It was an evening to remember not only for awardees of the inaugural The Contributor Award, but also for guests and all who witnessed the momentous event. For the first time in Malaysia, young entrepreneurs in the country were recognised and honoured for their sterling leadership, innovation and outstanding service to the community. As a blogger who had attended thousands of functions in Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, this one, if I may say so, was a class above. It’s a marvel that everything that night was “Made in Ipoh”.
With the motto “Business Continuity Through Exemplary Contribution”, the official appointed organiser of The Contributor Award World Trend Corporate Sdn. Bhd., hoped this award would gain similar world recognition like the Oscars.
As said during the press conference, the selection criteria was stringent. One of the main factors was that awardees were either born in Perak or have business interests in the state. This award, in essence, is an effective solution to stem brain drain. It’s no wonder that it was endorsed by the State Government. It was also strongly supported by the Young Entrepreneurs’ Association Malaysia (PUMM).
In his welcome speech as Organising Chairperson during the award presentation-cum-gala night, which was strictly by invitation only, Mr. Jensom Ng, founder and CEO of World Trend Corporate Sdn. Bhd., shared the good news that his company is now an Associate Member of Malaysia Association of Convention, Exhibition & Supplier (MACEOS), the only member from Perak. The company, which owns brands like S.H.E. Expo, My Home Expo and Perak Trade Fair and well-known for its innovative platforms for product promotions and effective marketing tactics, was recently awarded Asia Success Award 2011/2012 for Best Exhibition Organiser in Northern Malaysia.
Guest of honour, Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir, the Chief Minister of Perak, in his address, welcomed all to Ipoh. As we are already at the halfway mark of Visit Perak Year, with the theme “Yours to discover”, Dr. Zambry hoped we would all have a pleasant stay here. He acknowledged that with a large pool of quality talent, it would help spur the state’s economy.
Meanwhile, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Ong Tee Keat, as Adviser to The Contributor Award, noted the importance of such a platform for business leaders of today to expand their network and contacts.
After the speeches, the evening proceeded with the presentation of the Platinum Honorable Award to the Father of Innovation, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Paduka Dr. Lim Kok Wing from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. He was unable to attend and the award was received by a representative.
It was soon followed by the presentation of seven honorable awards. Puan Sri Datin Seri Dr. Susan Cheah, EXCO member of The Sunway Group, gave an award acceptance speech on behalf of all recipients of the Honorable Award. As the President of a few Non-Governmental Organisations, she expressed gladness that a hand in friendship was extended to her from Perak.
On the other hand, Jack Lim Teik Yin of The Film Engine Sdn. Bhd., who received the Outstanding Personal Development Award, gave an acceptance speech on behalf of all the other twenty awardees of The Contributor Award 2012 (Individual Category). He mentioned his desire to shoot his movies in his home state, Perak, in the near future. Jack Lim is a popular radio DJ, movie actor, director and restaurant owner. He is sometimes known by the name “Ah Beng”, a character he holds.
The evening wrapped up with an astounding fashion show by Kelv Malaysia & Australia presented by models from Amber Chia Academy (Penang) and Iconic Model Management. The catwalk was led by Jane See, winner of the Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search 2011 (Northern Region).
The following is the full list of Award recipients:
Platinum Honorable Award
Father of Innovation – Prof.Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Paduka Dr. Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
1. Dato’ Dr. Tony Looi Chee Hong – Ban Lee Hin Engineering & Construction Sdn. Bhd.
2. Sir Tan Sri Prof. Dato’ Dr. David Lai – Bandacaya Group
3. Dato’ Ong Ang Pieu – Ang Piew Sculptural Sdn. Bhd.
4. Dato’ Ting Sing Yiew – Morubina Group
5. Dr. Alphared Lim – Cani Mega Education Sdn. Bhd.
6. Puan Sri Datin Seri Dr. Susan Cheah – The Sunway Group
7. Datin Janet Yeoh
1. OVERSEA EDUCATION CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Mr. Willie Chan Voon Jiun – eEagle Group
2. OUTSTANDING CONFECTIONERY RETAIL‐CHAINS AWARD
Mr. Kenny Chin Man Kean – Family Confectionery Sdn. Bhd.
3. MEDICAL & HEALTH RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Dr. Cortizo Fernando Wilfredo – Agape Superior Living Sdn. Bhd.
4. OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION AWARD
Ms. Carol Ng – Melody LTG Sdn. Bhd.
5. BUSINESS INNOVATION AWARD
Ms. Tang Yen Kim – Sung Khong Holdings (M) Sdn. Bhd.
6. OUTSTANDING LOCAL DELIGHT BISCUIT AWARD
Ms. Neoh Suee Leong – Yee Thye Cake House & Confectionery Sdn. Bhd.
7. OUTSTANDING INVESTMENT COMPANY AWARD
Dr. Tin Cheng Hee – PDS Venture Capital Ltd. Co. (HK)
8. OUTSTANDING EXPORTED LOCAL FOOD AWARD
Mr. Phang Ket Lim – Malcoplus Foods Industry Sdn. Bhd.
9. OUTSTANDING SERVICE QUALITY TRAVEL AGENCY AWARD
Mr. Kenny Cheong Ken Lee – Hwajing Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
10. OUTSTANDING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Mr. Jack Lim Teik Yin – The Film Engine Sdn. Bhd.
11. OUTSTANDING WHITE COFFEE AWARD
Ms. Kong Sou Keet – Kongs White Coffee (M) Sdn. Bhd.
12. OUTSTANDING ICT DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Mr. Chong Jin Wai – Genio Sdn. Bhd.
13. OUTSTANDING ACADEMY AWARD
Mr. Kelvin Khoo Kar Chuan – Genesis Dynamic Ventures Sdn. Bhd.
14. OUTSTANDING OPTOMETRY RETAIL-CHAINS AWARD
Mr. CK Lee – CK Optometry Sdn. Bhd.
15. OUTSTANDING EMERGING AWARD
Mr. CK Lee – L&V Lighting Sdn. Bhd.
16. OUTSTANDING LUXURY CAR DEALER IN NORTHERN MALAYSIA
Mr. Benson Ooi Kuan Yong – AFCAR Auto (M) Sdn. Bhd.
17. OUTSTANDING TOURIST ATTRACTION LOCAL FOOD
Mr. Wong Chiew Sun – Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong Ipoh Sdn. Bhd.
18. OUTSTANDING FRAME MOULDING PRODUCT AWARD
Mr. Chai Seong Yee – E-Wood Moulding (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
19. OUTSTANDING SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION ENTREPRENEURS AWARD
Mr. Ng Chuan Hoo – Vern’s Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
20. OUTSTANDING 3C RETAIL-CHAINS IN NORTHERN MALAYSIA
Mr. Joseph Hon – Star Electrics Sales & Services Sdn. Bhd.
21. OUTSTANDING BOUTIQUE HOTEL AWARD
Ms. Lee Lai Yeng – Ipoh Boutique Hotel Sdn. Bhd.
Event: The Contributor Award 2012 Award Presentation-Cum-Gala Night
Venue: Grand Valley Ballroom, Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites, Ipoh
Date: 14th July, 2012
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