Big victory for The Star at Medical Travel Media Awards 2021


The Star's journalist Chester Chin won Best Online Report of the Year (Malaysia) while assistant editor Revathi Murugappan was named Medical Travel Journalist of the Year (Malaysia) at the Medical Travel Media Awards (MTMA) 2021.

It was a victorious night for The Star when it won two awards at the Medical Travel Media Awards (MTMA) 2021.

The Star's assistant editor Revathi Murugappan was named Medical Travel Journalist of the Year (Malaysia) while journalist Chester Chin won Best Online Report of the Year (Malaysia).

They each took home RM8,000 cash prize and trophy in a virtual ceremony hosted by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and graced by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Health matters but the way information is disseminated matters more and I'm happy to have contributed to this. I hope my articles have made a difference to at least one reader's life.

"This win brings a much needed cheer to wrap the year," said Revathi.

Assistant editor Revathi Murugappan was named Medical Travel Journalist of the Year (Malaysia) Assistant editor Revathi Murugappan was named Medical Travel Journalist of the Year (Malaysia)

Chin won for his report titled Time to focus on Malaysian healthcare travellers amid the pandemic.

In the winning article, he highlighted how Malaysia’s medical tourism sector can better cater to domestic healthcare travellers amid Covid-19.

“The pandemic has hit the travel-reliant industry hard but this difficult period also gave the sector a chance to shift focus and do better,” he said.

Chin also won in the same category at the inaugural awards in 2019.

Journalist Chester Chin won Best Online Report of the Year (Malaysia), his second win in the category at the MTMA.Journalist Chester Chin won Best Online Report of the Year (Malaysia), his second win in the category at the MTMA.

MHTC chief executive officer Mohd Daud Mohd Arif said the media is important to the industry’s post-pandemic recovery.

“Media played an important role as our frontliners during the pandemic and continues to play an integral role in our post-pandemic recovery of the healthcare travel industry, putting us back on track through excellent journalism and storytelling,” he said.

The healthcare travel industry is currently in the rebuilding phase.

MHTC recently launched the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint 2021-2025 to offer a better healthcare travel experience by 2025.

The MTMA secretariat received 420 submissions with entries coming in from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Malaysia.

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