EY announces Top Nominees for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Malaysia awards

Kuala Lumpur, 15 October 2018

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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 provider, Credit Suisse AG. The evening cocktail was graced by YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Minister of Entrepreneur Development.

The 15 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.

The EOY 2018 Malaysia Top Nominees are:

Emerging Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Ammar Roslizar - ARBA Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Eric Cheng (郑继宗) - Carsome Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Hoe Kian Choon (许健川) - CUCKOO International (MAL) Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Aaron Patel - iHandal Energy Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Dereck Ng (黄建伟) - Mine Logistics Sdn Bhd

Technology Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Johary Mustapha - Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Kris Uttraphan - Stampede Solution Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Thinagaranabhan Padmanabhan - TM Recycle IT Sdn Bhd

Woman Entrepreneur category

  • Ms. Natalie Sit (薛佩诗) - Acestar Sdn Bhd  
  • Ms. Munirah Looi - Brandt International Sdn Bhd                 
  • Dr. Liz Lim (林丽诗) - Medical Innovation Ventures Sdn Bhd          

Master Entrepreneur category

  • Dato’ Phum Ang Kia (拿督潘红仔) - Advancecon Holdings Bhd     
  • Mr. Song Hoi-see (宋海西) - Plaza Premium Lounge Management Ltd     
  • Mr. Abdullah Mahmud - Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Sdn Bhd                    
  • Mr. C Y Lim (林镇严) - Yinson Holdings Bhd

Winners of the four category awards as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia award will be announced and celebrated at a gala event in December 2018. The Malaysian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 will then join country award recipients from around the globe in Monte Carlo in June 2019 to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) 2019 award.

Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan said, “The economic prosperity that we enjoy today is a byproduct of the hard work, perseverance and dedication of our entrepreneurs. These are courageous men and women, committed to their cause, and dedicated to their dreams. They are those who dare to see an opportunity, when others see a problem. 

“The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) applauds the role and contribution of our entrepreneurs in bridging markets and drawing economies closer. This will strengthen and secure Malaysia’s position and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
“MED certainly looks forward to working with EY in strengthening Malaysia’s entrepreneurial landscape and showcasing our finest accomplishments to the rest of the world.” 

Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid, Malaysia Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd said, “As the oldest business award programme in Malaysia, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme has been privileged with the opportunity to showcase many of Malaysia’s remarkable entrepreneurial journeys on a national and global platform over the last 17 years. It has been an immensely gratifying experience to seek, recognize and celebrate the vision, leadership, tenacity and accomplishments of the exceptional men and women, whose entrepreneurial ingenuity has transformed simple, unique ideas of today into extraordinary and successful businesses of tomorrow. We are proud to be able to share their success stories and more importantly, their enduring legacy and far-reaching impact on our communities and country.”

Philip Rao, Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn. Bhd. and Programme Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Malaysia Awards shared, “Since the inception of EOY in Malaysia in 2002, we have seen the programme grow in prestige, reputation and reach with strong, diverse nominations representing different generations, industries and sectors. This year is no different and we believe this is testament to the high standards of the award’s global criteria that we strive to adhere to. It was a tough task for the panel of judges to determine this year’s Top Nominees and looking at the results, we are convinced the celebration of their stories and persons is truly well-deserved.”

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 eighth 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 2018 Malaysia Top Nominees were selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of globally benchmarked criteria.

The EY EOY 2018 Malaysia panel of judges comprised the following:

  • En. Mahdzir Othman - Director of Securities Market, Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Mr. Chiau Haw Choon (周俊豪) - Group Managing Director, Chin Hin Group Bhd
  • Mr. Ganesh Kumar Bangah - Founder & Executive Chairman, Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn. Bhd and Chairman, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
  • Tan Sri Rebecca Sta. Maria – Chairman, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)
  • En. Hizam Kadir - Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
  • Puan Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi - Secretary General, Ministry of Entrepreneur Development
  • Datuk Noraini Soltan – Founder, Sipro Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd

The EOY 2018 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

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

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