December 29, 2012
Ambiga Sreenevasan is Malaysiakini’s Newsmaker of the Year
Every year, for over a decade, Malaysiakini has named a top newsmaker as we bring the curtain down on the year.
A newsmaker is defined as ‘someone whose actions make news headlines, who effects the course of public discourse and creates an impact in Malaysian politics, for better or worse’. For 2012, Malaysiakini has nominated 10 individuals for readers to vote on. A total of 697 participated in the five-day survey, opened only to paying subscribers of the news portal.
They voted by indicating their preference for each of the nominees – one vote being the lowest and 10 the highest. Interestingly this time around, Malaysiakini readers paid tribute to the individual who missed out on the newsmaker of the year award last year.
The award goes to…
And the newsmaker of 2011 is former Bar Council chairperson and BERSIH co-coordinator Ambiga Sreenevasan – the woman who launched the mother of all protests.
Perhaps this did not come as a surprise as yesterday, Malaysiakini readers picked the Bersih 3.0 rally as the top news of 2012. PKR Director of Strategy Rafizi Ramli aka ‘cow slayer’ came in second, followed closely by Himpunan Hijau leader Wong Tack.
The following are the full results:
1. S Ambiga – Senior lawyer and Bersih co-coordinator
2. Rafizi Ramli – PKR Director of Strategy
3. Wong Tack – Leader of Himpunan Hijau
4. Dataran Merdeka – the hallowed ground for all Malaysians
5. A Samad Said – National Laureate and BERSIH co-coordinator
6. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and family – Wanita UMNO chief, her husband and three children
7. Rosmah Mansor – PM Najib Abdul Razak’s wife
8. Nazri Abdul Aziz – Minister in the PM’s Department
9. Mahathir Mohamad – former Prime Minister
10. Chua Tee Yong – Labis MP and MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief
2011 – Bersih supporters
2010 – Ibrahim Ali
2009 – Teoh Beng Hock
2008 – YOU
2007 – VK Lingam
2006 – Mahathir Mohamad
2005 – Joint award – Rafidah Aziz and Mahathir Mohamad
2004 – S Samy Vellu
2003 – Husam Musa
2002 – Zainuddin Maidin
2001 – Rais Yatim