KUALA LUMPUR — March 30, 2020: The National Press Club has initiated a fund-raiser through its Journalist Welfare Fund to assist the media fraternity fight the outbreak.
Any money raised will be used for various activities, from handing out face masks and hand santisers to buying groceries for senior club members.
“We are looking at a three-pronged approach targeting active media personnel, freelancers and general media employees, and senior citizens who once served the fraternity,” said NPC president Datuk Ahirudin Attan.
Ahirudin, an adviser to The Mole, added that some journalists are running out of face masks and hand santisers since the Movement Control Order began on March 18.
The order, which was to end tomorrow, has been extended to April 14.
“The NPC acknowledges the contribution and sacrifices of journalists as they are also frontliners during the MCO. They deserve all the assistance they can get as they go about providing Malaysians with credible and truthful reporting on the crisis we are facing together,” he said.
The NPC is also aware that some media personnel come from smaller organisations that have limited essentials.
There are also some seniors who need groceries and freelancers who have lost their income. “We hope this initiative will assist our media brothers and sisters,” remarked Ahirudin.
Started in 2006, NPC’s Journalist Welfare Fund is aimed at helping journalists and their family members during times of need.
Several individuals have started the ball rolling with donations. Those who want to contribute can do so to The National Press Club Malaysia (1992) AmBank Islamic (Account number 023-202-200219-3.
For more details contact club manager Steven Foo at 019-2363248.