Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) chairman Datuk Azman Ujang was quoted by a local tv station as saying that the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) is to be upgraded as a foundation similar to the well-known Thomson Foundation. I failed to trace a Bernama news item on this subject.. ??
The government, according to Azman who is also Bernama's editor-in-chief, promised to allocate RM5 million to the proposed foundation. To my friend Azman, tahniah and syabas.
Many do not know that the MPI was established to replace the South-East Asia Press Centre (SEAPC) located at Jalan Ampang, fronting the Rubber Research Institute. The centre was housed at a government bungalow.
The centre conducted courses such as basic journalism and specialised news coverage. It was also supported financially by the United Nations (UNESCO) and the American Peace Corps, among others. The SEAPC was later moved to Manila and is known today as the Press Foundation of Asia or Asian Press Foundation.
In 1971, a group of cadet reporters from Bernama attended the basic journalism course at the centre conducted by Jack Glattback (UNESCO) and Mike Anderson, the US Peace Corps volunteer. Prominent journalists from the print media were invited to share their expertise and experience as crime reporter, court reporter or feature writer.
The Bernama cadets that attended the 1971 course - Joseph Loh, Jamaluddin Yusof (later TV3 sports desk), Nawal Ismail (now script-writer), Sajad Hussein, the late Norijah Mohd Nor, Sujiah Salleh (later academician), Nizamuddin Muhammad (later TV3 news desk (pioneer)), and Abdul Ahmad (later Dewan Bahasa) and me. I might miss a name or two due to my poor recollection.