Milestones

Major Milestones of MPI, 2008-2011

  • 13 April, 2007 – registration  as  a foundation approved by Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives  Minister  Datuk Seri Shafie Afdal.
  • May 27, 2007 –  A Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Thomson Foundation of  Cardiff, United Kingdom for cooperation in training. MPI represented by its Acting Chairman Datuk Chamil Wariya and  Mr Russel Lyne the Head of Development of  Thomson signed for the foundation at the  Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. The Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin witnessed the ceremony.  Two  International Journalism Fellowship (IJF),  one in  2008  and another in 2009 had been succesfully carried out with Thomson’s cooperation. Also, a panel  of experts of the Foundation  provided  separate training sessions  for local journalists.
  • January 1, 2008 – MPI  carried out operations fully as a non-profit organisation. Datuk Chamil Wariya, commenced duties as the Chief Executive Officer while still being the chairman succeeding  Datuk Seri Azman Ujang who relinquished his post after his retirement from  BERNAMA.
  • April 13, 2008 – The first International Journalist Fellowship programme launched by Information Minister  Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Chik  at  Rumah Universiti, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • May 26, 2009 – MPI relocates to new premises, a former government quarters at 2945, Jalan Bukit Ledang, off Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.
  • November 10, 2009  – MPI collaborated with the United States Embassy Kuala Lumpur to organise the Workshop on Reporting on Trafficking in Persons.
  • September 2, 2009 – Inks agreement with PETRONAS to continue sponsorship of the Malaysia MPI Petronas Journalism Awards Malaysia for a further five years until 2014. Prizes offered : RM300,000.00 for  13 categories contested. MPI represented by its Chief Executive Officer  Datuk Chamil Wariya while PETRONAS by its Senior General Manager of Corporate Affairs. The signing was witnessed by Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Merican, the Chief Executive Officer of the national oil company.
  • February 21, 2011 – The programme of Zamalah Wartawan 1Malaysia launched by Information, Communication and Culture Ministry  Secretary General Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf on behalf of the minister   Datuk Seri Utama Rais Yatim.
  • March 13, 2011 – Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) for conducting academic courses at  post graduate level, starting September 2011. The specialised programme was for journalists to persue for a master programme in managerial communication but could not be carried out because there were not enough participants. MPI was represented by Datuk Chamil Wariya and UUM  by its Vice-Chancellor Datuk Dr. Mustapa Ishak.
  • December 10, 2015  – The Institute of Journalism Studies (IJS), Universiti Teknologi MARA and MPI officially signed an agreement to collaborate in organizing seminars, research and publication.