Sil­ver­lake Axis founder pre­sented with Asean Legacy Award

The Star Malaysia - StarBiz - - News - By P. ARUNA aruna@thes­

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s first tech bil­lion­aire and founder of bank­ing soft­ware provider Sil­ver­lake Axis Ltd, Goh Peng Ooi, has been hon­oured with the pres­ti­gious Legacy Award at the re­cent Asean Busi­ness Awards.

Goh, 63, who is group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Sin­ga­pore-listed firm, was pre­sented with the award dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Manila.

The Legacy Award is given to en­trepreneurs who have pas­sion­ately com­mit­ted them­selves to growth and ex­cel­lence while con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to the Asean com­mu­nity.

“The Asean Legacy Award is a great hon­our for Sil­ver­lake Axis and for my­self per­son­ally be­cause my life’s work in ap­plied cat­e­gory the­ory has been recog­nised.

“I hope that one day, the world will ac­knowl­edge the same,” Goh told StarBiz.

While Goh was the sole Malaysian Legacy Award re­cip­i­ent this year, other busi­ness giants hon­oured in the same cat­e­gory in­clude JG Sum­mit Hold­ings Inc founder John Gokong­wei Jr from the Philip­pines and Sin­ga­pore’s Wee Cho Yaw of United Over­seas Bank.

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des was a win­ner of the Tourism Award.

Dur­ing the event, Asean Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil chair­man Joey Con­cep­cion called on the award re­cip­i­ents to put the recog­ni­tion to good use, and em­brace mi­cro and small en­trepreneurs into their value chains.

Goh founded Sil­ver­lake Axis in 1989 and built the group to be­come a lead­ing provider of state-of-theart uni­ver­sal bank­ing so­lu­tions, with a pres­ence in 20 coun­tries across the Asia Pa­cific, Mid­dle East and Africa. It was listed on Sin­ga­pore’s Stock Ex­change (SGX) SESDAQ in 2003 and moved up to the SGX Main Board in 2011.

In less than two decades af­ter its in­cep­tion, over 40% of the top-20 largest banks in South-East Asia run Sil­ver­lake Axis’ core bank­ing so­lu­tion. The group has clinched var­i­ous pres­ti­gious awards over the past 26 years, no­tably Forbes’ “Best Un­der A Bil­lion” in 2015.

Last year, Goh was con­ferred a life­time achieve­ment award for ex­cel­lence in In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy by the World Chi­nese Eco­nomic Sum­mit.

Goh: I hope that one day, the world will ac­knowl­edge the same.

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