Special awards will be presented for the first time to five most successful new entrants to the Malaysia 1000 directory, a directory that provides comprehensive information on top Malaysian companies.
Basis Group Chairman Tan Sri Dr Abu Hassan Omar said the award would be given during the launch of the fifth edition of Malaysia 1000 on Sept 14.
The book will be launched by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Palace of Golden Horses, here.
"For this year, we have set a turnover of RM280 million and above for each company as the criteria for the selection into the directory compared to RM140 million previously," he told a press conference in conjunction with the launch of the business directory here, today.
Also present were the Malaysian News Agency (Bernama) chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman, Bernama General Manager Datuk Hasnul Hassan and BASIS Publication House Sdn Bhd Managing Director Zainoor Sulaiman.
Malaysia 1000 is a joint project of BASIS Publications House Sdn Bhd, Bernama and Matrade, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.
Abu Hassan said the listed companies have shown an improvement in turnover of about 20 per cent annually since the launch of the first edition in 2003.
"This year, only about 30 per cent of Bursa Malaysia's listed companies has been selected into the directory," he added.
The business directory provides access to comprehensive information in the cream of the crop of Malaysian companies in a wide range of corporate and industrial sectors, ranking them in terms of financial performance and listing the leaders of respective sectors, in an organised format designed for fast and easy reference.
Abdul Rahman said Bernama was happy to be associated in the joint project.
"This is an extension of our news service and it reflects our capability in diversifying into areas where information is the core business. We also feel that such publication will be a valuable resource for the business community.
"I would like to assure our partner that we will continue to explore further opportunities in areas where we can support with our journalistic talents to contribute towards a well-informed society," he said.