KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian-Indonesian Journalists’ Association (Iswami) held a meeting with Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa on Monday (Jan 24) to discuss media cooperation programmes involving the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Iswami Malaysia president Datuk Mokhtar Hussain, deputy president Datuk Zulkefli Hamzah, vice-president Ashwad Ismail and advisor Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab.

The one-hour long meeting from 4pm discussed Iswami’s participation in the “Hari PERS Nasional” or National Press Day (NPD) in Indonesia, which will take place in Kendari, Sulawesi on Feb 9.

Traditionally, NPD is held every year in different cities in the republic, officiated by the Indonesian President and attended by Cabinet ministers, ambassadors, corporate figures and more than 5,000 media practitioners.

Also discussed at the meeting was the National Journalists’ Day celebrations, which are expected to be held from May 26 to 29 in Melaka.

On Nov 30 last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government has agreed to recognise May 29 as National Journalists’ Day.

“The government will continue to support programmes that are suitable to be implemented,” he said.

The first and last National Journalists’ Day celebration was held on April 11, 2018. – Bernama