The Main Press Centre (MPC) is to facilitate the dissemination of news and
photographs on the Kuala Lumpur 98 XVI Commonwealth Games in an
efficient and speedy manner befitting its status as the world's second
largest sporting event after the Olympics.
It provides some 1,800 journalists, photographers and technicians
from the print media (newspapers and news agencies) and non-rights holders
of the broadcast media with a conducive and practical working and living
Occupying four floors of the Mint Hotel, a 314-room hotel along the
Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway, the MPC is open round-the-clock for the
duration of the Games. The MPC is managed by BERNAMA, the Malaysian
National News Agency and the Host News Agency (HNA) for the Kuala
Lumpur 98 Games.
The MPC was set up to offer members of the accredited media:
- a functional work place
- a centre for information and data
- a centre for communications
- a centre for social and work interaction
- a service-cum-accommodation centre
- a one-stop centre for photo processing and transmission, and camera repairs service
The MPC is located about 1.5km from the National Sports Complex in
Bukit Jalil, the main venue for the Games from Sept 11-21.
Bus shuttle services operated by Games organisers Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad
link the MPC to the 22 competition venues in the Klang Valley.
The MPC is also accessible by Light Rail Transit and KTM Commuter trains
as LRT and KTM stations are located in its vicinity. Bus shuttle services
are also available between media hotels in Kuala Lumpur and the MPC.
The MPC's nerve centre is the Main Press Working Area,
a facility converted from the hotel's ballroom to accommodate up
to 500 journalists. There is also a briefing area that can
take in about 250 print and broadcast journalists.
Key features of the MPC:
Info and data:
- state-of-the-art communication facilities
- videowall showing proceedings at all venues
- HNA operations centre
- a photo processing and transmission centre
- interview rooms
- information and service kiosks
- Telekom Malaysia service centre
- press working offices
- host broadcaster's office
- travel and tour office
- medical/bank/postal services
- rooms for accommodation
Results of the 15 sports contested in the Games, including shooting in
the northern resort island of Langkawi, can be retrieved from MPC
computers the moment they are released by the organisers on the Games'
News and data are also available at the push of a button on Info 98 the
official Games information system provided by Sukom and Infolink and Newslink,
BERNAMA's information system with Internet access. Sukom's Info 98,
Infolink and Newslink form an integral part of the Games' information
and data system.
Information kiosks providing these services are placed at strategic locations in
the MPC, supported by high-speed printers for printout requirements.
Results and press releases are also available from pigeon holes in the
main working area. Infolink and Newslink carry news reports filed by
BERNAMA, with the former providing archival items.
Major international news agencies like Reuters, AFP and AP, and
several local and foreign newspaper groups and press agencies from the
United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have made reservations for
offices at the MPC. They include News Limited, Sydney Morning Herald
and Australian Associated Press (AAP) from Australia, New Zealand
Press Association (NZPA) and PA Sports of England.
Bernama Executive Editor Encik Zainoor Sulaiman as the Director heads
the MPC Secretariat. He is supported by five managers -- for Media
Services; Administration, Finance and Logistics; Photo Services; Results and
Technical Support; and Venues -- and the HNA Managing Editor.
The Secretariat is complemented by a security commander and medical
officer and 400 liaison officers and support service staff.
The MPC, which also manages the 23 sub-press centres in the Klang
Valley and Langkawi, begins operations on Sept 1, 1998, 10 days before
the opening ceremony for the Games.
Please direct inquiries to:
Main Press Centre Secretariat
3-5-3 Jalan SR 8/1
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 - 943 8888
Fax: 603 - 943 9999
- Mr. Musa Scully for Media Relations
- Mr. Rosli Hurmin for Photo Services
- Mr. Amin Hussaini Harun for Host News Agency operations