Cru­cial for jour­nal­ists to un­dergo reg­u­lar health check-ups, says as­sis­tant min­is­ter

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MIRI: Jour­nal­ists need to pri­ori­tise their health and safety in their quest to achieve high stan­dard of works and also to re­main rel­e­vant in de­vel­op­ment.

In un­der­lin­ing this, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Datuk Lee Kim Shin re­minds all jour­nal­ists that health is some­thing that they must never take for granted.

“A jour­nal­ist’s work is very stress­ful – they have odd work­ing hours like us politi­cians and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. It is even said that some jour­nal­ists had suf­fered or died from dis­eases at a very young age.

“As such, jour­nal­ists must go for reg­u­lar med­i­cal check-ups – or at least once a year – to en­sure that they are in good health,” he told mem­bers of the North­ern Sarawak Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (NSJA) dur­ing a cour­tesy call on him at his of­fice in Se­nadin yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier Lee, who is Se­nadin as­sem­bly­man, pre­sented RM10,000 to NSJA, which was re­ceived by its pres­i­dent Andy Jong.

Lee said the gov­ern­ment grant would serve to sup­port NSJA’s sec­ond cam­paign for its mem­bers to un­dergo med­i­cal check-ups.

Ac­cord­ing to Jong, NSJA mem­bers could re­deem RM100 from the as­so­ci­a­tion us­ing of­fi­cial re­ceipts from any lab­o­ra­tory or med­i­cal cen­tre where they un­der­take their med­i­cal check-up, to qual­ify for the cam­paign.

“As much as we care for our mem­bers, the re­quest for re­ceipt or in­voice is vi­tal as proof that you have un­der­taken your health screen­ing at any cen­tre of your choice.

“The re­ceipt or in­voice can be claimed from now un­til Dec 15 this year. Those whose tests cost more than RM100 woud have to pay for the ex­tra charges,” said Jong.

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