Rewarding visit for entrepreneurs


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

Fu (centre in dark suit) with Loo (ninth from left), Khiu (11th from left) and students of the OE Academy at Menara Star entrance during their visit to Star Media Group headquarters. — Photos: AZHAR MAHFOF/ The Star

A GROUP of young entrepreneurs paid a visit to Star Media Group’s (SMG) headquarters in Menara Star, Petaling Jaya, to learn about the company’s numerous products and packages.

The group, comprising 50 students from the Outstanding Entrepreneurs (OE) Academy, was led by its founder Datuk Calvin Khiu. OE provides its students with entrepreneurial training and practices.

The visitors, who were joined by past participants of The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA), learned about SMG’s video streaming service – dimsum – and its various offerings for online and radio (via its 988 and Suria radio stations), as well as the media industry and SOBA itself.

SMG chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, who met the students from OE, said the media industry was not just a business but also a form of community service to the people.

He said, “We do not only focus on delivering government policies and programmes but also reflecting the people’s voices through balanced and genuine reporting.

“SMG is not just a newspaper company but also includes different businesses with diverse platforms that cater to local and regional markets.

“The expansion of digital media is limitless and we also partner with local startups to grow and expand.

“We welcome everyone who can work together with us and hope we can provide the best service.”

Meanwhile, the past participants of SOBA shared the challenges they faced and experiences gained.

Inhome Engineering Works Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Terry Chong said he hoped to win at least one award in this year’s SOBA.

“SOBA is prestigious, so I made it my goal to win an award this year.

“The award will really help the company in its branding as it not only looks into a company’s profits but also its overall performance.

“I am more confident this time and will be participating in the Best Innovation Award and Best in Marketing Award, ” he said, adding that previously, he contested in the Rising Star Award category.

Another keen participant, Kate Yong, who founded Morane Global Sdn Bhd, said participating in the awards was a learning experience.

“It will be a great learning curve participating in the awards.

“I believe online businesses are not only about selling products but also about bringing values to the people. I hope to highlight this during SOBA, ” she said.

Morane Global is an e-commerce platform that sells slimming, beauty and health products through its brand Mae. It also provides tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

During the visit, Khiu shared the recognition and prestige he experienced after winning the SOBA awards. He also gave tips on choosing the right category.

“SOBA awards is different from others as it has a high judging standard and winners will only be announced during the event.

“It is also a pleasure to meet with The Star team and gain insights on how startups and entrepreneurs of small-medium enterprises can work together in building the brand together, ” he said.

Khiu, who is also MK Curtain Group founder and group chief executive officer, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (above RM25mil category) and Platinum award for Best in CSR at SOBA 2016.

“I am optimistic that at least 10 participants from the academy can win the awards, provided they submit for the right category, ” he said.

SMG corporate office special officer Loo Phan Kooi thanked Khiu and his delegation as well as the other visitors.

“The media industry is challenging but with different products offered by Star Media Group, we are looking at forming partnerships with different businesses and tap into different markets, ” he said.

Also present during the visit were SMG chief revenue officer Lydia Wang, dimsum chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim and other department heads.

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