20 Outstanding Winners Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Twenty outstanding Malaysian entrepreneurs and organizations were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by Puncak Niaga’s Tan Sri Rozali Bin Ismail and DMIA’s Datuk Seri Subramaniam Pillai.

This is the award’s 13th year, and Malaysia is the sixth market to organize the awards this year, out of the awards’ 14 markets. An initiative by Malaysia-based Enterprise Asia, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets. 

With the theme of ‘Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship’, over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries including Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia; Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak, advisor to Enterprise Asia; Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee, advisor to Enterprise Asia; Dato’ Robert Teo, managing partner of RSM Malaysia; Dato’ Rosman Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of Bank Rakyat and Dato’ William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.

In Malaysia, APEA is supported by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (MAICCI) and Institut Keusahawanan Negara (INSKEN). RSM Malaysia is the official assurance partner of the awards, while Bank Rakyat is the main sponsor.

Over the past thirteen years, over 2,000 of the most senior entrepreneurs in Asia has received the APEA, including Malaysia’s Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, Indonesia’s Chairul Tanjung, Mochtar Riady and Ciputra, Thailand’s Kobchai Chirathivat and Rit Thirakomen, Philippines’ Henry Sy and Tony Tan, Singapore’s Kwek Leng Beng and Sam Goi, and India’s Adi Godrej and Rahul Bajaj.

Dr. Fong said, “This year marks the 13th year of running the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards in Malaysia, and we are gratified by the continued interest in the program. We believe this is a reflection of the ongoing success of entrepreneurs and enterprises, as well as our steadfast commitment to upholding the highest standards of our global criteria.”

According to Bank Rakyat’s acting managing director, Dato’ Rosman Mohamed, “Bank Rakyat, the biggest Islamic cooperative bank in Malaysia, places special emphasis on  fostering entrepreneurship. The Bank has a strong belief that developing this segment will lead to the exponential growth to which Malaysia is aspiring”.

“As an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development, Bank Rakyat has been supportive towards the government’s call for financial inclusion by providing financing and advisory to aspiring entrepreneurs for expansion of their own businesses in wholesale and retail, manufacturing, services or other sectors approved by the Bank.

“Therefore, we believe that events of this nature will further encourage entrepreneurs to strive towards increased productivity, product innovation and accelerate new product development to take advantage of new opportunities,” Dato’ Rosman added.

Besides Tan Sri Rozali Bin Ismail, executive chairman of Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, who was accorded the Special Achievement Award and Datuk Seri Subramaniam Pillai, executive director of Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) who was accorded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, other notable winners of the APEA include Mohamad Razif Abdul Wahab, CEO of Central Spectrum and Leslie Gomez, managing director of Ghazel Mahel (The Olive Tree Group). Furthermore, Koperasi Co-Opbank Pertama Malaysia and MFE Formwork Technology received the accolade under corporate excellence category.

In conjunction with the APEA, Enterprise Asia officially announced the partnership with Plaza Premium Group, where future winners of the awards are entitled to access Plaza Premium First lounges in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and six other countries in Asia whilst forging relationships with other business elites.

Enterprise Asia also launched the #InnovationRev2.0 movement, which connects the non-governmental organization’s 2,000 plus members to innovation experts and changemakers. Technology firms such as Epson Malaysia, Robopreneur, and Wise AI were invited to showcase their innovations at the event.

Dr. Fong added, “Malaysia is now in a critical juncture of our growth. To move ahead and reclaim our position as a tiger of Asia, we need to break out from the middle-income trap we are in by leveraging on innovation to better value add our production. This calls for not just a move towards IR 4.0, but more importantly to enable an innovation-mindset from young. Teach our children to think creatively. Encourage our youths to act innovatively. Empower our civil service to be nimble and be innovation-centered.”




Special Achievement Award

Tan Sri Rozali Bin Ismail    

Executive Chairman of Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd


Entrepreneur of the Year

Datuk Seri Subramaniam Pillai      

Executive Director of Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd    

Construction Industry


Outstanding Category

Dato’ Dr. Tan Meng Lee      

CEO of ASP Medical Clinic Sdn Bhd

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


Samantha Tai           

CEO of Boardroom (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd      

Professional & Business Services Industry


Wong Yoon Chee     

Managing Director of Castwell Industries (M) Sdn Bhd        

Construction Industry


Mohamad Razif Abdul Wahab       

CEO of Central Spectrum (M) Sdn Bhd       

Property Development Industry


Alfred Sek     

Managing Director of Excellentte Consultancy Sdn Bhd      

Financial Services Industry


Steve Loh Leong Huat        

CEO of Farmasi OK Sdn Bhd           

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


Leslie Gomez

Managing Director & Founder of Ghazel Mahel Sdn Bhd (The Olive Tree Group) 

Food & Beverage Industry


Marc Chua Yee Kuan          

Founder & CEO of MYS Ultron Sdn Bhd      

Retail Industry


Siow Hon Yuen        

CEO of Uni Wall APS Holdings Berhad        

Industrial & Commercial Products Industry



Corporate Excellence Category

Boardroom (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd    

Professional & Business Services Industry


Co-Opbank Pertama

Financial Services Industry


Ezytronic Sdn Bhd  

Telecommunications & ICT Industry


Freemen Education Sdn Bhd         

Education and Training Industry


H&T Consulting Engineers Sdn Bhd        

Professional & Business Services Industry


Infobip Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd         

Telecommunications & ICT Industry


Megaklinik Zahran   

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


MFE Formwork Technology Sdn Bhd      

Manufacturing Industry


Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd          

Construction Industry


Pusat Latihan Memandu Shah Bandar Sdn Bhd 

Education and Training Industry


Tech Food Ingredients Sdn Bhd   

Food & Beverage Industry


Uni Wall APS Holdings Berhad     

Industrial & Commercial Products Industry


We at thekult.asia would like to congratulate each and every winner of the APEA Awards 2019