US political delegates visit SMG

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  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

Meeting of minds: R.AGE deputy executive editor and producer Ian Yee (right) speaking to the ACYPL delegates at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya.

PETALING JAYA: A group of young American political leaders paid a visit to Star Media Group (SMG).

The six delegates from the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) were on an exchange programme to learn about politics, public policy and social development in Malaysia and Cambodia.

During their trip to Menara Star on Tuesday, they also visited SMG’s R.AGE team to learn more about its award-winning investigative and impact journalism work.

Aside from SMG, the delegation also visited the Malaysian Parliament and met with lawmakers such as Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin and Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching.

“I was inspired by the steps the team at R.AGE is taking to engage the public on social issues and move democracy forward for the people of Malaysia, ” said Erika Connors, assistant majority floor leader of the House of Representatives in New Hampshire.

“From the US to Cambodia and Malaysia, my eyes have been opened on the impact that the media can have on the people’s ability to see our leaders, government and the world in truth, ” she added.

The delegates were introduced to R.AGE’s investigative documentaries and advocacy campaigns, including the Predator In My Phone sexual crimes investigation and the upcoming Eye On The Ball cinema film on the Malaysian blind football community.

Their visit at Menara Star ended with a discussion about the media landscape in Malaysia with SMG chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis.

The delegates were hosted by the KL Society in Malaysia throughout the duration of their exchange from Oct 4 to 9, and met with government officials, politicians, civil society organisations, policy experts and members of the business community.

ACYPL is a bipartisan, non-profit educational exchange organisation committed to introducing young political leaders to policy and decision-making processes around the world.

The delegation also comprised Noblesville mayor-elect Chris Jensen, Butler Snow LLP senior government relations adviser Caroline Sims, Northeast Target Corporation director of advocacy Jessica Stram, Longbow Partners government affairs executive Ben Stratmann and Iowa Department of Justice deputy attorney general Nathan Blake.

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