Bernama Bhd sues Bernama TV for debts

Why must the staff become the victims of mismanagement?

With the involvement of Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi bin Abdullah (Ketua Bahagian, UMNO Gunung Jerai), it smells of UMNO connection!

On 29 July 2009 I have received a comment in my blog concerning BERNAMA BHD  and Bernama TV under my posting of 17 July 2009 as follow:

(An excerpt of the comment from Anonymous on July 29, 2009 at 3:47 am:)

“Kami warga perkhidmatan audio visual/bernama tv ingin meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati dengan pengurusan bernama yang membuat keputusan drastik    terhadap kami yang terpaksa ditukarkan ke beberapa jabatan mengikut kepakaran masing2. Mulai 1/8,ada yang terpaksa pergi ke RTM dan beberapa jabatan tertentu di BERNAMA. Masalahnya penukaran tempat2 tersebut di buat dalam jangka masa 3 hari sahaja.

Secara asas kami bersetuju ditukarkan untuk memberi tekanan kepada btv synergy,cuma keputusan ini yang secara drastik melibatkan masalah2 terutama kepada mereka yang ditukarkan ke RTM. YB Wee ada sesetengah petugas perkhidmatan audio visual yelah bertugas di Bernama lebih 12 tahun, terpaksa menanggung kos akibat terpaksa berpindah ke RTM. Kata mereka ini adalah sementara, tetapi setelah banyak kali kami dijanjikan banyak harapan akhirnya kami yang menjadi mangsa.”

I am shocked by this comment and immediately did some checking. BERNAMA Bhd has taken action to terminate the agreement with Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd (BTV) to broadcast news under the name of Bernama TV. BERNAMA Bhd has also filed a civil suit in the High Court to recover a debt of more than RM15 million from the BTV outfit. This is consistent with the answer given by the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, YB Datuk Rais Yatim, to my question in Parliament on 17 June 2009 as follows:

“ BERNAMA TV dikendalikan oleh syarikat usaha sama BERNAMA dengan syarikat swasta di mana BERNAMA diberikan saham percuma sebanyak 33%.  BERNAMA seterusnya membenarkan jenamanya digunakan.

Selepas beberapa peringatan diberikan kepada syarikat persendirian tersebut, tindakan mahkamah telah pun diambil untuk mendapatkan hutang tertunggak tersebut.”

Three Days’ Transfer Notice

First and foremost, it was most unfair for any organization to transfer its staff with only 3 days’ notice (1st August) for whatever reasons because of job security and other personal commitments. The staff should not be treated like a “football” to be kicked at the whim and fancy of the Board of Directors. I sincerely hope that the management of BERNAMA Bhd will take into consideration the welfare of the staff and give them at least a good one month notice for them to prepare themselves and to make the informed decision on the transfer.

Why must members of staff be made the victims of corporate mismanagement by the head of an organization?

The mismanagement:

BERNAMA Bhd was set up under the BERNAMA ACT 1967 with its objective clearly stated in Section 4 of the Act “to seek for and present complete, objective and impartial news matter of public interest and national interest, and distribute such news”. There is no provision in the Act for BERNAMA Bhd to allow its corporate name “BERNAMA” to be used by a private entity.

But the management of BERNAMA Bhd not only allowed its name to be used by BERNAMA TV but also to incorporate a private company known as BERNAMA TV Synergy Sdn Bhd (Bernama TV). Bernama Bhd has also allowed BTV to use the BERNAMA official logo.  Bernama TV also appears in the BERNAMA official website (, as though it is part of Bernama Bhd.

Up till now Bernama TV has no broadcasting licence. It is riding on the broadcasting licence of ASTRO and yet it gives the impression to the public that it is part of our national news agency, BERNAMA Bhd.

As at 19 June 2009 the registered particulars of BERNAMA TV Synergy Sdn Bhd are as follows:

–  It was incorporated on 14 January 2008.

–  Its prominent directors are:

  1. Yg Bhg Dato Syed Hamzah bin Syed Abu Bakar;
  2. Yg Bhg Datuk Azman bin Ujang (General Manager of Bernama until 1st July 2008);
  3. Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini (Chairman of Bernama);
  4. Mr Visvakumar A/L Sangiah (Senior Manager Human Resources and Administration);
  5. Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi bin Abdullah (Ketua Bahagian, UMNO Gunung Jerai)

–  Major Shareholders are:

  1. Bernama Bhd                                                       3,300,000 (free) shares
  2. Silver Ridge (Multimedia) Sdn Bhd                  2,999,998 shares

(Paid up capital RM100,000.00 – Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi holds 99,999 shares)

3.  Hallmax Entertainment Sdn Bhd                            700,000 shares

(A RM2 company)

4.  Standard Code Sdn Bhd                                            3,000,000 shares

(A RM2 company)

It would appear from the Parliamentary answer that Bernama Bhd took pride that it was given a 33% free shares in Bernama TV. Actually there is nothing to shout about as far as the shareholding is concerned. Bernama Bhd has no control of Bernama TV as it only has 33% of the equity in BTV. In its Board of Directors, Bernama Bhd also has no control because out of the 8 directors, there are only 3 members from Bernama Bhd (Yg Bhg Datuk Azman bin Ujang, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini and Mr Visvakumar A/L Sangiah.)

It is also interesting to note from the shareholdings of Bernama TV, Hallmax Entertainment Sdn Bhd and Standard Code Sdn Bhd are RM2 companies and yet they could purchase BTV shares amounting to 700,000 shares and 3,000,000 shares respectively. It was just incredible.

With the above facts in mind, it was crystal clear that at the material time, the three top officers in Bernama Bhd in the Board of Directors of Bernama TV, headed by its Chairman, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini, knew or ought to have known that it was unlawful to allow the corporate name and logo of “BERNAMA” to be used by a private company and at the same time with no effective control of Bernama TV. By virtue of this fact, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini, as a director of BTV and the chairman of Bernama Bhd, was clearly in the position of conflict of interest, and for this reason he did not protect the interests of Bernama Bhd.

Hence, BTV was allowed to chalk up more than RM10 million debts with Bernama Bhd over a period of 2 years with little actions from Bernama Bhd until recently. May I ask: Why was such an unhealthy situation allowed to persist? Was it due to the involvement of Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi bin Abdullah, Ketua Bahagian, UMNO Gunung Jerai, in BTV outfit?

Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini must take full responsibility and withdraw the 3 days’ notice to transfer the staff.

Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini must not make the innocent members of staff to pay for the above ill-thought-out decisions made by the top management of Bernama Bhd. Therefore, the 3 days’ transfer notice should be withdrawn forthwith and replace with options for the members of staff to consider whether or not to accept the transfer.

Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini, as chairman of Bernama Bhd, must take full responsibility for this ill-though-out decision to allow BTV to use the corporate name of BERNAMA and its logo, when he knew or ought to have known that it was not in the best interest of Bernama Bhd especially when Bernama TV has no broadcasting licence. It is without a doubt that the image of Bernama Bhd has been severely affected and will take years to recover.

If there is such a similar situation that happened in the BBC or any other national news agency, the Chairman would have to resign immediately for the said ill-thought-out decision, in order to take responsibility and an investigation will ensue.

Lastly, I call upon YB Datuk Rais Yatim, the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture to intervene and to stop the 3 days’ transfer notice for the members of staff and to ensure their security of tenure with Bernama Bhd in the event of their temporary transfers to other news agencies like RTM and etc.  YB Datuk Rais Yatim should also direct the Board of Bernama Bhd to stop Bernama TV to use the corporate name of BERNAMA.



  1. kepada ex staf Bernama TV

    syarikat anda mengalami kerugian dan dalam keadaan ini staf akan di berhentikan kerja dan syarikat ditutup.

    Majikan yang baik akan diberi pampasan mengikut sukatan undang2 tetapi banyak juga majikan yang tutup pintu pagar dan staf tidak dapat apa2 pun,seperti yang berlaku di penang.

    anda semua patut bersyukur kerana ditukar ke jabatan lain dan masih dapat gaji bulanan.

    jangan suka complain saja dan tidak pandai berterima kasih kepada Allah.

  2. Why did Bernama Bhd take so long to sue Bernama TV? Bernama Bhd is indirectly own by Malaysian and not Datuk Annuar Zaini or UMNO for that matter. Why should our national news agency be used by private company?

    I fully agree with YB Wee that it was all due to mismanagement by the top ranking officer of Bernama Bhd. The government should take action to remove such culprit from the organisation.

    It looks like an UMNO outfit – with Ketua Bahagina of Genung Jerai there. .

  3. this kassim fler
    “on July 31, 2009 at 12:24 pm kassim”
    is a typical lazy b*gger…just tidak apa this and tidak apa that.

    what?? the staff shld b “thankful” that they r given the options to be transferred rather than terminated? this is sweeping dirt under the carpet; or ostrich burying its head in sand whenever there’re troubles.

    think kassim. think LONG TERM. how to PREVENT a recurrence of such shameful episodes?? not just go..’oi, nasib baik ada lain jalan…’

    you may not be so lucky next time!!

    the issue here is MISMANAGEMENT, and like cancer, it has to be ELIMINATED!!



  4. And they fired Saiful Bukhari’s fiance, Janna too.. At 1st, They asked her to take a leave on August 08(no pay of coz), on April 09, they tender a resignation letter to her without any reasons stated. She’s a very talented newsreader by the way.

  5. It was a clear mismanagement of Bernama Bhd. How could hte Bernama Bhd board allow its name “Bernama’ to be used by a private company and also to allow a private company to use Bernama as part of its company name. Further, how could anur zaini and azman ujang (both from Bernama) are on Bernama board and Bernama TV board, allow Bernama TV to owe million of Ringgit to Bernama.

    isn’t this a case of “harap pagar pagar makan padi?”. A clear case of conflict of interest. Anuar Zaini must take full responsibility.

  6. YB Wee, what happened to the Pempena investigations? It involves much more and millions in mismanagement of taxpayers money.

  7. kassim
    kepada ex staf Bernama TV

    syarikat anda mengalami kerugian dan dalam keadaan ini staf akan di berhentikan kerja dan syarikat ditutup.

    Majikan yang baik akan diberi pampasan mengikut sukatan undang2 tetapi banyak juga majikan yang tutup pintu pagar dan staf tidak dapat apa2 pun,seperti yang berlaku di penang.

    anda semua patut bersyukur kerana ditukar ke jabatan lain dan masih dapat gaji bulanan.

    jangan suka complain saja dan tidak pandai berterima kasih kepada Allah


    menjawab jawapan encik kassim.

    Saya wakil kepada bekas pekerja bernamatv … kami bersyukur kepada Allah dengan apa yang kami dapat selama ini dan untuk makluman Encik Kassim , kami bukan pekerja swasta,kami adalah pekerja BERNAMA. BERNAMA tidak akan tutup dan tidak semudah itu untuk memberhentikan kami.

    Kami redha dengan apa yang berlaku. Tapi dengan short notice 3 hari transfer ke jabatan lain adalah prosedur yang tidak betul. Kalau ke jabatan2 di Bernama mungkin tidak menjadi masalah kepada kami.

    Tetapi ada seramai 49 orang yng ditukarkan ke RTM. Ia melibatkan masalah kepada yang terpaksa menanggung kos.Itu belum lagi cerita yang detail. Dari 49 orang yang terbabit adalah pekerja sambilan bermaksud ada kerja ada gaji. Kalau di RTM adakah mereka akan dapat bilangan kerja seperti yang dijanjikan?Ini termasuk jurumekap, pengarah studio, pembaca berita, juruteknik dan pengarah studio.

    Encik Kassim, katakanlah anda pembaca berita sambilan di RTM. adakah anda seorang yang baik budi memberi peluang kepada pembaca berita sambilan dari BERNAMA untuk appear di TV anda?

    Berat mata memandang berat lagi bahu memikul.

    Kepada Menteri KPKK,Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim,anda sebagai menteri bertanggungjawab seharusnya meneliti dahulu sebelum membuat keputusan seperti ini. Kami akur dengan keputusan kementerian dan kerajaan menukarkan kami ke mana2 dalam kementerian penerangan. Tetapi biarlah logik dengan akal. Dalam masa 3 hari , Separuh dari 106 orang yang terbabit akan menghadapi lokaliti, ruang lingkup dan budaya kerja yang berbeza. Kami berharap Datuk Seri Rais akan mengambil berat dengan masalah ini. Sila buat penangguhan, menukarkan mereka2 yang terbabit dengan tempoh yang logik.

    Kepada Y.A.B Perdana Menteri , Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak silalah buat rombakan di BERNAMA terlalu banyak penyelewengan berlaku di sana. Kami pekerja bawahan tidak mempunyai bukti untuk berbuat demikian, Tetapi secara rasionalnya BERNAMA adalah sebuah badan berkanun ditubuhkan di bawah akta parlimen 1967. Setiap pembangunan atau perancangan yang hendak dibuat sewajarnya diluluskan di parlimen dan mendapat keizinan kabinet. Apakah dengan senang bernama diswastakan?
    Tidakkah Datuk Seri bimbang sekiranya setiap badan kerajaan begitu mudah diswastakan, bergabung pula dengan syarikat2 yang mempunyai pertalian dgn.gerakan subversif terutamanya badan kerajaan seperti,BERNAMA?
    Amat malang sekali kepada negara kalau ini terjadi?

    Kami mendukung 1Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan, bukan sekadar retorik

    Sekian, terima kasih

  8. YB Wee, penggunaan nama entiti kerajaan seperti Bernama oleh pihak bukan kerajaan atau entiti swasta adalah salah daripada segi peraturan Pendaftar Syarikat. Seperti diketahui Bernama hanya memegang kira-kiira 30 peratus saham dalam Bernama TV Sdn Bhd tetapi syarikat itu boleh menggunakan nama dan logo Bernama. Peraturan larangan ini boleh diperolehi dan adapun terpampang jelas di papan kenyataan Pejabat Pendaftar Syarikat di Putra Place. Persoalannya kenapa Pendaftar Syarikat membenarkan syarikat tv ini menggunakan nama Bernama. Walaupun, katakan Lembaga Bernama memberi izin syarikat itu menggunakan nama Bernama, tetapi daripada segi undang-undang Pendaftar Syarikat, kuasa Lembaga Pengarah Bernama tidak boleh melampaui kuasa undang-undang Pejabat Pendaftar. Kalau demikian adanya, ini bermakna Lembaga Pengarah Bernama beserta Pengerusinya telah melanggar bidang kuasa mereka atau lebih tepat sekali menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka. Dengan itu Kerajaan atau tepatnya SPRM boleh melancarkan siasatan dan mengambil tindakan undang-undang rasuah salahguna kuasa.

  9. My heartfelt sympathies to all affected. I actually agree with Bigben, look at the legal side of things. Workers have rights. They should be protected by the law. It will take a bit of time to settle their worries and find solutions but it doesn’t hurt to find out. I know of one staff from the TV station with millions of problems having taken advice from a lawyer and deemed constructively dismissed by the mismanaged station. Sought professional help quick, cordoning to it would be fatal in the long run.
    The truth shall make you free so be truthful about whatever you do. The directors of the financially a failure station should take responsibility…’harakiri’ your shares and pay up…more noble than keeping mum!!!
    May Allah protect the innocent and punish the greedy!

  10. Bernama Bhd is actually a company form by Bernama to undertake commercial ventures.

    The staff of Bernama TV are not sacked. These staff are actually Bernama staff and still Bernama staff. They are not Bernama Bhd staff. It is just that they have been seconded to Bernama TV with a view to be employed by Bernama TV when the 24 hours new channel was launched last year under an outsourcing agreement as they already in the TV unit which originally supply news to ASTRO under contract. The change of the employer have yet to take place. What Bernama did was merely to recall these staff to work in Bernama instead of Bernama TV. As far I know none have been sacked or will be sacked.

    Some staff are now absorbed by other units within Bernama, in particular the wire service but others to organisations such as RTM.
    It is not certain how this will be resolved in the future but it was certainly happen because of stupid decision of the past by people who have no business or corporate experiences.

  11. Misi

    Whether or not Bernama absorb the members of staff of Bernama TV does not exonerate thetop executive of Bernama Bhd i.e. Datuk Anuar Zaini, who is the chairman of Bernama and director of Bernama TV.

    For a start, Bernama Bhd, being the national news agency under the care and control of Datuk Anuar Zaini, should not have allowed anyone to use the name BERNAMA. Just imagine Standard chartered Bank allowing its name to be used by another company just because Standard Chartered being given a free 33% shares. I am certain Standard Chartered will never allowed such practice.

    Why Datuk anuar Zaini allowed this to happen? At the same time, allowing Bernama TV to owe BERNAMA BHD some RM15 million. This is a clear case of mismanagement arising from conflict of interests on the part of Anuar Zaini.

    Anuar Zaini should immediately resign to take full responsibility.

  12. Wit the Genung Jeria UMNO Ketua Bahagian (Datuk Mohd Suhaimi) in Bernama TV, it was obvious that there is UMNO connection. I am sure that Annuar Zaini was aware of all these and the debt chalking up to RM15 million.

    Annuar Zaini, please resign fro the sake of Bernama. You must take responsibility because you are the head of Bernama.

    Resign now!

  13. The questions that should be asked by everybody now is how much is the money actually pump in by Bernama partner in Bernama TV ? I think not even Bernama management know how much its partner have actually pump into this venture or how much losses or how much revenue generated.

    While there is no money to pay debts, not only to Bernama but others as well such as suppliers, staff and so on.

    If those querstion are answered then we will probably could conclude whether the sahres are actually free or not.

  14. – anuar zaini diam sekarang coz dia orang tun abdullah. and why no one can kacau datuk suhaimi, coz dia orang muhyidin. so its sooooo…. obvious. politics involves……

    – sepatutnya SPRM patut campurtangan dalam BERNAMA, seperti yang dicadangkan kepada GM semasa meeting with staff, but GM said “nothing we can do while the case still in court”. janganlah hanya nak menyiasat berapa ekor lembu yang didermakan dan pembelian beberapa helai bendera MALAYSIA sahaja yang diberi tumpuan.

    – one thing yang kitaorang xpaham, kenapa sesetengah staff yang dikekalkan di WISMA BERNAMA untuk membantu BERNAMA TV sedangkan plan menarik staff BERNAMA adalah untuk memberi tekanan kepada BTV!!!!!!!( bak kata pepatah Melayu, alang-alang menyeluk pekasam, biar sampai ke pangkal lengan ) now BTV telah berjaya membuktikan yang mereka boleh “on air” tanpa staff BERNAMA. so adakah ini bermaksud mereka yang berada di RTM akan terus kekal disana? persoalan yang jawapannya ada pada setiap pekerja BERNAMA. the truth is out there….

  15. From day one this deal of bringing in
    Silver Ridge (Multimedia) Sdn Bhd
    Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Anuar bin Zaini (Chairman of Bernama);
    Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi bin Abdullah (Ketua Bahagian, UMNO Gunung Jerai)
    Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd (BTV) and they other that are cloaked in secreacy to cover this great indesrepancy must be held liable.

    They had offers from various serious investors who were keen to set up studios and re-brand it as Bernama Broadcasting Network, but alas these cronies and morons didnt understand the initiatives to go global. They brought in a few clowns to run the show, please check out the cash flow and assets.

    Every serious media player has intentions to take their establishments to go global but it takes more than political will to see the advantages.

    Sheikh Raffie Sheikh Abdul Rahman should be made the Chief Executive Officer to take Bernama TV to gretaer heights…Dr Rais Yatim please see him as soon as possible.The investors will back him up….to take BERNAMA TV International

    Media Strategist

  16. Dear YB

    Terakhir ini Bernama khabarnya memberi kata-2 kepada syarikat yang menjemput Bernama membuat liputan — beli perkhidmatan kami atau tiada liputan untuk acara kamu!!

    Beberapa syarikat sudah termasuk dalam senarai ‘black out’ ini antaranya KFC, AmBank…

    Bernama nampaknya telah menjual harga dirinya sebagai sebuah agensi berita dengan integriti kewartawanan yang tinggi semata-mata untuk mendapatkan pulangan.

    Saya rasa adalah lebih bijak sekiranya Bernama menggunakan pendekatan pemasaran strategik. Tawarkan perkhidmatan dan produk yang berdaya saing serta mengikut peredaran zaman dan teknologi, bukannya dengan taktik ‘arm twisting’ seperti ini.

    Cuba bayangkan semua akhbar menyiarkan sesuatu berita di muka depan contohnya kerana berita itu begitu penting/ besar, namun akibat dasar black out nya, ia ketinggalan.

    Satu lagi persoalan, jika ada berita buruk seperti krisis berlaku di syarikat yang di black out, adakah Bernama akan turut membuat liputan mengenainya memandangkan ia bukan pelanggan Bernama? Bolehkah syarikat tersebut menghalang Bernama membuat liputan kerana ia tidak melanggan perkhidmatan Bernama?

    Bagaimana pula jika krisis berlaku di syarikat pelanggan? Wajib dilaporkan meski syarikat mungkin cuba menghalangnya? Yalah kerana pelanggan telah membayar, maka laporan mesti dibuat.

    Mungkin bernama akan membuat dasar hanya berita baik akan dilaporkan dari syarikat pelanggan. Syarikat bukan pelanggan pula, hanya berita negatif akan disiarkan…

    Juga, adakah para Menteri termasuk PM perlu membayar untuk diberi liputan? Jika begitu, mudahnya para editor Bernama dibeli…. ke mana perginya kemuliaan dan integriti kewartawanan..?

    Entahlah YB apa apa akan jadi dengan Pertubuhan Berita Nasional kita ini…?

  17. 20 Ogos, 2009 22:50 PM

    Rais Mahu Isu Bernama Dan Bernama TV Selesai Menjelang Hujung Bulan

    KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Ogos (Bernama) — Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim mahu pihak yang terbabit dalam Bernama TV menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi dengan Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia (Bernama) menjelang hujung bulan ini.

    Katanya, beliau telah memberi nasihat dan petua kepada pihak berkenaan agar perkhidmatan siaran tv berita itu dapat terus bersiaran tetapi kepentingan korporat dan kerajaan perlu diambil kira dan diutamakan.

    “Soal berbaik semula tak timbul,” katanya ketika diminta mengulas laporan sebuah akhbar hari ini yang memetik sumber menyatakan beliau mahu pihak-pihak yang terlibat berbaik semula.

    “Saya telah menyampaikan pandangan supaya perkhidmatan itu dilunaskan kepada perkiraan korporat dan tanggungjawab masyarakat atau umum… insya-Allah akan dapat diselesaikan.

    “Kementerian telah memberi petua kepada pihak-pihak berkenaan supaya melunaskan khidmat terus-menerus tetapi perkiraan korporatnya dan nilai-nilai yang harus dihormati perlu diteruskan. Menjelang hujung bulan ini, hal ini saya anggap selesai,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan program “Seni Budaya Merdeka Pelajar 1Malaysia” di Stadium Titiwangsa, di sini Khamis.

    Saluran berita 24 jam di ASTRO TV itu merupakan usahasama antara syarikat swasta dengan Bernama.

    Pengurusan Bernama menggantung sementara pembabitannya dalam Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd berkuatkuasa 1 Ogos lepas berikutan kegagalan syarikat usahasama itu melunaskan sejumlah bayaran yang tertunggak kepada agensi berita tersebut.

    Rais berkata Kabinet tidak pernah membuat sebarang arahan supaya Bernama mengambil alih Bernama TV.

    “Kabinet tak ada membuat arahan apa-apa,” katanya pada majlis yang turut dihadiri Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong dan Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Kamarudin Siaraf.

    Sementara itu, seramai 1,035 pelajar sekolah rendah, menengah dan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi menyertai program anjuran bersama Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan dan Kementerian Pelajaran itu, yang mempersembahkan lagu-lagu patriotik, tarian dan bacaan ikrar.

    Rais berkata program yang antara lain bertujuan memupuk semangat patriotisme, menyemai perasaan kasih terhadap bangsa, agama dan seni budaya itu akan diteruskan ke kampus-kampus universiti dan sekolah-sekolah sempena perayaan kemerdekaan ke-52 negara.

    “Sebaik mungkin kita jalinkan seni budaya untuk mencantumkan citarasa merdeka tahun ke-52 dan dengan itu meresapkan dan menterjemahkan perjuangan gagasan 1Malaysia,” katanya.


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