Announcing the Honorees of The Prestigious JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Awards 2017
The Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Awards 2017, a national project of Junior Chamber International Malaysia organized by Junior Chamber Kuala Lumpur Mandarin, is a prestigious awards program honoring upstanding Malaysian citizens for their positive contributions to society.
Awards were given to nominees from five of the ten different categories of this year’s TOYM at a banquet held at Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa on the 9th of September, 2017. A total of eight nominees were afforded the distinction of winning this year’s TOYM Awards.
Nominees from the remaining five categories were not selected due to the stringent international ISO judging criteria upheld by the panel of judges.
In his speech, TOYM 2017’s Guest of Honor, YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodities) encouraged young people to devote themselves to society and pursue their dreams courageously. He believes that today’s teenagers are the pillars of shaping social economic development and understand the norms and values of society and the foundation of future.
The winners this year are (in no particular order): Dr. Chen Chee Dhang (Academic Leadership and/or Accomplishment), Prof Ir. Dr. Lam Wei Haur (Academic Leadership and/or Accomplishment), Mr. Avery Chin Yoke Leong (Cultural Achievement), Mr. Stanley Goh Say Yung (Cultural Achievement), Mr. Jerryson Abraham Gnanaraj Doss (Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership), Prof Dr. Denny Ng Kok Sum (Scientific and Technological Development), Ir. Dr. Leong Wai Yie (Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment), and Mr. Pua Jayson (Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment)
In another speech by Junior Chamber International World President, Ms. Dawn Hetzel (JCI USA) said that she would always be committed to promote societal progress, and would like to recognize young people who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in their endeavors for the betterment of society. This would create a better future and motivate young people to be more proactive in personal development and social services.
JCI Malaysia National President Nurul-Huda Mohamed Afandi mentioned in her speech that the measure of success of a person is not by the amount of certificates obtained but the extent of contributions the person has made to society. In addition, she also encouraged more people between the ages of 18 and 40 to join JCI because young people are tomorrow’s leaders.
“Due to the overwhelming response by the public this year, which is TOYM’s 32nd anniversary, the finalists’ tally for nominees had to be increased to 40”, quipped Ernest Tan, the organizing chairperson for this year’s TOYM.