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Formalised in 1994 it seeks to look after the interests and welfare of members of the journalism fraternity in the State of Sabah, Malaysia. Affectionately known only as "SJA" among its more than 100 members, the Association also strives to assist in uplifting the standard of journalism in Sabah through its activities and programmes as well as strengthening the existing cordial bond among its members as well as their counterparts all over the world.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


A friendly reminder to all our friends in Sabah's media fraternity to please take note that the Closing Date for the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards 2012 is on 4pm January 18, 2013.

Kepada rakan-rakan media di Sabah, tarikh tutup bagi penyertaan Kinabalu Shell Press Awards 2012 adalah pada jam 4pm, 18 Januari 2013

Apart from the normal categories, the organising committee has also decided to introduce two new categories for Stringers. 

Journalism Award for News Stringers
This award is given to news stringers whose reporting on topical 
and current issues and events including on crime, environment, 
sports etc that have contributed towards enhancing knowledge, 
stir public interest and promoted desired
response and development amongst the community.

ONE grand prize of RM1, 500 is offered for each language as follows:
Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese

This category also provides up to TWO merit prizes of RM500 each
 for each language.

Best Photograph for News Stringers 
News stringers may submit up to a maximum of three news pictures 
of any kind for judging.  Participants are required to send three copies
of each picture submitted measuring 8 x 12 inches (8R). 
The entry/ies should also be accompanied by newspaper 
cutting(s) in which the photograph(s) was/were published. 
Each entry should also carry a brief synopsis.

This category offers ONE grand prize of RM1,500 
and up to TWO merit prizes of RM500 each.

Send in your entries now 

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Perhatian buat semua warga media Sabah ...

SJA akan menganjurkan satu pertandingan memancing - Cabaran Bombon - di Kampung Malangang Baru, Kiulu pada Ahad (Mac 4, 2012) bermula dari 8 pagi hingga 1 petang.

"Suasana di musim pembukaan Bombon"

Ikan-ikan ini mungkin milik anda!!!

Macam sinang saja brader kita ni tangkap itu ikan ikan 

Selepas itu Pertandingan Memasak ikan-ikan yang  telah dipancing juga akan diadakan. Resipi sendiri pandai-pandailah.

Mungkinkah masakan begini boleh menang?



Rakan-rakan media adalah dengan segala hormatnya dijemput untuk turut serta dalam acara-acara ini.

Untuk makluman lanjut sila berhubung dengan Datu Ruslan Sulai di Pejabat New Straits Times, Kota Kinabalu.


Issued by SJA Information Bureau CM 

Thursday, May 5, 2011


KOTA KINABALU: The 19th Kinabalu Shell Press Award 2010 date has been changed to May 15 (Sunday), 2011.

The change was necessary since Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman would have to attend the Tilawah Al-Quran that is being graced by TYT Tun Juhar Mahiruddin on the same night the Press night was originally scheduled on May 13.

The venue, Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort and Spa as well as time remained the same. 

The Chief Minister has never missed our Press night for the pass eight years and he had no intention of missing this year's.

Meanwhile, Musa said the State Government had increased its annual grant for the Kinabalu Shell Press Award from RM40,000 to RM50,000 and this reflected the good tie between the State Government and media fraternity in Sabah.

Musa said the State Government was prepared to increase the annual grant for the Kinabalu Shell Press Award because it recognised the important role the media is playing in assisting to disseminate information to the masses on the government’s programmes and policies.

“The State Government appreciates what the media has been doing in Sabah that is to reach out to the public and provide accurate information particularly on the government development programmes.

“This really help a lot in ensuring that whatever we planned for the people can be implemented smoothly,” he said when receiving a courtesy call from the Kinabalu Shell Press Award organising committee led by Chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai at Wisma Innoprise here on Tuesday (May 3). 

Bangkuai (left) receiving a replica cheque of the state government's contribution from  Musa (right) while  Lucy, Afeiza, Victor and the organising committee members

The RM50,000 grant for the 19th Kinabalu Shell Press Award marks an increase of RM10,000 received from the State Government last year, which was also in keeping with the Chief Minister’s pledge to continue supporting Sabah’s most prestigious award for the media fraternity.

Bangkuai told Musa that the Kinabalu Shell Press Award had been receiving strong support from the State Government ever since its inception when in 1993 the then Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan approved a grant of RM12,000.

“Since then it has evolved to become the state’s premier journalism award,” he said, adding that the organising committee and media in the State were grateful of Musa’s continuous support to the Kinabalu Shell Press Award.

Bangkuai also briefed the Chief Minister the organising committee had received a record number of entries with 274 for 11 categories compared to 186 in the previous year.

The highest number before this was 214 for the 17th edition of the Kinabalu Shell Press Award.

Bangkuai said the increased number of entries was partly due to the new category for Entertainment News Reporting introduced last year, which had been noted by journalists as well as the alignment of the eligible published works for judging with the Malaysia Press Institute (MPI) press award.

The organising committee had decided that from this year on entries eligible for judging should be those published during the whole year of the previous year that is beginning Jan 1 until Dec 31.

“By synchronising with the MPI we can look into sending entries from Sabah for the National Press Award,” he said.

“Importantly, the marked increase in entries is proof of the media’s acknowledgement of the awards,” he said.

Bangkuai who is also President of the Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) told Musa that the total prize monies for this year are RM105,500.

Apart from the State Government, Shell Malaysia was also contributing greatly to the successful organising of the event as it forks out the rest of the prize monies as well as other expenditure for the press award night, he said.

“The Sabah media is also very grateful to Shell Malaysia for its continuous support,” said Bangkuai.

The Kinabalu Shell Press Award is a tripartite partnership between Shell Malaysia, Sabah State Government and the SJA.

Also on hand were Shell Malaysia Corporate Affairs Manager for Sabah and Labuan, Datin Lucy Irene Yong, Press Secretary to the Chief Minister, Afeiza Khan, organising committee secretary, Victor Klanang and SJA committee members.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

19th Kinabalu Shell Press Awards


Submission of entries for the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards 2010 is now opened.  

Entry form as well as the rules and regulations are available from the Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) and from Shell Malaysia website:www.shell.com.my 

It is opened to full-time journalists, photographers and producers from the print and electronic media in Sabah and Federal Territory of Labuan, the closing time and date for the submission of entries is at 4pm on Feb 11, 2011

All entries must be addressed to : The Secretariat, Shell Malaysia Corporate Affairs, C/o Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd., 9th Floor, Wisma San Hin, Plaza Wawasan, 88000 Kota Kinabalu (Attn: Ms Coralie James).  

Only articles published or broadcast between Jan 1, 2010 and Dec 31, 2010 are eligible for submission.

The awards presentation ceremony, which is expected to be graced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has been fixed on May 13, 2011.

The awards which offer attractive prize money cover nine categories which included the main Journalism Awards (features and news features) as well as sport journalism award, news reporting, best news photograph, broadcast journalism, Kadazandusun section, environment journalism, best picture, sports photography, business & economic reporting as well as entertainment Award.

Aimed at recognising journalistic excellence and to further promote the standard of journalism in the state, the event is organised jointly by the State Government, SJA and Shell Malaysia.

>Courtesy Shell Malaysia (Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd - Victor Klanang)<

SJA Information Bureau CM

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Congratulations to all the winners in the 18th Kinabalu Shell Press Award that was presented by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at Magellan Sutera on July 9, 2010.

A total of 184 entries have been received and SJA would like to express gratitude to the participants of the Kinabalu Shell Press Award 2009, which will be the last one that had entries from the following year.

Next year (2011) all entries to be submitted are works produced from March 2010 to Dec 31, 2010 and then on 2012 the entries to be submitted would be from Jan 1, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011.

SJA extends its deepest gratitude to Shell and Sabah State Government for the continuing support to the media fraternity in Sabah.

Now ... We proudly present the winners of the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards.

The winners posing with the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Shell Malaysia chairman, Mohd Anuar Taib and SJA President Datuk Joniston Bangkuai after the presentation ceremony.
JOURNALISM AWARD (Feature and News Feature)
Winner : James Sarda and Mary Chin (Daily Express)
Entry    : Sabah Lost Photos - Spirit of the Borneo (11-part series) 
Merit    : 1. Kan Yaw Chong (Daily Express) 
                "Death March: Disastrous Start, Tragic Finish"             
              2. Roy Goh (New Straits Times)     
                   "Hope Flows with River"
Winner  : Hassan Omar (Berita Harian)
Entry    :  Naik Troli Ulang Alik Ke Tenom/Troli Tenom/
                5 Kampung Kongsi Gembira
Merit     : 1. Suzianah Jiffar (Berita Harian)       
                "Derita Berpanjangan"               
               2. Sahar Buraera (Utusan Borneo)     
                "Sistem Ramalan Ikan Bantu Tingkat Pendapatan"
Winner  : Gravin Wong (Overseas Chinese Daily News)
Entry    : "Exploring Sabah's Natural Beauty"
Merit    : 1.  Siong Yin Hua (See Hua Daily News)     
             "60 years of breakthrough for Sabah interior primary schools"
              2. Wong Jwu Yiing (Asia Times)                 
              "Century-old British Tobacco Factories in Lahad Datu, Segama"
Winner  : Daily Express Team (Avila Geraldine Samuel, Durie Rainer Fong, 
                   Hayati Dzulkifli, Mary Chin and Chris Maskilone 
Entry     : "Kudat Boat Tragedy"
Merit    : 1. Nancy Lai (The Borneo Post)     
    "Three reports leading to the proposed Maang Dam project being shelved" 
              2.  Sandra Sokial and Maria Doksil (The Borneo Post)
                  "We're Only 46 Today"
Winner  : Hassan Omar (Berita Harian)
Entry     : "Pertahan Kampung Sembulan/Sembulan Terhimpit"
Merit     : 1. Wille Jude Junaidi (Utusan Borneo)   
                "Warga emas harungi perjalanan dua hari perjalanan ambil 
                 bantuan kebajikan"          
               2.Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman (Utusan Malaysia)
               "3 siri 6 artikel - transformasi Pulau Bangi"
Winner   : Ngu Chung Ping (See Hua Daily News)
Entry      : "Chinese first man run around the world using his leg"
Merit     : 1. Chong Kiew Vui/Jimmy Goh (Overseas Chinese Daily News)
                  "Awaiting Resurrection"
               2. Wong Li Phin (Sin Chew Daily News)
                "YB Anak Negeri Status Dispute"
Winner  : Kan Yaw Chong (Daily Express)
Entry     : "High Profile Boost for Clean Energy and Organic Farming in Sabah"
Merit    : 1. Jaswinder Kaur Kler (New Straits Times)
               "Lifeline for Orang Utans"
              2. Jenne John Lajiun  (New Sabah Times)
               "Four articles on call for dam project to be relocated elsewhere"
Winner  : Mohd Azrone Sarabatin (Berita Harian)
Entry    : "Sodium Hidrosida Ancam Kehidupan Nelayan"
Merit    : 1. Yusop Teppo (Utusan Borneo)
               "EFB Alternatif Jana Tenaga Elektrik"
              2. Nik Jasni Che Jaafar (Utusan Borneo)
               "Ekspedisi Saintifik Muaya IBTP-SI Membongkar Kekayaan
               Khazanah Bumi Sabah"
Winner   : Bong Tze Pin (Overseas Chinese Daily News)
Entry      : "Green Energy An Option For Alternative Energy in Sabah"
Merit      : 1. Voo Phin Sang (Asia Times)
               "A Lesson From Mamut for Coal Fired Power Plant"
              2. Tsen Tzee Leong (Sin Chew Daily News)
                "The Environmentally-Friendly Power Supply Energy Option"
Winner   : Lester J Bingkasan (The Borneo Post)
Entry      : 23rd Mount Kinabalu Climbathon
Merit      : 1.Fred Leong (New Sabah Times)
                 "Welfare Funds for Athletes"
              2.  Paul Mu (New Sabah Times) 
       "Elena in Town/Elena agrees to conduct clinic/Moment to Cherish"
Winner   : Willie Jude Junaidi, Hashim Hj Othman 
                 and Vitalis Gulabok (Utusan Borneo)
Entry      : A two part stories on former Sabah no. 1 goalkeeper
                Khairul Azman Mohamed
Merit      : 1. Desmond Quek (Utusan Borneo)
               "Siri Perlawanan Mendaki Gunung Kinabalu Antarabangsa ke-23"
                2. Hassan Omar (Berita Harian)
                "5 Tempa Sejarah"
Winner   : Gravin Wong (Overseas Chinese Daily News)
Entry      : "Polo is not the game of Kings in Sabah but King of all games"
Merit      : 1. Wong Bak Kion (See Hua Daily News)
                "52nd National hope table tennis championship 2009 daily report
                 Malaysia aim India Commonwealth Games 1st medal"
                 2. Siong Yin Hua (See Hua Daily News)
                 "The modern sport 'Chi Ling' development in Sabah"
Winner   : Cheang Poh Hwa (New Sabah Times)
Entry      : Three news items on Kopeks positive Development
Merit      : 1. Mariah Doksil (The Borneo Post)
                "Metrojaya boost efforts to make KK shopping haven"
                 2. Roy Goh (New Straits Times)
                "Tapping into steady livelihood"
Winner    : Mohd Azrone Sarabatin (Berita Harian)
Entry       : "Kraftangan Irranun dari ceruk kampung ke Kota London"
Merit       : 1. Suzzianah Jiffar (Berita Harian)
               "Petani disyor sertai ladang kontrak FAMA"
               2. Nik Jasni bte Che Jaafar (Utusan Borneo)
               "Grand Borneo Hotel bukan sekadar tempat menginap"
Winner    : Bong Tze Pin (Overseas Chinese Daily News)
Entry       : "Partial relaxation of Cabotage Policy couldn't do much to improve
                chicken or egg situation"
Merit       : 1. Sim Kain Yun (See Hua Daily News)
                 "Sabah's Famous Southern Pearl"
                2. Voo Phin Sang (Asia Times)
                "Manufacturing Sabah Industry of Tomorrow"
Winner    : Jaswinder Kaur Kler (New Straits Times)
Entry       : "Sabah man makes a bamboo sax"
Merit       : 1. Suraidah Roslan (The Borneo Post)
                  "Fauziah first women gambus artiste"
                   2. Chok Sim Yee (The Borneo Post)
                   "Sabah culinary pride"
Winner    : Zuraidah Ahmad (Jabatan Penerangan)
Entry       : "Disebalik Nama - Asmin Mudin"
Merit       : 1. Petrus Valentinus (Harian Ekspress)
                "Kemuncak debaran tiga peserta dari Sabah melabuh saingan
                di final Bintang RTM2009 malam ini"
                2. Siti Kazalinah Kamaludin (Harian Ekspress)
                 "Toyol Nakal Tampil Kelainan"
Merit      : 1. Samuel Tsen Tzee Leong (Sin Chew Daily News)
               "First locally-produced Hakka dialect album in Sabah"
                2. Wong Jwu Ying (Asia Times) 
                "Sabah super model - Evonne Teah"
Winner : Marryan Razan (New Sabah Times)
Entry    : "Kakal ogumu tulun amu kasang gaji amah pinoinkawas"
Merit    : Maziah Abdullah @ J Sipanil (Daily Express)
              "Homestay kopogiot pionitan id piahatan tinaau"
No Winner
Merit     : 1. Azlinah binti Nineng, Asmat Oyah, Francis Fahir and
               Victor Jeprine (RTM)
              "Laporan Khas - Tragedi Aidil Adha"
               2. Julaina Bangot, Mohamad Haji Ali, Zainuddin Jamlu and
                 Mat Muidin (RTM)
               "Laporan khas- Cabaran pesakit talasemia di Sabah"
Winner  : James Tseu (See Hua Daily News)
Entry     : "Eyesore"
Merit    : 1. Wong Bak Kion (See Hua Daily News)
              "Turtle Die"
              2. Zamain Singkui (Bernama)
              "Rezeki Alam"
Winner   : James Tseu (The Borneo Post)
Entry      : "All Gone"
Merit      : 1. Lo Teck Loong (Daily Express)
                "Contractor Almost Buried Alive"
                2. Normimie Diun (The Star)
                 "Furniture Stores Were Damaged In Fire"
Winner   : Edmund Samunting (New Straits Times)
Entry      : "Ranau farmer third in Mt Kinabalu race"
Merit      : 1. Eddie Angat
                "Action during final"
                2. Ho Chih Wei (See Hua Daily News)
                "Basketball: lay up"
Winner   : Datu Ruslan Sulai (New Straits Times)
Entry      : "Joy and Grief"
Merit      : 1. Lo Teck Loong (Daily Express)
               "RIver of Filth"
                2. Zamain Singkui (Bernama)
               "Hidup Aman Damai di lautan"


Avila Geraldine Samuel Chong (Daily Express)

Mary Chin of Daily Express receiving the Journalism Award for the English category
Hassan Omar of Berita Harian winner of the Journalism Award and News Reporting Award for Bahasa Melayu category
Gravin Wong of Overseas Chinese Daily News receiving the Journalism Award as well as the Sports Journalism Award in the Chinese category

The Daily Express team - Avila Geraldine Samuel, Durie Rainer Fong, Hayati Dzulkifli, Mary Chin and Chris Maskilone receiving the News Reporting Award for English category

Kan Yaw Chong of Daily Express receiving the Environmental Reporting Award in the English category

Mohd Azrone Sarabatin of Berita Harian winning the Environmental Journalism Award for the Bahasa Melayu category

Bong Tze Pin of Overseas Chinese Daily News won the Environmental Journalism Award and Business and Economic Reporting Award for the Chinese category

Lester J Bingkasan of The Borneo Post winning the Sports Journalism Award for English category

Utusan Borneo team - Willie Jude Junaidi, Hashim Hj Othman and Vitalis Gulabok winning the Sports Journalism Award for Bahasa Melayu category 

Cheang Poh Hwa of New Sabah Times grabbing the Business and Economic Reporting Award for the English category

Jaswinder Kaur Kler from the New Straits Times winning the newly introduced Entertainment Reporting Award for the English Category

Ngu Chung Ping of See Hua Daily News winning the News Reporting Award for the Chinese category

Zuraidah Ahmad representing the Information Department bagging the Entertainment Reporting Award for Bahasa Melayu language

MOST PROMISING JOURNALIST - Avila Geraldine Samuel Chong of Daily Express

James Tseu of the Borneo Post winning the Environmental Photography Award and Best News Photograph Award

Edmund Samunting of New Straits Times walked away with the Sports Photography Award

Datu Ruslan Sulai of the New Straits Times winning the Best Picture Award


Organising committee chairman cum SJA President Datuk Joniston Bangkuai delivering his welcoming address  

Media Performance

(From left) Edmund Samunting, Durie Rainer Fong, Chris Maskilone and guest guitarist Walter (younger brother of Edmund) 

Left: Clement and Casey Lim doing their version of "Gan Guo Lai"

Zuraidah, known that night as Neng Kelupis Papar belting out Bengawan Solo that the media team dedicated for the Chief Minister that night

Before ...

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman chatting with some of the organising committee members upon arrival at the event

After ...

Members of the Sabah media fraternity letting their hair down doing the Poco Poco and (below) hitting the dance floor shaking their booty!!!

One for the album ... Avila, Jaswinder, Sandra and Mariah

Band for the night - Rimba 
But it did not take long for the band to be "hijacked" by members of the media ... Mimi, Rozaini, Eddie and Durie 

Willie and Eddie singing their hearts out

Until Next Time 

Pix courtesy of James Tseu