KOTA KINABALU: Yong Ted Phen the Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA) Chairman thanked Musa Haji Aman for recommending journalists for State awards and honours in recognition of their professionalism and contribution to the industry.
He also expressed gratitude to Juhar Mahiruddin, the Head of State, for conferring the State awards and honours to the journalists this year.
Yong said the Chief Minister is an Honorary Advisor of KKJA.
“Musa has maintained a close relationship with journalists even before he was the Chief Minister of Sabah.
“His concern for the journalism industry has never ceased.
“In fact, the Chief Minister often exchange warm greetings with members of the press during official functions,” he said in a statement.
Yong said Musa has made it a point to grace the annual Chinese New Year Luncheon organized by KKJA to celebrate the festival with the associations’ advisors, sponsors, members and their families.
Additionally, he said the State Government led by Musa allocated RM 60,000 annually to sponsor the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards.
“In recognition of the journalists’ contribution, Musa recommends a few media practitioners for the State awards and honours in conjunction with the Head of State’s official birthday every year.
“Thanks to the Chief Minister, many reporters and editors have been conferred the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), Ahli Setia Darjah Kinabalu (ASDK), Ahli Drajah Kinabalu (ADK), Bintang Setia Kinabalu (BSK), Bintang Kinabalu (BK), Sijil Kehormat (SK) and even Justices of the Peace (JP) over the years.”
Yong said he was also conferred the ADK award this year upon the recommendation by Musa.
“I wish to thank Musa for the recommendation and Juhar for conferring the award.”
He also urged media practitioners to demonstrate high professionalism in their duties and continue to serve as a bridge between the government and the communities.