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Lynas coverage gives Mole journalists MPI-Petronas award

Zaidi and Ahirul with The Mole's Managing Editor Datuk Nuraina Abdul Samad at the MPI event last night.

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KUALA LUMPUR — April 28, 2019The Mole journalists won the online portal news report category of the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) – Petronas Award 2018 for their coverage of the Lynas rare-earth production issue.

Muhammad Zaidi Azmi and Muhammad Ahirul Ahirudin bagged the award at the MPI’s annual press appreciation event here last night.

Their reports were based on detailed findings of the company’s rare-earth processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang, as well as interviews with stakeholders, particularly villagers living near the plant.

The most significant conclusion was that treated wastewater pumped out of the plant into the nearby Balok river was not hazardous as claimed by politicians opposed to the plant.

The MPI received 286 entries for 16 categories.

Among those at the event were Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik and Petronas president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

Winners of the MPI-Petronas Journalism Award 2018



Best Infographics

Muhammad Saufi Hassan and Norsalim Mohamed Dawam

Harian Metro

Best Frontpage Design

Zulhaimi Baharuddin

The Star

Best Editorial Cartoon

Khairul Anuar Md Nor

Berita Harian

Excellent Photo Journalism

Ahmad Iskandar Kamaruzaman


Excellent Photo Essay

Mohd Hazrol Zainal

Malaysia Gazette

A.Samad Ismail Young Journalist Award

Lee Chonghui

The Star

Excellent International Journalism

Mohd Azam Shah Yaacob

Harian Metro

Excellent Features Writing

Abd. Kadir Mohd Ayub

Dewan Masyarakat

Best Columnist

Datuk Ahmad Zaini Kamaruzzaman

Berita Harian

Best Video Documentary

Mohd Haidar Ali and Mohd Heector Mohd Saad

Bernama News Channel

Best Online Portal News Report

Muhammad Zaidi Azmi and Muhammad Ahirul Ahirudin

The Mole

Best Radio Report

Nurul Asiah Bidin and Nor Fizawati Zanal

Nasional FM

Best Video News Report

Rahimah Abdullah and Mohamad Noor Firti Mohamed Zainuri

Astro Awani

Excellent Environmental Journalism

Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli and Luqman Ridhwan Mohamed Nor


Excellent Investigative Journalism

Mohd Firdaus Ibrahim

Harian Metro

Excellent News Reporting

Mohd Firdaus Ibrahim, Syazwan Msar and Amir Abd Hamid

Harian Metro

Kajai Award

Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli and Luqman Ridghwan Mohamed




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