Sunway Group clinched three big wins at The Edge Top Property Excellence Awards 2013 last night. Sunway Group’s founder and chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah received The Edge Malaysia Outstanding Property Personality Award 2013 while the Group’s flagship township, Sunway Resort City received The Edge Malaysia Outstanding Property Project Award 2013. The Group’s property development arm, Sunway Property was ranked second in The Edge Top Property Developers Awards.
Under the visionary and perceptive leadership of Tan Sri Cheah, Sunway Group has grown from a humble tin-mining company in 1974 to become a property-construction powerhouse with businesses in more than 40 locations worldwide and total assets exceeding RM7 billion.
In addition to being a community builder, Tan Sri Cheah is also well-known as one of the nation’s model social entrepreneurs, and education thought leader, having transferred his equity of full ownership of the Sunway Education Group (comprising Sunway University, Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Sunway International School, among others) worth RM720 million into Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
Sunway Resort City is the first township in the country to be acknowledged for the Outstanding Property Project award. Spanning 800 acres, the RM 11 billion flagship city is an engineering tour de force, and Malaysia’s first GBI certified sustainable township. It stands as an icon for human endeavour, innovation and forwardness as it was resurrected from a tin-mining wasteland. With more than seven million square feet of world-class facilities and growing, Sunway Resort City today garners some 40 million visitations yearly, and is home to a population of 500,000 including 50,000 students, and stands as the only integrated resort city in Malaysia with seven components that complement one another including residential, retail, commercial, leisure, hospitality, education and health care- making it one of the region’s most preferred tourist destinations, and education hub.
Beyond the economic success that Sunway Resort City drives for the nation, Sunway Resort City’s achievements epitomise the developer’s unfailing commitment to its communities through its unique business model – Build, Own, Manage. Because Sunway Group remains as the largest co-investor in the township, it grows hand in hand with its communities.
The commitment is exemplified by the township’s model Safe City Initiative as well as its efforts to ensure absolute accessibility and absolute connectivity. Sunway also continuously invests in infrastructure, such as the township’s 1km canopy walk, a RM200 million private funded road expansion plan and a partnership with the government to build Malaysia’s first elevated Bus Rapid Transit in Bandar Sunway.