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Published: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 9:05:07 AM

MCA hails move to keep airing news in dialects

Some Chinese, especially senior citizens, still rely on the radio news in Chinese dialects as their source of information. — DATUK DR WEE KA SIONG

Some Chinese, especially senior citizens, still rely on the radio news in Chinese dialects as their source of information. — DATUK DR WEE KA SIONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Government-owned radio station Ai FM will continue to air news bulletins in Chinese dialects, a move welcomed by the MCA.

Deputy party president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he was informed of the decision by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek on Monday evening.

Dr Wee said the decision would help the younger generation learn these dialects.

It was reported earlier this month that the Ai FM management would stop airing news in Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka and Teochew effective Jan 1, 2014.

The station, formerly known as Radio 5 and Radio Malaysia Saluran 5, is the only radio station that still airs news in the four dialects daily. It has done so since the 1940s.

The 8pm news programme provides a time slot of 10 minutes for each dialect.

“Perhaps, it may be true the demand for news in Chinese dialects is low, but the news reading needs to continue so we can promote the dialects in Chinese culture, especially to the youths,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Dr Wee said he had spoken to Ahmad Shabery at the request of MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, adding that he was pleased with the minister’s prompt response.

“Some Chinese, especially senior citizens, still rely on the radio news in Chinese dialects as their source of information. In that respect, Ai FM is duty-bound to dissemminate news to everyone who tunes in,” he said.

All dialect newsreaders at the station are part-timers, who are paid RM60 each for the respective slots.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Lifestyle, mca, wee ka siong, ai fm, chinese dialects, news

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