MALAYSIA’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj was honoured with the inaugural National Journalists’ Day Award for his contribution to the media industry.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented the award to the Tunku’s granddaughter, Tengku Rozani Tengku Ahmad Nerang, at the launch of National Journalists’ Day in Martrade Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Tengku Rozani said she was honoured to receive the award on behalf of her late grandfather.
“I am very heartened to see that our journalists have such high regards for my late grandfather.
“Tunku was closely associated with the newspapers and he wrote for a weekly column in The Star without any fear or favour.
“He believed in freedom of the press. What the press writes and reports has very far reaching consequences. So with that wide audience, comes the responsibility of writing truthfully, fairly and independently,” she said.
Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad said: “I think he was the real pioneer of journalism in the country.
“We are happy that his invaluable deeds and contributions to journalism are highly recognised and appreciated.”
Also present at the event was Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Themed “Championing the People, Building the Nation”, the event aimed to recognise and appreciate the role of media practitioners in helping to develop the country and strengthen solidarity among the people. — Bernama