KUCHING: The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Malaysian Chapter celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Malaysia Property Awards, with 14 winners in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The awards were awarded to Seri Kasturi Apartment by SP Setia Group Bhd which won the Affordable Housing Category; Mangala Resort & Spa by Farm Resort (Gambang) Sdn Bhd (Environmental: Rehabilitation/Conservation) Category); Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce by Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Heritage (Restoration/ Conservation) Category); Eco Business Park 1 (Phase 1) by Eco World Development Group Bhd (Industrial Category); Setia Eco Glades by Setia Eco Glades Sdn Bhd (Master Plan Category); Plaza Shell by Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd (Office Category); Tun Razak Rehabilitation Centre (TRRC) by Anuar Aziz Architect (Public Sector and Purpose Built Category); Taylors International School Puchong by Taylor’s International School (Puchong) Sdn Bhd (Purpose Built Category); The Horizon Residences by Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd (Residential (High Rise) Category); Madge Mansion by Gamuda Berhad (Residential (Mid-Rise) Category); 16 Quartz by Mitraland Group (Residential (Low Rise) category); and SunwayPutra Mall by Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd (Retail Category).
The winners also included Exsim Development Sdn Bhd director Lim Aik Hoe who won the ‘Property Man Award’; and Cahaya Jauhar Sdn Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) Mohd Auzir Mohd Tahir, who won the ‘Property CEO Award’.
The ceremony was graced by Negeri Sembilan Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.
FIABCI Malaysia president Tengku Datuk Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud pointed out that the awards – dubbed as the ‘Oscars’ for the industry – serve as the guidance and inspiration for developers to continue undertaking more creative and innovative projects that would benefit the industry.
“From 1992, FIABCI Malaysia is proud to have been organising this most prestigious property award – not only is it the highest recognition in the local real estate and property industry, but it also serves as the benchmark for the developers to continuously undertake excellent projects that are on par with – or even outshine – properties from overseas,” he said in a statement issued from Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Tengku Ab Aziz also congratulated last year’s Malaysian winners for bagging four awards at FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards 2017, held at Andorra in May this year.
The Gold Award winner was Bandar Rimbayu (Master Plan Category) by IJM Land Berhad, while Silver Award winners were River [email protected] By The Sea (Environmental Rehabilitation/Conservation Category) by Selangor Dredging Bhd; Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Autohaus @ Balakong (Industrial Category) by Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd; and Chengal House (Purpose-Built Category) by Paramount Corporation Bhd.
Meanwhile FIABCI Malaysia honorary treasurer Teh Teik Bin, also the award’s organising chairman, expressed his pride that the organising committee had been entrusted with the task of upholding the premium standard of the evaluation process and judging criteria.
The addition of a new assessment criterion was approved this year, which was affordable housing.
“By adding this criterion, it would encourage more developers to build more affordable houses – those with high quality but are price-friendly – that help the younger generation of first-time homebuyers to own their houses.”