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Parliament reporters want better working conditions

 | June 21, 2012

The journalists submitted a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz on their grievances.

KUALA LUMPUR: Journalists covering Parliament today sent a memorandum on poor working conditions to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The memorandum prepared by the Temporary Parliament Media Action Committee highlighted the cramped working conditions since proceedings have been moved to the new temporary Parliament building.

Hazlan Zakaria, representative of the committee and Malaysiakini journalist, made a video over the working condition which went viral among journalists last Friday.

Among the top three grievances stated in the memorandum were congested space ,lack of seats and very few electrical sockets.

“It is easier for journalists to be at the ground floor [next to the entrance of the hall] as it is easier to catch the MPs,” said Nazri, the Padang Rengas MP.

He said the ground floor now will be dedicated to journalists and civil servants will be asked to move to the first floor.

Civil servants who usually accompany ministers when they have questions to answer in Parliament tend to take up the limited working space.

Nazri said that he will get things done for a more comfortable working environment before the next session in September.

Hazlan said that some videographers have already given their opinions on how to make improvements.


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