Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2023 Paves the Way for a Resurgent Asia

2 June 2023

The highly anticipated Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) makes a grand return in 2023 with its Malaysia Chapter. Organized annually in 16 markets by regional NGO Enterprise Asia, the Awards present Asia's largest award networking platform. Themed “Capturing Opportunities in a Resurgent Asia”, the APEA 2023 aims to utilize its influential platform to accelerate Malaysia’s economic resurgence by encouraging enterprises to take advantage of Asia’s post-pandemic recovery and view it as an opportune time for growth.

The Awards were graced by Fabian Bigar, CEO of MyDIGITAL Corporation; Rizal Nainy, CEO of SME Corp. Malaysia; Abu Bakar Yusof, Deputy CEO (Exporters Development) of MATRADE, Najihah Abas, Executive Director of Investment Promotion of MIDA; and Dato' Robert Teo, Managing Partner of RSM Malaysia, the Official Assurance Partner of APEA 2023 Malaysia.

The award recipients were selected from over 150 nominees through a rigorous evaluation process by a jury of prominent judges across four categories: Master Entrepreneur, Inspirational Brand, Fast Enterprise, and Corporate Excellence.

Since 2007, the Awards has been organized all over the region with past recipients comprising Taiwan's Douglas Tong Hsu, Hong Kong’s Francis Lui and Lawrence Ho, TTC Vietnam's Dang Van Thanh, Thailand's Somphote Ahunai, Cuckoo Malaysia's Hoe Kian Choon, Indonesia’s Hary Tanoesoedibjo and Mochtar Riady, India’s Adi Godrej, and the Philippines’ Dennis Anthony Uy.

Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia, stated in his welcome speech that “The country’s rapidly growing digital economy presents endless prospects for local businesses looking to expand their reach and tap into new markets across the region. However, capturing opportunities in Asia in the post-pandemic era requires a collective effort. Therefore, through cross-sector collaborations, businesses can access a dynamic and growing market with a talented workforce and a culture of innovation.”

Among the notable awardees are Dato' Sydney Lawrance Quays, Group CEO of Berjaya Food Berhad, and Haji Burhanuddin Bin Md Radzi, Managing Director of Les' Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd under the Master Entrepreneur category, who is the Creator of the popular 3D animated cartoon, Upin & Ipin, which promoted Malaysian culture to regional audiences with their iconic cartoons for over a decade.

Further outstanding awardees include Maps Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Public Medicare Group Sdn Bhd under the Fast Enterprise category, Bubble Gum X Sdn Bhd and Sunway Lagoon Sdn Bhd under the Inspirational Brand category, and 7-eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Koike (M) Sdn. Bhd., and SB Tape Group Sdn Bhd under the Corporate Excellence category.

The Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2023 Malaysia Chapter is supported by CCI France Malaysia, Eurocham Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce (KLMCC), Malaysian Alliance of Corporate Directors (MACD), Malaysia Canada Business Council (MCBC), Malaysia Entrepreneurs' Development Association (PUMM), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), and MyDIGITAL Corporation. PR Newswire is the Official News Release Distribution Partner while RSM Malaysia is the Official Assurance Partner. Wow Media, SME Magazine, and are the Strategic Media Partners and Netcare is the Door Gift Sponsor.


About Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards is the region's most prestigious award for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation, and sustainable leadership. The Award provides a platform for companies and governments to recognize entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices, and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation-only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 16 countries/ regions and markets all over Asia. For further information, please visit