The gross mismanagement of Mohd Annuar Zaini as Bernama's chairman and why he should resign for failing in his duty in the Bernama TV fiasco

On 1st August 2009, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini, Chairman of Bernama Bhd had said in response to the termination of the agreement with Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd:

“We have decided on this course of action after a thorough evaluation of the current financial situation affecting Bernama TV Synergy.

“As chairman, I would like to assure that the delivery and quality of Bernama’s existing services in its operation as the national news agency will continue to be maintained at the highest level.”

At the material time the Bernama Bhd’s chairman, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini, was fully aware that Bernama Bhd is our national news agency which was set up under the Bernama Act 1967. Its objectives were clear and there was no provision in the agreement whatsoever to allow a private company to use its name BERNAMA nor its logo. Furthermore, under the Act, Bernama was not set up to grant credit to a private company nor give the right to a private company like Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd (Bernama TV) to use Bernama Bhd’s premises, equipment and other resources for its benefit.

What’s also at odds here was this fact. At all material times, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini was wearing two hats i.e. as chairman of Bernama Bhd and as a director of Bernama TV. Therefore, at all times he knew the financial situation of Bernama TV and how Bernama TV was relying on Bernama Bhd to survive in terms of finance and facilities. Yet, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini took no positive actions to guard the image and interests of Bernama Bhd.

But what’s most glaringly irresponsible of Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini as chairman of Bernama as well as a director of Bernama TV was the fact that he had allowed Bernama TV to chalk up its debt, month by month, until it had finally ballooned to a mind-boggling RM15 million.

Further, the general public had been misled into believing that Bernama TV was part of Bernama when it was not. At all times, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini also knew that Bernama TV had no broadcasting licence and it was riding on Astro to make its broadcast.

Also, Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini, as chairman of Bernama, did not at any time make any public statement to the effect that Bernama TV had no broadcasting licence and that the entity was not part of Bernama Bhd. This was in itself a grave error on the part of Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini for not protecting the image and interests of Bernama Bhd. In this episode Bernama Bhd’s role as the national news agency had been gravely compromised by Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini.

Moreover, in view of the involvement of the UMNO Gunung Jerai Bahagian Chairman, Yg Bhg Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah in Bernama TV, it gives the impression that Bernama Bhd is politically connected to UMNO and for this obvious reason Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini had condoned the above misdeed.

Yg Bhg Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini must take full responsibility for the mismanagement of Bernama Bhd under his tenure as Chairman and immediately tender his resignation to protect the image and interests of BERNAMA BHD.

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12 thoughts on “The gross mismanagement of Mohd Annuar Zaini as Bernama's chairman and why he should resign for failing in his duty in the Bernama TV fiasco

  1. Ahmad

    Correct!correct!correct! Leaders in government or public organisation in Malaysia must learn to take responsibility for what they do or not done. This is a clear case of mismanagement of the worst kind. Anuar Zaini was in breach of all the objectives of Bernama in allowing Bernama TV to abuse Bernama.

    Anuar Zaini knew from day one Bernama TV started to owe Bernama and yet as chairman of Bernama he didn’t take action to stop it instead he allowed or encouraged it to owe Bernama. If this is not mismanagement, what is?

    The only honourable way for Anuar Zaini is to resign immediately to save Bernama from the embarrassment.

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  2. ragu

    Anuar Zaini must take the responsibility for all the mismanagement under his care and control. He cannot say that he was not aware of the debt and the used of Bernama name.

    It is a very clear case of mismanagement. He is not fit to be chairman of any organisation. He must resign now in order to preserve the good name of Bernama. If he doesn’t resign then the board must sack him.

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  3. hashim

    Anuar Zaini must resign for the mismanagement of Bernama. How couldthe chairman allow Bernma name to be used by a private company and also allow the private company to owe so RM15 million to Bernama.

    Bernama Bhd belong to the nation. It does not belong to Anuar zaini. Since there was such a massive mismanagement, Anuar Zaini must take responsibility 100% and resign. If not, the Bernama board should sack him as he is not fit to head Bernama for he has mismanaged Bernama.

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  4. Thiunama

    Anuar Zaini: After what you have done to Bernama, what are you waiting for? There is only one way left for you is to resign in order to take responsibility for what you have done with your eyes opened.

    Anuar Zaini must learn to take responsibility for one mistake or mismanagement.

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  5. UMNO Silver

    Salam sejahtera semua,

    Perkara ini semua tidak akan berlaku, sekiranya Annuar Zaini mendengar amaran Datuk Zahid Hamidi pada waktu itu Timbalan Menteri Penerangan.Tetapi kerana Annuar Zaini merasakan dia cukup kuat,ego bongkak kerana pertalian dengan PM,Tun Abdullah ketika itu,akhirnya bernama jadi begini. Yang menjadi mangsa adalah pekerja BERNAMA.

    Datuk Zahid mampu tersenyum dengan Datuk Tajol Rosli, kerana Annuar Zaini pernah mempunyai cita2 untuk menjadi MB Perak.Semua orang2 UMNO di PERAK tahu kisah ini. Annuar Zaini zaman anda telah berlalu, insaflah dan sedarlah kita tidak akan hidup menongkah langit. Bertaubatlah,jangan selalu menganiaya orang bawahan. Doa orang dianiaya dimakbulkan Allah s.w.t dan akan dibayar tunai di dunia ini. amin.

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  6. ahmad

    Its known that bernama tv was directive from the former … whom condoned the setting up of bernama tv which makes annuar zaini its chairman.

    Note: Sorry got to delete the name to avoid unnecessary problems with the law. Administrator

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  7. Anonymous

    Datuk Anuar Zaini tak malukah??? Still holding on your position even though you have screwed up Bernama big times. Shameless Anuar Zaini!

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  8. E.G.

    YB Wee,

    Why is that I did not see other bloggers or politicians making a big fuss out of the Bernama TV fiasco?

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  9. ygbenor

    Annuar Zaini adalah orang yg sombong bonkak dan ego. Kalau di Jepun dah lama bunuh diri …. Ni suruh berhenti masih lagi berdegil. MACC bila lagi nak buat siasatan.
    I hope YB Wee will bring it to Parliament endlessly and ask MACC to investigate.

    Note: certain words have been deleted to avoid unnecessary problems. Thank you. Adminisitrator

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  10. Mat b Kulub Dogoh

    Pergi Mampus Anuar Zaini. Dialah dalang dalam percaturan politik di perak . Kalau di negara lain sudah lma kena tembak.

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  11. Anonymous

    annuar zaini ni ibarat parasit dalam mana-mana org. berlagak pandai akhirnya merosakan. kalau orang politik ada rakyat yang mengadilinya, tapi orang camni xde sape yang mampu guide. Perosak bangsa

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