EY announces Top Nominees for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019 Malaysia awards

Kuala Lumpur, 26 September 2019

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EY announced tonight the Top Nominees for this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Malaysia Awards at a cocktail ceremony co-hosted with one of the world’s leading financial services providers, Credit Suisse AG.

The 17 Top Nominees in the Emerging, Technology, Woman and Master categories were determined by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of judging criteria that is consistently applied globally by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme.

Emerging Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Jeiganthan Ramanathan and Ms. Logeswary Kavita - Crescograph Solution Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Christopher Liang (龙田杰先生) - Googolplex Holdings Bhd
  • Mr. Liew Ooi Hann (廖为瀚先生) - Jirnexu Sdn Bhd
  • Ms. Daphne Teh (郑雁双女士) - Muzart International Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Ko Chuan Zhen (许传真先生), Mr. Poh Tyng Huei (傅庭辉先生) and Mr. Ryan Oh (胡至康先生)- Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Technology Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Choo Yan Tiee (朱运铁先生) - Auto Count Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Clarence Leong (梁洷瑜先生) - EasyParcel Sdn Bhd
  • Ir. Azhar Zainal Abidin - ProEight Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Mark Leow (廖纹管先生) - Verity Intelligence Sdn Bhd

Woman Entrepreneur category

  • Ms. See Wai Hun (史慧娴女士) - Juris Technologies Sdn Bhd
  • Datin Cindy Choh (拿汀張艷媚) - Proguard Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Ir. Chow Pui Hee (周佩仪女士) - Samaiden Sdn Bhd
  • Ms. Jenny Chuang (陈素波女士) - Sydney Cake House Sdn Bhd

Master Entrepreneur category

  • Dato’ Dr. Omar Abd Hamid - Avisena Holdings Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Ben Eng (黄国川先生) - Fusipim Sdn Bhd
  • Datuk Seri Kenneth H'ng (拿督斯里方木弟)- GUH Holdings Bhd
  • Mr. Dang Tai Luk (郑大禄先生) - Mynews Holdings Bhd

Winners of the four category awards as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Malaysia award will be announced and celebrated at a gala event in November 2019. The Malaysian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 will then join country award recipients from around the globe in Monte Carlo in June 2020 to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) 2020 award.

Philip Rao, Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn. Bhd. and Programme Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Malaysia Awards said, “Over the last 18 years, since the inception of the EOY business award programme in Malaysia, we’ve had the unique privilege to seek out, recognize and celebrate 243 remarkable men and women across generations, industries and sectors. Their entrepreneurial ingenuity and desire to better the world have propelled them to achieve some of the nation’s greatest ambitions and successes. The visionary leadership and passion of these select few empower them to break away from the pack, only to end up leading it by inspiring purpose, innovation and excellence. We are proud to be able to provide a platform to share their success stories and more importantly, their enduring legacy and far-reaching impact on surrounding communities and the country, with the rest of the world.”

“The panel of judges faced a challenging task of determining the Top Nominees this year and looking at the list of exceptional individuals identified, we are convinced the celebration of their stories and persons is truly well-deserved. We are also especially proud to observe that this is in keeping with the high standards of the award’s global criteria that we strive to adhere to,” added Rao.

Stephen Hagger, Credit Suisse’s CEO for Malaysia, said, “Credit Suisse is one of the most active foreign investment banks in Malaysia, having had on-the-ground presence since 1995. We remain deeply committed to Malaysia given our belief in the long-term potential of the Malaysia economy and the business opportunities that it provides. Asia offers a dynamic environment for entrepreneurism and innovation, and as a result, we see a growing number of start-up businesses across all sectors. Consumers in the region are very willing to embrace new technology and innovation, which bodes well for entrepreneurs in Malaysia. As the Trusted Entrepreneurs’ Bank in Asia Pacific, we offer our clients solutions that combine the strength of our Wealth Management and Investment Banking expertise.”

“Credit Suisse is delighted to partner with EY as a sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Malaysia Awards for the ninth time, and we are honored to be a part of this prestigious event where we recognize the achievements of entrepreneurs across diverse industries and backgrounds. Congratulations to all the Top Nominees and we wish them success in this competition and in growing their businesses,” added Hagger.

The EOY 2019 Malaysia Top Nominees were selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of globally benchmarked criteria.

The EY EOY 2019 Malaysia panel of judges comprised the following:

  • Tan Sri Rebecca Sta. Maria – Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • Ms. Selvarany Rasiah - Chief Commercial Officer, Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Mr. Ganesh Kumar Bangah - Founder & Executive Chairman, Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn. Bhd and Chairman, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
  • Dato' Ng Wan Peng - COO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
  • Mr. Adrian Ng - Group CEO, Mega Fortris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Datuk Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi – Secretary General, Ministry of Entrepreneur Development
  • Mr. Song Hoi-see, Founder & CEO, Plaza Premium Lounge Management Ltd

The EOY 2019 Malaysia Awards programme is also proud to have these organisations on board in support of entrepreneurship:

  • BFM 89.9
  • Bits and Pixels Sdn Bhd
  • Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Credit Suisse AG
  • Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Nanyang Siang Pau
  • The Edge Malaysia
  • The Peak

The Top Nominees announcement was preceded by a discussion on the topic “The US-China Trade War: How will Malaysia fare?” by the following distinguished panelists:

  • Tan Sri Rebecca Sta. Maria – Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • Ray Farris, Chief Investment Officer, South Asia, Credit Suisse AG
  • Anil Kumar Puri, Partner, Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd
  • Jalbir Singh Riar, Partner, Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd (moderator)

The panelists engaged in an insightful and robust discussion of how the US-China trade war is creating a mixed economic impact on ASEAN, and how Malaysian businesses and industries need to prepare themselves in order to emerge winners in the region.

For more information about the EOY Malaysia programme, please visit www.ey.com/my

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