Veteran journalist Wan Hamidi Hamid says he will not be named CEO of Malaysian state news agency Bernama

Journalist Wan Hamidi Hamid said he would not be answering any queries on the matter for now and that questions should be directed at the Bernama board and government ministers.
Journalist Wan Hamidi Hamid said he would not be answering any queries on the matter for now and that questions should be directed at the Bernama board and government ministers.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/WAN HAMIDI

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Wan Hamidi Hamid, the former editor-in-chief of Democratic Action Party (DAP) publication The Rocket, will not be appointed as the new Bernama chief executive officer.

"I have been informed that I would not be appointed as the Bernama CEO. This is despite being initially offered, persuaded and convinced to accept this job at the national news agency," he said in a Facebook post on Monday (Nov 5).

Wan Hamidi said he would not be answering any queries on the matter for now. Queries should be directed at the Bernama board, Cabinet Ministers or "those people and racial groups, including some media and news portals, that hate DAP", he added.

He noted that he had 30 years of experience in the journalism and communications field.

Wan Hamidi said he had worked in publications including Berita Harian, The Star, The Sun, Singapore's The Straits Times, New Straits Times, The Malaysian Insider as well as DAP's Rocket.

"I also had a stint with the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur as its media relations adviser. The last position I held was deputy director for Research for Social Advancement (Refsa), a progressive think-tank," he said.

Wan Hamidi added that although he had not been active in the mainstream media for the past few years, he had continued to write as a columnist for news portals Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insight, as well as writing and editing books.

"For those who are wondering, I actually believe in free press and freedom of expression, although we know that in the Malaysian context, it's easier said than done. But we must never give up. We must keep on moving. So there," he said.

It was previously speculated that Wan Hamidi would replace outgoing Bernama CEO Zulkefli Salleh.

Former culture and information minister Tan Sri Rais Yatim had said he was not in favour of Wan Hamidi being appointed to the position, claiming that this would politicise the news agency.

Wan Hamidi worked with The Star from 1994-1995 and 1997-1999.