The 2018 JCI Malaysia Sustainable Development Award (JCIM SDA) Grand Award Ceremony & Charity Gala was held on 8 September 2018, at the Grand Ballroom of New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, in a ceremony officiated by Mr Stefan Priestner, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, to protect the planet and ensure that everyone enjoys peace and prosperity. In 2016, the JCI Malaysia National Board of Directors endorsed the JCIM Sustainable Development Award to be conducted as a National Project and 2017 was the first year JCIM organised the JCIM Sustainable Development Award (JCIM SDA). In 2018, the national project was open to local JCI chapters to host, with JCI Petaling Jaya taking up the challenge, making it the first local chapter to host it in 2018 on behalf of JCI Malaysia.
The JCIM SDA is granted to sustainable projects conducted by Malaysian companies and organisations that advance any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of the JCIM SDA is to raise awareness of the United Nations SDGs to the public as well as to recognise companies/organisations that organised projects which helped advance these goals. There are 17 categories to compete for based on the UNSDGs and a “Best of the Best Project” award granted to the most outstanding and sustainable project that helps to advance the most goals.
All entries were audited by the members of Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand, and evaluated by a panel of independent professionals judges namely Professor Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, Co-Chair of Malaysian CSO SDG Alliance & Principal Research Fellow Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA); The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) Judging Committee, Ministry of Economic Affairs Malaysia; Ms. Juanita Joseph, Head of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO) in Malaysia; and Ms. Yasmin Rasyid, Founder and President of EcoKnights & Vice Chairman Malaysia Environmental NGOs (MENGO). All nominations were judged under three sections namely project background, project impact and project sustainability.
The 16 category winners and 1 Best of the Best Winner were announced during the 2018 JCIM SDA Grand Award Ceremony and Charity Gala. All the winners received a customised trophy as well as a certificate of recognition.
Guest of Honour Mr. Stefan Priesner, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam mentioned that, “The five pillars of the SDGs i.e. people, planet, peace, prosperity and partnership are all interconnected. We can’t have one, without the other. JCIM has therefore, done well in prioritising its focus on leaving no one behind and partnership for the 2018 JCIM Sustainable Development Award”.
JCI Senator Kelvin Chew, 2018 JCI Malaysia National President encouraged all the winners and finalists to collaborate with JCIM and its local organisations nationwide in conducting impact projects that help to advance the SDGs, as JCI is a partner to United Nations globally.
Mikasa Chong, Organising Chairperson of 2018 JCIM SDA expressed her gratitude to her fellow committee members, whose efforts were crucial in making the JCIM SDA 2018 a great success. She also expressed her gratitude to the local celebrities and influencers who stepped up to be the goodwill ambassadors and promoted the UN SDGs to the public.
Eric Low, 2018 JCI PJ President, expressed gratitude to JCI Malaysia NBOD and members for granting the hosting rights to JCI PJ, and welcomed all the winners and finalist to collaborate for future projects. He also welcomed JCI PJ’s sister chapter from Hong Kong, JCI City for joining in to witness the momentous ceremony.
As the host organisation of 2018 JCIM SDA, JCI PJ collaborated with University Malaya Medical Center to raise funds for the Leukemia and Cancer Trust Fund. Hence a portion of the tickets sold for the JCIM SDA Grand Award Ceremony this year were donated to this fund.
JCI is a global nonprofit organisation of over 200,000 young active citizens, aged 18 to 40 years old, who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities and around the world. There are over 5,000 JCI Local Organizations in over 120 countries across the globe seeking targeted solutions to local needs in creating sustainable impact. JCI Malaysia is affiliated to JCI and Malaysia Youth Council, with 68 JCI local organisations nationwide and headquartered in Taman Setiawangsa KL.
JCI Sustainability Development Award 2018 Winners List
SDG Goal No.1 Winner (No Poverty) – Maybank Foundation (Company)
with Project Title: Reach Independence & Sustainable
SDG Goal No.2 Winner (Zero Hunger) – The Lost Food Project (NGO)
with Project Title: Sustainable Foodbank : A Food Poverty Solution
SDG Goal No.3 Winner (Good Health and Well Being) – Bannerking Sdn Bhd (Company)
with Project Title: Safe Our Children from Heavy School Bags
SDG Goal No.4 Winner (Quality Education) – Mah Sing Foundation (Company)
with Project Title: Pondok Iskul for Iskul Sama diLaut Omadal (Iskul)
SDG Goal No.5 Winner (Gender Equality) – Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Company)
with Project Title: Astro Kem Bola
SDG Goal No.6 Winner (Clean Water & Sanitation) – JCI Tanjung Aru (NGO)
with Project Title: Water for Life
SDG Goal No.7 Winner (Affordable & Clean Energy) – Lee Swee Kiat Group Bhd (Company)
with Project Title: Sustainable Green Natural latex Bedding
SDG Goal No.8 Winner (Decent Work And Economic Growth) – GenYouth Sdn Bhd (Company)
with Project Title: Connected Campus Tour by GenYouth
SDG Goal No.9 Winner (Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure) – Terasek E Hydra (Company)
with Project Title: E hydra
SDG Goal No.10 Winner (Reduced Inequality) – Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad (Company) with Project Title: PRUkasih
SDG Goal No.11 Winner (Sustainable Cities & Communities) – EPIC Society (NGO)
with Project Title: EPIC Homes
SDG Goal No.12 Winner (Responsible Consumption & Production) – NEUBODI HOLDINGS SDN BHD (Company) with Project Title: NEUBODI BRA DRIVE
SDG Goal No.14 Winner (Life Below Water) – JCI Muar (NGO)
with Project Title: Phua Chu Kang Action
SDG Goal No.16 Winner (Peace & Justice Strong Institution) – JCI Elite (NGO)
with Project Title: Asia Youth Exchange Program
SDG Goal No.17 Winner (Partnerships to achieve the Goal) – Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad (Company)
with Project Title: Financial Education Program – CHA-CHING & DUIT RIGHT
Best of the Best Award Award Winner
SDG Goal No.13 Winner (Climate Action) – KOPERASI ALAM HIJAU PERAK BERHAD (NGO)
with Project Title: Social Business: From Trash to Cash – A case study of Jelapang Tambahan
The award ceremony was hosted by New World Petaling Jaya Hotel which is the only top-tier hotel in the Kelana Jaya district, integrated within a mixed development complex that also includes Paradigm Mall, Ascent Office Tower and Azure Residences. The design style throughout the hotel is bold and contemporary, with airy spaces flooded with natural light. There is ample use of tactile materials – metal, marble, leather, natural timber and abundant bamboo flooring.
Business travellers would undoubtedly appreciate New World Petaling Jaya Hotel’s strategic location which is close to local commercial districts such as Sunway, Subang Jaya, Damansara, and Shah Alam, with easy access to major highways such as the LDP, Federal Highway and NKVE, with the Subang Skypark just 15 minutes away, LRT station just 5 minutes down the road, as well as services and amenities.
The standalone, elegant grand ballroom, is connected via a bridge-linked directly to the hotel, as are the flexible meeting spaces, supported by the hotel’s professional event and catering team. On the food and beverage front, the hotel has local food served in its all-day-dining restaurant Pasar Baru, Western and Asian grilled selections at PJ’s Bar & Grill which is a rooftop bar overlooking Kelana Jaya and surrounding areas, as well as the The Lounge which offers coffee, tea, drinks and snacks.
The stylish Residence Club offers enhanced levels of privacy and special privileges for those staying on its executive floors or in a suite, with access to the Residence Club Living Room with dedicated concierge and complimentary refreshments throughout the day.
For more info on New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, head over to https://petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com/
For more information on JCI SDA, head over to http://www.jcimsda.com
Photos courtesy of JCI Petaling Jaya.