THE GREAT AND GOOD CAME OUT TO PARTY, NETWORK, CHEER AND CLAP FOR THEIR KIND AT THE BRANDLAUREATE BESTBRANDS AWARDS AT MAJESTIC HOTEL'S GRAND BALLROOM.
The Chairman of the Year award went to YAm Tan Sri Syed Anwar Syed Putra Jamalullail of Perlis. He is chairman of Nestle Malaysia
Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing was awarded Creative Innovation Man of the Year award which was accepted by his brainy and beautiful daughter Dato Tiffanee Marie Lim
Tan Sri Vincent Tan was awarded Sport Branding Man of the Year award
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Your Brand, A Timeless Classic - the seventh edition of The BrandLaureate BestBrands Awards 2012 Gala Dinner.
On Tuesday, May 28th 2013, The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) held its BestBrands Awards 2012 Gala Dinner at Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur. The elegant evening saw 1,000 guests attending with VVIP's and special guests.
The pre-dinner cocktail was abuzz with guests and winners of the Award. The free flow of cocktail complemented the networking hour while the pre-dinner show had the entire guest entertained with the performances of one of Malaysia’s leading violinist Dennis Lau and upcoming child star, Crystal Lee and top Bhangra music duo Goldkartz.
Dr KKJohan, the President of The BrandLaureate in his welcome speech, spoke on the importance of branding and how the route to brand success is one that takes time, patience and commitment.
Relating the story of Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist and painter, he said that brand owners must be like Michelangelo who saw the angel in a piece of marble, carved the angel out and set it free. The great sculptor also said that in every block of marble, there is a statuette and that it is for the artist to set it free. How to set it free is important and if we do not have the right tools for it, it will be difficult to achieve brand success.
“You must have the ABILITY to SEE beyond, which is the VISION. Vision brings hope, desire and dreams and as brand owners, we must have a strong vision for the brand - to know the potential of the brand and where it can lead us too.
In branding, VISION alone is not good enough. You must have a MISSION to bring your VISION to reality. You must have the CAPABILITY and KNOW HOW to achieve your desires and dreams.
We have often the expression – it is not what you say but how you say it that matters.
The HOW is more important than the WHAT. So often, we are caught up with the W's that is WHAT, WHY, WHERE and WHEN, but the secret is in the HOW, the implementation and the execution of it all. The HOW is the crux of the matter. A dream is a dream, without knowing how to go about realising the dream; it will only be a dream.”
Apart from the KNOW HOW CAPABILITY, passion and commitment to the brand is important. “If we have no passion, we have no drive, we become lackadaisical and complacent. If we have no commitment, we have no dedication and interest. Passion and commitment are key factors to brand success. “
Dr Johan mentioned that Malaysia has its Michelangelo's in the many brand leaders who have made it great and successful.
“Foremost in my mind, is Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the Group Chief Executive of AirAsia Berhad who saw the angel in the airline that he bought over. He crafted the loss making airline to be a billion dollar business and build the AirAsia brand to be the best low cost carrier in the world. Fernandes saw what others could not see and he had the know how to make the business successful. He had eternal patience and he had passion and commitment to the brand. We know that it was not an easy task for him, having to put up with the competition and bureaucracy but his eternal patience paid off and he is reaping the fruits of success.
The highlight of the Awards ceremony was the presentation of The BrandLaureate Man of The Year Award 2012. The night also saw the top nation builders honoured with the title, The BrandLaureate Man of the Year Award. The Award recognises these individuals contribution to nation building and their development of their brands which have contributed significantly to Malaysia’s economy.
The leaders who received The BrandLaureate Man of the Year Awards include YAM Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Anwar ibni Syed Putra Jamalullail, Chairman of Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad and Cahaya Mata Sarawak who received The BrandLaureate Chairman of the Year Award, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman, President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Permodalan Nasional Berhad who was conferred The BrandLaureate Corporate Leader of the Year Award.
YBhg Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo, Executive Vice Chairman of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings received The BrandLaureate Property Man of the Year Award while Top Glove Corporation head, YBhg Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai was named Manufacturer of the Year.
The President’s Award, a special choice award by the President of The BrandLaureate, was awarded to Siemens, Top Glove, AirAsia, Iskandar Waterfront Holdings, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, G-Tower, DHL, Starbucks and Symantec.
This year’s Awards saw the introduction of new categories such as The BrandLaureate Classic Brands Awards in line with the theme of the Award. The befitting classic brands were The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Davidoff, Vespa, Volkswagen and Omega.
The famous animator and film director, Mike L. Murphy was conferred The BrandLaureate Brand Personality Award. YBhg Dato' Robert Wong Lum Kon, Group Managing Director of Oriental Holdings , YBhg Dato' Sri Ti Hean Leng, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Berhad and Mr. Sum Kwon Check, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Pelangi Publishing were among the recipient in this category.
In the Most Established Brands Awards, the list of winners includes, 3M, MPH, SKF, Eu Yan Sang, Great Eastern, Kraft, Tupperware, UMW, Dunlopillo and Huawei.
The Awards also recognised individuals or events that have helped to promote Brand Malaysia under the category of The BrandLaureate Country Branding Awards. The Rainforest World Music Festival, Islamic Fashion Festival and Miss International Tourism received the Award respectively. In the individual category, racing queen, Natasha Seatter, singer Shila Amzah and group Goldkartz were the recipients of the Award.
For the Corporate Branding Awards the winners were Agro Bank, Masteel, CCM Fertilisers, MOL, Tangs, Thistle, Johor Premium Outlets, KLGCC, Kulim Technology Park, KPJ Healthcare, Lonpac Insurance, OSK, Pelangi Publishing, Senheng, and Lim Kok Wing University. In the Product Branding Category, Asia Media, Kenny Rogers, Publika, Sothys, Petronas Syntium, Li Ning, Mazda, Shokubutsu, Silky Girl and Antabax top the list.
The winners known as BrandLaureates received a 24 gold plated trophy and certificate. The trophy for this year is unique as it is specially crafted to reflect the theme, “Your Brand, a Timeless Classic.” The statuette holds a diamond Swarovski crystal, a symbol of brand excellence and brand superiority.
The recipients received their trophies and certificates from YBhg General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Paduka (Dr) Mohamed Hashim bin Mohd Ali Chairman of the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation and Dr KKJohan, President of The BrandLaureate.
The evening took on a much more light-hearted tone when the spectacular renowned singers such as Atilia Haron and Shila Amzah took the stage and completed the gala evening. The musician performed a variety of songs, putting their heart and soul into each and everyone.
Bryan John Paulose and gf Gabriella Robinson Miss Tourism International 2011
What a gorgeously matching couple
But even the most gorgeous and beautiful and perfectly matched couple can still make funy faces OK!
Now back to their usual handsome and beautiful faces
Irene from D'Touch which owns the Miss Tourism International title with 2 lovelies
Kee Hua Chee and Bryan John Paulose looking incredibly alluring
Bryan John Paulose and Kee Hua Chee were the sexiest an dmosr dropdead gorgeous guys as far as the eye could see
Kee Hua Chee and Miss Tourism International Gabriella Robinson were voted Most Beautiful
Like peas in a pod or twins separated at birth
Jonathan Case at left is also among Top 3 Divine Lookers
Jonathan Case was also co-emcee
Dato Danny Ooi with his new book---an autobiographical story told through cartoons. An inspiring read! Go get your copy!
Bhangra music group Goldkartz
Dr KK Johan leading VIP YAM Tunku Laksamana Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar
into Majestic Ballroom
YAM Tengku Nur Zehan Sultan Salahuddin Shah, sister of HRH the Sultan of Selangor
Dato Anne Eu of Eu Yan Sang, Puan Sri Cecilia Lim of Genting Berhad and Puan Sri Susan Cheah of Sunway
Chairman of the Year Award went to YAM Tan Sri Syed Anwar Syed Putra Jamalullail of Perlis. He is the brother of the Raja of Perlis
One of the world's most innovative thinkers and creators and educators, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing of Limkokwing University was awarded the Creative Innovation Man of the Year award. It was accepted on his behalf by his equally creative and brainy daughter Dato Tiffanee Marie Lim
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3 Princesses from Peninsular Malaysia and 1 from Sarawak---Tunku Aishah of Pahang, sister of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud, Tengku Kamariah of Johore and Tengku Zehan of Selangor
Miss Malaysia India and Kee Hua Chee