CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISEES OF SMART READER® WORLDWIDE
Among the dignitaries present was Ybhg Dato’ Mohamed Elias Bin Abu Bakar, Director, Consumer Policy and Research Division, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism.
In his welcoming speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong addressed that the year 2014 will bring forth major milestones for the group. Apart from launching the Smart Reader Kids Islamic™ programme on a nationwide scale, overseas expansion plans of the Smart Reader® brands, in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Wuhan, China are also underway.
Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong ended his speech with this pearl of wisdom, “Education is a worthy investment in human capital as it will give strength and growth to a nation. It is the key to a sustainable world and it will be a global inheritance for all.”
A total of 129 centres were given due recognition together with their respective franchisees for the hard work they have put in throughout the year. 17 franchisees walked away with the Diamond Awards, 42 with the Platinum Awards and 65 with the Gold Awards. Recognition was also given to four New Impressive franchisees that scored on enrolment in the first year of operations after their official opening.
The highlight of the night was the announcement of the Franchisee of the Year 2013 that went to Madam Tiong Mee Chin, the franchisee of nine Smart Reader Kids® centres in Johor Bahru.
The star-studded Franchisee Awards Nite not only honoured the performing franchisees with the awards, but they were also treated to a splendid dinner and amazing performances.
As the franchisees enjoyed their dinner, Smart Reader® Worldwide’s very own in-house band, Allegrezza, belted out their riveting performances one after another starting with “Nothing’s gonna stop us”, a song specially composed by the Group Executive Director of Smart Reader®Worldwide, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang followed by Superstar” and “Conga”.
Other equally spectacular performances performed on that night include Arabian, Malay, Bollywood and 80’s dance numbers by the talented staff of Smart Reader Kids® Dataran Selayang, Smart Reader Kids® Gombak Ria and Smart Reader® Worldwide. The treasurer of the Smart Reader Kids® Fan Club, Adib Fahmi and his friends ended the performance line-up on a high note with their hip-hop dance performance.
Best dressed awards went to Malathy Thanarajan the franchisee of Smart Reader Kids® Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru and Smart Reader Kids® Taman Perling, Johor Bahru Tracy Goh from Smart Reader Kids® Batu 3, Jalan Ipoh and Marlya from Smart Reader Kids® Denai Alam, Shah Alam, Smart Reader Kids® Seksyen 3, Shah Alam and Seksyen 9, Shah Alam.
With 13 years of innovation and leadership behind them, Smart Reader® Worldwide, the most reputable, leading pre-school education franchisor in Malaysia, will continue making strides as the leading early childhood education provider in the country.
Madam Tiong Mee Chin, franchisee of nine Smart Reader Kids® centres in Johor Bahru, Johor received the prestigious “Franchisee of the Year 2013” award from Ybhg Dato’ Mohamed Elias Bin Abu Bakar, Director, Consumer Policy and Research Division, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism and the founders of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong and Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang.