Sarawak Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (EOYS) 2021

– Open for Nominations 

Sarawak Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

The EOYS is organised by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak (“MINTRED”) in association with Sarawak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (“SCCI”) and EY. First launched in 2004, this prestigious Awards Program is held annually to honour and acknowledge exceptional entrepreneurial talent and leadership.  Up to last year, over 50 entrepreneurs from all over Sarawak have been given this recognition, of which in 2019, the recipients of the Master Entrepreneur category were Dato’ Sri Law Kiu Kiong, Dato’ William Tiu Sii Chuon, Dato’ Dr Ir. Mohd Abdul Karim, Mr Kuek Eng Mong, Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho and Mr Chan Woon Peng, while the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award was awarded to Mr Peter Chai.

The EOYS aims to:

  1. Recognise the best in business in Sarawak, i.e. the prime movers that drive the State’s path towards economic growth;

  2. Recognise the success of up and coming entrepreneurs, who through their ingenuity, ideas, resourcefulness, commitment and hard work, have built their businesses which contributed to the growth of our State’s economy; and

  3. Encourage the growth of small and medium scale industries in Sarawak.

Emphasis will primarily be on the individual’s attributes over the Company’s and in general, cover amongst others, demonstration of outstanding leadership – vision, dedication as well as intelligent risk taking; company milestones with consideration of industry obstacles and each entrepreneur’s ability to overcome adversity; corporate culture, values and incentives; financial performance and growth record; social responsibilities, reputation and contribution to the community that demonstrate the characteristics of a good model corporate citizen; and demonstration of resilience in adapting to the business disruptions.

The categories are:

Emerging Entrepreneur


business is between 2 to 5 years old or entrepreneur is aged 35 or under at the time of close of nomination

Master Entrepreneur


maintained management excellence over a sustained period, business founded more than 5 years ago

Excellent Entrepreneur (Beyond Sarawak)


running a successful business in Malaysia or overseas


The EOYS provides opportunities for networking and accessing valuable media coverage, raising personal and company profile. For instance, the EOYS Adjudicating Committee has nominated recipients of the EOYS Awards to represent Sarawak state at the Malaysia EY Entrepreneur of the Year (“EOY”) Awards. The nominated State representative has access to a range of events to help the nominee’s company achieve its potential as well as the opportunity to join a group of illustrious alumni.

Nominations for the EOYS can be submitted to SCCI through Business Associations or individuals, no later than 30 September 2021. For further enquiries, please contact The SCCI Secretariat at 082-237148 or

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