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10 Past Tatler Ball Awardees That Led By Example

10 Past Tatler Ball Awardees That Led By Example
By Tien Chew
October 23, 2018
With our 29th anniversary right around the corner, we take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the past luminaries who picked up a Tatler award.
Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad

As Malaysia's longest serving premier, Tun Mahathir is known as the father of modernisation, having promoted economic development and advancing the nation. He continues to be an influential leader in the political scene and regularly shares his views through his blog Chedet. In 2005, Malaysia Tatler recognised his contributions to the country with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Tengku Zatashah & Aubry Mennesson

10 years on from their royal union, the fairy tale romance between the dashing ‘commoner’ and the charismatic princess has been told too many times but this well-loved couple has solidified their love over a shared passion for life, values, hard work, and above all, a respect for each other’s culture and birthright. Because of this, Malaysia Tatler named Tengku Zatashah & Aubry Mennesson our Couple of the Year in 2012.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Benjamin Yong

This entrepreneur is the group chief eating officer of The BIG Group. Last year he made the critical decision to divest of Bens Independent Grocer in order to focus on growing his F&B empire, as he enjoys dreaming up new concepts with his wife to dazzle Malaysian diners. For his impact on the local food scene, he was awarded the Entrepreneur Par Excellence in 2011.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Meera Sen

With her easygoing nature, this stylish lady leaves a positive impression at every party she attends. Her keen fashion sense saw her pick up our Most Stylish Woman in 2014. Also the executive director of Kimgres Marketing, Sen enjoys travelling abroad with her girlfriends. 

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Dato' Seri Farah Khan

This fashion maven and founder of The Melium Group has done our country a service by placing homegrown designs in the international spotlight. Her eponymous label recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, plus she was involved in the launch of Kuala Lumpur’s first Lanvin Menswear store in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. In 2009, we gave Dato' Seri Farah Khan with a special "20 Years At The Top" award for her achievements.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Dr Hartini Zainuddin

This social justice warrior has a wider breadth of generosity than your average Jane. As an activist invested in causes for children, she co-founded Yayasan Chow Kit and Voice of the Children, which both aim to find solutions to better the lives of children on a national and international scale. For her work advocating better lives to the youth in need, we recognised her efforts with a woman of compassion award in 2011.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Claire Lee Bloy

A staple at any fashionable party that is worth noting, Claire Lee Bloy is known to be family-focused. For her chic fashion sense, she was awarded as the Most Stylish Woman in 2010. Her desire to make the most out of life for her loved ones, including husband Nicholas Bloy and two children, remains her biggest drive. She is also blessed with a kind heart, organising charity fundraisers to help those in need.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Datuk Lai Voon Hon

The group managing director of Ireka Corporation always leads the game with new ideas – most of which have materialised into hip properties such as Aloft KL Sentral Hotel, as well as prestigious awards. The company’s latest inspiration takes the form of a bespoke project called the RuMa Hotel and Residence, which is set to open soon. 14 years ago, Malaysia Tatler recognised the efforts of the then rising star with a special award.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Tan Sri G Gnanalingam

A veteran business leader widely known for his successes at Westports Malaysia, Tan Sri G Gnanalingam likes to compare running the productive port to a united football team. He was awarded Outstanding CEO of Malaysia by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club, has graced the Forbes list many a time and in 2007 was recognised by Malaysia Tatler for continuing to be at the top of his game.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Malaysia Tatler

Zainah Anwar

No stranger to the social activist scene, Zainah Anwar is a respected figure and a founding member of Sisters in Islam. She has been recognised by the French government for her work in women’s rights, has a regular column in The Star and continues to champion the causes she believes in. Her valiant efforts as a social activist were celebrated by Malaysia Tatler in 2008.

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