Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area a Hotbed of Entrepreneurship

MIRI, Malaysia, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Fifteen entrepreneurs and business leaders from the BruneiIndonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth AREA (BIMP-Eaga) were named awardees of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 at a glittering gala dinner at Miri Marriott Resort, Sarawak. Over 250 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders, leading entrepreneurs, dignitaries and the who’s who of the business world, including, Peter Nansian Ngusie, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Mayor Lawrence Lai Yew Son of Miri, Roselan Johar Mohamed, Chairman of BIMP-Eaga Business Council and William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, or APEA, is a regional recognition program organized by Enterprise Asia, the region’s foremost association and think-tank for entrepreneurship. The Awards are presented to a handful of entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific each year, with award ceremonies held in over thirteen countries every year.

The Awards is often compared to the Olympics for the stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. Nominations of the Awards itself is by invitation, either by past and current awardees, a supporting trade association or the organizing committee of Enterprise Asia. Nominees are then subjected to a series of rigorous tests, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and a compulsory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a secret balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s organizing committee.

Awardees are expected to be torchbearers of entrepreneurship and business leaders in their respective countries, and adhere to a strict standard of personal and business ethics. 

“We can say with certainty that the recipients of the APEA are like none others. Not only do they have to prove their entrepreneurial skills and experience in one of the toughest contests in the world, they also subject themselves to a pledge to uphold the highest standards of entrepreneurship, which includes allegiance to the two founding pillars of Enterprise Asia, namely Investment in People and Responsible Entrepreneurship”, says William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

The final fifteen were announced by Enterprise Asia at the awards ceremony in Miri, where all winners were presented with their trophies and certificates by Peter Nansian and Ng.

Mr Ng explained, “The APEA is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. Beyond recognizing the efforts of these entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level, and in the process, providing more job opportunities to the people in the region, and help to drive the economy forward”.

The fifteen truly deserving individuals were awarded under the Most Promising and Outstanding categories of the Awards from the regions of Brunei, Indonesia, East Malaysia and Southern Philippines.

Many who receive these awards value the APEA as a milestone achievement in their lives. “It is an honor and privilege to be awarded with the APEA 2015 BIMP-EAGA under the Outstanding Category, it will inspire me and my management team to move forward and to bring the company to greater heights,” shares Harris Annuar Tan, CEO of Asian Supply Base Sdn Bhd.

Wan Nur Muhammad Wan Mustafa, CEO of Teras Eramaju Sdn Bhd says, “to be honored with the APEA is my starting point in putting Malaysia on the world map. The world now is my oyster.”

When asked about the secrets to their successes, these entrepreneurs have crossed hurdles to make it to where they are today.

Balang Rining, President of Oceancare Corporation Sdn Bhd attributes his achievements to his staff, “our employees are our partners, our partners are our assets, our assets are our foundation that sustains us in growth and credibility to sustain our businesses as we press forward in good and bad times.”

For William Yong, Founder and Director of TOS Logistics & Shipping Sdn Bhd, it is honesty that is key. He says, “always be genuine in doing business then only it can be long lasting. Always keep your promise and be aggressive.”

“My advice to young and upcoming entrepreneurs is that once you believe you have a winning formula and strategic direction in place, don’t forget to have some fun with it along the way – it’s important to differentiate yourself from your competitors,” shares Bobby Ting, Managing Director of Hydro-Icon Sdn Bhd.


Outstanding Category

Hj Harris Hj Annuar Tan
Asian Supply Base Sdn Bhd

Francis Lau
LCY Development Sdn Bhd

Balang Rining (Nelson)
Oceancare Corporation Sdn Bhd

Haji Junaidi Haji Abdul Rahman
Petrohub Corporation Sdn Bhd

Most Promising Category

Benedict Rocha Dy Tecklo
Aziza Paradise Hotel

Lhai D. Santiago
Eustolia Marketing Services Sdn Bhd (EMS)

Awang Habiburllah Bin Haji Awang Ismail
HMN Nadhir Sdn Bhd

Bobby Ting Sie Ching
Hydro-Icon Sdn Bhd

Anthony Ho Yen Teng
Leyden Engineering Services

Zailani bin Mansor
Preston Shipyard Sdn Bhd

Helen Lim
Rajang Port Authority

Hong Boon Swee
Tenaga Seri Wangsa Sdn Bhd

Wan NurMuhammad Wan Mustafa
Teras Eramaju Sdn Bhd

William Yong Siew Hung
TOS Logistics & Shipping Sdn Bhd

Liew Chun Kim
Tukim Enterprise Sdn Bhd

About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization in pursuit of creating an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality. Its two pillars of existence are investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship. Enterprise Asia work with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurial development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for the future generation.

About APEA

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards are the region’s most prestigious awards for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation and sustainable leadership. The Awards provide a platform for companies and governments to recognise entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 12 markets such as Hong Kong, Thailand, India and China, to name a few.

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