The Judging Process

The judges will be using weighted marks for responses to criteria/guidelines as set out in each category of awards in the application forms to arrive at their final decision.

The award categories will be reviewed by several groups of judges concurrently, except for Malaysian Business of the Year Award, which will be reviewed by the final panel of judges.

The final panel of judges will include one representative each from the initial group of judges.

For the Malaysian Business of the Year Award, the winner will be the company that has received the highest cumulative score from the other award categories.

In the event of a tie, the final panel of judges will decide on the winner who is generally the best in market with exemplary track record in most areas.



  1. Free advertising space* in Star Media Group platform

    Top-of-the-Class Awards

    Platinum winners: RM50,000 worth of ad space (print & online)
    Gold winners: RM30,000 worth of ad space (print & online)
    Silver winners: RM20,000 worth of ad space (print only)

    Outstanding Achievement Awards

    Grand Winners: Grand winners: RM50,000 worth of ad space (print & online)

    Note: Terms and conditions apply.

  2. Preferential rates for additional ads in The Star carrying the SOBA logo
  3. Coveted trophy at the Awards Night
  4. Use of SOBA logo/monogram on corporate and A&P collaterals
  5. Exposure through publicity (print and online)
  6. Opportunity to attend and speak at special workshops/talks aimed at helping companies grow and move forward


Free 3 months dimsum subscription for all employees in the company


  1. Certificate of Merit
  2. Complimentary seat (for company CEO) at the Awards Night
  3. Opportunity to self check, network with key business professionals and the business fraternity
  4. Free 1 year digital access to The Star e-paper, and 4 regional e-papers (The Jakarta Post, The Nation, The Philippine Daily Inquiry and China Daily Asia Weekly) upon submission to SOBA 2018 Awards.


  • 18 May

    Announcement of SOBA 2018

  • 18 Jul

    SOBA LAB - Penang

  • 25 Jul

    SOBA LAB - Ipoh

  • 1 Aug

    SOBA LAB - Johor

  • 8 Aug

    SOBA LAB - Petaling Jaya

  • 19 Oct

    Deadline for entries / applications

  • 7 Nov

    Judging of entries

  • 17 Jan 2019

    Awards Night Ceremony