PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) held its biggest event yet, billed Night Of Achievers, at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya Wednesday night to honour more than 90 record holders, 60 of whom were present to accept their awards.
The event was graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Najib, in his speech, said the record holders and achievers who had made it into the MBR were an inspiration to future generations.
He said with the MBR, their feats and achievements would be widely known and discovered by the younger generation.
“The one thing about records is that they are made to be broken. Your success and your achievements will drive others to excel, to train hard so that they might run faster, to study hard so that they might travel far.
“This is your legacy, and I cannot think of a better one,” said Najib.
The Prime Minister also launched the ninth edition of the MBR at the event which was telecast live on the LED display of the Umno building in Kuala Lumpur.
Among the record holders honoured in the Icon of Malaysia category were singers Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Dato Shake. Others in the category included renowned shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Among the other categories were Outstanding Business Awards, Arts & Entertainment Awards, Outstanding Sports Awards, Human Anatomy Awards, and Outstanding Individual Awards.
Child star Crystal Lee, 11, was conferred an award for being the youngest Malaysian to be named Best Actress at last year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, for her role in the Hong Kong movie, Unbeatable.
Guests at Wednesday’s event were entertained to performances by Siti, Dato Shake, Datuk Elaine Kang and rock queen Ella.
“It is the largest gathering of record holders in the country,” said MBR founder and managing director Datuk Danny Ooi of the event. “It is a significant moment for us as we have more than 1,000 guests and 100 celebrity record holders in attendance.”
The MBR was first published in 1995.