AMPP’s Malaysia Chapter Hosts First Painters Competition

Photo courtesy of Aaron Williams.

Organized by the AMPP Malaysia Chapter, the inaugural Malaysia Painters Competition 2023 was held in Teluk Kalung, Terengganu, Malaysia, on Saturday, August 19.

With free registration, the event featured networking; opportunities to learn from peers on painting skills; and sourcing for products, services, and the latest in cutting-edge technologies.

The event’s primary objective was to showcase Malaysian surface preparation and industrial painting craftworkers, and it ultimately brought out a crowd of nearly 100 people to witness some of Malaysia's finest industrial painters showcasing their skills.

From that competition, congratulations go out to these winning teams and individuals:

  • First place: BlastOne International Malaysia (Zuhaimi Bin Ismail, Ainulyaqin Bin Asjadi, and Pazli Bin Mohd Kassim).
  • Second place: Deleum Oilfield Services Sdn. Bhd (Mohd Khirani Jusoh, Ahmad Zikrie Hakim  Mohammad and Mohd Asri Mohd Salleh).
  • Third place: UBF Maintenance Sdn. Bhd (Muhammad Amirul Khozi, Muhammad Harith Harun and Muhammad Al-Hafizzullah).

The competition took place with support from official Paint Sponsor, Hempel, as well as esteemed partners including PETRONAS; the Malaysian Oil, Gas and Energy Services Council (MOGSC), The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM); and the AMPP Malaysia Chapter (AMC). 

“Special thanks to UBF for providing us with the use their outstanding facility, Bullard for supplying the safety PPE [personal protective equipment] and painting hoods, Tinker & Raser for sponsoring the event T-shirts, and the BlastOne team for preparing the panels prior to the competition,” says Aaron Williams, Managing Director at Blast Abrasives Supply. “We also acknowledge the invaluable support from all our Malaysian and international vendors.”

“We were honored to welcome our esteemed Keynote Speaker, Muhammad Hawari Hasan, representing PETRONAS,” Williams adds. “He shared his invaluable insights and experiences.” Hawari, who is the company’s principal corrosion engineer, is currently holding positions as Chairman for PETRONAS’ Protective Coating Technical Committee (PPCTC) and Custodian (corrosion engineering) position at GTS.

The venue for the 2024 Malaysian Painters Competition is currently being decided, according to event organizers.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the successful 2023 Malaysian Painters Competition,” says Williams, an AMPP Certified Coatings Inspector and member of the AMPP Global Center Board of Directors. “Together, we’ve started our own legacy and inspiration that will echo for years to come.”

About AMPP Malaysia Chapter

The AMPP Malaysia Chapter (formerly known as the NACE Founding Malaysia Section, or FMS) was established back in March 1995 as part of the East Asia & Pacific Area. The efforts of dedicated members have since grown the section, and it now conducts vibrant activities such as conferences, seminars, and educational courses.

The section aims to promote corrosion awareness and technological development to both the public and private sectors.

NACE FMS has sponsored a Malaysia Student Section and a Western Australia Student Section, with a goal of encouraging young corrosion engineers to excel and fight against corrosion.

Source: AMPP Malaysia Chapter,