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by loshana k. shagar
Chai (right) presenting the Individual Lifelong Entrepreneur Achievement Award to Jeff (left), who represented Kong. Looking on is Dr Wee.
THE Federation of Malaysia Chinese Guilds Association (FMCGA) celebrated its 93rd anniversary in style, giving this year’s celebration a twist by introducing the Golden Entrepreneur Awards.
The awards, in eight categories, is meant to honour entrepreneurs in its member associations who have made commendable achievements or contributions
in or via their respective companies.
In his speech, FMCGA president Datuk Chai Kim Sen said the plan to introduce the award was mooted when he was sworn in as president, and was unanimously supported by other committee members.
“We also received good response from business and corporate figures, who submitted the names of those they thought deserved the award.
“We then selected 22 recipients who are from our member associations to receive the award,” he said.
The award ceremony was held to coincide with the association’s 93rd anniversary celebration, hosted at Vivatel Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The top award, the Individual Life Long Entrepreneur Achievement Award, went to NV Multi Asia Group (Nirvana) founder and managing director Datuk Kong Hon Kong.
His son, Nirvana executive director Jeff Kong, accepted the award on his behalf at the ceremony.
Other notable award recipients were Bolton Optical Group managing director Datuk Patrick Sim and Sg Besi Recycle Industries Sdn Bhd director Datuk Seri James Lee.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who was guest of honour at the event, expressed hope that FMCGA would continue to prosper under its new president’s leadership.
“It is also good that the Golden Entrepreneur Awards was introduced, as it shows that the federation recognises its members’ achievements and success,” he said.
Dr Wee presented the awards to the recipients on behalf of MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was unable to attend the event.
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