Member of the Press hold up their essential kit at the hall where the Health Director General's press conference takes place at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya.

MEDIA personnel who are actively reporting on the ground are reminded to protect themselves as they provide news updates to the masses throughout the Movement Control Order.

National Press Club of Malaysia (NPC) president Datuk Ahirudin Attan, while thanking journalists, photographers, videographers and editorial staff for their work, stressed it is important they maintain good hygiene and practice physical distancing at all times.

NPC exco member Zaidi Azmi practicing physical distancing as he passes an essential kit to The Star journalist Joseph Kaos.

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Malaysia, the National Press Club has started several initiatives to assist members of the Press through its Journalist Welfare Fund.

Funds raised have been used to buy essential items, including face masks, hand santisers and soap, for active media personnel and to give allowances to the elders and those in need within the fraternity.

“This is our contribution to members and non-members alike. In times like these, we must stand united and help as many media personnel as possible,” said Ahirudin who runs news website The Mole.

“I’m glad that we have had good Samaritans who have contributed to our cause. Also, this is our way of thanking our media brothers and sisters for their good work.

“Just remember to stay safe at all times and maintain physical distancing.”
Some 50 essential kits were given out to members of the Press just before Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s press conference at the Health Ministry at 5pm on Tuesday.

More kits will be distributed soon.

Media personnel pick up their kits as NPC deputy president Haresh Deol keys in their details in his laptop.

The club has also been giving out allowances of between RM300 and RM500 to the elderly and those in need who still serve or have served a media outfit – regardless if they are an NPC member or not.

Those who want to contribute can channel their funds to The National Press Club Malaysia (1992) AmBank Islamic (Account number: 023-202-200219-3).

For more details, kindly contact club manager Steven Foo at +6019-2458073.

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