PETALING JAYA: A new corporate logo has been unveiled for Star Media Group Bhd in conjunction with its 44th anniversary. Bearing the words Star Media Group, the logo maintains red as the company’s official colour. The change of logo is in line with the rebranding exercise of the company previously known as Star Publications (M) Bhd.
Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the company had reached a major milestone in its 44th year of operation. We are no longer just a print company. With a digital presence, television, radio, training and events platforms, we have moved forward as a media group. We are here together as a strong company. We are still on solid ground,” he said in his speech at Menara Star here yesterday.
Also present were Star Media Group Bhd chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, deputy chairman Tan Sri Kuan Peng Soon and group chief operating officer Calvin Kan. Fu, in his speech, paid tribute to the staff for playing a big role in the company’s success over the four decades.
“The Star will not be here today without your loyalty, sacrifice and dedication. Forty-four years for a corporate entity is not short. Many factors contributed to it.
“We must have vision, the right strategy, good corporate culture and good human resources to overcome the challenges to continue to prosper,” he said.
A total of 261 long-serving staff were honoured, 71 had served the company for 15 years while the rest had 25 or more years of service.
The event, emceed by Red FM deejay Jeremy Teo, was attended by hundreds of current and former employees. A cake-cutting ceremony was held at the lobby.
Later, at the company’s Bukit Jelutong printing plant, Fu and Wong addressed over 100 employees and hosted a dinner for them. Wong said even the best newspaper would not succeed if its pages were not printed on time. A total of 49 employees based there received long-service awards.
Over at the Star Northern Hub in Penang, the anniversary bash was merry with 47 long-serving staff honoured. Ramlan Abu Bakar, Ong Guat Kean and Tan Chin Hoe are the company’s longest serving employees with 40 years under their belt. Ramlan, an office helper, said he joined after completing his Fifth Form on Nov 1, 1975. “The company has done so well,” he said.
Many of the award recipients recalled their first day on the job. “I came to work on my first day by trishaw from the Sia Boey bus station where Komtar is now. It was exciting for me because The Star was already famous in Penang then,” said editorial administrator Koh Lean Hua, who joined on Nov 11, 1979.
Forty-one employees received the 25-year service award while six got the 15-year award, presented by Star Media Group executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim and acting general manager, regional operations (north) Simone Liong.