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Truthful and OK news via TV Okey
Published on: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The newly-launched TV Okey is set to counter any fake news from other mediums, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Sabahans and Sarawakians will be able to obtain truthful and 'OK' news through this new channel," he said, during the launching ceremony, Wednesday. TV Okey can be tuned in through MyTV's channel 110 and Astro's channel 109.

Najib said the launching of the channel is timely as it is in line with the two main objectives of the broadcasting sector in the country.

"The first is the broadcasting agenda itself which is to deliver news and messages from the government to the people.

"And secondly, to develop the creative industry as I notice that Sabah and Sarawak has a pool of quality talent that can be further highlighted.

"Generally, Sabahans and Sarawakians are creative, and the new channel will become a new avenue for the people to polish their talents.

"The channel is specifically meant for Sabah and Sarawak, so there will be a longer airtime for contents from both states," he said.

He added, more talents from Sabah and Sarawak will be more motivated to be dive further into the creative industry.


"Programmes in the channel will also be more focussed on the grass-root level.

"The government can also convey any message to the people more conveniently, and what better way to do it then using the local dialects aside from the national language."

He is also confident that the new channel will be well-received and popular among the people, especially as a medium to promote unity and harmony.

"As we all know, Sabah and Sarawak are the best examples of social cohesiveness in the country," he said.

Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the branding of TV Okey used a bottom-up approach, involving an engagement with the grass-root level.

"The government has taken into consideration all views and inputs from the people who generally has voiced out that they are 'OK' with their daily lives albeit facing various challenges.

"In fact, even though there are various accusations being thrown by certain quarters who are envious towards the nation's success today, we are still OK.


"The country is OK, Sabah and Sarawak are OK, Sabah and Sarawak Chief Ministers are OK and our Prime Minister is the most OK," he said. Salleh hoped TV Okey will be able to capture all the important elements in its contents – to provide Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience and all these are Yours.

"I am confident that TV Okey will be able to explore the creative industry's potential in Sabah and Sarawak.

"It will expose local creative content at the national and international levels, and it will also function as a strong path in the efforts of uniting and stabilising the country."

TV Okey, he said, will showcase the colours of the various culture and lifestyle of the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

"It will also become a new electronic media to support the government's efforts to turn unity, tolerance, harmony and good values into a culture to strengthen the spirit of patriotism.

"The content of TV Okey is designed thoroughly so that it will cater to the audience' taste.

It is also designed to fit the digital television broadcast which will be initiated soon – a transition from analogue broadcast to digital," he said.


Salleh said the launching of TV Okey is timely as digital broadcast will open more opportunity for creative arts enthusiasts to be more active in producing more quality content according to the latest trend.

Also present were Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg, and other cabinet ministers from both Sabah and Sarawak. - Ricardo Unto


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