By Property Hunter
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A Hallmark of Achievement for Sabah Real Estate Industry

Kota Kinabalu’s most elite real estate industry players were celebrated and awarded last night at the Property Hunter Real Estate Awards (PHREA) 2019.

The event was held at the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel, a contemporary haven in Sabah’s capital city centre, overlooking stunning sunset views. The award-winning establishment suited the prestigious occasion perfectly with its bold and sophisticated features.

Two hundred guests attended Property Hunter’s much-anticipated event and were delighted by a live band and modern dance performances throughout the night. While mingling in the foyer, guests dressed in formal glam redeemed party gifts and captured the moment using an in-house photo booth.

As the most established property media network in East Malaysia, Property Hunter initiated PHREA to be the most sought after and coveted recognition for the real estate industry in the region. Only the most deserving developments or personalities were awarded recognition.

More Than Just a Trophy

PHREA sets itself apart from other awards by priding itself for:

  • Ensuring the awards cannot be obtained through financial means

  • Celebrating the commitment and excellence work of industry players

  • Providing a platform for branding and value creation

Unlike other awards where participants may pay to win, PHREA is free to enter and winners are selected by a carefully curated panel of judges. This ensures fairness and transparency.

Participants benefit from the awards in many ways, even just as a nominee. As well as having the exclusivity of using the Property Hunter Real Estate Awards official “Nominee” logo, participants also benefit from the publicity and PR opportunities to spread the word about their project.

Furthermore, winners of the awards will have the opportunity to promote their projects and brands during a winner-only interview and promotional video during the gala dinner last night.

PHREA expects to raise the standard for quality and innovation in the industry by fairly awarding the foremost key projects and developers in Sabah. All votes were collected and verified by the independent auditor, Baker Tilly CKF, ranked among the largest accounting and business advisory firms in Malaysia.

Congratulations to the winners!

Best Residential Development - High Rise : Harrington Suites
Best Residential Development - Low Rise : Greenfield Residence Menggatal
Best Residential Development -  Landed : Taman Putra Pogun
Best Commercial Development : Shell Plaza
Outstanding Developer : Hap Seng Land
Best Property Marketing Campaign : Jesselton Twin Towers
Promising Development : Elemen Utara KK
Best Managed Property : Shell Plaza
Inspiring Public Space : Tanjung Lipat Cycling Track
Recognition of Real Estate Agency : EMA Agency
Recognition of Real Estate Negotiator : Christopher Martin Tan Said Khyung (Jegan’s Realty)
Special Recognition on Promotion of Green Initiatives : Datuk Sr. Chua Soon Ping

A Carefully Curated line-up of judges

When Property Hunter first initiated PHREA, having a diverse pool of judges was one of the most important aspects in setting the awards apart from the rest.

Twelve judges, from all corners of the real estate industry, were selectively chosen by Property Hunter to ensure authentic and honourable results. All votes were kept anonymous until the night of the gala dinner and were chosen following the principal of a “vote of popularity”. Their votes reflected their own professional judgement, their own industry knowledge and views on the market.

The panel of judges consisted of representatives from the following:

Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (SHAREDA)

  • President, Datuk Chew Sang Hai

  • Deputy President, Datuk Sr. Chua Soon Ping

Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA)

  • Chairlady, Mary Yu Yen Tshin

  • Chairlady Elect, Rose Lai

Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM)

  • Property Surveyor, Sr Hj. Ramli Osman

  • Property Surveyor, Sr Liaw Lam Thye

Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM)

  • Hon. Secretary, Ar. Daniel Koh

Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK)

  • Director of City Planning, Stanley Chong Hon Chung

Subsidiary Title Owners & Purchasers Association Sabah (STOPS)

  • Honorary Advisor, Ken Lo

University Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

  • Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering, Dr Ahmad Nurfaidhi Rizalman


  • Dato Tan Kar Leong

About Our Sponsor - Nippon Paint

This year Property Hunter Real Estate Awards was sponsored by Malaysia’s number one paint manufacturer, Nippon Paint.

Being one of the largest paint manufacturers in Asia with 33 manufacturing plants operating all over the region, Nippon Paint Sabah Sdn Bhd General Manager Mr Daniel Yong is proud to say that Kota Kinabalu is home to one of three Nippon Paint factories in Malaysia, with the other two located in Selangor and Johor.

He also shared with us that each year, Nippon Paint redistribute part of its profit back to the state through dividend issued to SEDCO.

Bringing you closer to home, Nippon Paint Sabah was incorporated in 1978 with 51% of its equity belonging to SEDCO. Their manufacturing plant is located in the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) and employs 100% local Sabahan staff, from the office up to the factory workers. Nippon Paint is the only paint company that invested in a factory in Sabah.

Further details of the awards can be found online at

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