| Shah Alam, Malaysia | 11 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
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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