PETALING JAYA: The Star executive editor Datuk Wong Chun Wai has won the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) best English news/features journalism award for a write-up on Militant Groups in Malaysia.
A photographer with The Star, Ahmad Zabidi Tusin, clinched the top prize for the best media photograph for a shot depicting the joy displayed by the Malaysian women's hockey team after beating Thailand at the 2001 SEA Games.
Wong won RM5,000 and a certificate while Ahmad Zabidi got RM3,000 and a certificate.
The main award - the Hadiah Kajai which comes with RM10,000 and a gold medal - was won by Karim Sulaiman of Berita Harian.
Foo Tick Fat of Nanyang Siang Pau won the Outstanding Journalist Award. He also took home RM10,000.
Other winners included Karam Singh Walla of TV3 for the best TV feature award, Ahmad Fauzi Mustafa of Berita Harian (best sports journalism), Nor Shamsinor Baharin of Massa magazine (best econo-mics/financial reporting) and Josephine Dass of TV3 (best TV journalism).
The prizes were sponsored by Petronas.
Information Minister Tan Sri Mohd Khalil Yaakob, who addressed the 2001 Malaysian Journalism Awards Night, cautioned the media not to allow any party to use it as a medium to spread hate journalism.
He said hate journalism, which was a term used to describe those who subscribe to the news, at all cost maxim as practised in the west, should not be disseminated in the country.
Such a trend does not make sense at all. What worries me is that it is closely linked to news involving race, religion, ethnic, culture and politics. For instance, the media could be used by certain quarters to hate a race or politician just like what happened recently.
Please remember that if we create room for our enemies, they will take advantage of the situation to create further chaos, he said.
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