Congratulations to The Star CEO !

I would like to personally congratulate Datuk Steven Tan for leading The Star to become the organization of as it is today.  You have worked very hard to earn this award.

We are currently living in the information age and not a single day goes by without the hunger for the latest and up to date information on various issues, locally and on the international front. Information is so crucial today as we are living in the fastest growing society in all of human history.

Once again, congratulations Datuk & all the best for the future!

The Star CEO gets top employer award

KUALA LUMPUR: Four Asian chief executive officers and a bank were awarded the Union-Network International UNI-APRO Outstanding Employer-Partner Award for being good employers.

The recipients were Star Publications (M) Bhd managing director and CEO Datuk Steven Tan, Telekom Malaysia CEO Datuk Wahid Omar, MediaCorp Singapore CEO Lucas Chow, the Philippines Banco de Oro Universal Bank chairperson Teresita Sy Coson and the Overseas Chinese Bank Corporation of Singapore.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi presented the awards at the 2nd Asia- Pacific Regional Conference here yesterday.

The award for Tan was given in recognition of his feat in steering The Star through a difficult five-month suspension in 1987-1988 to its position today as “one of the five most admired companies in Malaysia”.

Well done: Abdullah presenting the Outstanding Employer-Partner Award to Tan in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday. The Staris today ‘one of the five most-admired companies in Malaysia’.

The citation for the award stated that behind the dramatic survival-growth story of The Star, there was an equally dramatic story of union-management partnership.

It said Tan had asked employees led by the National Union of Newspaper Workers to join forces with the management in surviving the crisis together and supporting The Star’s growth programme.

This partnership deepened through two decades of mature bargaining, direct union-management communication, respect for and consultation with one another and a win-win sharing of the fruits of business expansion, it said.

In accepting the award Tan said: “I accept the award with all humility on behalf of all colleagues because no one person could have achieved the desired objectives.

“The award is an encouragement for all of us to do better in relationships – not only between the union and management but also in our day-to-day relationship with one another, especially in our multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural environment.”

Wahid said he was humbled by the award as he always believed in a good employer-employee relationship.

In conferring the award on Wahid, the network stated in its citation that TM had “successfully pursued expansion and modernisation by avoiding any unilateral labour-shedding exercise, largely by sitting down and listening to TM employees and the National Union of Telecom Employees”.

UNI is the largest amalgamation of unions globally, uniting about 1,000 national affiliates with 15 million members from 150 countries.


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