KUALA LUMPUR – The initiative of the media to help flood victims is proof of their strong spirit of volunteerism.
General Manager of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Datuk Zulkefli Salleh said it proved that the duties and role of the media was not just to comment and write, but they also practised what they wrote about.
“The spirit of volunteerism is practised among societies in this country and is part of their culture, including among the media and artistes. Their job is not just to comment on and write but they also practise what they write about,” he told reporters after flagging off a “Road Trip Mission To Aid Flood Victims” convoy organised by the Young Malaysian Journalists Club (KWMM), Music Man Entertainment and Bernama at Wisma Bernama here this morning.
The one-week convoy will go to four states, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak.
Also present was KWMM President, Dzulkarnain Taib and Managing Director of Music Man Entertainment, Othman Masri.
Zulkefli said besides the media, the involvement of the artistes, especially the younger generation, would encourage others to participate in helping the flood victims who still needed the assistance of Malaysians who were more fortunate.
“Artistes have a strong influence on society and their participation in the flood aid efforts in the affected states will also encourage others to help,” he said.
Commenting on the road trip, Dzulkarnain said it involved 60 KWMM members, young artistes from Music Man Entertainment and several volunteers.
Among the artistes were the Oska band as well as singers Atira and Angel who would be on the trip which included 15 four-wheel drive vehicles used to tansport about six tonnes of goods donated by the public.
“The donations include school equipment, essential goods, and they will also help in cleaning the schools and homes affected by the floods,” he said.
Meanwhile, Othman also urged Malaysian artistes to become more involved in helping the flood victims either physically or financially.
“This is one of the ways for them to show their social responsibility and repay the public for their support,” he said.- BERNAMA