KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-eight editors from media establishments in the country have joined the panel of judges for the first-ever National Press Club-MACROKIOSK Muhibbah Award series beginning this month.

From this pool of media editors, five will be entrusted to evaluate nominees shortlisted by the NPC Awards Committee for each month.

Nominations are now open. Anyone can submit by:

This award series, organised by NPC and enterprise solutions platform provider MACROKIOSK, recognises any individual, group or organisation that best exemplifies the true spirit of Muhibbah in Malaysia.

The panel will decide on the award conferred monthly on individuals and organisations whose courageous deeds and selfless acts have made a tremendous impact on the nation and its people in the most generous sense.

Here are the judges, in alphabetical order:

  1. Astro: Vincent de Paul, vice-president news & editorial advisor Astro Awani;
  2. Astro Awani: Ashwad Ismail, SAVP, News & Current Affairs;
  3. Berita Harian: Datuk Ahmad Zaini Kamaruzzaman, Group Editor & concurrently New Straits Times Press Group Managing Editor;
  4. Berita Harian: Thillinadan, Deputy Group Editor;
  5. Berita Harian: Kamarulzaidi Kamis, Business Editor;
  6. Bernama: Saraswathi, Business Editor;
  7. Bernama: Zaharin Mat Noor, Online Editor;
  8. Bernama TV: Gerard Ratnam, Executive Producer;
  9. Focus Malaysia: Cheah Chor Sooi, Executive Editor;
  10. Free Malaysia Today: Frankie D’Cruz, Editor-at-Large;
  11. Makkal Osai: B.R. Rajan, News Editor;
  12. Malaysia-China Insight Trilingual News: Datuk Keith Li, Founder;
  13. Malaysian Insight: Jahabar Sadiq, Editor;
  14. Media Prima TV Networks: Kamaruddin Mape, Group Editor, News & Current Affairs;
  15. New Straits Times: Farrah Naz Karim, Group Editor;
  16. New Straits Times: Sharanjit Singh, Executive Editor, Content & Digital;
  17. New Straits Times: Zuraimi Abdullah, Business Editor;
  18. New Straits Times: Ahmad Najmuddin Najib, Associate Editor, Digital & Print;
  19. RTM: Suhaimi Sulaiman, Director-General of Broadcasting;
  20. RTM: Norismadi Abd Manap, Sukan RTM Head of Channel;
  21. Sin Chew Media Group: Chan Aun Kuang, executive editor-in-chief;
  22. Sinar Harian: Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, managing editor;
  23. The Mole: Datuk Nuraina Samad, Managing Editor;
  24. The Star: Esther Ng, Chief Content Officer;
  25. The Star: Jagdev Singh, Business Editor;
  26. The Star: Philip Golingai, News Editor;
  27. Twentytwo13: Pearl Lee, Managing Editor; and,
  28. Utusan Borneo: Lichong Angkui, Chief Editor.

In welcoming these editors on board, NPC president Datuk Ahirudin Attan said NPC was fortunate to have the support of both mainstream and digital media fraternity for this most important award series ever organised by the club.

“We are grateful for the support and cooperation shown by these highly-reputed editors across all languages and segments,” he said.

“These judges represent the diverse Malaysian Press fraternity, symbolising the spirit of muhibbah that NPC is trying to revive in Malaysian society,” he added.

MACROKIOSK Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Kenny Goh, in expressing his appreciation for the support and response from the senior editors, said: “We are deeply honoured that these busy editors from mainstream and digital media titles have come together to form the panel of judges.”

“Their task in evaluating nominations is central to the success of this award series as we set out to make a difference in Malaysian society and bring back the spirit of muhibbah. We look forward to engaging and productive sessions in the months ahead,” he added.

The monthly winner (individual/organisation) stands to take home RM2,000. The winners will also receive vouchers from top regional lifestyle tea brand Tealive, Malaysia’s leading lifestyle fresh market brand Jaya Grocer and top natural yoghurt brand llaollao.



About National Press Club of Malaysia (NPC)

The NPC was founded on June 6, 1948, when a group of journalists came together at an inaugural meeting at the old Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The NPC now has over 300 members. A non-profit organisation, the club organises social events for media practitioners regularly. NPC also organises talks and workshops on media practices and current events affecting the profession.



MACROKIOSK is an enterprise solutions platform company in Asia that helps businesses to acquire, grow and retain customers. MACROKIOSK operates from 12 offices globally and serves over 5,000 customers from 37 countries across 24 industries. MACROKIOSK’s BOLD. enterprise solutions platform provides omnichannel communication, multichannel payment, analytical engagement and actionable marketing to drive customers’ business communication efficiency, payment requirements, customer engagements and marketing interactions towards market demands.


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