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KKJA: Formation of parallel body confusing the public

Published on: Friday, May 02, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The action by losing candidates in the last Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA) committee election to form a similar association is creating confusion among the public.

KKJA President Jimmy Goh said the association welcomes dedicated members who are willing to serve to challenge for any position He said KKJA's next committee election would be next year.

"However, I would like to emphasise that, once defeated, the losers should not form another similar association and openly recruit existing member of KKJA, resulting in double memberships among some members.

"This issue will lead to confusion and misunderstanding among the public and member themselves also can't identify which association they actually belonged to. This will also greatly affect the image of journalists," he said at the KKJA annual general meeting here, Thursday.

"We will always uphold the Articles of Association and maintain a professional image as a journalist which is very important.

"You certainly do not want to see any misconduct in the industry, or members being rejected by the public. I hope everyone will take this issue seriously," he said.

Goh said the present KKJA committee that was elected two years ago had been dedicated in looking after the welfare of all members.

Later, members raised the issue of members who are no longer active but their names still remained in KKJA membership register.

After deliberations, it was agreed upon that the register would be reviewed and updated.

KKJA also presented incentives to the children of KKJA members who excelled in their studies that were presented by the various KKJA advisers.

Also on hand was Minister of Special Tasks, Datuk Teo Chee Kang.