Sarimah speaking during the interview. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

KUCHING: Companies in Sarawak have been urged to participate in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Industry Excellence Awards (AKI) both to benchmark them and be recognised.

Sarimah speaking during the interview. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Sarawak director Sarimah Misman said the most prestigious accolade of AKI is the Prime Minister’s Award, which carries a cash prize of RM500,000.

She said companies in Sarawak had great potential.

“In Sarawak, we have the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Industry Excellence Awards (Cmiea). So, companies who have entered Cmiea last year are qualified to enter AKI because the criteria are the same,” she said.

She hoped that at least ten companies would be able to enter for AKI this year, adding that it was challenging to qualify.

“The deadline is April, so those who are eligible and interested can enter,” Sarimah said when interviewed at the CEO Talk 2020 organised by MPC at Hilton Hotel here yesterday.

According to her, there were AKI winners from Sarawak before, but thus far none has clinched the Prime Minister’s Award yet.

Attendees giving their full attention at the CEO Talk 2020 organised by MPC yesterday. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

In AKI 2018, Cita Information System Sdn Bhd and Amalgamated Plant Engineering Sdn Bhd from Sarawak won awards under the service category.

For Cmiea, Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd was the winner last year while in 2017, Samling Housing Products Sdn Bhd won.

“We want Sarawak companies to be on par with those in West Malaysia,” she said.

Sarimah said that the objective of AKI was to recognise the most outstanding companies in the manufacturing and services industry.