Integrated facilities for students

The Oak blog

As someone who’s been in the tertiary education for a long time, I can say with some degree of certainty that I know what students want. It is this experience in the tertiary education industry that comes in handy in another project of mine, The Oak Student Suites. Run by HCK Hospitality, which is under… Read more >>

Inspiring and motivating the young

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Recently, it was reported in the media that students from my alma mater, SMK Sacred Heart in Sibu, Sarawak had done very well in their STPM examinations last year. Nineteen students scored 4As, eight of whom got all A+. Fiveteen students each got 3As and 2As respectively. The school’s principal, David Teo attributed the school’s… Read more >>

Going back to the roots

The Kuching Institution (in blue) where my venture into the tertiary education industry began

There is a old saying that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Sometimes, having traversed long distances, it can be humbling to look back at where it all started. This is why I get somewhat nostalgic every time I drop by what used to be the IBMS College, in downtown… Read more >>

Thriving in tough times

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A popular notion going around now is that the property market is set for a slowdown, no thanks to the government’s cooling measures, as buyers become more cautious with the impending implementation of the GST and the tumbling oil prices. These concerns are valid. But we shouldn’t let external factors weigh down our businesses. In… Read more >>

We need to move on

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Some two weeks after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed, the issue is still raging. Since the Feb 10 Federal Court’s decision to uphold the five-year jail sentence against Anwar for sodomy, the prosecutor has gone on a roadshow; a cop integral in the case has revealed of attempts to subvert the trial; a spate… Read more >>

Emphasis on the fundamentals

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Last Saturday, Starbizweek, the weekly business pullout of The Star newspaper ran a story about the business activities in HCK Capital Group Bhd, some one year after I took control of it and changed its name from Golsta Synergy Bhd. I told the journalist that we are working on the fundamentals for the company to… Read more >>

Of press freedom and responsible speech

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Of late, we read about news concerning businessman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong who has been accused of currency-manipulation. Jet-setter Jho Low has denied his involvement in the smear campaign against Tong and a few other key personalities. But there is widespread belief that this was part of an orchestrated attempt to defame Tong, because he… Read more >>

Thriving in a cut-throat environment

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Recently, the government announced the appointment of MyEG as the sole company authorised to renew foreign workers’ permit via the company’s online platform. This has created an uproar as the move effectively creates a monopoly. Without choices, consumers are afraid that they would be short-changed. As an entrepreneur, I can understand why some businesses love… Read more >>

Filling in the gap to create value

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When I first dabbled in the property and construction business, many had warned me about the steep competition in the industry. I had almost no experience in this sector and was up against the big boys which had been around longer and carry more established brands. But I have always been a “Johnny come lately”… Read more >>

When giving brings more joy than receiving

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One of the reasons why I set up the Hiichiikok Foundation Home For Children Care is because I think it’s important to give back to society when and if we can. Many kind souls have made it possible for me to be where I am today, whether in my early education or my long corporate… Read more >>