Channel NewsAsia honours Cheah with lifetime achievement award
PETALING JAYA: Sunway Group founder Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah (right) was accorded the Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award by Channel NewsAsia last night in recognition of his inspiring and “iconic” achievements in the construction industry and higher education sector.
It is another feather in the cap for Cheah, who was named for a second time as among Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy last year, after having won the title in 2009.
Channel NewsAsia presented the award to Cheah and three other winners under the Innovation, Green Practice and Future Business categories during the Luminary Awards 2016 Gala Dinner at Fullerton Hotel in Singapore last night.
The event attracted 200 guests from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
“The event brings together the best and brightest business minds in Asia and honouring outstanding achievements.
“This year, the highest tribute of Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award is bestowed on Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah for his distinguished success in business and his lifelong dedication to sustainable development and education, impacting and inspiring the lives of many,” MediaCorp Singapore said in a statement.
An independent panel of jury comprising renowned management strategists, academics and corporate personalities handpicked the winners.
Cheah runs a leading global conglomerate with operations dotting 50 locations worldwide, employing 14,000 workers.
“His lifelong dedication to sustainable development is evident throughout Sunway’s integrated developments and townships covering a total of 2,020ha across Malaysia,” the statement said.
Among many other contributions, Cheah also established the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) to provide access to high quality and affordable education to underprivileged students.
Cheah is also the first Malaysian to have his name inscribed on the Benefactors’ Wall at the Great Gate of Caius College in the University of Cambridge, which had recorded the names of its greatest benefactors since 1348.