with the in­ter­na­tional news agency for 18 years, hold­ing po­si­tions such as chief po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent and deputy head of the Reuters bureau in Malaysia and Brunei from 1998 to 2008, be­sides serv­ing in the Reuters of­fices in Lon­don, Sin­ga­pore and Jakarta.

Jalil, who is a per­ma­nent mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing the me­dia in the Ber­nama Board of Gov­er­nors, was ap­pointed NSTP CEO on March 1, 2017, af­ter hav­ing been the group man­ag­ing edi­tor since Oct 15, 2011.

Nam­biar, 69, ven­tured into the me­dia world when he joined Ber­nama as a cadet re­porter in 1969 and rose to deputy news edi­tor in the Eco­nomic News Ser­vice of the news agency.

In 1975, Nam­biar be­came the first Ber­nama jour­nal­ist to at­tend a jour­nal­ism train­ing stint at Agence France Press (AFP) in Paris and also served in the AFP of­fice in Lon­don.

He was then sent to Bangkok to be the Ber­nama cor­re­spon­dent there.

In 1984, Nam­biar left Ber­nama and joined AFP in Kuala Lumpur and was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to Sin­ga­pore as the AFP bureau chief. Prior to his re­tire­ment in De­cem­ber last year, he was the AFP Di­rec­tor of Sales and Mar­ket­ing for Asia-Pa­cific, based in Hong Kong.

Ber­nama also hon­oured three former se­nior of­fi­cers of the news agency with Awards for Spe­cific Con­tri­bu­tion, namely former gen­eral man­agers Datuk Has­nul Has­san and Datuk Yong Soo Heong, and ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Zain­oor Su­laiman.

Has­nul, 55, joined Ber­nama as the gen­eral man­ager on Jan 2, 2009, and served un­til Dec 31, 2012. He played a ma­jor role in the re­struc­tur­ing of Ber­nama fol­low­ing ap­proval by the Public Ser­vice Depart­ment in 2010.

Yong, 62, who started his ca­reer as a cadet re­porter in 1974, held sev­eral po­si­tions in the news agency, such as as­sis­tant edi­tor, edi­tor and ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor of the Eco­nomic News Ser­vice, and moved on to be­come the ed­i­torin-chief and gen­eral man­ager.

He con­trib­uted a great deal to pro­mote Ber­nama as a host news agency for in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and played a role in or­gan­is­ing a roundtable on the Na­tional Bud­get.

Yong, who is now the chair­man of the Malaysia Global Busi­ness Fo­rum, was also re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing the Man­darin News Ser­vice in Ber­nama in 2004.

Zain­oor, 70, who was with Ber­nama for 25 years, in­clud­ing as the news agency’s cor­re­spon­dent in Jakarta and Manila, played a role in set­ting up the Ber­nama Au­dio Vis­ual Ser­vice in 1998.

Ten years later, the AV Ser­vice was launched as the Ber­nama TV 24-hour news chan­nel that has been re­branded as Ber­nama News Chan­nel (BNC).


Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (sec­ond from right) pre­sent­ing a spe­cial award to New Straits Times Press chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Hamid (left). The award is one of five given to former Ber­nama jour­nal­ists for out­stand­ing achieve­ments in their ca­reers. With them at Ber­nama’s Golden Ju­bilee din­ner last night are Ber­nama chair­man Datuk Seri Az­man Ujang (sec­ond from left) and gen­eral man­ager Datuk Zulke­fli Salleh.

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