Cash vouchers a welcome change

WINNERS in the recent one-day Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) World Investment Golf Challenge did not receive the usual prizes. 

Instead, they received cash vouchers at the event held at the Impian Golf and Country Resort in conjunction with the three-day PNB WIC event at Ilham Resort in Port Dickson. 

The more than 100 participants did not mind the change from the golf items and electrical appliances that they used to take home as prizes. 

PNB chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said the golfers’ wives would definitely welcome the change, as they would have grown tired of collecting electrical items brought home by their husbands after each tournament. 

Ahmad Sarji (centre, in blue) with the winners of the various categories atthe prize-giving ceremony.

“We saw the need for gift vouchers so that husbands and wives can now go shopping and buy what they need instead of forcing on them items which they do not need. I am sure the wives would now allow their husbands to play golf more often,’’ he joked. 

This is the second consecutive year PNB is hosting the PNB World Investment Challenge, an international event attended by fund managers from major financial hubs all over the world. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop attended the international from Nov 25 to 28. 

The local challenge was also held in conjunction with the recent opening of PNB’s first global office in London although its involvement in the international arena has been ongoing since 1988. 

The overall winner was Maybank’s Rusli Abu Amin, while CIMB’s Emery Ismail and Hasan Mohamed of Maybank bagged the participant and invitee’s categories. 

The VIPs who took part in the tournament included PNB director Tan Sri Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, CCM Malaysia Bhd managing director Dr Mohd Hashim Ahmad Tajudin and Island & Peninsular Bhd managing director Datuk Jamaluddin Osman, who played in the same flight with Ahmad Sarji. 

PNB president and group chief executive Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman was the special guest at the event. 

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