KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 (Bernama) -- Information, Communications and Culture
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today hosted a luncheon for about 10
Malaysia-based foreign media correspondents.
The informal get-together is a regular event organised by the ministry
along with the Foreign Correspondents'' Club (FCC) of Malaysia.
Present were the ministry''s secretary-general Datuk Seri Kamaruddin
Siaraf, Bernama editor-in-chief Datuk Yong Soo Heong and Broadcasting
director-general Datuk Norhyati Mohd Ismail.
FCC president Romen Bose, when met by Bernama later, described the event as
"very productive" as it helped to create a better understanding among the
foreign media representatives on the government''s perspectives with regard to
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Bose said such a meeting opened up a channel of communication between both
sides, especially when certain major issues cropped up in the country.
"It''s very important to engage the foreign media. For us, we find
it very useful because we get to understand the government''s thinking and, more
importantly, we''re able to work together in order to report on what''s happening
"That means we''re able to provide better coverage and give international
viewers a better understanding of what''s going on in Malaysia, not just from one
side, but from all sides," he said.
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