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Gnanalingam receives RMC's 'Old Putra' award

9 AUGUST 2010 - WESTPORTS Malaysia executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam last Friday received the "Old Putra" of the year award from the Old Putera Association, the official alumni for Royal Military College (RMC).

The award was given in recognition for his role in infusing a new dynamism into port business and for his innovative Fastport Standards, Gardenport and Flexiport concepts for the port industry.

His achievements in turning Westports into one of the world's most successful international ports even during the global economic slowdown was commendable and appreciated by the award committee, said Westports Malaysia in a statement issued by the public relations department.

"We look forward to providing more sea links between the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world," said Gnanalingam in his acceptance speech at the award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

Gnanalingam, a port tycoon, said Westports was committed to link more local business communities to the countries worldwide to boost trade and businesses as sea link also played an integral part in strengthening nations economically, socially and politically.

Gnanalingam tirelessly championed Malaysia's port industry, especially positioning Port Klang as the 13th largest container port in the world.

Through Westports, he helped develop the haulier industry from a mere five in the early 1900s to over 150 today.

In 16 years, Westports grew from its first million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) in 2000 to nearly five million TEUs in 2008, connectivity to over 300 ports and staff strength of 3,500, 72 per cent of whom are Bumiputeras.

In terms of community and social services, Gnanalingam's work is well known among the people in Pulau Indah, Port Klang, where Westports is located.

Due to Westports' efforts, poverty level on the island has dropped significantly over the years.

Westports is a billion-dollar company, earning billion of dollars in revenue, and handles five million containers yearly.

Tan Sri G, as he is fondly called, is well known for his generosity and social work, but spending over RM106 million recently to resolve the 26-year-old issue concerning Maika Holdings' shareholders would probably be one of the largest acts of personal rescue seen in the country.

Source: New Straits Times