Pemudah Journalism Competition 2015 Launched

Last update: 19/03/2015

PUTRAJAYA, March 19 (Bernama) -- The Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) Journalism Competition 2015 was launched today to recognise journalists' works in publishing government reform initiatives in an interesting manner.

Launched by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa who is also Pemudah chairman here, the competition is open to all journalists working for any Malaysian printed or online publication as well as broadcasting and radio stations.

The competition which is divided into three categories namely Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin for entries which are published between January and December this year, offers RM10,000 cash for the first prize winner in each category.

Speaking at the launch, Ali said in the 2014 competition, the panel of judges concluded that the entries for Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin categories did not meet the high requirements set by the competition.

"The panel was also disappointed that there were no entries from the broadcasting category. We nevertheless hope to see more entries in the future," he added.

The competition objective is to enlist journalists in identifying opportunities for reforms and providing feedback on whether reform initiatives are actually working in practice.

Ali also handed over prizes for the Pemudah Journalism Competition 2014 to the winners.

Oliver Christopher Gomez from SME Malaysia won the first prize in the printed/online English category with the article entitled Insolvency Ends Entrepreneurs.

Ali also handed over prizes to 30 year five students who participated in Pemudah Challenge: Back to School Season Three. Their ideas had been selected as winners among the 3,112 entries.

Among the winning ideas included conducting research programmes at the primary school level in order to produce young scientists and building a small reading cabin for pupils to avoid wasting time while waiting for parents.