NUJ gets new president-Sundaily

NUJ gets new president

KUALA LUMPUR: Utusan Melayu reporter

Mohamed Ha’ta Wahari was elected National

Union of Journalists (NUJ) president at its 17th

biennial delegates conference in Petaling Jaya

on Friday.

In a statement, the NUJ said Mohamed

Ha’ta defeated Saifulizam Mohamed, also from

Utusan Melayu, by a 218-vote majority.

Mohamed Ha’ta takes over from Norila

Daud who did not contest. Norila had been

president since 1998.

Kuan Tai Huat (Nanyang Siang Pau) and

Baharuddin Reseh Yaacob (Utusan Melayu)

won the two posts of deputy general secretary

in a three-cornered contest.

Chin Sung Chew (Sin Chew Daily) and

Osman Lisut (New Straits Times) won the

posts of vice-president unopposed.

Incumbent general secretary V. Anbalagan

(New Straits Times) was returned unopposed

when nominations closed on Sept 3.

Deputy general treasurer Hafiz Idzla Mohd

Hafidzan (Utusan) also won his post

uncontested.

Mohamed Ha’ta in his speech said the new

executive council would look beyond “bread

and butter” issues and would urge the

government to liberalise laws affecting the

print media in particular.

The delegates approved a motion to set up

an NUJ welfare fund to help members and

their families.

They also passed a resolution to seek the

approval of the NUJ’s 1,337 members to

increase the monthly union subscription from

the current RM5 to RM10. – Bernama

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