The Star journalist bags three green awards for his reports


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2019

Lo showing off his three certificates during the Green Pinang Awards presentation ceremony. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE STAR journalist Andy Lo walked off with three awards during the Penang Green Journalism Award 2019 held at The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel Penang.

Lo, 31, took home the Excellent Award for Hard News report category, the Special Award for Feature Writing category and Champion in Photojournalism category.

His winning article for the Hard News report category was ‘Baffled over illegal dumping’.

Six other articles were for the Feature Writing Category, titled ‘Mother Nature under siege’, ‘Only the tip of the iceberg’, ‘Action to be taken against dumpsite operator’, ‘MPSP goes after three landowners’, ‘No action yet on chemical waste’ and ‘No respite for dumping ground’.

“As a journalist, I think it is my duty to voice out for the environment.

“To me, writing about the environment helps raise awareness among the people.

“It must be the responsibility of everyone to look after the surroundings, starting from home and the small things that we do every day,” he said on Thursday.

The winning stories and photos were chosen among 90 submissions by journalists and photographers from different media outlets.

Penang Water Supply Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa (in batik) and state welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh (white shirt, second row) posing with recipients of the Penang Green School Award 2019.Penang Water Supply Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa (in batik) and state welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh (white shirt, second row) posing with recipients of the Penang Green School Award 2019.

During the Green Pinang Awards presentation ceremony, a total of 18 awards were given out under the Penang Green Journalism Award 2019.

Over 200 guests attended the dinner ceremony themed ‘Say No to Single Use Plastics’.

Penang Green Council general manager Josephine Tan Mei Ling said 43 offices received certification and incentives under Penang Green Office 2019.

“They comprise 25 government offices and 18 private firms,” said Tan.

“Meanwhile, there was a significant rise in the number of schools taking part in the Penang Green School Award.

“We started out with 54 schools in 2010 and the number has now risen to 241 schools,” she said.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also the Penang Green Council chairman, said it is never too late to embark on the path to be a sustainable city.

“The concept of green and smart city development is what we are looking into right now as cities will be the accelerators for sustainable economies and the transformation of societies.

“This is especially important as we are facing rapid urbanisation and climate change.

“By identifying future policy pathways and exploring more options in green technologies, we can build a much more resilient Penang,” he said in his speech.
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