Malaysia Focus and Astro Awani journalists top winners at AMP2017


KUALA LUMPUR: An article on the ambitious River of Life (ROL) project bagged the top prize for Ang Hui Hsien from Focus Malaysia at the 2017 CIDB Construction Media Award (AMP 2017) night on 13 October, 2017

The soft-spoken 30-year-old Ang walked away with a cash prize of RM5,000 for the print category.

Her article, titled ‘River of Opportunity’, took about a month to finish – from concept to research, interviews and writing.

“This win is such a surprise. The article was the result of team effort and my editor. And I must thank my colleague for encouraging me to submit the story for AMP 2017,” she said.

She added that the biggest recognition for her was knowing that people read her article and it inspired her to write better.

The second prize was won by Malay Mail’s Syed Jaymal Zahiid for his article ‘How a skewed system keeps house prices high and developers rich’, which won him a RM3,000 cash prize.

The third prize of RM2,000 went to The Star’s Shalini Ravindran for her article titled ‘Impeded by poor planning’.


For the electronic media and online broadcasting category, the top prize of RM5,000 went to journalist Hilal Azli and cameraman Samsulkamal Abd Latip from Astro Awani for their coverage on the KL Eco City bridge collapse.

Hilal, 30, revealed that his motivation stemmed from wanting to educate the public on reporting using platforms such as live TV, live Twitter, Facebook and radio.

The second price of RM3,000 went to NTV7 duo of Wan Eizzul Islam Wan Zulkifli and Khairul Azwan Khalil for the reporting on federal trunk roads.

TV3’s Mohd Safwan Sawi and Mohd Jufri Mohd Judin won the third prize of RM2,000 for their coverage on the MRT project.


In the photography category, Lek Kah Meng of Sin Chew Daily won the top RM5,000 prize for his ‘What a splash of fireworks!’ entry, while New Straits Times photographer Mohamed Sairien Mohamed Nafis won the second prize (RM3,000) and The Star’s Puspanathan Periannan settled for the third prize (RM2,000).

Chief guest at the event, Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof said the media awards night was organised to recognise the invaluable contribution made by members of the media as well as to honour the best journalistic works on the local construction.

“The media plays a significant role, especially in highlighting the positive progress of the construction industry so that we may inspire the construction industry to be better,” he added.

AMP 2017 was organised by the Ministry of Works (MoW) in cooperation with the Construction Industry Development Malaysia (CIDB).

Introduced since 2015 and with the assistance of the Malaysian Press Institute, the award night for the media fraternity in Peninsular Malaysia was attended by more than 250 members of the media. About 144 submissions were received for all three categories in the peninsula.

The AMP 2017 will be travelling to Sabah and Sarawak to recognise the media there in the next coming months. The categories in all regions offer a collective cash prize of RM90,000, including certificates and trophies.

CIDB Chief Executive Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid meanwhile said the awards were established to further encourage the media to write on the construction sector.

“The media is very important to the construction industry. We need them to inform and educate the public on the national transformational agenda under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020 (CITP), which is part of the 11th Malaysian Plan,” he said.

(October 13, 2017)