Selangor award for RTM newscaster Harjit Singh Hullon

Veteran Malaysian news reader gets Datukship from the state of Selangor. Harjit has been reading news on national TV for 43 years.

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| Shah Alam, Malaysia | 11 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Harjit Singh Hullon and hiw wife Sabinder Kaur after the award ceremony at Istana Alam Shah on 11 Dec 2016 – PHOTO SUPPLIED

Harjit Singh Hullon, veteran newscaster who is probably the most recognised Sikh face in Malaysia, received an award from the Sultan of Selangor today carrying the title Datuk.

The 63-year old news reader at Radio Television Malaysia (RMT) was bestowed the title Dato Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS).

“This is one for all Sikhs, not me alone. I’m the face and the voice of the Sikhs,” he tells Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation after receiving the award. “It’s yet another feather in the cap for Sikhs.”

Harjit, who retired five years ago as the principal assistant director of TV news, was in charge of four desks, handling English, Mandarin, Tamil and international news.

But he still goes on the air at the national TV station. That makes it 43 years of continuous news reading service.

“I will be calling it the day next year,” he said.

Harjit was one of the 101 people who received various titles and awards from Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at his 71st birthday’s investiture ceremony at the Istana Alam Shah.

In 2011, he was recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as being the longest serving newscaster, a record which will be hard to beat as he is still at it.

Harjit joined RTM as a radio deejay in 1972 and moved to television the next year where he started reading news.

“Ever since the first time I tuned in to the radio, I knew I wanted my voice to be heard too,” he said in an interview then.

The bilingual newscaster, known for his flawless Bahasa Malaysia and English, won the inaugural Infor­mation Minister’s Special Award at the Angkasapuri Awards presentation ceremony in 2006, the report added.

As a regular and familiar face to viewers of RTM as well as being the only Sikh newscaster on the channel, Harjit says his friends have given another meaning to the acronym ‘RTM’.

“My friends say it stands for ‘Regular Turbanned Man’,” he joked, as captured in the report.

 

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  1. FMT, a Malaysian-based news portal, quotes Asia Samachar. Chakday!

    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/12/12/this-ones-for-all-sikhs-says-newscaster-of-datuk-ship/

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    This one’s for all Sikhs, says newscaster of ‘Datuk-ship’

    FMT Reporters | December 12, 2016

    Veteran newscaster Harjit Singh Hullon is bestowed the ‘Datuk-ship’ in conjunction with the Sultan of Selangor’s birthday.

    PETALING JAYA: RTM newscaster Harjit Singh Hullon has dedicated the “Datuk” title he received from the Sultan of Selangor to all the Sikhs he knows.

    Speaking on the telephone to Asia Samachar, an online newspaper for Sikhs in the region, Harjit said, “This is one for all Sikhs, not me alone. I’m the face and the voice of the Sikhs.”

    Harjit is a familiar face for most Malaysians who watch the prime time news on telly.

    Calling it “yet another feather in the cap for Sikhs”, Harjit, 63, was bestowed the title Datuk Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS) on the occasion of the Sultan of Selangor’s 71st birthday.

    Despite retiring five years ago as the principal assistant director of TV news, Harjit still goes on the air like clockwork at RTM, something he has been doing for the past 43 years and counting.

    “I will be calling it a day next year,” he said however, after having successfully made it into the Malaysia Book of Records in 2011 as the longest serving newscaster. Way to go, Harjit!

    Harjit joined RTM as a radio deejay in 1972 and found his true calling as a newscaster the next year when he started reading news on television.

    “Ever since the first time I tuned in to the radio, I knew I wanted my voice to be heard too,” he was reported to have said in an interview all those years ago.
    Harjit is well known for his flawless diction of both spoken Malay and English, and for being the only Sikh newscaster at RTM.

    Joking to the media about his fame, Harjit good-naturedly related how he was known among his friends as RTM, and no, it did not mean Radio Television Malaysia, the station he worked for but “Regular Turbanned Man”.

    Harjit was one of the 101 people who received various titles and awards from Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor at his birthday investiture ceremony at the Istana Alam Shah.

  2. Mr Harjit, You made me and The Sikh Community Proud. You perfected my Malay Announcements For Malaysia Airlines. Thank you for the guidance. Congratulations and well done Sir.

  3. I used to see you on RTM ever since i was small. I admired how fluvent you read the news in Bahasa Malaysia..
    You are Awesome!!! Mr Harjit Singh Dhillon..
    Congratulations & Best Wishes
    God Bless You with Good Health & Happy Family..

  4. Congratulation Harjit… you very well deserved this recognition as you have made Sikhs non only in Malaysia but the International Sikh diaspora proud. You significant Turban has taken you this far. Yes you add to the History book of the Sikhs in Malaysia. Weldone and keep inspiring our Sikh youths.

  5. he should deserves to get this award 10 years ago….but some funny some jokers, criminals & not deserve getting this award now days …..

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