TELUK INTAN, Malaysia April 14 (NNN-Bernama) — Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak always appreciates the deeds and sacrifices of the journalists including the part-time ones who form the link in delivering the message to the people.

The prime minister’s press secretary, Akmar Hisham Mokhles said various assistance had been accorded to the journalists suffering chronic diseases and accidents whether in the line of duty or on holidays to show the prime minister’s concern for the welfare of media practitioners in the country.

If we look at the role of journalists in our country, it is very clear that they had helped in building up national harmony and the prime minister deeply appreciates the services rendered by the journalists, including the part-time and veteran journalists.

“The contributions and aid were given to ease the burden of the journalists, especially the veterans who have retired more than 15 years ago and have no pension while the money from their Employers Provident Fund (EPF) had been used up for medical treatment,he said.

Akmar Hisham said this after handing over cheques contributed by the prime minister to six Perak state veteran journalists at a restaurant, here yesterday afternoon.

He said most of the journalists including the veteran journalists assisted were suffering from cancer and paralysis where most of them frequently faced financial problems due to the high cost of treatment.

In fact, some journalists were involved in accidents and the aid provided certainly could ease the burden on the family and the journalists themselves,he said.

Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the contribution, Mohd Khairi Abd Karim, 77, said he was most grateful for the contribution and thanked the prime minister who was very concerned about the welfare of veteran journalists.

Mohd Khairi, who had served in several newspapers such as Utusan and Berita Harian since 1958 said he had gone through various challenges and experiences especially during the administration of the third prime minister, Hussein Onn.

“There are too many memories and among the ones that I remember most was the feature that I wrote on the attitude of the late Hussein Onn which was most excellent,” said the veteran journalist who now resides in Chenderong Balai, here.

Source: NAM News Network