Thursday June 21, 2012
Brands that lead the way
By EDMUND NGO
Photos by RONNIE CHIN
MALAYSIA’S finest talents and entrepreneurs, who have made a name for themselves in both the local scene and international arena, were acknowledged at the inaugural 1Malaysia iAward 2012.
Endorsed by the Perak government, the award honoured achievements by homegrown businesses, ideas, brands, entrepreneurs and leading professionals in their respective industries.
Among the 28 recipients were famous shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, A Cut Above Group of Salons and Academy founder Datuk Winnie Loo, Malaysia Institute of Corporate Governance president Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, Eversendai Corporation Bhd executive chairman and group managing director Datuk A. K. Nathan, and Ngan Yin Groundnuts Factory Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Gan Tack Kong.
Fellow recipient, AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was unable to receive his award in person during the gala night held at the MH Hotel in Ipoh last Saturday. He was represented by Jonathan Goh Tze Yeow from the AirAsia Bhd’s regional marketing department.
In his acceptance speech, Choo said he was honoured to receive the award and aimed to give back more to society.
Loo expressed hope that more talented Malaysians would rise up to the challenges in life and try their best to earn the prestigious award founded by A2Z Strategic Partner.
In his speech, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said the award celebrated entrepreneurship and the sacrifices that one had to take before enjoying the sweet fruits of success.
“And these successful world class entrepreneurs are what the country need to get the economy moving and to take Malaysian companies up the value chain.
“The Government wants entrepreneurs to lead the economy while we slowly but surely reduce our direct involvement in the economy.
“We have no business to be in business, so it is a shared responsibility of both parties to take the country to the next level,” he said to thunderous applause.
Later in the night, local artiste Vick Teo showed up his vocal prowess in his rendition of When We Believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
Another local artiste, Datin Maylene Yong serenaded guests with Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World before she was joined by Loo and Ahmad Husni’s special officer Suhaimi Din on the stage.
The trio belted out Alan Tam’s Friends.