KUALA LUMPUR: The Star Media Group (SMG) has three long-standing partners in the rakyat, the government and corporations, who have contributed to its success over the past 50 years.
SMG chairman Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung said the media is a necessity in today's fast-paced world, and media providers must ensure that they remain agile, diverse and versatile to meet consumers' needs.
"The Star's current success is one built upon the firm foundation of our relationship with various stakeholders – the rakyat, the government and corporate Malaysia.
"Moving forward, these relationships between The Star and our partners will remain crucial towards our common goal of unlocking new opportunities in bringing the best to consumers.
"On behalf of Star Media Group, I offer our heartfelt thanks to you, our partners, clients and stakeholders. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us over the past 50 years and thank you for continuing to support real and lasting change in the Malaysian media.
"It is never about what we can achieve individually, but rather the great strides we can make together. "We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the government for their support and (we) look forward to working even closer together for the benefit of all Malaysians," he said during his speech at SMG's 50th anniversary celebration at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Nov 9).
Also in attendance at the celebration were Transport Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Several VIPs also in attendance were Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, EcoWorld deputy president and deputy chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sundarajoo Somu, UCSI group founder and chairman Datuk Peter Ng and Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias.
Over the past 50 years, Chor added that The Star had evolved from print to one of the top integrated media solutions providers in Malaysia.
He said this demonstrates The Star's integral role in the nation's development.
"At the heart of this remains our core guiding principles – our commitment to providing accurate, compelling and comprehensive stories to our readers, and being steadfast in our mission to 'Inform, Inspire and Innovate'.
"We are here now because we have cultivated a community of readers, and we will continue to spearhead innovative solutions in our goal to bring added value to both our users and stakeholders," he said.
With The Star's role as "The People's Paper", Chor said SMG shares a common goal of striving to deliver the best for the nation.
"With our unique position as a leading voice in the media industry, SMG will continue to do its part to support Malaysia's socio-economic growth and nation building through our myriad of print, digital, radio and on-ground mediums.
"That being said, in my short time as the group's chairman, I have had the privilege of working with an organisation filled with exceptional and passionate people, all of whom care deeply about our brand's vision in making a difference in our communities.
"Testament to this are the various campaigns and numerous engagements that have made a significant impact and subtly become a part of our day to day life," he said.
He added that each and every one of The Star's brands has left an indelible mark on people across Malaysia, noting that they would strive to strengthen its impact through informative, inspirational and innovative media-rich experiences.
"I would also like to take the chance to address all our readers and consumers – the lifeblood of our organisation. You are the driving force behind our commitment to quality and excellence, and everything we do is with you in mind. We hope that you too will embrace the new future with us.
"Over the past year of our anniversary, we have reminisced, we have celebrated, and we have resonated with past accomplishments. Now, we look forward to what's to come, and we set our sights on even greater goals," he said.