In the national news agency's monthly assembly, Bernama chief executive officer Datuk Zulkefli Salleh has called on all staff to practise excellent work culture in discharging their daily duties.

He linked the value of freedom with the independence day theme this year on "Sayangi Malaysiaku" (i.e. love my Malaysia), saying staff should appreciate the country’s independence by understanding the value of freedom.

"Freedom means to free ourselves from negative attitudes, such as not wanting to work with colleagues, skipping work and hating each other," he explained, as reported by Bernama.

He added: "I hope that Bernama staff can help enhance the spirit of nationalism. Past leaders fought hard for the country's independence. Many of us especially the younger generation don’t know how difficult it was to gain independence."

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Meanwhile, Zulkefli urged the staff who were promoted, confirmed to their posts, and named "employee of the month" to remain committed in carrying out their duties.

He also expressed appreciation for the hard work put in by the staff to obtain the ISO 9001:2015 certification from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance and the Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) certification from SIRIM QAS International.

"Thank you and congratulations to all Bernama staff from all departments who have been involved directly or indirectly in helping to obtain these recognitions,” he said.

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