PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Press Institute’s (MPI) Malam Wartawan Malaysia (MWM) 2021 will not be held on June 18 as planned because of MCO 3.0.
However, organisers said the event might take place on Aug 20 while the MWM 2021 Sponsors’ ceremony is slated for July 8, subject to government approval.
MPI chairman Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said organisers made the tough decision to postpone the ceremony that recognised the works of Malaysian journalists in anticipation of the possibility that the MCO, which was supposed to end on June 6, might be extended following the rise in new Covid-19 infections.
“We also had to prioritise the safety and health of our guests before all else in adhering with the government’s ruling, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 18).
He said the Sponsors’ ceremony was supposed to take place on May 25 and apologised to both sponsors and journalists after a decision was made to postpone the event.
As in previous years, the MWM 2021 will showcase the best works of Malaysian journalists throughout 2020 that will receive the MPI-Petronas 2020 journalism award.
Last year’s event was celebrated with 300 guests under strict compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb Covid-19 infections.