KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent journalist Datuk Liew Chen Chuan has been honoured as the Tokoh Wartawan Negara by the Malaysian Press Institute and Petronas.
This is the first time the prestigious award has gone to a journalist from the Chinese media.
The Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad managing director is the eighth person chosen to receive the ultimate accolade in Malaysian journalism since the inception of the award in 1988.
“Although communication technology has brought much changes to the media industry, certain journalistic principles, including truth, accuracy, fairness and balance, cannot be replaced,” Liew said during his acceptance speech.
He added that in all his years of journalism, he had sought to reach the basic goodness in people.
“I have always believed that with goodwill and sincerity, no problem is beyond solution,” he said, adding that the award had also recognised Sin Chew’s role and contribution towards nation-building.
Liew received his award from Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop at a ceremony here yesterday.
The 71-year-old joined Sin Chew Daily in 1961 as a reporter, and made his way through rank and file, finally reaching the position of editor-in-chief in 1981.
He was then appointed as the executive director of Sin Chew in April 1991, and was re-designated as the corporation managing director in September 2004.
Separately, Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, in his speech, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers was coming up with more comprehensive media guidelines.
He added the guidelines were also important to enable the ministry take the right action against those who deliberately try to sow discord among the people.
His speech at the event was read out by Abu Seman.
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