Veteran journo honoured for his excellent reports

Arulldas (right) receiving his award from Shanmuganathan. With them is Dr Baskaran.

VETERAN journalist Arulldas Sinnappan was honoured by the Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani for his outstanding performance in the media industry during its 10th installation banquet dinner held at the Park View Hotel.

The club recognised the journalist of 40 years in his career with ‘Excellence in Journalism’ award under its Vocational Service Award category for people who exemplified outstanding professional achievement.

Arulldas recently reported on the thousands of containers laden with electronic waste from United States and Europe which were waiting to pollute our land and it would have been a tragedy if the authorities had failed to address the issue.

In 2014, he was instrumental in reporting the grisly slit-throat murders involving 25 Myanmar nationals on mainland Penang.

In early 2015, he also reported on the abandoning of about 30 bodies of foreigners at oil palm plantations, cemeteries, rivers and secondary forest in the three districts of Seberang Prai. The bodies were wrapped in bed sheets and blankets.

He also exposed the weaknesses at the Thailand-Malaysia border, like the ‘rat holes’ and immigration checkpoints including the mass graves at Wang Kelian, near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Perlis.

Arulldas won the Malaysian Human Rights Commission award in 2015, with RM2,000 cash and the Malaysian Press Institute-Petronas ‘Excellent Investigative Reporting’ award.

He also shared RM10,000 with his cameraman Sayuti Zainudin, who was the co-winner.

District governor Dr G. Baskaran and the club’s outgoing president T. Shanmuganathan presented the award to Arulldas.

During the event, Choo Kai Hong was installed as the club president for the 2019-2020 term.
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