Wednesday, July 08, 2009

'Atukship' in mind for Halid ...

With his eldest daughter getting married soon, long-serving Bernama staff Mad Halid Shariff is ready to enter a new phase in his life.
"It's time to prepare for 'Datukship'...a natural Datuk," said a beaming Halid, handing out the invitation cards for the wedding to office-mates.
Twenty-five year old Norhidayah, a research officer at Universiti Putra Malaysia, is the eldest of his six children.
Halid, 54, and his wife Norrizah will hold the reception at their home in Bandar Baru Sentul on August 1.
Widely-known as Bongek -- the name of his kampung in Negeri Sembilan, Halid has been in Bernama for 35 years and had witnessed much of its progress.
"I could not imagine then that Bernama would develop from a news agency to a multimedia organisation with radio and television outfits," said Halid who joined Bernama in 1974 as a library staff.
When the audio-visual department was set-up in 1999, Halid was among its pioneer batch with the crucial responsibility of archiving the visuals. The AV department eventually became what is now known as Bernama TV -- the 24-hour all-news channel on Astro 502.
"I'm glad Bernama is more visible now with the news bulletins in four languages over TV," he said.

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