BANDUNG, June 9 – The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and the Indonesian news agency Antara have taken steps to enhance collaboration with all news agencies in Southeast Asia so that formation of Asean Community 2015 will benefit the whole community in the region. Both news agencies agreed that close ties between the national news agencies in Southeast Asia can provide information and awareness to the people that the formation of Asean Community will make them a dignified race internationally.

This was contained in the Bandung Declaration in conjunction with the three-day Bernama-Antara Summit which ended here Sunday. In addition, to ensure the formation of a mutually understanding, dynamic, prosperous and peaceful Asean Community, Bernama and Antara will play the role as a conduit of information to the people. The summit also agreed that Bernama and Antara will enhance the close ties, thereby enhancing ties between Malaysia and Indonesia. The Bernama delegation was led by Editor-in-Chief, Datuk Zulkefli Salleh while the Antara delegation was led by Chief Executive Officer, Saiful Hadi.

Also present were Antara Editor-in-Chief Akhmad Kusaeni, Bernama Deputy Editor-in-Chief (Domestic News Service) Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab, Bernama Deputy Editor-in-Chief (Audio Visual Service) Mokhtar Hussain and Radio24 Chief Operating Officer Azlan Idris. Bernama-Antara Summit 2014 with the theme “Together Pioneering Success” is the second after the first summit held in Melaka in 2011. Zulkefli said the synergy between Bernama and Antara had provided many benefits and ‘enlightened’ information to the people of Malaysia and Indonesia. “Collaboration between Bernama and Antara has a big impact and improved ties between the two countries in terms of social, economic, politics and culture.

“The sharing of information between Bernama and Antara has enlightened information. Our peoples get to know each other in many aspects.” He also expressed a commitment to continue working with Antara by maximising their potential in text reporting, TV and radio programmes. Meanwhile, Saiful Hadi said Antara and Bernama collaborate in Southeast Asia daily via the sharing of news from Indonesia and Malaysia. “Antara and Bernama have a history and the close ties of both news agencies have made ties between Indonesia and Malaysia become more dynamic,” he added.

At the summit, Bernama and Antara launched new exchange programmes produced by BernamaTV and Antara TV titled ‘Salam Dari Kuala Lumpur and “Salam Dari Jakarta’ which are expected to be shown from June 28. ‘Salam Dari Kuala Lumpur’ covers current issues, leisure news and success stories of Indonesians in Malaysia. The 30-minute programme produced by BernamaTV will be shown by Antara TV in Indonesia while BernamaTV will show ‘Salam Dari Jakarta’ produced by Antara TV. Both news agencies also plan to jointly publish the tabloid ‘Sinergi’ which revolves around a variety of news about Malaysia and Indonesia.

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