KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Ahirudin Attan @ Rocky of Petra News has been re-elected unopposed as the National Press Club (NPC) President for another term.
The Deputy President post is helmed by Haresh Deol (TwentyTwo13) and New Straits Times (NST) Group Editor Farah Naz Karim was elected as the new Vice-President.
Meanwhile, NST Executive Editor Sharanjit Singh retained the honorary treasurer position and Sinar Daily’s Zaidi Azmi retains the club secretary.
The 31st Annual General Meeting was held on March 31 at the Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur clubhouse.
During his welcome address, President Datuk Ahirudin extended a warm welcome to all the exco members and regretted informing them about the passing away of two dedicated exco members recently.
Datuk Ahirudin also stressed that the year 2021 was a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, since fewer activities were rolled out.
He also thanked and congratulated the recreation and sports committee for successfully organising the karaoke sessions and excursion trip to Sabah last year.
Meantime, he also thanked Datuk Vinod Sekhar for being the biggest donor towards the Journalists Welfare Fund.
Meanwhile, when tabling the financial statements and report, Treasurer Sharanjit Singh recorded his personal appreciation of Datuk Ahirudin for taking a strong stewardship of the club during the unprecedented pandemic and even put on record the stellar leadership shown by Datuk Rocky to support the club, members and the well-being of journalists.
At the end of the meeting, Madeline Joseph handed a cheque to support the NPC activities.
The new line-up for 2023-2025.
President – Datuk Ahirudin Attan (Petra News)
Deputy President – Haresh Deol (TwentyTwo13)
Vice-President – Farrah Naz Karim (New Straits Times)
Secretary – Zaidi Azmi (Sinar Daily)
Assistant Secretary – Pearl Lee Siok Li (TwentyTwo13)
Treasurer – Sharanjit Singh (New Straits Times)
Assistant Treasurer – Dr B. Jaikumaran (Makkal Osai)
1 – Graig Martyn Nunis (TwentyTwo13)
2 – Haris Hussain (TwentyTwo13)
3 – Ramani a/l Parkunan (Asia News Today)
4 – Mohd Ismail Abd Rashid (Bernama)
5 – Abdul Rahmat Omar (The Mole)
6 – Savantharaja Naidu a/l Luchimanan (Makkal Osai)
7 – Faizul Azim (New Straits Times)
8 – Muhammad Haziq Hamid (Astro Radio)
The NPC, as it is fondly known by the media fraternity, is one of the oldest clubs in the country, was founded on June 6, 1948, when a group of journalists came together at an inaugural meeting at the old Majestic Hotel.
The club was then called the Press Club of Malaya and its first president was Mr A.S. Rajah of the then Malaya Tribune. The club now has more than 500 active members. Membership of the club is open to journalists and individuals and corporate bodies associated with the media.
A non-profit organisation, the NPC regularly organises social events for journalists and other media practitioners.