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Group credits Musa Aman for recognising role of journos

 | November 24, 2017

Several reporters and editors were conferred Sabah state awards and honours during the Head of State’s birthday celebrations this year.


PETALING JAYA: The Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA) has lauded the Sabah government for recognising the professional role played by the state’s news media practitioners and their contributions to the industry there.

Its chairman Yong Ted Phen said chief minister Musa Aman had recommended journalists for the state’s annual awards and honours, while maintaining a close relationship with the fraternity even before assuming office in 2003.

He said the state government led by Musa also allocated RM60,000 annually to sponsor the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards.

In a statement, he also expressed gratitude to Sabah Head of State Juhar Mahiruddin for conferring the awards and honours to journalists during the ceremony held in conjunction with his birthday last month.

“Thanks to the chief minister, many reporters and editors have been conferred the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), Ahli Setia Darjah Kinabalu (ASDK), Ahli Darjah Kinabalu (ADK), Bintang Setia Kinabalu (BSK), Bintang Kinabalu (BK), Sijil Kehormat (SK) and even Justices of the Peace (JP) over the years,” he said in a statement.

Yong added that Musa, who is an honorary advisor of KKJA, had never ceased to be concerned for the journalism industry.

“I wish to thank Tan Sri Musa Aman for the recommendations and Tun Juhar Mahiruddin for conferring the award,” he said.

Yong also urged media practitioners to demonstrate high professionalism in their duties and to continue to serve as a bridge between the government and the communities in the state.


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