Ras Adiba is Bernama’s first woman chief


New chapter begins: Saifuddin speaking with Ras Adiba after presenting her with the letter of appointment at the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN

SENATOR Ras Adiba Radzi has been appointed chairman of national news agency Bernama for a three-year term, making her the first woman to hold the post.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the appointment was effective last Monday.

“We all know her as someone who’s a veteran in the broadcasting world and I am confident that she has enough experience to assist us in improving the quality of news presentation and current affairs, ” he told reporters at Parliament lobby.

Ras Adiba, who was present, said she would do her best in her new position.

“As you know, I grew up in front of most of you and I feel this is the time to return every experience I’ve had after 34 years in the industry.

“I’m not just a newsreader, but have been a director and TV producer in several places, ” she said.

“I will cooperate with everyone and god-willing, come up with some vibrant ideas and work with the existing team to produce quality news and stories, ” she added.

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