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International Property Exhibition (IPEX) for year 2011 was successfully organized by PAM Sabah Chapter in collaboration with the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK). The theme for the exhibition this year is “Colours of Our City”. The exhibition began on 21st April 2011 and ended on 24th April 2011. It features 91 exhibition booths. A total of 68 exhibitors comprising interior decorators, landscapers, building material manufactures/suppliers, housing developers, kitchen designers and government agency (KWSP) took part for the event at the Sabah Trade Centre.

IPEX 2011 was officially launched a by Minister of Industrial Development, YB Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Datuk Yee Boon Hai the Director –General of DBKK represented Mayor, PAM President, Ar. Boon Chee Wee, PAM Southern Chapter Chairman, Ar. Azman Bilaji and Deputy Chairman of PAM Sarawak Chapter, Ar. Mike Boon also attended the opening ceremony of the event. 

During the 4 days event, other interesting sub-events such as daily lucky draw, Photography Competition, Edible Architecture Competition, City Kids Children’s Coloring and Drawing competition and Ms IPEX Personality Contest and fashion show were held.

On the first day of the event, the prize presentation for Photography Competition was announced. 

The winners were:-

1st Prize – Mr. Lim Ping Seng

2nd Prize – Mr. Tsen Lip Kai

3rd Prize – Mr. Mok Wai Kiong

Consolation prizes:-

1. Mr. Fong Weng Chau

2. Mr. Rizwan Hazeman B. Talikop

3. Mr. Philip Yong Kok Yung

4. Mr. Ding Hee Hang

5. Mr. Henry K.Y.Chin

6. Ar.Victor Wong

7. Ms. Suzeanywati Gasinin

The judging for the sub-event was held at PAM Centre on 12th April 2011. The judges were Ar. Yong Ming Cheong, Ar. William Ho and Mr. Danny Kok, President of Sabah Arts and Photographic Society. The prizes were sponsored by Bluescope Lysaght (S) Sdn Bhd and Monier Sdn Bhd.

On the second day Edible Architecture competition was held at the seminar room from 3pm. There were 21 groups participating on the event.

The winners for the event were:-

1st Prize – Sabah Institute of Art, Kota Kinabalu (Green Future of Kota Kinabalu)

2nd Prize – SM All Saints, Likas (Dreamland City)

3rd Prize – Asian Tourism Institute, Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu 2011)

Consolation Prizes:-

1. SM St Michael, Penampang (Modern Tradition)

2. S.M.K Bahang, Penampang (Dimension of Sky Scraper)

3. SMK Agama Tun Ahmad Shah, Inanam (Future City)

4. SM Shan Tao, Likas (City Floating Mosque)

5. Pine Academy, Kota Kinabalu (KK City of the Future)

Special Mention Awards – SM ST Michael, Penampang (Canada Bridge)

The judges for the sub-event were Ar.Daniel Koh, Ar. William Ho, and Mr. Peter Wong, Director of Colourcoil Industries Sdn Bhd. The prizes were sponsored by Colourcoil Industres Sdn Bhd.

On the third day, the City Kids Colouring and Drawing Competition were held at the main exhibition hall. A total of 64 children registered for the event. The competition had two categories i.e. 7-9 years (Colouring) 10-12 years (Drawing). The judges for the event were Ar. Pong Vui Thien, Mr. Lain Shiao Fui, Ar. Robert Chiang and Mr. Roger Ling who was the Director of CityTop Enterprise Sdn Bhd the official sponsor for the event.

The winners for the event were:-

Category 1 (Colouring)

1st Prize – Chong ka Zen (SJK (C) St James)

2nd Prize – Vanessa Yu Rui Ling (SJK (C) Yue Min, Penampang)

3rd Prize – Chin Bao En (SJK (C) Yue Min, Penampang)

Consolation Prizes:-

1. Beatrice Sia Tze Shiuan (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

2. Jacqueline Lay (SJK (C) ST James)

3. Wong Chun Haw (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

4. Kennice Sia Tze Roong (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

5. Kaisah Amira B. Toni (SJK (C) Lok Yuk, Menggatal)

6. Sum Kok Siong (SJK (C) Lok Yuk, Menggatal)

7. Eunice Sia Tze Xian (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

Category 2 (Drawing)

1st Prize – Anthony Chong (SJK (C) ST James)

2nd Prize – Richard Ling Jia Li (SJK (C) Lok Yuk, Likas)

3rd Prize – Rachel Winnie Chin (CJK (C) Lok Yuk, Likas)

Consolation Prizes:-

1. Joshua Wong Tin Loong (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

2. Amy Sum (SJK (C) Lok Yuk, Likas)

3. Michael Vun Yi Lung (SJK (C) Yick Nam, Inanam)

4. Thee Vui Jun (SK (C) Anglo Chinese, Penampang)

5. Jason Ng Chan Fung (SJK (C) Lok Yuk, Likas)

6. Wong Yia Chee (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Likas)

At the same day, the Ms. IPEX Personality Contest and Fashion Show were successfully organized by Mr. Richard Nelson Sokial and Mr. Allen Solomon Chong. The sub-event started at 8.00pm. The Ms IPEX Personality Contest was held acknowledge and reward exhibitors who displayed enthusiasm in their work by combining good customer service and marketing skills. In other words, the competition is for the best female marketing executive in Sabah. There are 9 participants for the sub-event. The Fashion Show was from PINE Academy with 8 beautiful models. The sub-event was judged by Ar. Jebb Liew, Ms. Audrey Chong and Ms. Sally Ghani. The sponsors for the sub-event were Nippon Paint (S) Sdn Bhd, The Jesselton Hotel, The Hut Steak House & Restaurant and Vedablu Sdn Bhd.

The winners for the event were:-

Winner – Ms. Enja Manie (White Horse Marketing Sdn Bhd)

Best Costume – Ms. Jaon Joseph (Steelon (M) Sdn Bhd)

Best Smile –Ms. Flina Rutum (Nippon Paint (S) Sdn Bhd)

Best Presentation – Ms. Nurquariahwati (Weida Resources Sdn Bhd)

Most Entertaining – Ms. Anthonia John (White Horse Marketing Sdn Bhd)

The exhibition concluded with a “Thank You” dinner held on Monday, 25th April 2011 at The Refflesia Ballroom, Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. The highlight of the dinner was the presentation of the Best Booth Design Award was for 2 categories, Suppliers and Developers. The 1st runner up for the Supplier category was Goodrich Global Sdn Bhd and the winner was Nippon Paint (S) Sdn Bhd. For the Developers category, the 1st runner up was Sunsea Development Sdn Bhd and the winner was LPL 118 Corporation Sdn Bhd.

Sponsorship for the exhibition involved Nippon Paint (S) Sdn Bhd, Bluescope Lysaght (S) Sdn Bhd, CityTop Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Colourcoil Industries Sdn Bhd, LPL 118 Development Sdn Bhd, Jesselton Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd, Alluminium YS Sdn Bhd, F&N Beverage Marketing Sdn Bhd, K Steel Resources Sdn Bhd, Monier Sdn Bhd, Homelan Publisher and MyWalk as media partner and Suria FM as radio broadcast.

On behalf of PAM Sabah Chapter, Ar. Yong Ming Cheong the Organizing Chairman thanked all exhibitors and participants on supporting and participating on the exhibition. He wished all participants every success in the years ahead and hope to meet up again in IPEX 2013.

Reported by Ar. Yong Ming Cheong.

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