Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi spoke with The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid (second left), Utusan Group Editor-in-Chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak (three right ) and Star Media Group Berhad Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (left) after the Luncheon Talk in Putrajaya. (NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH)

PUTRAJAYA: He is usually bombarded with questions from the media, but today Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi turned the tables on media practitioners.

In the two-hour luncheon talk session with chief editors and publications permit holders, Zahid asked 10 questions to the representatives from various media outlets on several issues including the challenges faced by the media and publication industry, as well as the need to review the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984.

It was like a press conference but this time, Zahid was the 'reporter'.

“Usually, I am the one who had to answer the questions from the press. But today I will throw all the questions to media practitioners.

“This is one of the approaches to get views and opinions from the media practitioners on how we can address issues and challenges faced by the media and publication industry, in view of the rise of the internet,” he said.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said it was the first time the ministry had such unique engagement session with the media.

Also present was Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

The event was attended by 500 local media and publication players. Present was The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid; NSTP editor-in-chief Datuk Yushaimi Maulud Yahaya, Star Media Group Berhad managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai; Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad Group chief editor Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak; and Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman,Datuk Seri Azman Ujang.

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