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Tokoh wartawan Melayu – Eminent Malay Journalists Award

January 14, 2008

Top, L-R: Pak Samad, Drs Tarman Azzam (Indonesia), Mazlan Nordin, Sulaiman Jeem (Singapore) Bottom, L-R: Othman Wok (Singapore), Ahmad Arshad (Brunei), Pak Rosihan, Fatimah Md Nor (Brunei)

Congrats to our two Bruneians – Awang Haji Ahmad Haji Arshad and Pengiran Fatimah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Nor for winning the awards from Malaysia’s Berita Harian last night in KL.

Read the online news here.

Pengiran Fatimah is in fact the only woman recipient of the award. She is a journalist with the Information Department and has written articles for the weekly-Government newspaper, Pelita Brunei.

Haji Ahmad, as far as I know is a retired Government journalist and is one of Brunei’s prominent literary figures. He has been contributing to the development of literature in Brunei since 1959 and so far has published a book of poetry and short stories and another book on the social development and achievements of Brunei.

More on him from the Brunei Times report here.

The awards ceremony was organised by former journalists association of Malaysia’s Berita Harian to show appreciation for journalists who have contributed to the development of literature in the Malay archipelago in their respective countries.

Journalism in Brunei still has a long way to go. Most of the local journalists have other qualifications not related to journalism while many others just got involve in it because it’s their work. It is an interesting subject and wonder when it will be taught at UBD.

This afternoon while listening to the radio station, I heard that there would be RTB awards in various categories like (the usual suspects) – best actors and actresses and even the best news presenters. C’mmon RTB, what happen to the best journalists? News presenters just read the news and they are not even doing any research and reporting. Sometimes they even read very badly that I have to switch to other channels or even turn the radio off. I am rambling on again now…

Read my previous posts on journalism here and here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2008 1:14 pm

    Does RTB even HAVE journalists? I thought rtb is full of government servants, covering events that various ministries and govt. departments invite them to. 😛 As for the DJs and newsreaders…how can I vote for my favourite if he is not even nominated? I saw only a handful of nominees..the usual suspects.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    January 16, 2008 3:48 pm

    This is a common problem in Brunei – a mis-match of qualifications. Sad.Who is to blame – students, parents, teachers, the job market?

  3. Ten fingers and a brain permalink
    January 17, 2008 12:27 pm

    Where is journalism heading to in Brunei? I don’t see any great Brunei journalists. As JA rightly say, reporters RTB and the Information Department are Government servants.

  4. midzo permalink
    March 19, 2008 9:48 pm

    does d gov even offer any journalism courses for oversea scholarship? responding to old posts plg ni. just found out abt ur site while googling.

  5. Ramble On permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:33 am

    Its ok midzo, the more the merrier. I don’t know the answer to your question, sorry, as I don’t work for Brunei Government. I am sure there are, yes? I am just interested in journalism and would be happy to see when Brunei’s journalism standard is at par with other developed countries. Until then…

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