The Star bags four awards


(From left) Chan, Chin and Tan looking at their awards after the Penang Green Journalism Award 2016 prize presentation ceremony at Jen Hotel in George Town.

TWO journalists and a photographer from The Star shone bright at the Penang Green Journalism Award 2016 event, bagging four prizes.

Journalist Royce Tan, 25, a first-time winner, bagged two awards in the English category for his stories on excessive logging in the Ulu Muda forest reserve in Kedah.

He took home the RM2,000 Excellent Award in Hard News for his May 17, 2016 article ‘Vital to gazette Ulu Muda’ and the RM1,000 Special Award in Features Writing for his May 16, 2016 cover story exclusive ‘Logging out a forest reserve’.

“This is the first time I am winning the award. It was a very special issue for me as I really wanted to find out what was going on in Ulu Muda. It is a very important water catchment for Perlis, Kedah and Penang.

“The excessive logging by licensed loggers is dangerous and the forest reserve needs to be conserved,” Tan said.

He thanked Penang Water Supply Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa for tipping him off about the matter.

Sunday Star chief reporter Christina Chin, 38, has been winning in the event since it was introduced in 2014 by the Penang Green Council.

This time, she bagged the RM2,500 Excellent Award in the Features Writing (English category) for her story ‘Messing with the mind’ published on Nov 8 last year in Sunday Star.

“The story was about how a particular pesticide could cause harm to the human mind.

“It was important to me as stories on the environment are not ones that sell and not many usually read these articles,” she said.

Chin and Tan, who are based in The Star’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya, received their prizes from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the awards ceremony in George Town on Friday.

Penang-based photographer Chan Boon Kai, 34, bagged the third prize in the Photojournalism Category for his photograph of dead fishes in Sungai Bayan Lepas.

The photo was featured in the story ‘Probe into mystery of mass fish deaths’ on July 14 last year.

“I had never seen something like that before. There were so many dead fish,” said Chan, who took home RM800.

The Sun Daily journalist Imran Hilmy Tawfik Hilmy won the Special Award in Hard News for the English category while Sinar Harian reporter M. Gokina bagged the Special Award for both hard news and features in the Malay language category.

Oriental Daily reporter Ooi Choon Nam won the Excellent Award for both hard news and feature writing in the Chinese category while the Special Award (hard news) went to Nanyang Siang Pau’s Hung Yee Shang.

Nanyang Siang Pau’s Ooi Lay Koon and Lee Kam Fei took home the Special Award (features writing) for an article they jointly wrote.

Guang Ming Daily photographer Chuah Chin Keong won first prize in the Photojournalism category while Cheah Shee Yin from Nanyang Siang Pau took home the second prize.

Prizes were also given to winners of the Penang Environmental Sustainability Award, Penang Environmental Stewardship Award, Penang Green School Award, Penang Green Office Project Certification and Penang Green Video Contest.

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