HCK’s Media Division recently underwent restructuring, with several changes in senior management.
Group Editor-in-Chief of Focus Malaysia, Chong Cheng Hai is leaving HCK’s Media Division on completion of his contract on May 19, 2017.
Chong, a veteran in the media industry, was instrumental in getting business weekly Focus Malaysia off the ground in December 2012. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the premier business weeklies in the country.
Replacing him will be Deputy Editor-in-Chief Toh Lye Huat, who has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief. Toh will be assisted by Charles Raj, who now takes on the role of Chief Editor. Both appointments are effective June 1, 2017.
Also leaving the HCK fold is Senior Executive Editor Yeoh Guan Jin. Yeoh had been helming Focusweek and MW Magazines under HCK Media. He first started at HCK’s weekly news magazine, The Heat, in 2013, before moving on to various other projects.
With his departure, Focusweek and MW Magazines will cease publication. Replacing them is a vibrant new weekly lifestyle pullout, FocusLife.
Chong, in his farewell message, congratulated Toh and Charles on their promotion.
“Having worked with both for the past five years since even before the first issue of Focushit the streets on Dec 8, 2012, I depart confident that they will take the product to greater heights.
“I have been extremely lucky and am gratified that Toh and Charles took the risk and leap of faith to lend their vast experience (and sacrificed) to conceptualise Focus, recruit a team of pioneers and produce a credible product for the past 231 weeks. Their names lend Focus much-needed credibility and integrity in the business media marketplace.
“I have no doubt that they will continue to give their best to the baby they helped conceive and nurture. I wish them the very best!” Chong said.
The management and staff of HCK Media held a farewell luncheon for Chong on May 16 at Unique Seafood Restaurant in Petaling Jaya.
Some 50 people, including senior managers from other HCK divisions, attended the event.
HCK Media CEO Hng Hung Yong, in his speech, thanked Chong for his service and presented him with a framed photo of the outgoing EIC on the cover of Focus Malaysia.
HCK Media CEO Hng Hung Yong (right) presenting Focus Malaysia’s Group Editor-in-Chief Chong Cheng Hai with a memento.
Chong regales the Focus Malaysia staff with some of his anecdotes during the luncheon.
One last photo … the senior management of HCK and Focus staff with the outgoing Group EIC.