The inaugural Pinnacle International Excellence (PIE) Awards 2014 marked a bold step forward in making Malaysia another venue on the world map presenting international awards.
It was an evening to remember. Making an impressive debut, the PIE Awards 2014 ceremony which took place on 9 August 2014 had it all. A five-star venue, a dinner fit for a king (or a crown prince on this occasion), stirring performances, a congenial host and not least of all, the gold statuette. As for the guests, when it comes to honouring the best, one can only expect the best – industry magnates, corporate movers and shakers, echelons of society and a few celebrities for measure.
With camera crews on standby, guests from as far as Europe began to trickle through the Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s marbled lobby. Dressed to reflect the evening’s black tie theme “The Good Ol’ Days”, there was no shortage of well-fitted tuxedos, elegant gowns and retro inspired headdresses.
POMP & CEREMONY
Established to confer honour and recognition to organisations, be it local, national or international, the inaugural ceremony rewarded 18 organisations from various industries with the prestigious acclaim as being leaders within their respective categories.
Nominated via a stringent selection process, the winners represented the best of those who have reached the pinnacle of their achievements within three main categories – Emerging Class, National Order and International League.
The evening kicked off with the arrival of His Royal Highness DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who as Guest of Honour presented the awards in the National and International Categories.
Guests were serenaded by singing duo Chakora Group, as they took their seats in the tastefully decorated Heritage Ballroom. It was then time for host and man behind the awards to say his piece. Beginning his speech, Ch’ng Huck Theng, President of CHTNetwork, took the opportunity to observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of the recent airline disasters before expounding on the inspiration behind the awards ceremony. “We believe that the world is too small to be divided, and we should be addressing the fact that all human beings should come together, work together, for the sake of the survival of the planet and better the living conditions of generations to come. This is the reason why CHTNetwork has gone beyond presenting local and national awards to being the first in Malaysia to invite international organisations to participate and celebrate this occasion of success and friendship.”
As the wine flowed and dinner service commenced, 24 Season Drum from Chung Ling (Private) High School took to the stage with a heart-thumping and energetic performance by the youngsters. The presentation is part of CHTNetwork’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote local culture.
IN MINT FORM
Following the presentation of the final set of awards, Ch’ng joined His Royal Highness and Dato Louis Ng Founder & MD of Public Gold, to unveil the Anak Malaysia Limited Edition Silver Coins which were minted to commemorate the country’s 57th year of independence.
The Anak Malaysia Limited Edition Coins are replicas of Ch’ng’s internationally acclaimed bronze sculptures which are a true representation of multi-cultural, multi-racial identity that defines Malaysian society. The minting of the coins also mark a first of its kind collaboration between Public Gold Group (Malaysia) and Royal East Pty Ltd (Australia).
The evening came to a close with an auction of luxury items sponsored by Rado and Fujifilm. Guests threw in their bids for the chance of owning the limited edition items and it was Winson Loh of PINKGUY Gallery and Erlina Tan who walked away with the limited edition Rado True Thinline Si3N4 and a Rado Diastar Chronograph, whilst Dato’ Dr Wenddi Anne Chong was the proud new owner of the latest edition of the FUJIFILM X-T1.