EcoWorld chairman Liew awarded honorary CBE by the UK

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Jun 2023

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin has been awarded an honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his achievements in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in South London.

The former SP Setia Bhd chief executive officer was recognised for his work in spearheading the regeneration of the dormant electricity-generating station, Battersea Power Station, into an integrated retail, office, leisure and housing real estate as well as his contributions to United Kingdom -Malaysia trade and investment ties.

The Battersea project was the largest inward investment from Malaysia into the UK.

Liew, who is the Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman, said he is still making his mark to bring Malaysia’s name to the global stage.

“I am overwhelmed that a kampung boy like me would be bestowed an award from the British Empire.

“But to go all the way to UK for work and get recognised for what I did is mind-boggling. If my parents knew what I have achieved with the British, they would be proud.

“This award will certainly motivate me to make more positive changes as we all endeavour to play a meaningful role to help make our shared planet a better place,” he told reporters after the investiture ceremony at the High Commissioner’s Residence here on Thursday (June 1).

The citation was read out by High Commissioner Charles Hay and the event was attended by Liew’s family members and friends.

Liew also thanked local institutions for supporting his vision in achieving success for the Malaysian-led development in the UK which started in 2012.

“I would like to acknowledge the contributions of so many of my current and former colleagues, as well as bankers and business partners in everything we have collectively achieved together.

“I want to highlight my appreciation to the British and Malaysian governments for their generous and unwavering support when the various projects and ideas for development, inbound and outbound investments were presented to them,” he said.

Liew also founded Malaysia-based Eco World International Bhd (EcoWorld International) which has entered joint ventures with UK companies Ballymore and Willmott Dixon to deliver large development projects in the UK.

Hay said Liew’s projects have brought immense contribution to the bilateral trade and investment ties between the UK and Malaysia.

“It is a huge honour to present the award as a recognition of his achievements and work for the regeneration of the Battersea Power station as well as other projects led by him in the UK.

“His remarkable acumen, vision and determination are attributes admired by his peers and inspirational to others,” he said.

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