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The Edge CEO Ho Kay Tat named Malaysia’s Media Person of the Year

Ho Kay Tat

Ho Kay Tat

The CEO and publisher of news group The Edge, Ho Kay Tat, has been named Malaysia’s Media Person of the Year.

Ho, a former New Straits Times journalist who has been with The Edge Media Group since 1996, has “made the news as well as write it this year,” veteran journalist R. Nadeswaran noted at the Malaysian Media Conference earlier this week, where Ho received the award.

In March, Ho was arrested, along with the CEO of The Edge’s online publication The Malaysian Insider, for sedition over a report on Malaysia’s ceremonial sultans. But it was The Edge and The Malaysian Insider’s probing coverage of government investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd that is believed to have prompted the arrests.

In July, Ho handed over documents from a report on 1MDB that showed that, he said: “What was supposed to be a joint-venture that will bring economic benefits to the country was nothing more than a scheme to scam billions of ringgit from Malaysia by a small group of Malaysians and their foreign partners.”

When Ho was arrested, the Centre for Independent Journalism called the detainment excessive and “part of a worrying trend of a decline in standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia”.

The Media Person of the Year award, which is given to those who have made a positive impact on the industry, is now in its eleventh year. The award is part of the Malaysian Media Conference, which is organised by Marketing Magazine.

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