KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has asked the Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama, to resume the broadcast of news in Tamil and Mandarin over the Bernama News Channel (BNC) television channel.
He said the resumption of the broadcast of the news in the two languages, which was terminated several years ago, was one of the matters he wanted the news agency to consider.
Gobind Singh raised the matter in his address to Bernama staff during his maiden visit to the Bernama headquarters here today following his appointment as the minister on May 21.
Also present at the event were Bernama chairman Azman Ujang, Bernama chief executive officer Zulkefli Salleh and Bernama editor-in-chief Zakaria Abdul Wahab.
Zulkefli had said in 2015 that the Tamil and Mandarin news services were terminated as a measure to reduce the operating costs of the television channel.
Gobind Singh, in his address, also expressed confidence that Bernama staff would support the Pakatan Harapan government which had promised greater press freedom.
He called on Bernama staff to work with him with a new mindset for the progress of Bernama.
Meanwhile, Bernama chairman Azman Ujang, in his speech, said Bernama looked forward to the new style of leadership and guidance for the years ahead under the new administration.
He also noted that Bernama had been in operation as a national news agency for over 50 years via an Act of Parliament which basically stated that its role was to report fairly and inclusively on national affairs and development.
“I would like to believe that as a veteran in Bernama for the last 40 years, starting as a cadet reporter, the past and present journalists of Bernama had lived up to the aspiration of our founding father, none other than our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra AlHaj, he said.
During the visit to Bernama, Gobind Singh toured the Editorial Department, Bernama Multimedia News Centre, BNC newsroom and Bernama Radio to have a first-hand look at the various services and then held a press conference.
Source: NAM News Network