A Malaysiakini journalist was today honoured with an award at the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) annual human rights awards in Kuala Lumpur.

NONELee Way Loon, who writes for the portal's Chinese Desk, won one of the two awards for the media for his reports on the native customary rights land problems in Sarawak.

Lee wrote a series of three Chinese language articles in May this year about the plight of the Sarawak natives in the Baram region facing dislocation and displacement because of a dam project.

His articles written, after several days of trekking into the Baram interior to document the woes of the natives, was chosen as one of the works that helped to champion human rights, especially for natives in the area.

"If this award means anything at all, it is for the natives of Baram and those all over Malaysia fighting against injustice," Lee said in his speech after accepting the award.
Suhakam wants more to contribute
Other than Lee, NTV7's reporter Selina Kong bagged the second human rights award in the media category for her report on Malaysians on death row in Singapore.

In the individual category, veteran lawyer Cecil Rajendra was honoured for his efforts to promote legal aid for those without the resources to hire lawyers.

While a group of dedicated parents from Pei Chai National-type Primary School won the organisations category for their volunteer security unit which worked to safeguard the school and manage traffic to ensure their kids in the school have a safe environment to learn in.

In his speech while opening the awards ceremony Suhakam chairperson Hasmy Agam said that the awards sought to honour those who have advanced the cause of human rights in Malaysia as well as to encourage more Malaysians to do the same.