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 should 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


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 >>

#OpsHarapan rising to the occasion


The recent floods in the East Coast saw hundreds of thousands of victims displaced, their property damaged and even lives lost. The victims were in dire need of aid. Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) led a relief effort in Kelantan, bringing medical personnel, donated items and a mobile clinic to the grief-stricken victims there…. Read more >>

Off-loading SEGi warrants

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Last week, The Edge Financial Daily ran a story about me paring down SEG International Bhd’s warrant holdings. The company runs SEGi University and Colleges, where I am the Group Managing Director. The warrants will lapse this August. The decision was purely a financial one. If I had not done so, I would have triggered… Read more >>

Giving voice to the thoughtful, not the thoughtless

Our children’s future is paramount as we battle extremism

I am pleased to note that Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET), a civil society group which promotes moderation and good governance, has been attracting serious attention. The voices of moderation are getting louder amid the chorus of extremism. Recently, a group of 25 former top civil servants had voiced their support for moderation and reason. Various… Read more >>