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Malaysian-Born Australian Bestowed With Award From Queen Elizabeth

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Malaysian-Born Australian Bestowed With Award From Queen Elizabeth

The man who built an entire city from scratch.


Malaysians abroad are making us proud!

Recently, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed a Malaysian with an Appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) award in conjunction with her birthday.

The lucky person who received the award was Australia's Springfield City Group chairman and founder Maha Sinnathamby, who hails from Rantau, Negri Sembilan.

The man of the hour.
According to a report by Bernama, the 79-year-old received the award because of his significant service to the Australian building and construction sector and to the community, following his work building the multi-award-winning City of Springfield in Queensland.

Maha moved to Australia from Malaysia when he was 18-years-old to pursue engineering at the University of New South Wales before migrating permanently to the country in 1971.

He reportedly first came across Springfield City in early 1990s when it was nothing more than a 3,000-hectare parcel land with only 10 per cent of it utilised for residential use.

Maha Sinnathamby's vision for the city.
However, with the help of Sinnathamby, Springfield City was developed into one of Australia's fastest-emerging cities, with more than 41,000 residents and home to the University of Southern Queensland, the 80-bed Mater Springfield Private Hospital and 11 schools with 15,000 students.

According to the report, the city plans to increase the number of schools to 28, all located within five minutes of each other.

Maha said the award is an acknowledgement and testimony that with passion and dedication and a never-give-up attitude, anyone can benefit from Australia.

On top of that, he was recently named as the 47th richest man in Australia with a net worth of A$1.66bil (RM4.77bil).

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