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The Singapore Press Club announces new management committee for 2009/2010

Singapore, 20 April 2009 - A mix of young and old, and veterans and fresh faces, have been elected to the management committee of the Singapore Press Club.

The annual general meeting of the 500-member club of journalists and associate members was a harmonious affair. Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ English and Malay newspapers division, was re-elected president, a year after he first took over from long-serving president Leslie Fong.

Mr Fong, Senior Executive Vice President of SPH’s Marketing division and former Editor of the Straits Times, was re-elected Vice President. MediaCorp editors Lau Joon-Nie and Bhagman Singh were also re-elected Vice Presidents.

Business Times journalist George Joseph was elected Honorary Secretary, taking over from Mr Narendra Aggarwal, who stepped aside after an 18-year stint as the Club’s Secretary. He remains in the committee as a member.

Straits Times political correspondent Syed Zakir Hussain, at 29 years, is the youngest in the committee. He was elected Assistant Honorary Secretary.

Other new faces in the committee include Carol Foo and Pauline Tan of MediaCorp and Cassandra Tay of the Media Development Authority.

SPH Marketing Division’s Elsie Chua was re-elected Hon Treasurer and veteran club member Ronald Lam, Assistant Treasurer.

Other committee members elected include prominent journalists Vikram Khanna of Business Times, Conrad Raj of Today and former Straits Times Editor in Chief and industry veteran Peter Lim.

The full management committee is listed at Annex 1.

The Singapore Press Club, founded in 1971 by two local media luminaries - namely the late former President of Singapore, Mr Wee Kim Wee, and former Straits Times Group Editor in Chief, the late Mr T.S. Khoo - is stepping up its professional activities and placing emphasis on reaching out to its younger members.

Last year, a Young Media Professionals Chapter was set up with activities geared towards their interests.

Mr Daniel said: “Some long-serving members felt this amounts to ageism. But my view is, unless we go out of our way to reach out to the younger set, we won’t be relevant to them. But to older members, my assurance is that they are welcome to attend all events, including those organised by the Young chapter. I am grateful for the strong support for this at the AGM.”

The club also widened its range of activities to suit the diverse profile of its membership. It launched more sports events, including an annual golf tournament, as well as guided tours of museums and visits to new facilities such as the Marina Barrage. It also kept abreast of professional issues such as new media technologies and the impact of the Internet on news gathering and dissemination.

The Club has also lined up a host of privileges for members on presentation of their membership cards. The list of privileges is at Annex 2. Mr Daniel said he hopes to add more retail outlets and lifestyle activities that appeal to the young to the list of benefits.

The Press Club’s website ( has also been re-launched and updated.

For more information, please contact:

George Joseph
Honorary Secretary
The Singapore Press Club
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