Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A new beginning

I will begin a new chapter in life comes January 4, 2010. I am joining Malaysia's largest English daily, The Star, as its full time reporter based in Sibu.

While in lower secondary school Datuk Clement Hii and I had started contributing to The Borneo Bulletin to earn some extra cash. The Borneo Bulletin was a Brunei based English weekly very popular in East Malaysia in those days.Both of us ended up working with the now defunct Sarawak Herald after leaving school.The ill-fated paper only survived for about 3 years. Later I joined The Borneo Bulletin while Datuk Hii served as the Editor-In-Chief of The Borneo Post. He went on to have his own paper, The Malaysian Mirror and also published a host of magazines,covering politics and development in Sarawak , Sabah and Brunei.

Fast forward to 2008. In November of 2008, while having a drink together at Kuching Hilton, Datuk Hii disclosed to me that he was in the process of joining the board of The Star. I was surprised, but I believed in his words because of his earlier successful business manoeuvres especially in the listing of Segi University College which made him the CEO and his entry as Group Managing Director of another listed company, Ecofirst Consolidated Bhd.

Datuk Hii made national headlines when he was made Deputy Executive Chairman of The Star in January 2009. He also became the 2nd man from Sibu, Sarawak, to helm an influencial national daily. The 1st man is Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King who controls the largest Chinese daily in the country, Sin Chew Jit Poh.

I was invited to contribute to The Star around March this year. From May onwards,each month The Star's Metro section publishes 3-4 feature stories I wrote about people,culture and tourism in Sarawak and Sabah.

In October I attended an interview in Kuching for the post of Journalist after the management decided to publish The Star Sarawak Edition in early 2010. Subsequently I was accepted and will report to duty on January 4, 2010.

It has been some 20 years that I have not worked as a salary man. It is going to be a challenging job but I will strive to be a reporter with conscience, writing without fear or favour.

Happy New Year to all friends and readers here. May you be blessed with good health,good luck, good fortune and happiness throughout the year and beyond.

The above picture was taken with Datuk Hii when we were at the Sarawak Herald.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

congratulation!

Bengbeng said...

Happy new year. i omos didnt recognise yr pic from yr younger days...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Happy to hear that!

Congratulations...give us a treat!

William said...

Congratulation to you! Fantastic news. At least there is someone from The Star doing reporting here.

suituapui said...

Congratulations! Wah! Dato' certainly looks a lot better today than he did then! LOL!!! You have not changed one bit!

天鵝江畔 said...

Pls don't miss the Blogger + Journalist+......tea gang every Monday.
It seems time for you to bring some bao in coming Monday, hahaha

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Hope you will write about issues unique to Sarawak like the sorry state of Fort Alice in Sri Aman.

Yan said...

All the best in the new year and your new undertakings.

Nelson said...

Happy new year! Congratulations to the very first The Star Sarawak Reporter. going to write without fear or favour. hmmm... haha. reminds me of S.K. Lau. Good Lucks!

Philip said...

Anonymous:Thanks

Beng2:How come you couldn't recognize me when STP said I haven't changed one bit! hahaha

Sarawakiana:Thank you for your well wishes. The tea gang had met his afternoon at Meng Lei's place...we had more than enough bao, kong bian, ma ngee, wo kui etc...When are you joining us again?

William: Star has reporters in Miri as well. Quite a few in Kuching and 2 in Sibu.More coverage for Sarawak when the Sarawak edition hits the streets, probably in March.

STP: Thank you. Both of us were super slim in those days.I was only about 55-56 kg! He started looking handsome with the wealth and fame coming at the same time!

Rajang basin: It is always nice, relaxing and entertaining to be at the weekly "tea gang meeting". But sometimes I have to join my other buddies in the "beer gang meeting"!

Yan: Thank you very much.Please join the tea gang when you are around.

Nelson:Thanks....you know SK personally?

nelson said...

nope, but i was told about him and had read a bit about the leak outs. i'm sure u know him very well right?

eiling lim said...

Congratulations and all the best!

Chris Anakapai said...

Congratulations!!!! :-)

geneva said...

is that you on the left? haha... so young yet dark. haha