Jeffrey Cheah Receives CNA Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award 2016
SINGAPORE, March 30 (Bernama) — Malaysian businessman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award by Channel NewsAsia (CNA), Wednesday.
Another Malaysian entrepreneur, Anthony Tan, Grab group chief executive officer and co-founder, was accorded the Future Business Luminary Award.
Meanwhile, two businesses, namely ASUSTek Computer Inc and Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific were bestowed with the Innovation Luminary Award and Green Luminary Award, respectively.
The entrepreneurs and businesses received their awards at the CNA’s Annual Luminary Awards 2016 Gala event here, which were attended by over 230 guests from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
In a statement Wednesday, Mediacorp said the event was a culmination of a rigorous eight-month process, comprising selection, nomination and evaluation.
Mediacorp, which pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, has listed Cheah’s super impressive profile.
Cheah is the founder and chairman of Sunway Group, a leading global conglomerate in property and construction with 12 business divisions across 50 locations worldwide, employing over 14,000 people.
His lifelong dedication to sustainable development is evident in the host of thriving communities throughout Sunway’s integrated developments and townships, totaling some 5,000 acres (2,023.4 hectares) across Malaysia, it said.
Cheah was named twice as Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2009 and 2015.
With a vision of providing high-quality and affordable education in Malaysia, he established the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to help underprivileged students.
In recognition of his unwavering commitment towards advancing education, Cheah was appointed to the Higher Education Council of Malaysia by the minister of education.
According to Mediacorp, Cheah was conferred nine honorary doctorates by leading international universities.
He was also appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) by the Prime Minister of Australia for his contribution in building bilateral relations between Malaysia and Australia through education.
Cheah was matriculated as a member of Caius College in the University of Cambridge and admitted as a Gonville Fellow Benefactor of the College.
His name was inscribed on the Benefactors’ Wall at the Great Gate of Caius, which records the names of the greatest benefactors since its foundation in 1348, and he is the first Malaysian to receive such an honour, it said.