The Malaysia Global Business Forum hosted the MGBF Golden Quill Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur on 2 May 2019, on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, which was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference.

“World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence and importantly pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  The Malaysian media have taken impressive steps to improve the capacity of the media industry in the last year, we want to recognise those at the cutting edge of this development,” stated Nordin Abdullah who is the Founding Chairman of the Malaysia Global Business Forum.

Nordin Abdullah who is also an EXCO member of the Malaysia Australia Business Council said, “The Journalist Welfare Fund is an important initiative by the National Press Club, we are pleased to make our contribution and call on others in the corporate sector to consider doing the same.” National Press Club President, Dato’ Ahirudin Attan @ Rocky Bru received a contribution on behalf of the fund. The Malaysia Global Business Forum also made additional CSR contributions to the Malaysia Cricket Association and the Selangor MAC Futsal teams.

The categories that were recognised this year were as follows:

Winner Organisation & Post Award
1.     Rashid Yusof Group Editor and Deputy Sports Editor – New Straits Times Best Sports Industry Development Award
2.     Shannon Teoh Bureau Chief of Malaysia – Straits Times Best International Bureau Coverage Award
3.     Hafidz Baharom Columnist & Commentator Most Influential Commentary Award
4.     Zaidi Azmi Senior Reporter – The Mole Emerging Reporter of the Year Award
5.     Azman Abdul Hamid Foreign Editor – New Straits Times Press Best International Business Reporting Award
6.     Gerard Ratnam Executive Producer Current Affairs, Bernama Best International Business Community Coverage Award
7.     Satthivel Murugan Manager, Advertising & Marketing

Sun Media Corporation Sdn Bhd (The Sun Daily)


Best Local Business Marketing Award
8.     Juniza Yasmin Business Development Senior Manager – Star Media Group Best Integrated Media Award
9.     Shaun Orange Editor – Star Media Group Best SME & Local Business Coverage
10.  Christine Pereira PR Newswire


Most Innovative News Distribution
11.  Shafizan Johari Astro Awani Most Innovative Data Driven Journalism
12.  Gunaprasath Bupalan Property360Digest / Property on Traxx / iHaus Property Portal Best Property Industry Reporting
13.  Robin Augustin Reporter – FMT Best CSR Reporting
14.  Chau Yen Loong Founder – Harvestmedia Emerging Data Analytics Firm
15.  Harizal Zain Director Best Social Media Video Development
16.  Rafe’aton bt Md Ali BERNAMA News Channel Best Report on Women in Business
17.  Nor Hayati Bt. Yaakub BERNAMA News Channel Best Report on Women in Business

The MGBF Golden Quill Media Awards is hosted by the Malaysia Global Business Forum, supported by the Crisis Management Centre and media consulting firm Bendahara Solutions.

The Malaysia Global Business Forum was established to assist stakeholders at the intersection of international business and Malaysian business through advisory, advocacy, research, networking and business matching. The awards night recognised the important role that the media plays in that dynamic.


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