KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) has received RM775,000 in donations and sponsorship to organise the Malaysian Journalism Awards (MWM 2023) scheduled to be held on June 9.
The sponsorship was from 45 corporate organisations, government agencies, state governments and Cabinet ministers as well as cash prize contributions to the winners of the MPI-PETRONAS Malaysian Journalism Awards (HKM) 2022 from Petronas worth RM300,000.
MPI chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya (pic), who was also the MWM 2023 chairman, on Tuesday (May 16) received mock cheques from 36 representatives of various organisations and government agencies at the Celebrating MWM 2023 Contributors event.
Chamil said MWM 2023, to be held at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, had also received contributions from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Sabah government, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and the New Sarawak Tribune.
He said the RM300,000 cash prize contributions from Petronas, which was entering its 30th year as the main sponsor of the MPI-Petronas journalism awards, would enable the winners of the 17 categories to receive generous rewards.
"In addition, five media organisations have also come forward as sponsors, taking the total number of sponsors to 45. A total of seven corporate organisations and a foundation for the first time gave donations and sponsorships to make MWM 2023 a success.
"All collections, just like in previous years, will be used towards the ceremony that recognises the best works in journalism in accordance with the new media landscape in this country,” he said in a speech at the event on Tuesday.
Chamil also said there would be 386 participants for HKM 2022, which is an increase of 33 participants compared to HKM 2021.
"There are 17 categories contested and the winners will be announced at MWM 2023. The Best Infographics category has 31 entries, which is an increase of 19," he said.
He said as many as 44 media organisations are competing to win the main prizes, which are the Kajai Award worth RM30,000 and gold prizes of RM10,000 for 15 categories.
"A silver prize worth RM1,500 and a bronze prize worth RM1,000 will also be offered. The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) and Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) are the two news organisations that aggressively submitted entries, with 61 entries from NSTP and 58 from Bernama," he added. - Bernama