KUALA LUMPUR, 11 October 2016 – EY announced tonight the Top Nominees for this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Malaysia Awards at a function co-hosted by one of the world’s leading financial services providers, Credit Suisse AG. The 24 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.

At the event, Datuk Tan Say Jim, a member of the judging panel and the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Malaysia, commended all the nominees in this year’s programme and conveyed his congratulations to the 24 Top Nominees. “The panel of judges was impressed by the diversity, reach and quality of nominations this year. We spent many hours reviewing and deliberating on the entrepreneurs’ submissions and were inspired by the stories and caliber of our Malaysian entrepreneurs.”

Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid, Country Managing Partner, Malaysia, EY said, “This year marks the 15th year that we are presenting the Top Nominees for our EOY Malaysia programme. We are proud to be the oldest business award programme in the country that continues to shine the spotlight on Malaysia’s exceptional entrepreneurs – the innovators and game-changers of tomorrow - on a national and global platform. By identifying and recognizing the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs behind successful, growing and dynamic businesses, we aim to celebrate their important contribution and encourage even greater entrepreneurial activity, locally and around the world.”

“In the past 14 years of the EOY Malaysia programme, we have recognized 171 Top Nominees; 35 of whom were women entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs had combined revenues of approximately RM 45.5 billion; a combined profit after tax of RM 4.6 billion; and employed over 54,000 people. These exceptional individuals continue to disrupt and transform their industries while inspiring those around them and future generations of young entrepreneurs,” he added.

Philip Rao, Advisory Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd and Programme Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Malaysia said, “Our EOY awards programme recognizes and celebrates a group of people who often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Entrepreneurs create jobs; they drive the economy; and their innovations enrich peoples’ lives. After 14 years of celebrating entrepreneurship excellence in the country, we are gratified that there is still a high level of interest in the EOY programme, which is testament to the high esteem and value in which this programme is regarded.”

“This year, we are proud to present the highest number of Top Nominees in the history of the programme! We have 24 Top Nominees this year, whose combined revenue totals RM 7.6 billion, with a profit after tax totaling RM 726 million, and who employ nearly 16,000 people. Each of these Top Nominees has inspiring personal stories, and we believe their contributions should be recognized and their person, celebrated,” concluded Rao.

The Top Nominees of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Malaysia are:

Emerging Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Desmond Teo Kok Mon - Infinite Data Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Teoh Wee Kiat - Kitchen Chemistry Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Rubaneswaran A/L Thevasenabathy - Knowledgecom Corporation Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Kong Len Win - La Juiceria Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Muhammad Iqbal bin Ameer Ali - Livescape Group Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Dereck Ng Kian Wei - Mine Logistics Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Stalin Thangaiah A/L Vijaya Kamaraj - N'osairis Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Ko Chuan Zhen, Mr. Poh Tyng Huei and Mr. Ryan Oh - Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Technology Entrepreneur category

  • Dato' Ir Muhamad Guntor Mansor Tobeng - Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Chuah Wan Pin - Infopro Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Chan Kok Long and Mr. Lim Kok Hing - IPAY88 Sdn Bhd
  • Ir. Edwin Lim Beng Fook - K-One Technology Berhad
  • Mr. Sia Yong Hui - Tranglo Sdn Bhd

Woman Entrepreneur category

  • Mrs. Eva Poon Chui Shan - Cuir Group
  • Ms. Stephanie Khor See Voon - Inmagine Inc
  • Mrs Ching Goh Ai Ching - Piktochart Sdn Bhd
  • Mrs. Sharala Devi Arxyd - The Center of Applied Data Science Sdn Bhd

Master Entrepreneur category

  • Dato' Sean H'ng Chun Hsiang - HNG Capital Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Goh Miah Kiat - Karex Berhad
  • Dato' Lim Kuang Sia - Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Mr. Tan Soo Kuok - Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Wong Teek Son - Riverstone Holdings Limited
  • Mr. Loi Tuan Ee - The Holstein Milk Company Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Sharan Valiram - Valiram Holdings Sdn Bhd

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