KOTA KINABALU (May 9): Small Medium Enterprise Association of Sabah (SME Sabah) president Foo Ngee Kee was bestowed The National Outstanding Entrepreneurs Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing to the society and business community.
Foo was selected by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, Malaysia’s leading independent think tank for the award which was presented by Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi, the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair.
The award was presented to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated their vision and leadership in the successful transformation of their business, particularly those who have excelled in difficult times during the global pandemic.
Foo was also conferred a professorship by the North Borneo University College (NBUC) in recognition of his outstanding contribution and lifelong services in the field of business entrepreneurship.
The professorship was presented by the Chancellor of NBUC, Toh Puan Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Hajah Norlidah Binti Tan Sri Datuk RM Jasni, at the third Convocation Ceremony 2022 on March 17.
Foo said he was surprised, but nonetheless, elated at the conferment of professorship and national outstanding entrepreneur award.
“It was rare that a Sabahan was selected to receive the prestigious award by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, alongside previous distinguished recipients from major corporations in West Malaysia,” he said in an interview here.
He expressed gratitude to the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific and North Borneo University College for the recognitions.
He also thanked the government agencies and organizations, including the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), State Ministry of Finance, Asian Development Bank, MBSB Bank and Rating Agency Malaysia for inviting him to share his ideas to the government and public.
Foo has accumulated a wealth of experience with his business in investment and financial advisory, trading of food and beverage (F&B) products, import and export of F&B products and hotel management.
He founded SME Sabah in 2018 and has since been vocal about issues affecting the business community and provided proposals to the government on ways to spur SME development in Sabah.
He is also a co-founder and president of Sabah SME Mobile Truck Association, aimed at helping young people to use mobile truck business as a startup for their entrepreneurship journey.
In addition, Foo is working closely with the Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) to set up a product center and retail store in GM Klang Mall, Selangor, to bring Sabah products to West Malaysia.
Foo also serves as a national council member in SME Malaysia and an advisor to Malaysia Cross Border E-Commerce Association, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (Sabah Branch) and Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Sabah head of SME Development and Trade and Investment Facilitation cum Kota Kinabalu District chairman of BIMP-EAGA Business Council (Sabah Chapter).
In fact, he had delivered an investment talk to some 50 SMEs from Klang in April, some of whom are now keen to explore the opportunities in Sabah.