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Wong Chun Wai

Wong Chun Wai

Group MD & CEO, Star Media Group Berhad, Malaysia

Chun Wai was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 20 November 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in  the newspaper industry.

Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad in November 2013, he was appointed the Group Chief Editor at the age of 46 in the year 2008, becoming the newspaper’s youngest top editor in its history. He was also the first Group Chief Editor to be appointed as an Executive Director in 2010.

Chun Wai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in political science and history. He has attended financial and leadership development programmes organised by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance at several American universities including the University of Stanford and University of Southern California. He is an advisory panel member of the UKM Graduate School of Business, an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Fellow at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

He won the prestigious Best Journalist Award for news features from the National Press Institute for his investigative article on Malaysian terrorists and their arms training in Afghanistan in 2003.

Chun Wai was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Media Industry by the World Chinese Economic Forum in Chongqing, China in 2014.

He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum. He is also a supervisory counsel of Bernama,  the national news agency and a member of the Governance Council of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was also a chairman of the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, an alliance of 21 media groups in Asian cities. 

In addition to the above, Chun Wai is a board member of the Center for Mobile Studies (CMS) at the Xiamen University Malaysia. He is also an Honorary Advisor (2016-2019) of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).

Chun Wai writes a weekly column in The Sunday Star called “on the Beat” which focuses on political and religious moderation.

He is a strong believer who advocates commonalities and positive values.