Keong, Seong, Raymond and Nepal.

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BY THE HAMMER- Dentsu Utama has hired Raymond Ng as creative director to replace Chow Kok Keong who is on a long break.

Raymond comes from FCB KL where he handled clients like CIMB Bank, Telekom Malaysia, Mondelez, Sarawak Energy, Chevrolet, Beiersdorf and PIDM.

Ng Heok Seong leaves Dentsu Singapore as ECD to become Chief Creative Officer at McCann KL. At Dentsu Singapore, Seong handled Canon, Toyota, Uniqlo, Singapore Navy, Land Transport Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Great Eastern Assurance and Dulux.

On April 25 last year, the Nepal earthquake which eventually killed over 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000, struck with a magnitude of 7.8.

Five days later, MERCY Malaysia was already on the ground setting up its field hospital in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu city, tending to the injured in the villages and those coming in from the mountains.

A week later, I was tasked by MERCY Malaysia to lead a media deployment mission to ground zero.

Now let me tell you a story you’ll never read anywhere else…

Upon arrival in Kathmandu and setting up our media command centre in the city, and after experiencing the major aftershock of May 12, I realised it was a disaster beyond belief.

I immediately gave a call to Ted Lim, Regional Chief Creative Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network APAC who was in Singapore then.

I told him we needed urgent messaging, a call for help, on fund raising for MERCY Malaysia’s mission to the affected zones.

Ted did not blink.

In 20 minutes, he put me in touch with Chow Kok Keong at Dentsu Utama, a soft-spoken man who I honestly did not know very well.

They call him KK.

What happened next was something I will never be able to pull off ever.

Kok Keong marshalled his creative forces, developed and produced a TVC with help from industry friends across the region and in a week we were up on regional TV stations with our messaging. MERCY Malaysia’s push for funds saw a spike.

Even though I never got to say thank you in person to everyone who made this happen, I told myself this morning I will write about it.

To Chow Kok Keong, I salute you!

View TVC here:

APPIES Malaysia 2016Enter the prestigious APPIES Malaysia Marketing Awards today!

Known as the ‘TED for Marketing’, campaign entries are presented by their brand marketers or campaign creators in an interactive format comprising of a 4-minute creative reel summarising the overall marketing campaign, followed by a 6-minute oral presentation highlighting significant aspects of the campaign, and finally a Q&A with the audience.

Entrant campaigns must have run between 1 January 2015 and 29 February 2016 in any of these categories:

1. Consumer Durables

2. Consumer Services

3. Food and Beverage

4. Non-food FMCG

5. Business Services

6. Government, Cultural, Social and Environmental campaigns.

Top brands including P&G, Mondelez International, Coca-Cola, Google, IKEA, IBM,
Unilever, Amazon, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Asia Pacific Breweries have
all won at the APPIES over the years. Will your Brand or Agency be next?

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Closing Date: 31 March, 2016


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The APPIES is an annual event that presents a rare opportunity for creative, media, digital and marketing agencies or brands to present their best campaigns to the industry.

This is the only event where Live Presentations meets Live Judging.

Similar to TED Talks, The APPIES is the chance for great presenters with outstanding work to show it off to some of the industry’s most important industry leaders.

This year’s winners will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze trophies for 21 categories, and 6 special Best of Best categories (red trophies) that require no submissions!

Campaign entries must have run between June 2023 to May 2024

Submissions Deadline
30th June 2024

APPIES Festival – Judging & Presentations
11th – 12th July 2024 (Malaysia)


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