MPI appoints CEO. The Malaysian Press Institute became a foundation in April and as a foundation it needs a chief executive and in Chamil Wariya, a seasoned journalist and a leading hagiographer, it has found its first CEO [Chamil Wariya appointed MPI CEO, Bernama].
The decision to transform the MPI into a foundation was taken after Zam, the Information Minister who recently suffered a major backlash after trying to to hijack the word goblok, agreed last year to set aside RM5 million for the MPI. That generous gesture came just before or just after the Institute decided to bestow upon Zam the coveted Tokoh Wartawan Negara. Many journalists frowned upon the decision to include Zam in the same league as A. Samad Ismail; many more did not see that award as a mere coincidence.
That notwithstanding, here's wishing Chamil all the best in his new undertaking. We know that lifting the standards and the martabat of journalism in this country is no mean task.