Benchmarking against the best

UM and UKM

Recently, it was reported in the media that two of Malaysia’s oldest public universities – University of Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) – have decided to opt out of a prestigious world university ranking survey. The universities had announced that the methodology used in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s (THES) Top 400 University… Read more >>

Two-way communications important


Last week, a journalist from The Star called me to ask for my opinion over the controversy surrounding the use of SPM forecast results for admission into tertiary private education institutions. SEGi University Group, where I am the Group Managing Director, would obviously be affected by any decisions on this issue. To me, education should… Read more >>

More print publications in the works

style plus

When HCK Media ventured into the print media business, with business weekly Focus Malaysia making its debut in late 2012, some of our friends thought we were was foolish. They felt that print media was a sunset industry as more people migrate to online publications to get their source of news and information. The following… Read more >>

Start small, grow big


We always hear of the saying “no risk, no gain”. Many entrepreneurs are known as risk-takers. They sail into unchartered waters, hoping to reap the fruits of their pioneering endeavours. Many succeed, but some do not. I am also a risk-taker but I take calculated risks. Unlike many other entrepreneurs, I do not trail-blaze into… Read more >>

Click and be rewarded


Recently, two websites have made their debut in Malaysian cyberspace – Currentbuzz and Mygravytrain. The former is an aggregator of trending topics online. As the name suggests, the content is “current” and has a lot of “buzz” in them. Mygravytrain is a click-and-share community, which although is fairly new in Malaysia, has been very popular… Read more >>

HCK Capital Group signs deal with medical school


Recently, HCK Capital Group, which is also involved in the property development and property investment sectors, inked a lease agreement with the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). Under the deal, HCK Capital Group which owns a plot of land in Cyberjaya, will build the campus for CUCMS and then lease it to the… Read more >>

Quality over quantity

quality over quantity

Recently, The Star  ran a story about medical schools in Malaysia. I was asked to comment on whether or not there will be a glut of doctors due to the numerous medical schools in the country. SEGi University, where I am the Group Managing Director, also offers medical programmes. I don’t agree that we are… Read more >>

HCK Capital Group Bhd set to diversify


Last week, Sunbiz, the business section of The Sun newspaper carried a story about HCK Capital Group planning to step up its diversification into sectors like food, technology and media. On the same day, Chinese newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau, also carried the same item. Right now, HCK Capital Bhd is largely involved in the manufacturing… Read more >>

The power of social media

on the fast lane

Recently, a minister said the government was doing a feasibility study if Facebook should be banned in Malaysia. This follows some 2,000 public complaints lodged with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission about abuse involving the popular social media site. Fortunately, the Minister has since clarified that Malaysians will continue to access Facebook. From the… Read more >>

The business of hospitality

Nadjib Noui-Mehidi先生领导着酒店管理的部门

We often associate “hospitality” with hotels and airlines. In fact, Malaysia Airlines has coined “Malaysian Hospitality” as part of its branding exercise based on its flight code “MH”.  The truth is, hospitality is also a crucial element in property management, an area which HCK Hospitality Sdn Bhd is involved in. The company is a subsidiary… Read more >>