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Neon colours: Guests at the 12th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2013 being entertained by a futuristic-themed dance performance.
PNI NEURON (M) Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ivan Hoe Wat Sing believes that successful people are those who have learnt to enjoy their jobs.
“The definition of success differs from people to people, as each person has different needs, values, wants, cultural upbringing and background.
“To some, it is about owning material possession.
“To others, it is about finding and fulfilling their mission, or the process of achieving their goals.
“In the process of attaining success, we should also take time to do other things and enjoy life,” said Hoe, whose book-publishing company specialises in developing visual-mapping and memory mastery books and resources.
Hoe was speaking during a sharing session at the 12th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2013, where he was also a recipient of the Excellence Leadership award.
In his speech, award organising chairman Prof Dr Albert Tan said: “The award presentation, organised since 2002, serves to acknowledge the ambition, determination and inventiveness of entrepreneurs, who have taken on the challenge of
starting and building internationally competitive businesses.
“We have nominees and supporting organisers from more than 10 countries in this region to date, and received 721 nominations this year despite a worsening economic situation due to recession and natural disasters.
“Besides their level of success, the winners are selected based on criteria like leadership, business development, human resources planning, organisational development, as well as financial and operational results.”
The 12th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2013 featured awards in five categories: Excellence Brand, Excellence Product, Excellence Service Quality, Excellence Leadership and Excellence Emerging Entrepreneur.
Tan said winners of the 12th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2013 will receive a free DIY mobile application software package worth RM10,000 and be invited as a special guest to the
China-Arab State Expo at Ningxia, China next month.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah said: “We are living in the e-millenium, in an era of constant change.
“To stay relevant and competitive, we must continuously evolve and improve. The government is committed to assist Malaysian entrepreneurs to help move them forward.
“Our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and national policies and strategies aim to reinforce the resilience and long-term competitiveness of our enterprises.
“We will continue to provide administrative and financial support to boost their growth, which includes further streamlining administrative procedures and providing a conducive environment for investors.
“We hope this will create new business opportunities and strong partnerships between the public and private sectors for a robust growth in the economy, which is vital to achieve Malaysia’s goal of becoming a high-income economy by the year 2020.”
Along with Ahmad Husni, the event’s other guests of honour were Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand Councils honorary president senator Chhit Kim Yeat, who is also Cambodia Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Media and Information Commissioner vice-chairman, and Cambodia senator and Economy, Finance and Banking Commission member Keo Maly.
The annual event’s main organisers are the Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand Councils, Asia Pacific Excel-lence Entrepreneur Alliance,
and Entrepreneur Development Association.
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