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WE PRESENT THIS YEAR’S LIST OF MOVERS AND SHAK­ERS WHO ARE CHART­ING THEIR OWN DES­TINIES AND BRING­ING FORTH WINDS OF CHANGE WITH A UNITED GOAL TO CRE­ATE A POS­I­TIVE IM­PACT

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Keep Walk­ing

The im­age of the strid­ing man, syn­ony­mous with John­nie Walker’s phi­los­o­phy of progress, is the im­pe­tus for the Keep Walk­ing award. Recog­nis­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have the courage of con­vic­tion to forge their own path in the world, this award is aimed at en­trepreneurs who have per­se­vered in pur­su­ing their pas­sion. In this re­gard, Ben­jamin Yong tri­umphs. When he was awarded the Men of the Year in 2011, Ben­jamin had sold his stake in De­li­cious but it was ob­vi­ous that he had his sights set on The ‘chief eat­ing of­fi­cer’ at The BIG Group. Driven by his love for food and how it can bring peo­ple to­gether, Ben­jamin has trans­formed the lo­cal F&B in­dus­try, spear­head­ing the idea of din­ing as a life­style. The in­ter­est­ing thing about Ben­jamin is his abil­ity to con­stantly evolve his busi­ness mak­ing him an apt re­cip­i­ent for the Keep Walk­ing award.

Rare Craft

The Rare Craft award cel­e­brates one who is the mas­ter of his craft. In­spired by John

Walker, a gro­cer who be­gan by ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent malts to­gether, even­tu­ally cre­at­ing what has since be­come a global brand. When we first fea­tured Quek Shio Chuan in 2012, he was shoot­ing tele­vi­sion ads but had just won the BMW Shor­ties. In ad­ver­tis­ing, his list of clients in­cludes sev­eral heavy­weight in the coun­try in­clud­ing Nis­san, Sam­sung and Petronas. His tal­ents how­ever aren’t con­fined to just ad­ver­tis­ing. He has also emerged as a for­mi­da­ble force in the film in­dus­try. The film Guang, which was first pro­duced in 2011 as a shortie, has cre­ated quite a stir on the in­ter­na­tional film cir­cuit, re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions at the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val as well as Fukuoka In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. The film which de­picts the plight of an autis­tic in­di­vid­ual is re­flec­tive of Quek’s phi­los­o­phy of a film­maker, which is to share au­then­tic Malaysian sto­ries.

Rare Legacy

When we first fea­tured Lex Low, he said his goal was to change the world, “one hair­cut at a time,” while cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity of bar­bers. Apart from run­ning his busi­ness Othrs, which is fast ex­pand­ing, Lex has also fo­cused on adding value to his skills by us­ing it to im­pact upon so­ci­ety. He spends his week­ends cut­ting hair for the home­less while also teach­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged how to cut hair and in do­ing so, giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to learn a skill. Lex also ini­ti­ated the open­ing of Cut x Dig­nity, a sa­lon man­aged by mem­bers of Dig­nity for Chil­dren Foun­da­tion who were trained by him. The Rare Legacy award aims to ac­knowl­edge one who is mak­ing an im­pact on so­ci­ety.

This award pays trib­ute to John Walker who has legacy spans two cen­turies.

Rare Char­ac­ter

The John­nie Walker

Blue La­bel is ac­knowl­edged for be­ing an un­ri­valled mas­ter­piece, given its rare char­ac­ter, a qual­ity that is de­ter­mined due to the fact that only one in 10,000 casks make the cut. This award is ded­i­cated to some­one who is guided by the high­est ethics and val­ues. For this, John-Son Oei is a fit­ting choice, Just out of univer­sity Oei em­barked on a so­cial en­ter­prise that aimed to im­prove the lives of the dis­en­fran­chised. The founder and CEO of EPIC, an acro­nym for Ex­tra­or­di­nary Peo­ple Im­pact­ing Com­mu­nity, aims to solve the hous­ing is­sue for the Orang Asli while also help­ing de­velop safe and sus­tain­able homes. EPIC now has 5,000 vol­un­teers who in­tend to ef­fect change.

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