KOTA KINABALU: The journalism industry in Sabah will not develop and excel without a union to champion journalists' rights and look into their welfare, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Norila Mohd Daud said today.
She said there were huge differences in perks enjoyed by journalists in the peninsula compared with those in Sabah, although they were in the same vocation.
"I'm sad to see that journalists in Sabah do not get perks which commensurate with their posts...their salary and benefits are not the same," she said after a meeting with media practitioners in Sabah here today.
Norila said she would look into the legal aspects of whether NUJ could be expanded to Sabah and Sarawak.Meanwhile, Sabah Journalists Association president Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said a pro-tem committee would be formed to discuss the matter with NUJ.-- BERNAMA
Having worked with New Straits Times for about 20 years, I fully agreed that journalists in Sabah needed an union to champion their welfare against the `unfair' treatments accorded to them by the managements of the newspapers they are working.