Veteran journalist James Alexander Ritchie recipient of Hawana 2024 Award

James (left) receiving the Hawana Award 2024 from Anwar (fourth right). Also seen in the photo are Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (third left), Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil (third right), Deputy Minister in the Premier of Sarawak (Corporate Affairs and Ukas) Datuk Abdullah Saidol (behind James), Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (second right), and Teo (right). Photo credit: Ukas

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, May 27: Veteran journalist James Alexander Ritchie was awarded the National Journalists’ Day (Hawana) 2024 Award.

With 50 years of experience under his belt, James, 74, has also been accorded various awards, namely the prestigious Ang Lai Soon Gold Award and Shell Kenyalang Gold Award, including the AZAM Press Award.


The award was presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during the Hawana 2024 Summit at Waterfront Hotel here today.

Meanwhile, the Kuching Division Journalist Association (KDJA) also received the Hawana 2024 Award to recognise the association for its contributions. The award was presented to its president, Ronnie Teo Teck Wei.

Apart from that, See Hua Daily News journalist Chia Kan Nyuk, 53, received the Tabung Kasih@Hawana fund in Sarawak. She has been battling breast cancer since July 2023.

Additionally, Alice Wee Siok Lian, Johnny Lok Kee Kong, Kadir Dikoh, Rajah Murugaiah Meyappan, Sulok Tawie, William Cornelius Chan Khun Neng, and Zulazhar Sheblee were recipients of the Premier Sarawak Special Appreciation Award. — DayakDaily