Tuesday July 10, 2012
Assemblyman hails hard work done by newspaper vendors
By EDMUND NGO
NEWSPAPER vendors who deliver the daily newspapers to our doorstep, rain or shine, play an important role in ensuring the public remains informed about happenings around the world.
Manjoi assemblyman Datuk Nadzri Ismail, who represented the Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah at the Perak Chinese Newspaper Distributors Association’s 57th anniversary dinner on Saturday, said without the vendors, newspapers would not be able to reach its intended readers.
“The vendors are a vital communication link that many people often take for granted, but without their service news such as those of our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s transformation plans, would not have reached the public so effectively,” he said to a thunderous applause by the audience, numbering about 200.
During the opening ceremony association secretary Loo Eng Heap implored newspaper agencies to revert to the original eight rest days in a year.
“Vendors get to rest when the printing presses are stopped for the day and before 1997, they had eight full days a year.
“However, the newspaper agencies then changed it to five days, forcing us to also work more to serve our customers.
“Therefore, I hope the newspaper agencies could revert it to the original eight rest days,” he said, adding that with having sufficient rest, vendors can serve their customers better.
Also present was Ipoh Timur MCA division chief Datuk Thong Fah Chong, who gave a RM3,000 allocation to the association.