Posted on 17th September 2019
Acknowledging the hard work and commitment of the children of its employees towards achieving all-round excellence in academic and extra-curricular activities, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) recently awarded 106 students who excelled in Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and tertiary education in 2018, with RM198,300 in cash rewards, through the 17th edition of the F&N Chairman’s Award.
Held since 2003, the F&N Chairman’s Award continues to encourage the children of employees to do well in their studies and after-school activities, in order to empower them to become well-rounded students who are not only focused on education but also their personal interests.
F&NHB Chairman Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail presented each of the young achievers with cash awards of between RM150 and RM5,000 at the F&N Chairman’s Award presentation ceremony.
To date, F&NHB has disbursed cash rewards worth close to RM4 million to over 2,000 recipients throughout the country and looks forward to inspiring more well-deserving students in years to come.
Speaking at the award presentation ceremony, F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lim Yew Hoe said that the F&N Chairman’s Award recipients have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements and commitment to extra-curricular activities, which would set the students up for a bright future.
“I would like to congratulate this year’s award recipients for their efforts and perseverance in pushing their boundaries to attain success, not only for themselves but also their parents who have made huge sacrifices to provide the best for their children. As a parent, I understand what it feels like to be working late hours to ensure that our children have the opportunity to thrive and achieve their goals.
“In today’s borderless world, students can find endless possibilities for exploring their talents and testing their limits to face tomorrow’s challenges. Hence, it is essential to recognise students’ overall accomplishments to encourage them to unlock their full potential and be future ready.
“I hope that the recognition will motivate the recipients to work harder for greater success and propel the nation to greater heights. As we continue to strive forward and be the best that we can be, let’s not forget our responsibility to be of service to society and our role contribute to the socio-economic development of our country,” he added.
During the ceremony, three Special Awards were presented to students who exemplified high academic performance and dedication to extra-curricular activities.
Chin Xue Ying, 13, not only scored 8As for her UPSR but also won third place (team) in the Bahasa Malaysia Written Test Competition (SJKC) for ‘Piala Perpaduan Perdana Menteri 2018 Peringkat Negeri Selangor’.
“My teacher selected me and my team-mates to join the contest and I was surprised to win third place in such a large-scale competition. It was a unique learning experience and I hope to gain more opportunities to participate in such competitions in the future,” said Xue Ying who enjoys swimming and playing the piano in her free time.
“I believe in supporting my child’s passion and want her to be happy with whatever she seeks in life. I let her choose what she wants to do, and my wife and I will always be there to support her as we feel that it is important for her to have a happy childhood” said Xue Ying’s father, Chin Kok Yang, Operations Manager of Modern Trade.
Another Special Award recipient, Reanya A/P Velaithan,13, who was declared champion of the national level, ‘Pertandingan Nyanyian SK (Tahap 2)’ said that winning was not easy as she had to compete with other talented contestants from all over Malaysia.
“It was tough but my parents were truly supportive from the very beginning and encouraged me to keep going with their endless advice and moral support. It was a sweet victory for me as it was my first time participating in a national level singing competition,” said Reanya who achieved 6As in her UPSR examinations.
Proud father, Velaithan A/L Rangavan, Industrial and Employee Relations Manager of Human Capital was over the moon with his daughter’s academic and extra-curricular activities accomplishments.
“It is important to be a strong-willed person. My wife and I always advise her to be a resilient and independent person who is able to stand on her own two feet. My daughter is feisty and hardworking, and I hope that she will continue to shine in whatever she does,” he added.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Nur Syasya Aina Binti Md Sawalrudin was the other Special Award winner, following her third place win in the state level of ‘Pertandingan Pesta Pantun Sekolah Menengah Peringkat Negeri Selangor’, apart from scoring 5As in her SPM.
Winning the Special Award was the icing on top of the cake as she had previously won the F&N Chairman’s Award in the UPSR, PT3 and SPM categories. “I am truly humbled by this win and it spurs me to work even harder to realise my dream of becoming a forensic investigator,” said Nur Syasya who is currently pursuing a Diploma in Science at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Jengka.
“My daughter demonstrates great dedication in everything that she does and it shows in her performance in both academic and extra-curricular activities. I remember her working hard in her preparation for the pantun competition. I am proud of Nur Syasya’s achievements and will continue to support her so that she will continue to flourish and fulfil her true potential,” said Md Sawalrudin Bin Sarunan, Supervisor of Material Warehouse.
The 17th edition of Chairman’s Award rewarded 23 recipients in the UPSR category, 19 in the PT3 category and 28 in the SPM category. Besides that, 33 students became award recipients in the tertiary education category for successfully gaining admission to a local or overseas university while three students received the Special Awards for their spectacular performance in both academics and extra-curricular activities.