Get ready for the NEXT SME
Nomination start at 19 June 2019
Welcome to the Official Launch of the Platinum Business Awards (PBA) 2019. I feel very privileged and honoured to unveil another year of exceptional SME companies and entrepreneurs, who will be taking part in the much PBA2019.
Since its inception in 2002 as one of the pioneering awards for SMEs in Malaysia, PBA has gained extensive recognition among SMEs, the business community, and the public sector. Throughout the years, we have been striving to uplift the quality of the Awards by maintaining the integrity and independence that pervade the entire assessment process.
This year, we are introducing new elements to the Awards. There will be two new categories, namely, SME High Productivity Enterprise and SME Product Packaging Excellence. We hope that the new categories may open up additional space for SMEs to take part and to benchmark themselves in the areas. Another new element introduced is the online submission of nomination: companies can just sign up and submit their nomination online via our PBA website.
I would like to take this wonderful opportunity to thank our Members of Selection Board, Supporting Organisations, Media Partners, Sponsors, and the PBA2019 Organising Committee for taking this Awards to new heights. I would also like to extend special thanks to our Guest of Honour, YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, the Deputy Minister of MITI, SMEs fellows, and our guests for joining us and making this occasion a huge success.
I wish our prospective award winners all the very best and look forward to meeting them on-stage at the Gala Night and Award Presentation in January 2020.
Datuk Michael Kang Wah Keong
National President, SME Association of Malaysia
On behalf of the Organising Committee, I am delighted to welcome you to the official launch of the Platinum Business Awards (“PBA”) 2019, the longest-running, premier award platform for small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in Malaysia.
Presenting, the theme for the 18th edition of PBA – Evolution: The Next SMEs. Evolution is about progress, futurism, disruption; this is what we at SME Malaysia hope to see in the quality of award nominees this year. We believe that the dynamics of change bring about leaner, forward-looking companies and businesses that thrive in the era of Industry 4.0 and new global trade order.
The subject of change is easier said than done. But transformation leads to growth, and this is how I see myself as Organising Chairman, a great honour for me indeed. Evolving as an individual means learning new things and managing resources and uncertainty. Challenging times lie ahead, given a leaner budget for PBA2019. But I have confidence that our team will put up a good show and we’re counting on everyone from award nominees to future sponsors, strategic partners of SME Malaysia, and the SME Council and Secretariat for their full support to make PBA2019 a grand showcase of SMEs.
PBA2019 will run its full course of five roadshows in Johor Bahru, Seberang Perai, Klang, Kota Kinabalu, and Kajang; submission of nominations; followed by the assessment process; winner announcement; and finally the Gala Night and Award Presentation next January.
It is my vision of 龙腾虎跃 to have “dragons soaring and tigers leaping”, be it a higher number of nominees or the bustling activity as our team works hard behind the scenes to give the best to our beneficiaries, the SME community. I hope you will join me on the PBA2019 journey; together let’s make it a success.
Mr Alan Tan
Organising Chairman, Platinum Business Awards 2019