Published: Monday March 18, 2013 MYT 7:26:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 18, 2013 MYT 7:31:17 PM
Yong appointed Bernama GM, Zulkefli Salleh is new editor-in-chief
KUALA LUMPUR: The editor-in-chief of Malaysia's National News Agency (Bernama), Datuk Yong Soo Heong, has been appointed as general manager of the agency while his deputy, Datuk Zulkefli Salleh, is the new editor-in-chief.
The appointment was announced by Bernama chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman Monday.
Abdul Rahman said Yong's appointment was effective Jan 1, succeeding Datuk Hasnul Hassan whose contract of service had expired.
Meanwhile, Zulkefli, 56, whose appointment took effect on March 15, was previously the deputy editor-in-chief.
"I hope they will continue to carry on the good services of the agency... which is in line with the objective of turning Bernama into the top news and information agency in Asia.
"I hope they will also be able to guide Bernama in the transformation to face the new challenges especially in tackling the challenges from the new media currently," Abdul Rahman said.
Yong, 58, began his career as a Bernama cadet reporter in August 1974 and had held the post of Bernama editor-in-chief for about six years.
He was the third Bernama journalist who started from the bottom and later rose to the post of general manager of the agency, following the footsteps of Datuk Syed Jamil Syed Jaafar and Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, who started out as cadet reporters and eventually rose to the post of general manager.
Meanwhile, Zulkefli started as a Bernama journalist on Sept 17, 1979 and had served as deputy editor-in-chief (Domestic News) on June 1, 2007.
He had also served as Bernama manager for the northern region from Jan 15, 2003 before being made editor of the Domestic News Service on Feb 1, 2005.
On May 1, 2005, Zulkefli was appointed as editor of Special Functions, Domestic News Service before being promoted as executive editor of the Domestic News Service on June 1, 2006.
Bernama, which was set up in 1967 as a news agency and disseminator of information, now handles various news services including Radio24 and Bernama TV. - Bernama