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What Do We Do

APEX’s purpose is to channel the enthusiasm and idealism of like-minded people towards a more intelligent, aggressive and useful citizenship and building better communities both locally and internationally.The ideals of APEX are:

  • To make ideal services the basis of all enterprises.
  • To develop a more intelligent and enthusiastic citizenship.
  • To provide a means of forming enduring friendship, rendering altruistic service and building better communities.
  • To promote international understanding and friendship

The principle of APEX simply states that APEX shall not be used by any member to advertise his or her business for personal, financial or commercial gain. Members public and personal ethics and conduct must be consistent with the accepted standards as required by the organization.The APEX logo is an equilateral triangle with the word ‘APEX’ written in the middle. The official colours are Red, Blue and Gold. The rays of the rising sun from the base of the triangle symbolizes the rising generation of youth. The base represents ‘Citizenship’. The sides represent ‘Service’ and ‘Fellowship’. The Logo was designed in 1931 by founder member Ewen Laird.

Who We Are

APEX is a service organization with its own rules, regulations, ideals and ethics. Every member, individually and collectively, is APEX. It is the members who give the organization its meaning.APEX is non-sectarian and non-party political. APEX believes that every person has the right to his own religious beliefs or political opinions. Above all APEX stands for tolerance and respects the race, colour or creed of everyone.Membership is open to all persons of good character and good business reputation, engaged in any worthy recognized profession, business or occupation. Membership in APEX was only open to young men between the ages of 18 and 38. However in 2001, our National Association amended this provision to do away with the age restriction and hence APEX Malaysia is no longer a youth organization. Membership is also now open to women.


"The story of the foundation and growth of APEX is the story of young men. It is the story of the hopes and visions, the enthusiasm and vitality, the exuberance and high spirit of youth”.In 1930, during the great depression, Australia faced widespread unemployment and its resultant social problems. Against this scenario, three young unemployed architects, Langham Proud, Ewen Laird and John Buchan, from Geelong, Victoria, Australia called a meeting of young men on the 19th of March 1930 at which it was decided to form ‘Young Business Men’s Club’. Their aim was to harness the resources and energies of local young men for the betterment of the community. Initial service efforts were mostly physical in nature. It was only later, when the economy picked up and when there were many more clubs that Apexians embarked on bolder fund raising ventures.One year after the formation of the pioneer ‘Young Business Men’s Club’, the members decided to change the name of the club to the ‘APEX Club of Geelong’. The name APEX was chosen as it represents the height (Apex) of one’s ambition and the symbol or logo was an equilateral triangle encompassing the basic philosophy of the APEX organization – ‘SERVICE’, ’FELLOWSHIP’ and ‘CITIZENSHIP’. The data was 10th March 1931.


From 1931 to 1956, APEX saw tremendous growth within Australia. In 1955, APEX Australia decided to introduce the ideals of APEX to young men in neighbouring countries within Asia Pacific Region. In 1956 initial contacts were established both in Fiji and Singapore. One year later with the assistance of the newly formed Apex Club of Singapore, contacts were initiated in Kuala Lumpur. There are now autonomous APEX Associations in Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.National Association of Apex Clubs of Malaysia

  • Beginning

  • In Malaysia (then known as Malaya) the first APEX club was inaugurated in Kuala Lumpur on 3rd April 1957 and chartered on 28th November 1959. The club’s official sponsor was the then Apex Club of Singapore which was set up one year earlier.
  • Expansion

  • Soon members from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and subsequently others from newly chartered clubs attempted and succeeded in expanding to a number of major towns in Peninsula Malaysia. After autonomy in 1975, it must be highlighted that expansion was given top priority. In the north clubs sprouted in Ipoh, Teluk Intan (Taiping), Butterworth, Penang, Gurun and Sungai Petani; In the south, clubs were set up in Serembari, Kuala Pilah, Malacca, Muar, Kluang and Johor Baru; In the Klang Valley region, a total of five clubs were inaugurated, namely Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Klang, Damansara and Bandar Syed Putra. In the east coast of Malaysia clubs were introduced to Kuantan, Maran, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bahru. As at time of writing, i.e. mid 2004, there are only eleven Apex Clubs in Malaysia, which are operational.
  • Association

  • In the formative years, the first club in Kuala Lumpur along with the then existing two clubs in Singapore were grouped under district 5, a separate district of Zone 4 of the Association of APEX Clubs of Australia, with an elected District Governor as the administrative head. This arrangement was carried out satisfactorily until the early seventies when it was found that with increase in the number of clubs spread over from the north of Peninsula Malaysia to southern tip, the workload of the sole District Governor increased tremendously. The then existing eleven clubs decided on a regional grouping of two districts. This move, it was then felt would ease the workload of a single District Governor and bring about effective co-ordination and leadership. In 1973, APEX clubs in Selangor/ Federal Territory and Northern states came under District 5 North and clubs in the Eastern and Southern states, including Singapore clubs, were grouped under District 5 South. The two District Governors then became part of new set-up, called the Regional Board which in turn was headed by an elected Regional President.However by then the issue of autonomy was a very much debated issue and on 31st August 1975, at the 2nd Regional Convention hosted in Kuala Lumpur, it became a reality. The National Association of APEX Clubs of Malaysia came into being with ten local clubs under its wings. The association was headed by an elected National President who was assisted by a National Board comprising of a number of elected and appointed members. The role, functions, responsibilities and powers of the National President and his Board were defined and governed by a set of rules registered with the Registrar of Societies. Singapore clubs went on to become an autonomous body the following year in 1976.


Board Of Directors

NATIONAL PRESIDENT VENKATA GIRITEL: +6019-2436961 Email: rvgiri@ranilorry.com
IMMEDIATE PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT DAVID PANTEL: +6012-3088440Email: davidsspan@gmail.com
NATIONAL SECRETARY ROVENDRAN THIAGARAJANTEL: +6016-3970646Email: rovin5401@gmail.com
EDUCATION TRUST FUNDLG DATO A. GNANARAJAHTEL: +6012-6655359Email: agrajah9.ar@gmail.com