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Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, who is the founder of Tune Air Sdn. Bhd, has been awarded the Fourth Pillar Award by the US-Asean Business Council (USABC) for his contribution towards the growth of Asean and the US-Asean relationship.

The award was presented by Keith Williams, Chairman of the US-Asean business council, at the Asean Economic Community Conference 2016 dinner in San Francisco.

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Tony Fernandes received the honour at San Fancisco.
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According to a statement by AirAsia, retrieved by The Star Online, Tony Fernandes is the second recipient in the world to receive the award, after US President Barrack Obama.

“The Fourth Pillar Award is presented to a person or organisation representing the “fourth pillar”, a person that has made an extraordinary contribution towards the growth of Asean as well as fostering better U.S.-Asean relationship,” read the statement.

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Tony Fernandes introduced the first budget no-frills, budget airline, AirAsia.
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Tony also added, “I believe it is time for Asean to take a bold step towards commonality and standardisation. There is an urgent need of one Asean regulator to ensure a unified Asean standard. The current process of relying on consensus that require approval from all 10 countries should be reviewed so important initiatives move forward.”

Tony hopes that the ten member countries’ governments will come together and cooperate as harmonisation can allow a more efficient use of resources.

(Photo source: APEC 2015 CEO Summit’s website)