Calling for Sarawak SMEs, businesses to participate in Platinum Business Awards

Lo (fifth right) and other guests pose for a group photo at the Sarawak Roadshow on PBA2022 held at Hilton Hotel Kuching today (July 26, 2022).

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, July 26: Local businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sarawak are encouraged to participate in Platinum Business Awards (PBA) 2022 which will be held on Nov 29 this year.

With the theme ‘Resilience. Globalisation. Digitalisation’, PBA2022 benchmarks the business performance and quality standards of SMEs and individuals in 18 award categories by nomination and four categories by invitation.

Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang said the awards platform serves as a new gateway for SMEs and entrepreneurs in Sarawak to earn industry acknowledgment for their achievements as well as to discover new prospects.

“SMEs form the backbone of Sarawak’s economy, representing about 98 per cent of all registered businesses in the State, according to the Ministry of Industrial Development.

“In 2020, there were almost 70,000 micro and small and medium enterprises operating here, providing jobs and business opportunities to Sarawakians.

“Winning an industry-acclaimed award brings enhanced visibility to a company and, on a macro level, significantly wider market recognition that Sarawak SMEs truly deserve for their products and services,” he said when speaking at the PBA 2022 roadshow event held at Hilton Hotel Kuching today.

PBA award nominees undergo an assessment process which includes auditor site visits, culminating in the selection of winners by a selection board chaired by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific president Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, joined by other captains of industry.

PBA2022 is audited by SFAI Malaysia with Fusionex as technology partner, Skynet Worldwide as official courier and OE Edutech as official strategic partner.

Major event sponsors are Hong Leong Bank, Boost Biz, Maxis, RHB Bank, MIDF and RMA while network sponsors are AmLeisure Group, DayOne DayOne, Felement, Homevest, Ipay 88, RAM, SBH and V Image.

PBA2022 is open for online nominations until Aug 31.

Details are available at and through the awards secretariat at 03-8024 5787 (Cynthia).

Also present at the Sarawak Roadshow for PBA2022 event were SME Malaysia National Secretary General and PBA2022 organising chairman Chin Chee Seong and SME Association of Sarawak president Jordan Ong. — DayakDaily