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DCM Christina Liew (centre) flanked by Yong Ted Phin (right) and Jimmy Goh (left) with other invited guests as well as KKJA Advisors cutting the 26th anniversary cake. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA) hoped support will continue to be given to the conventional media, which is under much pressure from the social media, particularly with the prevalence of fake news.

“We fervently hope that our advisors, sponsors and the society will continue to support conventional media to ensure we continue to survive and thrive,” said KKJA Press Night 2018, organising chairman, Jimmy Goh.

Moreover, he said it was easy to be misled by fake news as a result of over dependence on social media.

Winners of the singing competition, Datuk Teo Chee Kang and Gravin Wong. SNT Pix/ Courtesy of KKJA

“For instance, the fact that newspapers were selling like hot cakes during the election showed that the society very much believed in the credibility of conventional media instead of unverified news on social media,” he said.

The first runner-up of the singing competition, Tan Sri David Chu and Durie Rainer Fong. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

On another note, he expressed gratitude to the proprietors and chiefs of the local dailies for enabling KKJA to organise various activities for the past 26 years of its inception.

Coming in third, Eddie Angat and Datin Mary. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

“Since KKJA was formed 26 years ago, we have been working hard in looking after the welfare of our members, comprising journalists and editors, and their families.

“At the same time, KKJA serves to foster closer relations among journalists and editors in the industry, who have become our second family given the time we spend together covering assignments,” he said.

Soo Yie Hee (second right) of Daily Express receiving his lucky draw prize, a Mate10 Pro from China Consul General, Liang Caide. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

Various programmes including a duet singing competition between members and guests were lined-up during the press night held at the Putera Ballroom Theatre in Bukit Padang, Luyang last night.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Junz Wong presenting the lucky draw prize won by Apple Wong. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

Themed Celebrating 26 Years of Golden Friendship, the event was graced by Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong, China Consul General, Liang Caide, Kota Kinabalu MP, Chan Foong Hin, KKJA Chairman, Yong Ted Phen and KKJA advisors.

Members of the media greeting Deputy Chief Minister, Christina Liew at the event. SNT Pix/Courtesy of KKJA

Among the highlight of the evening was the lucky draw where lucky members won P20 Huawei smartphone, Mate10 Pro, Acer Laptop among others.-SabahNewsToday


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