Team ‘Buletin Utama’ emerged champions of the 2023 Media Bowling Championship held in conjunction with the National Journalists' Day (HAWANA) 2023 at Aeon Kinta City here, taking home RM1,500 in cash.

Second place for the media team category went to the ‘Bernama TV’ team who took home RM1,200 in cash and ‘Strike Force’ from Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) took home RM900 in third place.

Meanwhile, Media Prima Bhd News and Current Affairs, Television Networks group editor Kamaruddin Mape was announced as the winner of the Senior Media Officers’ High Series and High Game categories, taking home RM300 in cash.

Bernama News Service executive editor Harlina Samson won second place in the same category.

Earlier, Bernama International News Service Deputy Editor-in-Chief Jamaluddin Muhammad who also assumes the role of Bernama Editor-in-Chief, in his opening speech, welcomed the participation from various media agencies.

Among the media agencies involved were New Straits Times, Berita Harian, The Star, Malay Mail, The Vibes, Utusan Malaysia, Sinar Harian, Oriental Daily, Malaysia Nanban, Bernama, RTM, TV3, Astro Awani and Bernama TV.

Also joining the tournament were representatives from the Malaysian Women Journalists’ Association, Perak Media Practitioners Association, Penang Press Club, Mutiara Media Club, Kuching Division Journalists’ Association, Perak State Government Secretary's Office and Ipoh City Council.

Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia photographer Muhamad Nazreen Syah Musthafa, 35, said the organisation of such competitions was welcome, as they strengthened the friendship among media practitioners.

New Straits Times reporter Mikail Ong, 42, said he and his friends had come all the way from Penang just to celebrate HAWANA 2023.

"We came from Penang to liven up the atmosphere and to get to know the media practitioners here. We are all very happy to be able to celebrate HAWANA together this year, HAWANA is fabulous," he said.

For Borneo Post news reporter Ronnie Teo Teck Wei, 36, the programme held in conjunction with HAWANA was a very good opportunity for him to socialise and get to know media practitioners from Peninsular Malaysia.

"For a while, we always felt that we were quite separated from all the things happening over in the Peninsula. So to get a chance to get together is very good," he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency