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
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
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
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