Islamic Business, Finance Southeast Asia awards

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Kuala Lumpur

The winners of the first Islamic Business & Finance Southeast Asia Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the Inter Continental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, attended by over 100 Islamic bankers and financiers from around the region. A total of nearly 7,000 votes were cast across 26 voted-for categories in an online poll held. In addition, an expert panel named Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, Chairman, Public Bank Group winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award Malaysia. Hong Piow began his banking career 67 years ago in 1950. He established Public Bank in 1966, finding great success in the last 50 years. He is due to relinquish the position of Chairman in 2019, capping off an illustrious career. The top Award, for Best Islamic Bank, went to KFH Malaysia, a voted-upon category decided by voters in Southeast Asia’s Islamic financial community.—Agencies