The Starchalked up another achievement when journalist Andrew Sia was declared the Best Malaysian Writer for Sabah Tourism Articles during the glittering Sabah Tourism Awards 2003 ceremony graced by Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat in Kota Kinabalu recently.
He won the award for his article Surviving in the Jungle published in the Star's Weekender section last July.
The article highlighted how Sardib Miki, a simple self-educated mountain guide could produce a world class eco-tourism product on real jungle survival minus the fanfare associated with the Survivor television series filmed in Sabah. It also explored how a small eco-tourism programme in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu can motivate fellow villagers to preserve their own plots of forest.
According to the organisers, Sabah Tourism Board, the award "recognises the best tourism coverage on Sabah" during 2001-2002 by a Malaysian writer.
The other nominees for the award were David Bowden, for the article Sabah's Wild Rapids published in the Malaysia Airlines in-flight magazine Going Places and Elizabeth Majaham/Larry Ralon for Agriculture Park published in the newspaper Daily Express.
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