Insurance Industry Annual Dinner 2008

Insurance Industry Annual Dinner 2008

The Insurance Industry Annual Dinner was held on 21 November 2008 at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. It saw a gathering of some 910 staff of the insurance and takaful industry and their guests.

The Guest-of-Honour of the evening was YBhg Dato' Mohd Razif Abd Kadir, Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Mr Alex Foong, the Chairman of the Joint Organising Committee, in his light-hearted welcome speech highlighted the importance of reusing and recycling as well as conserving the environment.

"Malaysians are very blessed to live in an environment with rich natural resources and large reserves of flora and fauna which are protected.?However, we should never take all these blessings for granted.Our beautiful Planet Earth will not remain the way it is now if all of us neglect our environment," he said.

"Being in the insurance industry, the Mission of saving our earth is very close to our hearts.?It is our mission to love the environment, manage wastage and conserve nature so that we and our future generations will have quality lives," he added.

He added that the Joint Organising Committee had been mindful of keeping the expenses low in light of the current economic situation.This, coupled with the generosity of the sponsors, contributions from the industry and the overwhelming support for table reservations, resulted in a surplus of RM15,000. This surplus was equally contributed to two organisations in the forefront of nature conservation, namely the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and WWF-Malaysia.

This year, the organisers had received overwhelming support from the industry in terms of sponsorship. Among the sponsors?were Prudential Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad (Platinum Sponsor), Malaysian Life Reinsurance Group Berhad (Diamond Sponsor) as well as the four Gold Sponsors namely, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad, ING Insurance Berhad, MCIS ZURICH Insurance Berhad and Kurnia Insurans (M) Berhad.

During the dinner, the guests were entertained by Joanne Yeoh, a violin virtuoso,and Noryn Aziz, a well-known jazz and R&B songstress.

Joanne mesmerised the crowd with her repertoire of light and sentimental numbers which included Victory, Explosive, Red Day and the evergreen Getaran Jiwa.

There was never a dull moment during the dinner, as the petite Noryn Aziz dazzled the audience with her soulful vocal. She also has a knack of interacting with the crowd and got some guests to sing with her.

Apart from these, the Joint Organising Committee had lined-up a series of interesting programme and attractive lucky draw prizes for the guests such as the Best-Dressed Female and Male as well as the Best Decorated Table contests.

For the Best-Dressed female category, Puan Suraya Ismail of the LIAM Secretariat won the hearts of the judges with her self-designed dinner attire?using glossy magazine papers.She walked away with a RM500 cash prize while Mr Philip Koh of ING Insurance Berhad emerged as the winner for the male category. Both prizes were sponsored by Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad.

The rest of the male and female finalists for the Best Dressed contest each received an exquisite watch sponsored by MITBA.

Meanwhile, the judges had a tough time deciding the winner of the Best Decorated Table contest as most of the participants were very creative and had come up with interesting ways to decorate their tables.Hannover Life Reinsurance with their "underwater theme" was the winner of the Best Decorated Table category.They received 10 Selangor Pewter business card holders sponsored by AmLife Insurance Berhad (formerly know as AmAssurance Berhad) and 10 exquisite watches by MITBA.

Mr Tan Geok Su and Ms Ang Jiin Tsuey from AXA Affin Life and Swiss Re respectively won the RM1,000 cash prize Lucky Draw sponsored by AXA Affin Life Insurance Berhad and Uni.Asia Life Assurance Berhad.

The lucky winners of the Two Special Lucky Draws, sponsored by Etiqa Insurance Berhad, were Cik Norzarina Ahmad of Multi-purpose Insurance Berhad and Cik Noorbaini binti Ali of Etiqa Insurance Berhad who took home a 42-inch Samsung Plasma TV and 32-inch Sony LCD TV, respectively.

Earlier on before the dinner commenced, the guests were entertained by a street magician, and many guests had had their pictures drawn by the caricaturists.

Besides these, WWF-Malaysia and MNS also put up exhibition counters at the foyer in their effort to educate and raise awareness on conservation of nature.

The Insurance Industry Annual Dinner is a major annual event of the insurance and takaful industry, which is jointly organised by the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM), Association of Malaysian Loss Adjusters (AMLA), Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), Malaysian Insurance & Takaful Brokers Association (MITBA), Malaysian Takaful Association (MTA) and Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) with representation from BNM.