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Monday, November 15, 2010

Glittering night for developers

Property Man of the Year 2010 Datuk Alan Tong Kok Mau (holding trophy), group chairman of Bukit Kiara Properties, sharing a light moment with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Looking on are organising chairman Datuk Robin Tan Yeong Ching (left) and FIABCI Malaysia president Yeow Thit Sang (right).

PETALING JAYA: It was a glittering and memorable night last Thursday when the best of the country’s property developers were honoured at the Malaysia Property Award 2010.

Amid the glitz and glamour of the event was a strong message to property developers that profits aside, going “green” is not only the way forward but also will be the future demand for residential and commercial properties globally, including in Malaysia. The two most-talked-about issues were sustainable property developments and caring for the environment.

The highlight of the night was centred on the winner of the “Property Man of the Year Award 2010” Datuk Alan Tong, who is also dubbed Malaysia’s Condo King.

“Winning this award is an acknowledgment by the panel of judges that hardwork pays. As a property developer, I believe that being diligent, transparent and having consideration for property purchasers are the most important traits of any good developer,” he said.

Tong received the prestigious award from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who graced the event at The Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in a glittering ceremony attended by local and foreign guests.

From left: See Hoy Chan Holdings group director Datuk Teo Chiang Kok, Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datin Linda Ngiam and Malaysia Property Award 2010 judge Datuk Ng Poh Tip.

The nine other winners of the Malaysia Property Award 2010 included Sunway City Bhd’s Sunway City Ipoh for the Master Plan category; Coronation Springs Sdn Bhd’s Springtide Residences in Tanjung Bungah, Penang (Residential Development – High Rise); SP Setia Bhd’s Precinct 3, Setia Eco Park in Shah Alam, Selangor (Residential Development – Low Rise); Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall Expansion in Bandar Sunway, Selangor (Retail Development); and Quill group’s Quill 7 in KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur (Office Development).

The other winners are The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Kedah (Hotel Development); Cahaya Jauhar Sdn Bhd’s Kota Iskandar (Phase 1) in Nusajaya, Johor (Public Sector); Gloharta (M) Sdn Bhd’s Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Resort Development) and Gamuda Bhd’s Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) (Special Award for National Contribution).

Winners of the MPA in their relevant categories will represent Malaysia the following year at the International Prix d’Excellence, an annual competition that honours the world’s best property projects.

SunCity property investment managing director Ngeow Voon Yean said bagging two awards in the FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2010 was a recognistion of all the hardwork and dedication of the Sunway Group staff.

Quill group executive director Datuk Michael Ong said: “We are delighted to have won the award. It has been a long journey for us,” he said. The property developer won the award for its magnificent 30-storey office tower set in the heart of KL Sentral, Malaysia’s largest transit hub – QUILL 7.

The International Prix d’Excellence is an annual competition which honours the world’s best property projects.

The 2010 Malaysia Property Award was organised by FIABCI Malaysia with Malayan Banking Bhd as the official sponsor.

By The Star

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