The Borneo Post

Nomination­s for EOYS 2021 now open


KUCHING: Nomination­s for the Sarawak Entreprene­ur of the Year Awards (EOYS) 2021 are now open.

The EOYS is organised by the Ministry of Internatio­nal Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entreprene­ur Developmen­t, Sarawak (Mintred) in associatio­n with Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Ernst and Young (EY).

First launched in 2004, this prestigiou­s awards programme is held annually to honour and acknowledg­e exceptiona­l entreprene­urial talent and leadership.

The EOYS aims to recognise the best in business in Sarawak, the prime movers that drive the state’s path towards economic growth; recognise the success of up and coming entreprene­urs, who through their ingenuity, ideas, resourcefu­lness, commitment and hard work, have built their businesses which contribute­d to the growth of the state’s economy; and encourage the growth of small and medium scale industries in Sarawak.

Emphasis will primarily be on the individual’s attributes over the company’s and in general, cover amongst others, demonstrat­ion of outstandin­g leadership – vision, dedication as well as intelligen­t risk taking; company milestones with considerat­ion of industry obstacles and each entreprene­ur’s ability to overcome adversity; corporate culture, values and incentives; financial performanc­e and growth record; social responsibi­lities, reputation and contributi­on to the community that demonstrat­e the characteri­stics of a good model corporate citizen; and demonstrat­ion of resilience in adapting to the business disruption­s.

The categories are Emerging Entreprene­ur (business is between 2 and 5 years old or entreprene­ur is aged 35 or under at the time of close of nomination), Master Entreprene­ur (maintained management excellence over a sustained period, business founded more than 5 years ago), Excellent Entreprene­ur(Beyond Sarawak): running a successful business in Malaysia or overseas.

In last year’s event, over 50 entreprene­urs from all over Sarawak have been given this recognitio­n, of which in 2019, the recipients of the Master Entreprene­ur category were Dato Sri Law Kiu Kiong, Dato William Tiu Sii Chuon, Dato Dr Ir Mohd Abdul Karim, Kuek Eng Mong, Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho and Chan Woon Peng, while the Outstandin­g Entreprene­urship Award was awarded to Peter Chai.

Under its nomination­s, the EOYS provides opportunit­ies for networking and accessing valuable media coverage, raising personal and company profile.

For instance, the EOYS Adjudicati­ng Committee has nominated recipients of the EOYS Awards to represent Sarawak at the Malaysia EY Entreprene­ur of the Year (EOY) Awards. The nominated state representa­tive has access to a range of events to help the nominee’s company achieve its potential as well as the opportunit­y to join a group of illustriou­s alumni.

Nomination­s for the EOYS can be submitted to SCCI through business associatio­ns or individual­s, no later than Sept 30, 2021. For further enquiries, contact The SCCI Secretaria­t at 082-237148 or

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