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   By Dierore Vianney Dionysius (Malaysia) 文:迪尔柔·维亚内·狄俄倪索斯(马来西亚)   My 16 years at POPULAR have been a memorable journey. When I came across a recruitment advertisement in the newspaper for POPULAR’s first outlet in Sabah’s Kota Kinabalu, I applied immediately. I started working in POPULAR on 19 July 2004 as a supervisor in the Stationery Department. On 24 May 2007, when POPULAR’s second Kota Kinabalu outlet opened in City Mall, I was transferred to take care of the Stationery Department there. Subsequently, POPULAR went into fast growth with a third outlet at 1Borneo Hypermall, followed by Imago Shopping Mall (KIS), Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (KSS), Harbour Mall Sandakan (KHS), and Jalan Apas Tawau (KTW). There are currently six outlets in Sabah, Malaysia. In 2009, I won the best supervisor of the Stationery Department in Malaysia at the prize presentation held at Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. I was thrilled to be around the many POPULAR staff from other Malaysian states for the first time since joining POPULAR. I could barely contain my excitement when receiving my award from Popular Malaysia’s Executive Director, Ms Lim Lee Ngoh. I could not wait to share my joy with my family and friends after returning from Kuala Lumpur. It was a moment that I would never forget. As 2009 was also my fifth year working in POPULAR, I also received a watch and a certificate as tokens of appreciation from POPULAR. My 10th year working in POPULAR was the year POPULAR celebrated our 90th anniversary. Staff from the different outlets in East Malaysia gathered in Kuching to celebrate the joyous occasion. In the dance competition that followed, our team from Sabah outlet won the first place with our performance of a traditional Sabah cultural dance. My most memorable experience of working in POPULAR must be the first time I participated in Popular Malaysia’s signature event, BookFest@Malaysia, in 2013. Staff from various Malaysian states came together to make BookFest@Malaysia 2013 a great success, and I am so proud to be a part of that incredible team. In 2017, I was promoted to Assistant Outlet Head, and one year later, I became Outlet Head. Subsequently, I received my 15-Year Long Service Award in the same year POPULAR celebrated our 95th anniversary at a splendid event at Hotel Horizon Kota Kinabalu. I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who have guided me along the way. I would also like to say a big thank you to POPULAR for my memorable journey, and wish POPULAR more successes to come! with POPULAR 温馨回忆在大众 Kenangan Manis Bersama POPULAR 135 popularnews - 27 

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