NPC: We only played role of co­or­di­na­tor for me­dia

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Na­tional Press Club (Malaysia) clar­i­fied that it only played the role of a co­or­di­na­tor to in­vite jour­nal­ists from the main­stream me­dia to par­tic­i­pate in an over­seas pro­gramme in 2017.

NPC pres­i­dent Datuk Mokhtar Hus­sain said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the NPC’s role was to get 25 jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors to par­tic­i­pate in the In­dus­try 4.0 and Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme for the Me­dia that in­volved send­ing two batches of jour­nal­ists to Ber­lin in Septem­ber and De­cem­ber 2017.

He also said that the NPC was not aware how much was spent on the pro­gramme and the NPC did not re­ceive any funds from the Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Fund (HRDF) or the train­ing provider in­volved.

The NPC state­ment comes in the wake of a re­port in the me­dia on the po­lice raid last Fri­day on the HRDF of­fice which stated that the raid and probe were also re­lated to “a trip un­der­taken by mem­bers of the Na­tional Press Club, al­legedly in­volv­ing some RM2.2mil”.

Mokhtar said the NPC sub­mit­ted a writ­ten clar­i­fi­ca­tion to the Com­pli­ance and Gover­nance Unit of the HRDF on Dec 22, 2018 as a fol­low-up to a meet­ing called by the unit on the mat­ter on Dec 18, 2018 at the HRDF of­fice.

“The NPC cat­e­gor­i­cally states that as far as it is con­cerned, its role as the co­or­di­na­tor for the pro­gramme was above board,” he said.

He also said the NPC was pre­pared to give its fullest co­op­er­a­tion to the HRDF, the po­lice and other au­thor­i­ties with re­gard to the probe into the mat­ter. Mokhtar said that as the co­or­di­na­tor, the NPC pre­pared a let­ter which was sent out to all the main­stream me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions, which pay the HRDF levies for train­ing, ex­plain­ing that the em­ploy­ers would have to pay for the air­fares of par­tic­i­pants which could later be claimed from the HRDF.

After the let­ters were sent out, one as­signed NPC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber fol­lowed up with the news or­gan­i­sa­tions, he said, adding that as there was no sec­re­tariat to do this, the train­ing provider also did the fol­low-up.

“The names of the even­tual par­tic­i­pants were con­veyed di­rectly to the train­ing provider which com­piled the list of par­tic­i­pants. The fi­nal se­lec­tion of the par­tic­i­pants was also done by the train­ing provider,” he added. — Ber­nama

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