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MKH’s Chen is Fiabci’s Property Man of the Year

PETALING JAYA: MKH Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Alex Chen was awarded the Property Man of the Year by the International Real Estate Federation (Fiabci) Malaysian Chapter. Eight projects also received awards at the 21st annual Malaysia Property Awards gala dinner at One World Hotel last month.

“By winning this award, it means we will have the greatest commitment ... to be even better. We as developers  should continue to play our role and act as the catalyst to spearhead the country’s aspirations for economic development and transformation,” said Chen.

Chen was recognised for his role in transforming Kajang into one of the fastest growing townships in the Klang Valley. MKH was responsible for building the first shophouses and modern shopping complexes there. To date, the company has developed eight townships in Kajang and Semenyih in Selangor, including the award-winning integrated development Kajang2. It has also embraced green and sustainable living with its GDI-accredited condominium Saville at the Park in Bangsar.  MKH’s latest township is the 550 acre (223ha) Hillpark at

Shah Alam, Selangor, which features 50 acres of parks.

The other eight projects that won are St Jo’s in Penang by Hunza Properties Bhd for the heritage category; Menara 3 Petronas by KLCC Property Holdings Bhd for the office category; Taylors University Lakeside Campus by Taylors Education Group for the purpose-built category; Setia City Mall by Greenhills Resources Sdn Bhd for the retail category; Platinum Sentral by Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd for the sustainable development category; Martinique Villas By-The-Sea by Eastern & Oriental Bhd for the residential low-rise category; while both Seni Mont’Kiara by Aseana Properties Ltd and Sunway Palazzio by Sunway Bhd won the residential high-rise category.

The eight winning projects will represent Malaysia next year in the international Fiabci Prix d’Excellence Award, organised annually by the Fiabci World Congress. This will be held at Luxembourg on May 21 next year.

The organising chairman Dr Yu Kee Su, commenting on last year’s Malaysia Property Awards winners said, “Four Malaysian development projects sought victory in the

Fiabci Prix d’Excellence Award which was just held at Taichung, Taiwan this year. This shows that the local development projects are on par with the international level.”

The entire nominations and judging process of the Malaysia Property Awards took seven to eight months to complete. No winner is declared if none of the projects in a category is able to score at least 75%.

“The stringent evaluation process of the award reflects the highest standards of professionalism, which makes it desirable for various property developers to vie for recognition of their projects through the award. Fiabci Malaysia is proud that the awards manual for evaluation and selection criteria has been requested by Fiabci International and is now a model for similar awards in Brazil, Czechoslovakia and Uruguay,” said Fiabci Malaysia president Yeow Thit Sang.

 

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 11, 2013.

 

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