SME Sector Remain Buoyant in 2017

Leading SMEs registered 14.54% revenue growth, 6.93% profit growth
2017-12-20 12:56 2407

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The small and medium enterprises (SME) sector in Malaysia remain buoyant, with participants of the SME100 survey registering a 14.54 percent growth in revenue and a 6.93 percent growth in profit. This contrasts sharply with the GDP growth projection of 5.2 percent for the country as a whole.  

SME100™ Awards 2017 – Malaysia's Fast Moving Companies Recipients
SME100™ Awards 2017 – Malaysia's Fast Moving Companies Recipients

The SME100 survey is conducted by SME Magazine, with the top 100 companies by business performance recognised with the SME100 awards. The survey and awards are conducted every year since 2009. This year, the SME100 awards are officiated by Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II.

"Despite the global headwinds, our SMEs are gaining grounds. Much of these are the result of pent-up demands following several years of economic uncertainty, and a renewed regional focus with the AEC kicking in," says Dato' William Ng, managing director of Business Media International, the publishers of SME Magazine.

In officiating the awards, Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan called for SMEs to embrace the Fourth Industry Revolution. "Moving forward, SMEs must scale their operations and their capability through the use of technology. The government is committed to helping our businesses to adopt technology, and embrace the digital and innovation economy," he said.


Among the winners that make up the SME100 Awards, 19 percent came from the ICT and telecommunications sector, followed by 11 percent from the transportation and logistics sector, with furniture and wood-based industry in the third place with 9 percent of the winning companies.

The construction, property development and building materials sector saw a tumble, dropping from occupying 15 spots in the ranking to only 6 companies represented in the SME100 this year. The oil and gas, mining and energy sector, which claimed third place in 2016, fell to sixth place with only 7 companies representing the industry, less than half of the previous year.

"It is quite clear that while the oil and gas and construction sectors are currently experiencing a correction phase, the technology sector is growing rapidly. A surprise resurgence is our furniture and wood-based industry, which has also seen robust growth following increased demand from Europe and East Asia," Ng said. 


While the top 100 companies in the survey were selected to receive the SME100 awards, the most outstanding 10 were also named. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Accendo HR Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • Bridgenet Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • Central Medicare Sdn Bhd
  • Everest Integrated Logistics Sdn Bhd
  • HTC Travel Services (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Masterplan Consulting Sdn Bhd
  • Nestcon Builders Sdn Bhd
  • Neu Dimension Sdn Bhd
  • PE Mixed Sdn Bhd
  • Sulomas Sdn Bhd

"It is important that SMEs plan beyond their current capability and act fast to reskill and rescale themselves in the face of a changing market. It is quite clear that business as usual is no longer possible. We must change or be changed," added Ng.

Also present at the SME100 awards ceremony were former second Finance Minister Dato' Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, CEO of MATRADE, Dr Shahreen Madros and deputy CEO of SME Corp, Rizal Nainy.

The SME100 awards are sponsored by AffinBank Group, CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd, and MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd.

Some Words from the Winners

"It's phenomenal to be bestowed with SME100 Award. This encourage SME like us to strive harder to be the best!" - Mr. Sharma Lachu, Chief Executive Officer of Accendo HR Solutions Sdn Bhd.

"Together we move what matters towards greater heights." - Ms. Ooi Lay Pheng, Chief Executive Officer of Berjayapak Sdn Bhd.

"We are absolutely thrilled for this award and it is certainly a tremendous closing for 2017. The award publicity has given a positive boost to all of us at Bestinet and we are looking forward for a greater year ahead." - Dato' Sri Mohd Amin, Founder & Group President and Dato' Rathakrishnan Vellaisamy, Executive Director of Bestinet Sdn Bhd.

"Having the recognition, together we as a team are one step closer to the dream that we desired." -  Mr. Haziq Zairel Oh, Chief Executive Officer of Central Medicare Sdn Bhd.

"Impossibilities are overshadowed by those who dares to dream big." - Ms. Lynnie Voon, Director of Crynx Group Sdn Bhd.

"Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; Winning the SME100 award will definitely encourage us to go further." - Dato' Khor Kok Seng, Managing Director of Edaran Livall Sdn Bhd.

"Being a winner has definitely provided us with the platform to raise our profile via the media and inspire everyone." - Dato' Sri Mohniandi Harikrishnasamy, Group Managing Director of Everest Integrated Logistics Sdn Bhd.

"Our achievements are shaped by the strength of the foundations we set. Thank you for your commitment to excellence." - Mr Ker Choon Siong, Executive Director and Ms Shley Lee Siow Hong, Managing Director of KG Global Furniture (M) Sdn Bhd.

"This SME100 Award is a reminder to remember everything we have faced, all the battles we have fought and all the fears we have overcome together. It's our honor to be a part of SME 100 Legacy "- Ganeson Muthu, Kajendran Veerasamy and Mohd Halem Bin Sani of Micro Energy Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd.

"SME100 Award indeed inspires me and now I do believe with a great passion, sky is the limit!" - Ir. Dr. Lim Jee Gin, Managing Director of Nestcon Builders Sdn Bhd.

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Table 1: SME100 in Brief

Number of Industries


Average revenue


Average revenue growth


Average net profit growth


Average operating profit growth


Average gross margin


Table 2: SME100 Winners Industrial Breakdown

ICT & Telecommunication


Transportation & Logistics


Furniture & Woodbased Manufacturing


Professional & Business Services


Trading & Wholesaling


Food & Beverage


Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology


Oil & Gas, Green Tech, Mining


Construction, Property Development & Building Materials


Education & Training


Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism




Industrial & Commercial Products


Eletrical & Electronic


Chemical & Plastics


Civil Engineering


Consumer Goods




Personal Services


Agriculture, Livestock, Plantations And Commodities


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Source: Business Media International