Institute gets RM394,500 in donations, sponsorship for journalism awards

Some of the sponsors of the Malaysian Journalism Awards holding up their pledges at an event organised by Malaysian Press Institute at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

THE Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) received donations and sponsorship worth RM394,500 for the Malaysian Journalism Awards.

MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said the event would be held on June 24 at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

He said 45 corporate bodies, state government agencies and media companies had sponsored the event.

“They included purchase of tables worth RM10,000 and RM7,500 by 27 organisations,” he said at the donation and sponsorship handover ceremony for the Malaysia Journalism Awards and MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2020 in Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas, which has been a sponsor since 1994, also sponsored RM300,000 for the winners of MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2020.

The national oil company agreed to support the awards for a further three years – from 2021 to 2023.

“This year eight new media organisations have also come forward to support the event,” said Chamil.

The Malaysian Journalism Awards, which acknowledges the work of Malaysian journalists, have been conducted by MPI since 1981.

“We first held the Malaysian Journalism Awards on Sept 16, 1981, and the event celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year,” said Chamil.

He said 350 media practitioners had submitted entries, an increase of 122 compared to 2020 with 17 categories contested.

The gold winner will take home RM10,000, while silver and bronze recipients will receive RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively, in addition to certificates and trophies. — By DARISHINI PRIYAA DEVADAS

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