On May 20, 1968 (39 years ago), Bernama, the newly established national news agency of Malaysia, transmitted its first message via teleprinter reporting the launching of its own news service. The report was published on the front page of the Malay Mail. Copies of the newspaper were being sold on the streets of Kuala Lumpur 90 minutes after the end of the ceremony.
The then Information and Broadcasting Minister, Senu Abdul Rahman, released balloons and doves to mark the opening of Bernama's news service. "I am the happiest person here," he said.
Thirteen doves - representing the 13 states of Malaysia - were freed by the minister before he released dozens of multi-coloured balloons.
The symbolic ceremony, recorded by film and television cameras, took place in the grounds of Bernama's original headquarters in Jalan Pekeliling (now Jalan Tun Razak).
The original Bernama logo
The Bernama pioneers
General Manager Syed Zainal Abidin
News Executive (English language) Chang Yen Fooi
News Executive (Malay language) Abdul Wahab Abdul Majid
Secretary/Accountant Mohd Yusof Bador