The founder of Cempaka Group of Schools, Datin Freida Mohd Pilus was named as the winner of the inaugural National Women Entrepreneurs Award 2008 held in an award ceremony a few days ago.
The Cempaka Schools ring is a recognized academic institution known for its breakthrough achievements in nurturing young and talented pupils, regardless of their age and background.
The first of the Cempaka Schools was established in 1983 and the group later expanded to include more schools, an A-Level college, and an all-lady college, opened in 2008.
Datin Freida decided to quit her job as a government servant when her son, aged 3 years old was unable to get admission to school due to his age and start her own school. At that time, her son has already begun to read and write but age requirement hampered her hope to see her son receiving education early.
Today, Cempaka’s string of schools include Sri Cempaka Damansara Heights, Sri Cempaka Cheras, Cempaka International Schools, Cempaka International Ladies’ College and Labuan International School.
Datuk Azlina Abdullah, the founder and director of the beauty company, D’Navechee Group came second, followed by Julia Chong Chooi Fong, founder of Truly Loving Company (TCL), developer of health care products.
Another iconic businesswoman, Datuk Maznah Abdul Hamid, who bought an almost bankrupt security company and turned it into a multi-million business, Securiforce, bagged the Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award.