THE SMI Association of Malaysia is looking at attracting more quality entries for its SMI Recognition Awards Series 2003, president Looi Teong Chye said, adding that the award has been expanded to eight categories from two previously.
The six new categories will enable wider scope of recognition for local small- and medium-size companies that had excelled and shown great promise, he said in an interview in Petaling Jaya.
Looi said the awards would also help enhance the intellectual property value of SMIs, as well as reinforce their brand image and reputation internationally.
The new categories in this year's awards are: SMI Phoenix Award, SMI Women's Entrepreneur Award, SMI Best Overall Award, SMI Export Excellence Award, Emerging SMI Award and SMI Information Communications Technology (ICT) Adoption Award.
The original two were the SMI Achievers Award and the Sahabat SMI Award.
Looi said the SMI Phoenix Award would be given to businessmen who had managed to remerge after suffering serious setbacks during the economic downturns of the 1980s and 1990s.
The winner would be given an opportunity to tell about the hardships endured and the steps taken in making a comeback, he said, adding that the economic downturn had shown that local SMI had resilience and strong fighting spirit.
Many multinational companies were SMIs when they started out; and we must continue to promote the entrepreneurial spirit, which is among the major driving forces of SMIs, he said.
Looi said, to ensure quality entries, companies must be nominated by trade associations or professional bodies. Nominations will close on Aug 15.
Workers of companies that are nominated will receive ASTRO satellite TV decoders, he said, and their chief executive officers a Nokia 6610 handphone with golden numbers worth RM500 each from DiGi Telecommunications.
We want to make the award a prestigious one, and even being nominated to be a recognition in itself, he said.
The awards presentation ceremony will be held on Oct 3.
The award series is jointly organised by the SMI Association and Sin Chew Daily, with the National SMI Consultative Council and Astro as co-organisers, and DiGi the platinum sponsor.
The media partners are The Star, Rediffusion 988, Business World magazine and Sin Chew i.Com.
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