Posted on 09th March 2022
As a company that values its people, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) goes further than supporting the career progression of its employees to also seek to inspire their children to perform well in school so that they can continue reaching for a brighter future.
The F&N Chairman’s Award is presented to the children of employees who achieve outstanding results academically and in extra-curricular activities, in recognition of the hard work and commitment that they had put in.
For 2021, F&NHB awarded 67 students for their excellent results in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), tertiary education, and one Special Award. Each young achiever received cash awards of between RM400 and RM5,000. In total, RM196,000 in cash awards were given out in this 19th edition of the F&N Chairman’s Award.
The Chairman’s Award was granted to two recipients in the IGCSE category, 29 in the SPM category. Besides that, 35 students in the tertiary education category were awarded for successfully gaining admission to a local or overseas university, while one student received a Special Award for winning a bronze medal in an international Math competition.
“There are many challenges and opportunities in today’s fast-changing world, and students today need to be encouraged to develop their potential to their fullest. As students explore their talents and test their limits while still in a safe learning environment, it is essential to recognise their accomplishments. At F&N, we encourage them to unlock their full potential for they will be better prepared to face tomorrow’s real-world challenges,” said F&NHB Chairman Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail.“I hope that this recognition will motivate the students to strive for greater success and be the best that they can be. At the same time, I hope that we will also remember our responsibility to share the blessings we have been granted, whether in talent or in kind, with others in society and play our part to contribute to the socio-economic development of our nation,” he added.
Bryan Ong See Hang with his son Jared Ong Kai Ze
Among the recipients of the 2021 Chairman’s Award, high achiever Jared Ong Kai Ze scored straight As for SPM. The student of SMJK Katholik Petaling Jaya said, “I am very honoured and grateful to receive this award from F&N, it makes me feel that my hard work is recognised and appreciated.”His proud father, Bryan Ong See Hang, said, “As a parent, I feel very happy for my son that he was able to achieve the goal he set for his SPM exam. There was a period of anxiety due to the lockdown during COVID-19 which disrupted the study in the school. We weren’t fully certain he could score A for all the eleven subjects until we received the result transcripts.”Award recipient, Chua Shang Yeet, received both the Special Award for his achievement in winning a bronze medal in an international Math competition as well as for his excellent SPM results.
Saw Hui Shing with her son Chua
“It is an honour to be one of the selected recipients. I am very happy and would also like to thank my beloved parents, teacher, fellow classmates and friends for supporting and giving me the greatest encouragement and motivation,” said Chua. Chua’s mother, Saw Hui Shing has worked with F&N for 22 years and is truly grateful that her son is determined in pursuing his own interests, values and motivations. Saw said that she was very proud of his achievement and she looks forward to her son’s further success in the future. She is confident that he will be able to assume greater responsibilities and achieve greater heights.
Mohd A Yazid Bin Yahya is the proud father of two children who received the Chairman’s Award. His elder daughter, Balqis Binti Mohd A Yazid who is currently taking her Bachelor of Process And Food Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia received RM5,000 for her stellar performance. His younger daughter, Nabilah Binti Mohd A Yazid, received RM800 for her excellent SPM results.
Expressing his gratitude, Mohd A Yazid said, “I am so proud of my daughters. As a parent, it is very rewarding to see that my daughters are working hard to pursue their dreams and being recognised for it. I also appreciate that they are both such team players – they encourage and motivate each other so well. Their achievement has definitely reminded me that I must be doing something right.”
Proud father Mohd A Yazid Bin Yahya with his two daughters Balqis Binti Mohd A Yazid and Nabilah Binti Mohd A Yazid
Echoing her father, Balqis said, “I am very grateful and excited. I believe this award recognition will boost my spirits to achieve more. My biggest motivation to succeed is the joy I feel when I learn new things. By learning new things, I can widen my horizons and help me become a better person.”
One of the recipients also include Praveena Vanavelu, under the Tertiary Education expressed, “Receiving this award gives me even more motivation to continue excelling in my studies. I want to continue to do my best and make my parents proud.”R Saravanavelu who has worked in F&N for 17 years proudly said, “I am the proudest dad today, not only because Praveena is a top scorer but more so seeing how my daughter has grown up to be a responsible young lady who has such determination in her life. I have always encouraged her to dream big and I feel truly blessed that my daughter is such a go-getter.”
F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lim Yew Hoe praised the F&N Chairman’s Award recipients for their exemplary achievements in academic and extra-curricular activities. He also recognized the recipients’ resilience and drive to achieve their goals in the face of the many disruptions and hardships brought about by the pandemic.“I would like to congratulate all the Chairman’s Award recipients for their efforts and perseverance in achieving their success. This truly is a testament of these young people’s mental resilience and strong willpower determination to succeed. This will surely be the foundation for more success later in life. I also comment their parents who have also worked hard and instilled strong values to bring out the best in their children. As a parent myself, I understand that it is not easy to juggle a thriving career and family life, especially if we are committed to ensuring that our children receive the best opportunities to thrive and fulfill their potential,” he said.
The F&N Chairman’s Award was inaugurated in 2003 to motivate the children of employees to become well-rounded students who are not only focused on education but also their personal interests. To date, F&NHB has disbursed cash rewards amounting to RM 4 million to over 2,000 children throughout the country and is looking forward to continue recognising more deserving students in the future.