The EY Entrepreneur of The Year Awards gala made a return to the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently. As in preceding years, Malaysiaâ€™s leading entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and partners of EY gathered to toast the Nationâ€™s best and brightest as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Malaysia was revealed recently. The gala, officiated by Datoâ€™ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry served as a platform to recognise the countryâ€™s most successful entrepreneurs for their vision, courage and leadership in building and growing successful businesses. So, without further ado, here are this yearâ€™s winners:
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia
Chiau Haw Choon
Group Managing Director, Chin Hin Group.
Iâ€™ve been in this business for 10 years and Iâ€™m the third generation to run this company. Iâ€™ve helped move the business further upstream, diversifying from distributing building materials to manufacturing them. It was a more capitalintensive move â€“ as a trader, you only need working capital; as a manufacturer, you need greater funding for, say, setting up factories.
The move also requires better talent â€“ based in Alor Setar, it was difficult attracting the right people, which was why we moved to Kuala Lumpur. Finally, itâ€™s a decision that needed the support of the family; without them, regardless of whatever brilliant ideas you might have, youâ€™re not going to be able to implement anything. This is a matter of leadership: if youâ€™re able to convince them to follow your lead, then youâ€™re already on the road to success.
I admit I am lucky to have an existing family business to go into. Not many people have this opportunity. Iâ€™m grateful for the platform, but taking the business to another level still requires great determination and effort. I feel that I have a great job. I have the opportunity to empower the construction industry as well as the people who work with us â€“ creating value for the industry and sharing that with our employees.
Chiau Haw Choon is also the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia.