SINGAPORE – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) received the Most Transparent Company Award in the Services category at the 15th SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards 2014, held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Friday evening (Oct 31).
With this latest accolade, SPH has now won this award eleven times.
This is also the third consecutive year it has bagged this award under the Services category (from 2012 to 2014). SPH won the award eight times when it was previously grouped under the Non-Electronics Manufacturing category.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, was the event’s Guest-of-Honour.
Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “This latest achievement is a testament to the rigorous standards of corporate governance and transparency that we uphold throughout the years. This is made possible with the guidance of our board and the strong support from our management and staff.
“I am also very proud of our award-winning journalists whose achievements continue to reflect their dedication and professionalism, as well as the high editorial standards set in our newsrooms.”
The three SPH journalists who received awards for their editorial excellence were:
1) Ms Michelle Quah (Senior Correspondent, The Business Times) – Financial Journalist of the Year
2) Ms Lee Meixian (Journalist, The Business Times) – Most Promising Journalist of the Year
3) Mr Goh Eng Yeow (Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times) – Best Commentary Award
This was the third time Ms Quah was honoured at the SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards. She was a joint-winner for the Financial Journalist of the Year award in 2007 and won the Financial Story of the Year award in 2010.
It was also the third accolade for Mr Goh Eng Yeow at the SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards. He was named Financial Journalist of the Year in 2006 and last year, he won the Outstanding Commentaries award.
This is the first award for Ms Lee Meixian at the SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards.
Mr Wong Wei Kong, Executive Editor and News Editor, The Business Times, said: “Michelle is without peer as an authority on corporate governance issues in Singapore. She combines her knowledge base with her years of experience covering corporate Singapore to put corporate governance, or the lack of it, under sharp scrutiny.
“She pulls no punches, regardless of who are involved, and her commentaries and stories have touched on a wide range of issues that have investor protection at their heart.”
Reflecting on Ms Lee’s achievements, he further added: “In just her first full year in reporting, Meixian has gone beyond the headlines to explore issues in depth. Her tenacity in chasing down the news, and refusal to give up until she is satisfied she has found the answers, make her a promising financial journalist.”
On Mr Goh’s latest accolade, Ms Jeanette Lee Su Shyan, Money Editor, The Straits Times, said: “Eng Yeow consistently delivers insightful commentaries. His knowledge of the stock market is unparalleled in the newsroom.”