Applause for Angelina

Angelina (2nd from left) with her award.
Photo courtesy of The Star.

Here is wishing hearty congratulations to P. Angelina, reporter for The Star?s In.Tech, for winning the second prize of the Sony Malaysia Media Achievement Award (SOMA). Angelina won the English category prize for the article that she wrote in October last year. This is an excerpt from The Star on the SOMA:

Angelina said she was surprised that she had won an award for her article, Sharing Life?s Recipes Online, about how a paralysed man was using the Internet to live his life.

?I had not expected to win anything since this was the first time I was taking part in the competition. I?m happy to have been selected. It?s always nice to be recognised for one?s work,? she said.


Soma 2004 received 91 entries from newspaper and magazine journalists. The contest aimed to encourage journalists to write news on audio-visual, information and communication technology (ICT) and IT networking in the broadband era.

The Star, September 25, 2004

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2 thoughts on “Applause for Angelina”

  1. I must join you in congratulating Angelina too. I feel good when journalists/writers/reporters reach within their hearts to get their stories done.

    I think Angelina has done a great job because she has a good subject and a very motivating person to interview.

    Peter, if only more people like us will come forward and sacrifice our personal space a little, our conservative Malaysians will gain more awareness on issues like special needs children, bereaved parents, people with special needs like you etc etc. For me, it is a small price to pay for the sake of humanity.

    But sadly, there are people who think we are vulgar and obsence in reminding them a person can get into situations like us. Some people freaked out and suggested that I stick to my ‘own kind’ (i.e. the bereaved parents like me). They do not want to be reminded that people can die, so can babies.

    Oh dear, I must step down from the soap box. But can’t help it ‘cos I just read in a public forum a woman asking this question – Can you tell me what I musn’t do during pregnancy so that my baby doesn’t look weird when born? Weird!?!

    Must go and pray the serenity prayer, God grant me the patience……

  2. Lilian,
    A little publicity goes a long way. I have Angelina to thank for helping me reestablish ties with friends whom I have lost contact with since leaving school. They emailed me after reading that article.

    The media, when applied properly, can work wonders in bridging barriers. I pray that people in the media use this gift for the betterment of humanity and the world.

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