46 and still in prime shape

BEING 46 years old puts The Star in a prime position.

“We are a capable, experienced and reliable media house. And we embraced digital trans- formation too,” said Star Media Group regional operations general manager (north) Simone Liong at the company’s anniversary celebration at the Star Northern Hub in Penang.

Liong urged employees to take advantage of the company’s strengths while being mindful of the need to adjust to changing times.

Also present was Star Media Group news editor (regional) K. Suthakar.

The first issue of The Star was published on Sept 9, 1971.

Yesterday’s celebrations kicked off with a hearty buffet including roast lamb for the 180-odd staff in Penang. As an extra treat, there was a freezer full of popsicles.

Twelve employees received a gold coin each for 25 years of service while seven received a Tissot watch each for 15 years of service.

Information technology (north) senior executive Liew Meng Leong, 49, said he was honoured to earn his gold coin.

“The years have passed by so quickly. I’m glad I applied to join after seeing a job ad for an IT technician in 1992,” said Liew.

Another 25-year service award recipient was advertising sales support executive Mabel Chua, who said she started out as a clerical assistant.

“It was my first job. I didn’t know what to expect at first but I became better at it over the years,” said Chua, 45.

Visually handicapped assistant chief telephone operator, Hasni Sahad @ Shariff, 53, said her work was never dull.

“When you love your work, that tired feeling at the end of the day will not matter,” said the mother of three, who also received a gold coin.

Company driver B. Baskaran, 55, said he started as a security guard.

“I was happy to be at The Star but frustrated with my four years as a security guard. I jumped at the chance to be a driver and I now love my job,” said Baskaran, a 25-year service award recipient.

Kuldip Singh, 53, received the 15-year service award.

“I love my work here so much that I took the trouble to recognise the keys to all the 360 doors in the building,” said the security guard.

Earlier, the employees watched a live telecast of the launch of the new version of The Star Online at the company headquarters in Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.

They also listened to speeches by group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

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