The BrandLaureate – SMEs BestBrands Award 2013 Gala Dinner



MHB’s Stephanie Lim and I headed over to attend The BrandLaureate – SMEs BestBrands Award 2013 Gala Dinner on 21 January 2014 at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Amongst its special guests for the night was YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Aseh Bin Haji Che Mat, President of Perbadanan Putrajaya, the Board of Governors of the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, corporate captains, brand owners from Malaysia and the region such as Pak Hendi of Baba Rafi, Indonesia, Anuphap Loyfar, the founder of Loyfar pewter from Thailand, and successful SME business owners and entrepreneurs.

The BrandLaureate SMEs BestBrands Award was created to recognise SMEs that are the best in their respective categories with the theme for this year – “Capturing Your Brand Success, the Inspiring Moments” which is all about the successful brand’s journey to its current leadership status.  Dr KKJohan, the President of The BrandLaureate, the winning SMEs have incorporated the three ‘i’s of branding – Ingenuity, Innovation and Integrity in the process of brand building, which have catapulted them to great heights of success.


During the gala dinner, some 70 SMEs representing the best of their industries received the awards, while the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation also recognised successful brand owners with The BrandLaureate SMEs Brand Personality Award. These individuals are the faces behind the brands and have played pivotal role in their brand’s success:

YBhg Puan Sri Datin Dr Liana Low, Co-Founder and CEO of Bell Group was conferred The BrandLaureate SME Lifetime Achievement Award for her role in spearheading the Bell Group to be the largest private own palm oil miller. Dr. Low is also a renowned personality in the industry and a sought after speaker.

KMT Trading’s founder, Matthew Lee received The BrandLaureate SMEs Entrepreneur Award of the Year. KMT is the largest Korean food distributor in Malaysia and has products such as Nong Shim instant noodle, chocolates and wines.

YBhg Dato’ Sri Ben Yeoh, Managing Director of Bermaz Motor was conferred The BrandLaureate SME CEO of the Year for his contribution to the automotive industry. Yeoh has over 40 years experience in the automotive industry.

Inovar Resources’ managing director, Tam Pak Cheong received The BrandLaureate SMEs Brand Personality Award. Tam is the key driver of the laminate flooring brand, Inovar Floor, which is the no.1 brand in Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan for laminate flooring.

For the full list of winners, head over to



During the gala dinner, we were treated to Western dinner while the KL International Jazz band, magician Kabir Khan and the Malaysian Wushu Association provided the entertainment for the night.

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[Restaurant Happenings]

Special Valentine’s Day Offerings at Pietro Ristorante Italiano


Pietro Ristorante Italiano in Damansara Heights (which is one of my favourite spots to have Italian food) will be having a special set dinner for couples this 14 February.

Read about my last visit to Pietro here –



Pietro Ristorante Italiano is located at

Ground Floor, Bangunan ECM Libra,

8, Jalan Damansara Endah,

Taman Damansara Endah,

50490 Kuala Lumpur,



For info or reservations call 03-2093 6433

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or visit their website at



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