Towering presence: Najib sharing a light moment with 2.11-m tall Mohd Azli Hisyam Ab Ghafar, 20, while Ooi (left) and Datuk Shake look on during the MBR Night of Achievers 2014 event.
PETALING JAYA: Nineteen years on, and the records and feats keep on coming. There is just no stopping Malaysians from breaking records.
The Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) held its biggest event yet, “The Night of Achievers”, to honour more than 90 record holders, 60 of whom were present to accept their awards.
The glitzy gathering held here last night was graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Najib, in his speech, said the record-holders and achievers were an inspiration to the future generation.
He said that through MBR, their feats and achievements would be widely known by the younger generation, especially schoolchildren, as they turned the pages of MBR.
“Because the one thing about records is that they are made to be broken.
“Your success and achievements will drive others to excel and to train hard, so that they might run faster, to study hard so that they might travel far.
“This is your legacy, and I cannot think of a better one,” he told the audience at One World Hotel.
Najib also launched the ninth edition of MBR.
Among the record-holders honoured were singers Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk Shake under the Icon of Malaysia category. Others in the category included renowned shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Other categories included Outstanding Business Awards, Arts & Entertainment Awards, Outstanding Sports Awards, Human Anatomy Awards and Outstanding Individual Awards.
Child actress Crystal Lee, 11, was conferred an award for being the youngest Malaysian to win best actress at last year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, for her role in the Hong Kong movie Unbeatable.
Guests were entertained with performances by Siti, Datuk Shake, Datuk Elaine Kang, rock queen Ella and Crystal. They were backed by the RTM Orchestra conducted by RTM music services director Datuk Mokhzani Ismail.
“It is the largest gathering of record-holders in the country,” said MBR founder and managing director Datuk Danny Ooi.
“It is a significant moment for us as we have more than 1,000 guests and 100 celebrity record-holders in attendance.”
The MBR was started in 1995. Next year will be its 20th anniversary and Ooi said there would be a celebration on July 11, 2015.
“The record-breaking feats have been non-stop. The MBR has helped to inspire a lot of people, and that is what makes it unique,” he said.