Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy 40th Anniversary BERNAMA













Malaysia National News Agency (Bernama) celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Grand Ballroom, Perdana Felda, Kuala Lumpur. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak headed the guest list which included several members of the administration, elected representatives, diplomats and Bernama pioneers and staff.




The event was kicked off with a "syair" (Malay poetry) recital by Dr Zurinah Hassan and followed by Dr Firdaus Abdullah reciting a specially composed sajak (modern Malay poetry).




Bernama chairman Mohamad Anuar Zaini delivered the welcoming speech which was longer than it should have been and followed by the deputy prime minister.




The guests were later entertained by veteran crooner Datuk Yusni Hamid, a darling of VIPs including Najib, evergreen singer Rohana Jalil and Bob, a product of a reality tv show.




Ten people who had in one way or the other contributed to Bernama's progress and growth were duly honoured such as Datuk Wahab Majid (first executive editor), the late Yusof Bador (first secretary cum accountant), Tan Sri Dol Ramli (third general manager), Tan Sri Mazlan Nordin (former editor-in-chief and chairman), Ahmad Mustapha Hassan (former general manager), Musa Husain Scully (first news editor who is my sifu), Raju (first office boy/office assistant), Puan Rohana (longest serving staff) and Haji Zain (teleprinter/telex operator).




Unfortunately, Bernama's first general manager-cum-editor-in-chief the late Syed Zainal Abidin's name was left out. Syed Zainal, a gentleman loved by the staff, passed away while serving as Bernama's general manager.




The man who launched Bernama's news service on May 20th 1968, the then Information and Broadcasting Minister the late (Tan Sri) Senu Abdul Rahman's name was also left out even by the deputy prime minister who mentioned Tunku Abdul Rahman (the prime minister and the man behind the formation of Bernama) and his late father's name Tun Abdul Razak. It was an injustice to the late Tan Sri Senu who described the day he launched Bernama's service as the most happiest day in his life. Why the oversight?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pak Tuan Syed

Terima Kasih kerana post gambar orang-orang kuat Bernama... Terubat jugak rindu dihati dapat tenguk muka BOOOOSSSSSSSSSS!

Ahmad A Talib said...

Sdra Kudaranggi,

It was great to catch up with old friends and colleagues. Some of us remember the days when Bernama was like a huge family, with plenty of laughter (not necessarily due to the beer) and friendship. Some of our dear friends have departed. I remember the pranks we pulled on one another. I remember Ooi Yeow Hong showing Yei Lian Pei to his room. Yei reported for duty with briefcase in hand and walked into the newsroom at Wisma Belia in Jalan Syed putra (Jalan Lornie then) and asked for his room. Ooi walked him to the end of the corridor and ushered Yei his 'room.' It was the toilet! Yei stayed on a a reporter for a few years but quit to join a bank later...Salams to all at Bernama, the old and the new! Teruskan Perjuangan!

Syed Imran said...

Those were the wonderful days... yeah, Ooi... the guy with the typical China Man look... what a character.

tepi market taman tun sardon said...

minta maap pak syed

hamba cuma mahu bertanya
adakah menu yang dihidangkan itu berupa ubi kayu atau ubi gadong ? kalau ya, masak apa agaknya yang depa hidangkan kepada Najib Tun Razak (bapa pengubah gaya hidup).

bukan apa, rakyat disaran supaya mengubah cara hidup dan memakan ubi kayu berikutan beras yang mahal. Dan rakyat juga disaran makan hanya segempal nasi sehari, kalau dah terlalu inginkan nasi ...

hamba hari ni makan roti benggali cicah kuah gulai saja

Syed Imran said...

Depa hidang nasi putih, ikan masak masam manis, udang besark, sayork campork, kuah gulai daging dan pencuci mulut tapai ais krim, kopi atau teh dan bengkang ubi kayu.
Di Perdana Felda, hanya penyaji D'Saji milik koperasi Felda boleh ditempah untuk semua majlis. Jadi pilihan makanan 90 peratus ala-Melayu.

Anonymous said...

awat la depa kat bernama tak panggil jugak staf2 yang dah resign,

Anonymous said...

Pak Syed, I am sure there are many of us who really want to come back .. just to mingle and catch up with our ex colleagues and ex bosses. Tapi tak tahu macamana kan ? Unless kalau ada Persatuan bekas Kakitangan Bernama.

- product 1980s

Anonymous said...

Kami yang kena buang kerja dek LEMBAGA PENGELOLA BERNAMA( siapa mereka!) kerana tak nak join anak syarikat, Bessar, tak leh join sama ke.....ye lahhh....majoriti 13 org yg kena buang telah bekerja dari 10 hingga 22 tahun......memang rindu betuiiii.......walaubagaimanapun....LPN....jumpa kat court nanti la....