Photography by Vincent Paul Yong; grooming by Joey Yap, Angeline Low & Derren Fong/Shawn Cutler; styling by Joyce Lim

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, August Man Malaysia, in collaboration with Johnnie Walker, has gone the extra mile for its 2018 edition of Men of the Year with the inauguration of four new, exclusive Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1-in-10,000 Awards – inspired by the exclusivity and the making of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the pinnacle blend of the Johnnie Walker stable of whiskies, where only 1 out of every 10,000 casks examined is found to have the elusive quality, character and flavour to deliver the whisky’s remarkable signature taste.

Capturing the cardinal virtues of the Johnnie Walker heritage and the spirit of the “striding man”, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1-in-10,000 Awards recognise excellence in four individual categories, namely Rare Craft – celebrating the master of his craft; Rare Character – celebrating the man holding fast to the highest values and ethics; Rare Legacy – celebrating the individual who has made an impact on society; and Keep Walking – celebrating the entrepreneur who perseveres in the face of change, successfully turns around a business and goes from strength to strength.

Together with Johnnie Walker, August Man Malaysia took a retrospective look at all 100 Men of the Year from the past decade and discovered four special individuals who best epitomise the Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1-in-10,000 Awards, all of whom are guided by their passion, commitment and experience to raise the bar – for themselves and those around them, to grow and give back in equal measure.

In our 10th year, we have the distinct pleasure of presenting, in conjunction with our 2018 Men of the Year, the honorees of the world’s first Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1-in-10,000 Awards. We hope that in highlighting their success, you will be inspired to chart your own story.

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Men of the Year 2012

Outfit by Dior Homme

As a filmmaker, Quek follows a simple philosophy – which is to share authentic Malaysian stories. His passion for people and dedication towards perfecting storytelling are most evident in his award-winning directorial debut, Guang The Movie, adapted from his 2011 BMW Shorties-winning short film. Through the feature film, Quek tells of his personal experience of growing up with an autistic brother, highlighting society’s treatment towards people with special needs. Guang has since gone on to win Best New Director and New Actor at the 13th Young Generation Chinese Film Forum, and the Kumamoto City Awards at the 2018 Fukuoka International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for four awards including Best New Director and Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Men of the Year 2013

Since founding EPIC (Extraordinary People Impacting Communities) Homes, Oei has embarked on an epic journey of selflessness, focusing on improving the lives of the impoverished in this country by building homes for the Orang Asli community and, as a result, bringing together rural and urban folk, leading to the development of cooperative and sustainable communities. Since 2017, EPIC has expanded into a Collective, offering workshops and training modules for volunteers, community development solutions, as well as online platforms for sharing DIY designs, community challenges and solutions. For his efforts, John-Son was honoured with a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Dedication.

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Men of the Year 2016

Outfit by Fendi

Lex’s mark goes beyond hairdressing. As a matter of fact, through his barbering , Othrs., and professional skill set, the Good Samaritan has been fulfilling a greater calling – making the world a better place. This philosophy is manifested in his “changing lives one haircut at a time” initiative, through which Lex has been reaching out to the underprivileged, the homeless, orphanages and the urban poor, providing them with free haircuts, as well as collaborating with various NGOs to provide food, clothing and medicine. On top of that, Lex has also launched various educational platforms and sponsorship programmes in hopes of equipping disadvantaged youths and indigenous people with grooming skills and career opportunities, as well as the chance to pay it forward.

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Men of the Year 2010

Driven by his love for food and how it brings people together, Benjamin has been a defining feature of the local F&B industry since founding The BIG Group in 2011, spearheading the idea of dining as a lifestyle, while continuously introducing new concepts and experiences to the company’s portfolio. With an eclectic collection of chic restaurants, cafes, bars, roasters and retail food stores across Klang Valley, and more recently Ipoh and Penang, the restaurateur successfully caters to a wide range of appetites, moods, occasions and ambient needs, always with good, hearty food as the focus. In addition to nourishing hungry diners, Benjamin, himself a terrific cook, also brings people closer together over meals prepared passionately.

* Watch this space as we bring you closer to the winners of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1-In-10,000 Awards in their individual interviews in the coming months. 

* Click here and discover our 2018 Men of the Year. 



written by.
KC Yap
Editor, Augustman Malaysia

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