KUALA LUMPUR: The media must be given freedom to disseminate informative and professional reports to the public, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president said as a responsible party, MCA would never ask for every single story or comments by its leaders to be published.
‘’We leave it to the editors to decide on the news value as we respect the professionalism of the media practitioners.
‘’They must be given the freedom and space as the fourth estate to provide the necessary check and balance to the government.
‘‘We must practise what we preach in line with the freedom of speech, ’’ he said during the MCA Media Night 2020 on Wednesday.
In his speech, Dr Wee commended all media personnel for their commitment and hard work in presenting accurate information and news to the public.
He also expressed his well wishes to those who would be leaving the industry, following downsizing and retrenchment at some media companies.
Despite not being in the government, Dr Wee said MCA would continue to host the annual open house on the first day of Chinese New Year at Wisma MCA.
‘’It is important for a Chinese party to host the festive celebration to keep the tradition going.
‘’Events like open house and festive visits are what bind the community closer together in sharing and appreciating our roots and culture, ’’ he said.
He added that since the building opened, MCA had never failed to hold an open house every year.
The media night, which was also organised annually by MCA, saw a good turnout with MCA leaders joining in the fun-filled activities and performances.
In one of the games, Dr Wee danced alongside The Star photographer Shaari Che Mat, and he also wore a Mickey Mouse headband while taking a wefie with another photographer, Azlina Abdullah.
The highlight of the night was a lucky draw, which saw a number of pressmen taking home prizes ranging from mobile phones, laptops and televisions to power banks.
Among the party leaders who attended were deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Wanita chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie and Youth chief Nicole Wong.
Also present were Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis and senior editors of various media organisations.
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