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Express makes Sabahans proud again
Published on: Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Express makes Sabahans proud again
Kuala Lumpur: The Daily Express – the No. 1 newspaper in Sabah and Labuan – made Sabah proud yet again by competing against the nation's best and clinching two prizes at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI)-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards at Shangri-La Hotel, here, Friday.Special Writer Mary Chin and Chief Editor James Sarda were the main winners in the Excellent Environmental Journalism Category about how the only remaining wetlands in the State capital that was nearly lost to development was transformed into Sabah's second Ramsar site, the wetlands equivalent of World Heritage status.

They received a trophy, certificates and cash prize of RM10,000.

The Kota Kinabalu Wetlands (KKW) as it is called is the city's last remaining patch of mangrove and is only the second such in the world to be located within a city after Tokyo. It is also the second site in Sabah after the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands to be accorded Ramsar status. Both have since become an eco-tourism destination.

KKW, which boasts some of the world's rarest mangrove species, supports 32 species of mangrove trees and a large diversity of animals, including more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds, various reptilian species like monitor lizards and mangrove skinks, piscine species, including mud skippers, archerfish, catfish and half-beaks, many crustacean species such as mud lobsters, fiddler crabs and tiger prawns.

Chief Executive Officer of MPI, Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya, said the entries went through several rounds of judging.

"The panel of judges was very impressed with the series. Daily Express is producing gems," he said.

The consolation prizes went to Berita Harian and The Star.

Daily Express' other winner was Sherell Jeffrey who won a consolation for a series of reports on the efforts by newly-appointed Chief Judge of Malaysia, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, to bring justice to the most inaccessible parts of Sabah and Sarawak through the mobile court concept. Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah graced the event which was also attended by President cum CEO of Petronas Group, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

This is the second major national environmental journalism award bagged by the Daily Express this year.

In March, Special Writer Kan Yaw Chong was the winner of the Prime Minister's award for a series of reports that forced the cancellation of a RM700 million bridge-cum-highway project in Sukau, Kinabatangan, that would have dislocated Sabah's iconic pygmy elephants and orang utans and killed the booming ecotourism industry.

Pic shows Mary (centre) and Sherell receiving the prize from Wan Zulkiflee (2nd left). Looking on are Members of the Governing Council of MPI, Mohd Azri Atan (right) and Hj Ainol Amriz Ismail (left).



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