Datuk Yong Soo Heong said his father’s hope was for him to acquire a position in the government of Malaysia. Datuk Yong said he started working for Bernama, Malaysian national agency whose customers are both from the government and private sectors, providing news to customers across Malaysia.
He started out as a sports reporter as he loves to play badminton and later on he was transferred to the business section and his live interview with then-prime minister Dr.Mahatir Mohamad on Malaysian economic policy during the financial crisis in 1998 was televised nationwide. Datuk Yong Soo Heong was appointed Chief Executive, the third person to rise to the post in Bernama and the first Chinese Malaysian.
Asked what his challenges were when he led Bernama, he said the transition from business section to political section in his career and the lack of Malaysian reporters who had a good command of English speaking and writing.