Enthusiastic Thumbs-Up From Winners
Malaysia Developer Awards 2023 strikes the right chords
During the gala dinner, attended by distinguished guests, a total of 28 deserving recipients were presented with awards. These accolades were distributed across two categories: Top-of-the-Chart, which acknowledges companies with a market capitalisation of RM1bil and above and for companies transacting with a market capitalisation of below RM1bil. Additionally, four Special Awards categories further added to the prestige of the event.
Here, we capture the sentiments of some of the participating property developers regarding the awards, the challenges they face in the industry and their contributions to its continued growth, all shared during this remarkable gala dinner.
Chee Siew Pin
Chief executive officer
"We are grateful and proud of our employees, consultants and partners who have committed their energy and creativity to Paramount’s success. It’s a delicate balance of working to our strengths and always finding ways to innovate and improve our products and services. We were voted top marks for digitalisation, placemaking and ESG initiatives but we are equally proud that our annual report is acknowledged for its transparency and clarity. We thank the judges for recognising our efforts and will keep striving to be the People’s Developer in its truest sense by putting people first, designing for life and uplifting communities."
Tropicana Corporation Bhd
"We are honoured to be counted among the top 10 Malaysian property developers in the prestigious Top-of-the-Chart (market capitalisation of RM1bil and above) category. This award is a testament to Tropicana’s unique development and ESG DNA, as well as the group’s mantra of Redefining the Art of Living. We would like to thank FIABCI-Malaysia and the Star for their continuing recognition of excellence by providing credible and reliable endorsements for the real estate players in Malaysia. We look forward to many future iterations of this prestigious Malaysia Developer Awards."
Datuk Wira Joey Lim Hock Guan
Group managing director and chief executive officer
LBS Bina Group Bhd
"We feel extremely honoured to have received this award for the second consecutive year. LBS, known as the People's Developer, is dedicated to surpassing expectations and providing high-quality solutions that benefit society. We believe that our three fundamental pillars - affordability, connectivity, and community - define the success of LBS developments."
Chew Kar Kean, Eric
Property and development group director,
UMW Development Sdn Bhd
“Being one of the MDA Rising Star recipients will set a new benchmark for UMW Development to raise our standards even higher. We constantly pursue excellence in all our endeavours, with a strong focus on sustainable industrial development, aiming to attract both DDI and FDI and strengthen our position in the global market. We extend our gratitude to all stakeholders for the collaboration and support by both the Federal and State Governments, MIDA, and Invest Selangor, in making UMW HVM Park a success. We are dedicated to continuous improvement, with the goal of being at the forefront of sustainable industrial development.”
Liong Kok Kit
Central chief operations officer
UEM Sunrise Bhd
"On behalf of UEM Sunrise, we are incredibly grateful to all our stakeholders, especially our customers, business partners, and our own CHIEFs, for not only contributing their efforts to this achievement but also for their continued support. Being one of the recipients of this award further cements our presence in the industry, as we greatly emphasise our customers’ homebuying experience and ESG initiatives through innovative solutions. In addition, we will continue to deliver sustainable returns to our shareholders while maintaining our brand promise."
Ho Kong Soon
Group managing director
Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd
“Winning the MDA 2023 is our recognition as trailblazers to our unwavering commitment to innovation, excellence and the future of development. We're not resting on our achievements; we're inspired to push boundaries and continue our winning streak in property development. This achievement isn't ours alone. It's a shared success story, scripted by our remarkable team, cherished customers and esteemed stakeholders. It is also reflecting our team's passion, expertise, and innovation to excellence as well as a reminder to turn all of us towards a sustainable and resilient organisation.”
Datuk Beh Huck Lee
Eupe Corporation Bhd
"We are honoured to be given The Rising Star award. But we know we can always learn new ways to create the best possible homes for our buyers. We are committed to making a difference. That starts with being willing and daring to be different. We vow to offer our buyers the best in innovative, sustainable homes. In this way, we can give them lasting value."
Group managing director
OCR Group Bhd
"We would like to express our deepest gratitude to The Star and FIABCI-Malaysia on receiving The Rising Star Award from MDA! This achievement is truly a recognition of OCR and it would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the entire OCR team, our shareholders,
clients and partners. As we continue our journey, this award, which is benchmarked against the international level for property developers, serves as a great source of motivation and inspiration to our team to keep pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional products to all our clients and stakeholders."
Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum
Founder and group managing director
Mah Sing Group Bhd
“Being named as a top developer in Malaysia for two consecutive years is a great honour. It reflects the trust and recognition placed in Mah Sing as a responsible nation-builder. Our strong presence in the affordable segment, particularly our M Series, with the concept of Luxury You Can Afford, aligns perfectly with market demands for strategic locations, accessibility, connectivity and proximity to established amenities. We will continue to expand our M Series thus, we are actively seeking to replenish our landbanks in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor to develop residential and industrial properties.”
Prem Kumar Subramaniam
"We're overjoyed that i-City has secured the Malaysia Developer Awards in the Transformation category. It is a true testament to our journey of turning dreams into reality. Our path wasn't a stroll in the park; it was a challenging climb that led us to transform Shah Alam from a monoethnic society into a vibrant global community. Today, as Malaysia No 1 Technology City, we're drawing in world-renowned brands that want to be part of our story and i-City is now a place to live, work and play for knowledge workers and discerning individuals from all around the world. Additionally, being home to the world's first 5-star DoubleTree by Hilton i-City, the first Thai mall in Malaysia by Central Pattana Thailand and Malaysia’s largest bank Maybank's second head office is a symbol of the incredible heights we've reached."
Datuk Seri Yap Ngan Choy
Executive chairman and group managing director
NCT Alliance Bhd
"It is an honour to be awarded as the top company for Best in Quantitative (for market capitalisation of below RM1bil) and Top Of-The-Chart Award (for market capitalisation of below RM1bil) by the Malaysia Developer Awards 2023. It is a clear testament to our emphasis on quality, coupled with our drive to continuously evolve to set new standards in the industry. We are single-minded in our vision of crafting spaces that positively impact communities and businesses, and inspire change. It has been a remarkable journey for us and this recognition further sparks our passion and dedication in creating new innovative developments for the future."
Datuk Dennis Ling
Operations and oversight group managing director
HCK Capital Group Bhd
"Receiving the prestigious MDA's Top-of-the-Chart Award for companies with a market capitalisation of RM1 billion and above at the Malaysia Developers Award 2023, recognised by FIABCI-Malaysia and Star Media Group, was truly phenomenal. At HCK Capital Group Bhd, our aim is to provide high-quality and high-value properties to all our customers. We are immensely grateful to our customers and shareholders for their unwavering support. This award serves as a powerful motivator for us to continue evolving, staying relevant, innovative and competitive, as highlighted by our motto: Done. Differently. Definitely."
Datuk Mohd Salem Kailany
President and chief executive officer
UDA Holdings Bhd
"We are delighted that Bukit Bintang City Centre has been recognised by Malaysia Developers Awards 2023 to receive a Special Award for the Joint Development category. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of team UDA, team EcoWorld and team EPF who have joined forces and expertise to leverage on each other’s capabilities to develop BBCC. Thank you to everyone involved. All this is made possible by the collaborative effort, tireless commitment to excellence and the unique ability to see potential in every little thing. Winning this award gives us the motivation to go above and beyond, especially in creating more positive-impact projects for our country. Once again, Thank You."
Ong Ghee Bin
Chief executive officer
OSK Property Development
"We are humbled to have been chosen as the No 2 property developer once again in Malaysia Developer Awards 2023. We truly appreciate this award as it is a testament to our team's unwavering commitment towards excellence. For all of us at OSK, we strive to provide quality products with affordability in mind. This accolade inspires us to do our best for our customers and stakeholders, driving us to continuously excel in our endeavours."
Datuk Teh Kean Ming
JKG Land Bhd
"JKG Land is deeply honoured to accept the Malaysia Developer Awards 2023 Top Of-The-Chart Award (for market capitalisation of below RM1bil) - Top 5. This prestigious accolade reflects our team's unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence. I extend heartfelt thanks to the organisers, our valued clients, dedicated employees and all stakeholders who have contributed to our success. This recognition serves as a powerful motivation to continue our journey of pushing boundaries and delivering outstanding solutions. We are profoundly grateful for this incredible honour and look forward to a future marked by continued growth and innovation."
Chief operating officer
"We are delighted with this recognition by FIABCI Malaysia Chapter and Star Media Group. A big Thank You to the panel of judges for the award. This is a reflection of Glomac Bhd’s commitment to delivering quality homes to our customers and investment value to our shareholders and investors.”
Teh Chin Guan
Group chief operating officer
IOI Properties Group Bhd
“We at IOIPG are humbled by the triple recognition we have received this year, namely the International, Best Quantitative and Top-of-the-Chart Awards. On behalf of the company, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our exceptional team as well as our stakeholders, who through their unwavering support and dedication have brought us to where we are today. These accolades serve as a reminder of our commitment to excellence, as we continue to push the boundaries and strive for excellence in everything that we do.”
Datuk Mohd Idris Abdullah
Integrated development chief operating officer
Sime Darby Property
"We are pleased that Battersea Power Station in London was recognised at this significant platform. Redeveloping Battersea Power Station into what it is today would not have been possible without concerted efforts between the joint venture partners as well as the involvement of the government and private sector. We're eager to keep moving forward with the next phases of this mega project and reach for more milestones to make both countries proud. This award positively highlights the testimony of our unwavering commitment to redeveloping this historic asset. They reflect our Purpose to be a Value Multiplier for People, Businesses, Economies and the Planet. Our aspiration goes beyond just property development as we work to foster sustainable communities that enhance lives for generations ahead.”