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Thank you - once again

I am truly humbled. Thank you.

As published in Malay Mail today.

PETALING JAYA — Malay Mail added another feather to its cap when executive editor Haresh Deol won the Best Commentary award at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS Awards at PJ Hilton yesterday.

Haresh’s commentary on former world No. 1 shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s doping saga “Is this the end of Lee Chong Wei?” published on Nov 12 last year won the hearts of the juries. He took home RM3,000 and a trophy.

Lee’s hearing has been scheduled for April 11.

This is Haresh’s fourth SAM award. Haresh, who started as a sports journalist with Malay Mail 15 years ago, won the 2011 Best Special Report award and was named Sportswriter of the Year. He also won the SAM Best Report award for 2012.

Together with roving news editor Pearl Lee, they won the Malaysian Press Institute-Petronas Best News Report Award last year.

Malay Mail sports journalist Vijhay Vick was nominated for two awards — Best Commentary (“Wake up, FAM”; Dec 21) and Special Report (“Ball at your feet, FAM”; Nov 1).
Former Malay Mail journalist Rizal Hashim was named 2014 Sportswriter of the Year. He received RM7,000.

Rizal, who is digital magazine Arena editor, won the main prize for his piece “Skuad Aristokrat” which focused on Pahang’s football history and its successes last season. He also won the Special Report award for the article and picked up RM3,000.

Squash queen Datuk Nicol David was named SAM’s Athlete of the Year for winning her eighth world title and leading the women’s squash team to a historic second place at the World Championships.


Best Report (print):
Ikhsan Firdaus (Kosmo) — Sukar mencari penganti Lee Chong Wei
Best Report (electronic):
Hasnida Hanim Ahmad Kamil and Suhaili Sulaiman (TV3) —Protest Wartawan di Incheon
Best Commentary (print):
Haresh Deol (Malay Mail) — Is this the end of Chong Wei?
Best Commentary (electronic):
Ku Mohd Lufti Ku Yahya and Japeridin Sampol (RTM) — Melayang di udara
Special Report:
Rizal Hashim (Arena Digital) — Skuad Aristokrat
Best Photo:
Hizami Roslan (
Sportswriter of the Year:
Rizal Hashim (Arena Digital) — Skuad Aristokrat
Best Athlete:
Nicol David (squash)
Best Young Athlete:
Muizzuddin Abdul Ghafar (Go-kart)



  1. Congrats Bro Haresh, Rizal Hashim and the rest of you.



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