ABOUT 150 media personnel from the Tamil newspapers gathered for their first family day event in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
The event organised by the Malaysian Tamil Media Association, in conjunction with their first anniversary, was a platform for people from different media organisations to mix and mingle.
Association chairman S. V. Muthamilmannan said this was the first time such a gathering had been organised.
“We are happy that so many journalists from different Tamil newspapers could make it today with their families,” he said.
Tamil Nesan newspaper group chairman Datin Seri Indrani Samy Vellu, who was the guest of honour, said the association should have more programmes to foster better relationship between their members and their families.
“If there are any problems faced by the media personnel, they should resolve it amongst themselves. They must also have a code of ethics in writing to ensure that they don’t hurt others,” she said.
The association has also initiated a group insurance scheme for its members.
Among those present were Tamil Nesan editor-in-chief K. Pathmanaban, Makkal Osai editor-in-chief Datuk M. Rajan, Malaysia Nanban deputy editor K.S. Ramasamy, Tamil Malar executive director M. Periasamy and Thina Thanthi senior editor M. Vivekanandan.
Games and activities such as treasure hunt, musical chairs as well as blowing balloons were held to keep the camaraderie going.
In the lucky draw, Makkal Osai’s Ramadas Manoharan and Ramasamy won air tickets to Langkawi while Tamil Nesan’s S. George won a two-day stay at Mines Resort & Golf Club.
The association also handed over a donation of RM1,000 to ex-journalist M. Tara, who is seeking medical treatment.