Dr Ngau Boon Keat of Dialog Group Bhd is the Malaysian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013

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  • Four other awards presented for entrepreneurial excellence

Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2013 – Dr Ngau Boon Keat, Executive Chairman of Dialog Group Bhd was tonight named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2013 Malaysia at a gala event officiated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Khairy Jamaluddin.

Dr Ngau, who also won the Master Entrepreneur category award, will represent Malaysia and join more than 50 other country winners to compete for the coveted EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) award at the annual WEOY event in Monte Carlo, Monaco next year.

Recognizing the similarities between successful entrepreneurs and sports champions, YB Khairy said, “Like sportsmen, entrepreneurs strive hard for every single win. They will have to jump over tough hurdles and go the distance to reach the finish line. That calls for perseverance, mental toughness and hard work. You need the passion, drive and courage to push it over the goal line. An entrepreneur never tires of seeking those opportunities, testing his limits and challenging his own abilities. These are qualities that will stand the nation’s future in good stead.”

Dato’ Rauf Rashid, Country Managing Partner, EY Malaysia added, “Entrepreneurs are exceptional people. They are visionary, revolutionary and extraordinary. Ultimately, they build a better working world for all of us. The entrepreneurs in this year’s programme have all built and grown successful businesses – businesses that influence the way we live, with products and services that have enhanced the quality of our lives and helped our economy flourish. They serve as excellent role models and an inspiration to our youth and the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Dr Ngau is the Executive Chairman of Dialog Bhd, a company involved in the petroleum and petrochemical industry, both upstream and downstream. He co-founded the company in 1984 with four employees and grew it into a listed company in 1996 with a market capitalisation of RM 55 million. Today, Dialog has a market capitalisation of RM 7.3 billion and a staff force of 2,700 people. It also has a global presence and competes worldwide with other international oil and gas service providers. Under Dr Ngau’s leadership, Dialog’s business has diversified across the value chain, offering integrated specialist technical services.

Dr Ngau and his wife are also the founders of the MyKasih Foundation that provides food aid, training and student bursary programmes to families to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Philip Rao, Partner and EOY Malaysia Programme Director said, “Dr Ngau is an outstanding example of an entrepreneur as a force of positive economic and social change. He has set new benchmarks, defied the odds, built businesses, created jobs and supported his community. Ultimately, through his entrepreneurial spirit, he has built a better working world for all his employees, his community and his nation. We have no doubt that Dr Ngau will do us proud in Monte Carlo next year.”

In addition to the top honour, EY also presented four other awards for entrepreneurial excellence to the following individuals:

  • Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 – Mr Bryan Loo, Managing Director, Loob Holding Sdn Bhd
  • Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 – Encik Daud Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Offier, Cypark Resources Bhd
  • Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 – YBhg Datuk Ir. Rosaline Ganendra, Director, Minconsult Sdn Bhd
  • Master Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 – Dr Ngau Boon Keat, Executive Chairman, Dialog Group Bhd

The four recipients as well as the overall country award recipient were selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of globally benchmarked criteria. The EY EOY 2013 Malaysia panel of judges comprised the following:

  • Mr Inderjit Singh, Head of Listing, Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • YBhg Tan Sri A K Nathan, Chairman / Group Managing Director, Eversendai Corporation Bhd
  • YBhg Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria, Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • Dr Karl Ng, Director of Innovation Capital, Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDeC)
  • YBhg Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin, Founder / Managing Director of Hyrax Oil, Yang DiPertua of Peniagawati Malaysia
  • Dr Chia Song Kun, Group Managing Director, QL Resources Bhd
  • YBhg Datuk Mohd Radzif Mohd Yunus, Managing Director, SME Development Bank Malaysia Bhd

The EOY 2013 Malaysia programme is also proud to have these organisations join EY in support of entrepreneurship: 

  • ASTRO Awani
  • BFM 89.9
  • Bits and Pixels Sdn Bhd
  • Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Multimedia Development Corporation (MDec)
  • Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd
  • The Edge 
  • The Peak

For more information about the EOY 2013 Malaysia Top Nominees and winners, please visit www.ey.com/my.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

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