Star Media Group bagged two awards at the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Construction Media Awards 2019.
The event, held for the fifth year, was a collaboration between CIDB and the Works Ministry to acknowledge the important role played by the media industry in the building and development sector.
A total of 322 entries were received from media companies in the peninsula in three categories — Print Media; Electronic Media and Online Broadcasting and Photography.
StarMetro journalist Sheila Sri Priya received the third prize in the Print category for her story “Urban Challenges” which highlighted calls by experts for early city planning for the benefit of an increasingly growing ageing population.
Meanwhile, The Star photographer Art Chen took the first prize in the Photography category for his shot of the LRT 3 construction site that accompanied the story headlined “All hands on deck in MRT Line 3”.
Sheila received RM2,000 cash while Chen took home RM5,000. Both were also presented with a certificate and trophy each.
Malaysian Press Institute chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya, who was chief secretariat for the awards, said the media entries had touched various aspects of the construction industry.
“Quality of construction, safety and professionalism, environment sustainability, productivity and the empowerment of the building sector were among topics the winning entries were based upon.
“The CIDB awards have encouraged the media to focus more on building sector reporting in recent years.”
Chamil said there were only 65 entries when the awards was first introduced in 2015.
“This year, we received an overwhelming number of entries with high-quality reporting.
“We hope the awards will continue in years to come as it helps keep the public informed of the various segments in the Malaysian construction sector.
“The building industry also provides job prospects for high-skilled workers and budding entrepreneurs, ” he added.
Works Minister Baru Bian said the event was part of the ministry’s appreciation towards the media industry.
“We see the media as our long-term partners. We hope to keep having a good relationship with the media and disseminate government initiatives to the public through your reporting, ” he added.
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