First-time participant, Proguard Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd managed to rise to the top by winning 5 awards as well as the main award – Malaysian Business of the Year (Above RM25mil category) at the recent Star Outstanding Business Award (SOBA). Held at Connexion @Nexus, Bangsar South City; this marks the eighth edition of this coveted ceremony.
SOBA pays tribute to SMEs striving to carve a niche for themselves in the world of business while aiming to inspire and drive Malaysian enterprises towards excellence and outstanding achievement.
The award’s key objectives are to recognise the contributions of outstanding businesses towards the growth of the nation, community and overall economy and to reward Malaysian companies that have proven their worth, created an impact and made a difference in the lives of the people.
Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Star Media Group Berhad said, “Despite the name, the small and medium-sized enterprises are a huge contributor to the nation and the economy. To underscore their importance, SOBA not only highlights their key accomplishments but also encourages them and other up-and-coming businesses to keep growing and improving.”
Over 800 guests from various companies and organizations graced their presence to this prestigious event. The participating companies were presented with Certificates of Participation, while finalists received Certificates of Merit during the cocktail reception, prior to the awards presentation ceremony.
SOBA 2017 is organized by The Star with AmBank, Digi and HRDF as the main sponsors, Credit Guarantee Corporation as the Co-sponsor, MATRADE as the Trade Promotion Partner and Connexion Conference and Event Centre as the Official Venue Sponsor. It is endorsed by Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Secretariat for the advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs (SAME), Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Ministry of Finance, supported by Bursa Malaysia and audited by BDO with 988, Suria FM and dimsum as the official Media Partners.
YB Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister II of the International Trade and Industry
Female Entrepreneur of the Year,Datin Cindy Choh, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Proguard Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd
Sirius International (M) Sdn Bhd founder and group chief executive officer Anne Tham (second from right) receiving Platinum for Best Employer award and Female Entrepreneur Awards (under RM 25 million)