THE 13th Perdana Young Indian Entrepreneurs Award 2018 was not only a memorable event recognising high achievers, but it was also an inspiring one for those present.
The glitzy event attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy saw 31 awards presented to deserving and outstanding individuals.
Organised by the Malaysian Indian Entrepreneur Cooperative (MIEC) in collaboration with the Social Entrepreneurs Network (SeNet), the event also presented seven special achievement awards.
Star Media Group journalist Elan Perumal received the Print Media Excellence Award, while former national athlete Datuk Rajamani Mailvaganam received the Sports Excellence Award.
Other recipients under the special achievement category were Leaderonomics Roshan Thiran (leadership excellence), Sky Blue Media Sdn Bhd’s Datuk V. Manikanda Murthy (advertising excellence), RSPO
Zurich Switzerland’s M.R. Chandran (palm oil industry excellence), Masala Wheels (social enterprise) and Malaysia Gazzettee (online media excellence).
The top three Perdana Young Indian Entrepreneur Award were won by Danion Lewis from Elizon Construction Sdn Bhd, followed by first runner-up Glory Johnson from Oscar Holidays Sdn Bhd and second runner-up Thinagaranabhan Padmanabhan from TM Recycle IT Sdn Bhd.
The winners received a trophy and certificate each.
Twenty-one individuals from various sectors were honoured under the Industry Excellence category.
BAC Education Group managing director Raja Singham and Chellam Plantations Group managing director Datuk Venkata Chellam were the two recipients of the Leading Entrepreneurs Award while
APS-Manja Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk A.P. Sivam was the sole recipient of the Emerging Leading Entrepreneur Award.
Raja Singham said he was touched to receive the award and commended the organisers for their sincere, dedicated and noble effort that led to the success of the event.
“A lot of efforts and sacrifice have been made to bring the entrepreneurs together and to honour them, the organisers deserve the credit,” he said.
Raja Singham urged Indian entrepreneurs to be creative in their business approach and relook at themselves to be successful in their business ventures.
He said good businessmen should look beyond the Indian community and even the country for further growth.
“We also need to have our own branding regardless of how small a business we are in.
“Branding will give us an edge over others when it comes to marketing a product. Customers are always looking for something unique in terms of presentation,” he added.
Organising chairman Mathuraiveeran Marimuthu thanked all sponsors and participants for their contributions in making the event a success.
Mathuraiveeran, who is also MIEC chairman, said the event fulfilled its role of bringing Indian entrepreneurs together, and encourage them to inspire one another.
“We hope the participants have been inspired and are able to gather information and exchange valuable ideas, that will be useful for their future endeavours.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from the participants and will continue to organise the awards in the coming years,” he said.