1. Fareez entertains guests, backed by musicians from P.O.R.T.

1. Fareez entertains guests, backed by musicians from P.O.R.T.

It was a farewell gathering, not a party, as departing from friends who are like family is never easy. That’s the feeling we all had with Club President Wan Asrudi Wan Hasan (Odi) being transferred to the Harian Metro bureau, Kuala Lumpur in a few days’ time.

2. the VIP table

2. the VIP table

3. Club adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles addresses the guests

3. Club adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles addresses the guests

The gathering, jointly organised by KSKMP and P.O.R.T., was graced by P.O.R.T board of governors member Dato’ Zainol Fadzi Paharudin who is also Perak State ExCo, along with club adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary.

4. speech by guest-of-honour YB Dato' Zainol Fadzi Paharudin

4. speech by guest-of-honour YB Dato’ Zainol Fadzi Paharudin

5. Odi shares his thoughts about working in Ipoh and experiences as Club President

5. Odi shares his thoughts about working in Ipoh and experiences as Club President

Odi, although Kelantanese, was schooled in Ipoh until Form Five, so Ipoh is as good as home. Joining Harian Metro, he was seconded to Ipoh as reporter. Two years later, he was promoted as Harian Metro Ipoh bureau chief. Harian Metro is part of the NSTP Group.

 6. a framed photo as memento for Odi

6. a framed photo as memento for Odi

 7. going through the photo collage of Club activities under the helm of Odi as President

7. going through the photo collage of Club activities under the helm of Odi as President

Despite his busy schedule, Odi assumed the role of President at Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (English: Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club) in 2014, and gamely faced the challenges that came his way. Through his leadership, the club grew from strength to strength. With support from government sector, private corporations and NGOs, this organisation is one of the more active press clubs in the country.

8. the photo collage

8. the photo collage

 9. Ipoh Mayor's Press Secretary Syahrizal (R) presents a parting gift to Odi

9. Ipoh Mayor’s Press Secretary Syahrizal (R) presents a parting gift to Odi

Core activities of the club include reaching out to underprivileged communities through charity initiatives, forging ties among media practitioners through sports and of course, promoting Perak as a tourist destination.

10. a floral garland for Odi

10. a floral garland for Odi

11. brothers-in-arms

11. brothers-in-arms

Under the helm of Odi, KSKMP undertook overseas missions to Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan as well as Palestine. With Odi’s transfer from Perak, hopefully his successor will be just as dynamic. He (or she) certainly has huge shoes to fill.

Event: Farewell Gathering for Odi, President Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP)
Venue: P.O.R.T., Ipoh
Date: 10th Feb, 2018
Time: 9.30pm

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