KOTA KINABALU: Media practitioners are reminded to avoid publishing and airing reports that are tinged with racial and seditious tones.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said the action could have a negative impact on unity and harmony that Sabahans enjoyed among the various ethnic groups in the State.
“I wish to urge all media practitioners in the State to continue carrying out their duties and responsibilities in a diligent and sincere manner in order to present to their readers and viewers quality reports through mature and intelligent writing.
“I hope they continue to make sure that each report is accurate, true and justified,” he said in his speech at the Kota Kinabalu Journalist Association (KKJA) Chinese New Year luncheon here yesterday.
Musa was represented by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai at the event. Musa also hoped that KKJA and Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) would remain united in order to form strong networks that would facilitate the government’s effort to champion the rights of the people, in line with government policies and plans.
Yee, on behalf of Musa, announced a donation of RM10,000 to KKJA from the State Government to assist in sponsoring the event.
Also present were Yee’s wife Datin Vicky Lai, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Edward Yong, Tanjung Kapor assemblyman Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) women chief Datuk Agnes Shim, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce Sabah branch chairman Datuk Lau Kok Sing, Kota Kinabalu Hokkien Association president Datuk Clement Yeh, KKJA advisor Frankie Liew, KKJA founder Jimmy Goh and KKJA president Chong Kiew Vui.