MELBOURNE: Three prominent Malaysians are among the nine personalities conferred the World Chinese Economic Forum's (WCEF) inaugural Lifetime Achievement Awards on Monday.
Leading the honours are Malaysian Chinese Association former president Tan Koon Swan, Star Publications (M) Bhd executive deputy chairman Datuk Vincent Lee and S P Setia Bhd president and CEO Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin.
Tan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Political Leadership, where he was said to have led the 1980s democratic reform movement in the MCA.
He was also instrumental in helping the late Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong establish Genting Highlands Resort as a successful tourist destination in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, Lee received the lifetime achievement award for leadership in the media industry.
Regarded as one of Malaysia's best brand builders, Lee is the founder of the country's largest advertising and communications agency, Naga DDB Sdn Bhd.
"As the recipient of the award, this is a recognition not only for myself but for the whole team that have worked together with me. Media is one of the most important part of society, without the media, there would not be connections to shape society, business and the world," he said.
Recently, Lee was made the honorary life president of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents (4As).
As for Liew, he was conferred the lifetime achievement award for property and philanthropic leadership.