17 awards comprising 13 categories were presented at FIABCI-Malaysia gala event
OSK Property Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Ong Ghee Bin and Mah Sing Group Bhd (Mah Sing) founder and group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum were the toast of the town when they took the much-coveted Malaysia Property Awards (MPA) 2021 titles.
Held by the International Real Estate Federation Malaysia (FIABCI-Malaysia), OSK Property won three awards with its Ong bagging the Property CEO award, as well as the best residential (mid-rise) category for the TimurBay residence in Kuantan.
The third award won by OSK Property was the residential (low-rise) category for Mirage by the Lake in Cyberjaya.
Mah Sing’s Leong took home the Property Man award. “As the leader of Mah Sing, I believe in cultivating the concept of market orientation in our business approach, which prioritises identifying consumer needs and creating products that meet those demands," he said after receiving his trophy.
The MPA awards were presented by guest of honour Yang di-Pertua Negri Penang Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak during the gala dinner at One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya on March 29.
A total of 17 awards comprising 13 categories were presented during the event. Setia Eco Glades Sdn Bhd also won in the low-rise residential category for Setia Marina 2.
Winners for the residential (high-rise) category were Alila 2 by Hunza Properties Bhd, and The Fennel at Sentul East by YTL Land Bhd.
For the mixed-use development category, UEM Sunrise Bhd and KL Eco City Sdn Bhd won for Arcoris Mont Kiara and KL Eco City respectively.
Menara Ken TTDI Sdn Bhd for Ken TTDI Sdn Bhd and Menara Symphony by Symphony Life Bhd took the office category.
Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd won the environment category for Gamuda Gardens Central Park, while Gamuda Bhd won the resort category for Batu Patung Eco Village.
Berjaya Hartanah Bhd won the affordable housing category with Lanai Residences in Bukit Jalil, and WB Land Sdn Bhd won the industrial category with Frontier Park. Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd won the purpose-built category with Wisma Mercedes-Benz.
Meanwhile, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia won the public sector category with Residensi UTMKL.
FIABCI-Malaysia president Datuk Seri Koe Peng Kang congratulated the winners and commended them for countering the Covid-19 pandemic with resilience and tenacity.
Koe said property development in the 21st century is no longer just about brick and mortar, as a change in climate and demographics have affected demands for homes and living lifestyles.
“Property developers must make bold, practical commitments. And it's clear that these commitments must then translate into an economy that is fully in harmony with our planet.
“Not just at a continental or national level, but in every region, city, and even in every kampung, every household across Malaysia and where Malaysian developers are present globally," said Koe.
Organising chairman Dr Yu Kee Su said that they had a slightly different experience this year as all the judging process had to go from physical to online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The physical site evaluation had to be conducted online with the participating companies presenting and explaining their projects. And for the independent judges meeting, the evaluators had to first present the summary of the projects, followed by participants with their presentations,” Yu added.
He said that the growing demands for sustainability and green technology among the consumers prompted developers to take serious attention to the consumers' awareness of preserving the environment.
Yu said there were no new categories added this year, but the organising committee is considering adding two new categories, namely super high-rise residential and best practices, which are pending approval.