KUCHING: The Star bagged three prizes in different categories at the 28th Kenyalang Press Awards 2016.
Photographer Zulazhar Sheblee won the top prize in the photography category, receiving RM2,500, a plaque and certificate.
His winning entry titled “Bringing Turtles Home” showed a young girl watching a turtle heading into the sea.
Zulazhar and journalist Yu Ji were second runners-up in the Sustainability Journalism Awards (broadcasting category) for their video Natural gas producer’s CSR programme in Sarawak, which highlighted MLNG’s environment conservation project in Similajau National Park. They received RM1,000 as well as a plaque and certificates.
Also finishing as second runner-up and receiving RM1,000 was journalist Andy Chua in the news reporting awards (English category). His entry was titled Muslim group leads the way.
The awards were organised by the Federation of Sarawak Journalists Association and sponsored by Petronas, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Shell.
Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, who represented Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the ceremony on Saturday night, said the state government appreciated the role and contribution of the media to development in Sarawak.
“The media act as communication tools between the rakyat and the Government. They are an important venue for the rakyat to express their feelings and opinions on various issues and to request assistance.
“We recognise this feedback as information that can be used to improve our services and delivery system,” she said.
Fatimah also said the media played an effective role in disseminating information about the state’s policies and programmes, thereby helping to secure the people’s participation and support for government initiatives.
She said media reports on the fight against corruption and illegal logging and on the devolution of power to the state were examples worth noting.
“What you write will influence society and the Government. At times, it may even affect policy formulation and programmes,” she added.