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Reliable and reputable investors are the backbone and life-blood of successful entrepreneurs by providing vital support to their clients’ fiscal needs and demands. Taken from my Facebook posting on 15 Oct 2018.

THEIR UMBRELLA’S STILL WITH ME: If they hadn’t gone into banking & finance, these two guys would probably be bodybuilders. I admire Lee Kok Khee (right), Executive Director & head of equity broking at Kenanga Investment Bank and Philip Lim, its head of equity derivatives, for their fitness and bulging muscles. But the hulks’ main strength is actually forging solid and lasting relationships with their long-term clients. Kenanga was among the first financiers that backed me in my corporate exercises when I started to take major stakes in public companies, nearly 10 years ago. My link with Kok Khee especially, and later Philip, went beyond one-off projects, as they continue to provide added value on a consistent basis. We all want to work with reliable and trustworthy people, and the feeling has to be mutual. These guys lent me an umbrella on a rainy day many years ago, and haven’t asked for it back.


Selected followers’ comments:

Teh Lawrence: Tan Sri is blessed to have business associates ( probably now friends too)like KK and Philip and vice versa. They are visionaries. They saw beyond your rainy days and how when the situations can be mutually beneficial. Again, it’s that TRUST. An overused word but in reality very rare nowadays. Kudos to KK and Philip. Great entrepreneurs in their own right. May God bless this relationship.

Muhammad Aqil Deraman: I guess as bodybuilders they know the value of tenacity, patience and hardwork better than many of us. They were probably treating you like their “muscles” and now, they could flex it with much pride and joy

Ultramarine: Blue Years ago, I sold all my small umbrellas… and bought only one BIG umbrella… Aaaah is it wonderful 😂 🏖️


My other FB postings between 15 Oct 2018 and 21 Oct 2018:


16 Oct 2018

IT’S A DIFFICULT BALANCING ACT: It’s a fast-paced world, and we’re so connected that separation between work and personal life becomes more difficult. I was in a lobby cafe answering office emails last night, while waiting for friends to join me for supper. Taking work-related calls on weekends is a norm. Over time, society has started to look favourably on overworking, and the ethos of a work-life balance easily falls to the wayside. What happens when such a balance is lacking? In my early corporate years, I often felt a high amount of stress, and suffered regular burnouts. That could have contributed to my subsequent health issues. I believe more companies are now realising that promoting good work-life balance can actually boost productivity and improve morale at the workplace. Many of my peers and I confused attaining success with having a life. You shouldn’t make the same mistake.


Selected followers’ comments:

Jennifer Chan: Work-life balance is important. In Scandinavian countries, some companies are already adopting a 4 day week and ironically resulting in enhanced productivity. You should introduce that in your companies, Tan Sri!

Chan Whan: If smart people like you make mistakes, the dumb ones are also prone to such mistakes. 🙂 hopefully everyone learns.

Christopher Tan: It is better late than never, Tan Sri, so there is still time for you to pack your bags and go off for long trips with your phone(s) switched off.


17 Oct 2018

IT’S NOT THE SUPER, BUT THE MAN: Each time I see images of superheroes, I would imagine how these comic characters could be relevant in the real world. They may be work of friction, but the principles and traits they have could inspire people who’re looking for role models or benchmarks. The world is filled with more and more bad things and people, and we need individuals who’re more inclined to do good rather than ill, and to help make the universe a better place. Iron Man and Batman have shown us that loss and adversity could make us stronger, and Wonder Woman means being a woman doesn’t make you inferior. Even with their godly powers, superheroes often show a side that’s very humane – that compassion is a strength. I think we can relate to heroes like Superman not because of the “super” but the “man” underneath it all. It’s in the inspiring moment when everything seems lost, but the hero picks himself up, and with great determination, wins against all odds. There is a little super in all of us.


Selected followers’ comments:

Cornelia Alicia: In every aspect of our life each of us have superheroes of our own not in fiction movies but in real life and inspiring others to do good deeds not the bad one.

Jennifer Chan: We often do not give due regard to our own strengths. We always think of others as being superior to us. I believe there’s a “super” in all of us.

Shenna Dot: You are nothing less than a superman to be able to create this platform with so many followers, with postings each and every day.


18 Oct 2018

WE EXPOSED THE WHALE TOO: I was reading Billion Dollar Whale when I came across paragraphs that referred to Focus Malaysia (a weekly paper in our media division) and its story on Jho Low and 1MDB, published back in August 2013. The article raised questions about Low’s influence with Abu Dhabi funds, and his many deals including his purchase of EMI, suggesting his funds might have come from 1MDB. By then, reporters were already “nipping around the edges,” the book’s authors wrote. Behind the scene, I was having a tough time. A henchman of a former leader told me to back off, or else. Another of our weeklies, The Heat, was suspended for its cover story on the “high spending couple” with a front-page picture of Dato’ Seri Najib Razak and his wife boarding a private jet. I had to see then home minister, Dato’ Seri Zahid Hamidi, to get the licence reinstated. There’re many other brave souls who did their part to expose the scandal, and a few of them are now in positions of power. We may one day forget how the mistakes & greed of our past leaders have hurt us, but we should never forget what they’ve taught us.


Selected followers’ comments:

Low Keng Lok: We really have to thank the media for the 1MDB exposure. They are the ones who are brave and courageous to publish what had happened with the execution knife near their necks. Bravo!

Jacky Chin: Morning Clement, i feel the weight of the whale crushing me everyday~ everything is so crazily expensive now~

Agatha Tan: Where is freedom of speech? Be it for media or individual. Does it really exist in Malaysia? Will it be with the new GOVERNMENT? I certainly hope so!


19 Oct 2018

SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF: Let’s admit it, we’re now getting most of our news from digital platforms and not print papers. But how reliable are they as sources of happenings around us and the world? Everyone of us is a part of the social networking fabric, and the sheer size of information and data at our fingertips is unbelievable. I’ll have more time to read the popular websites on my iPad while in the car, or in between meetings. At times, I’ll feel the need to question if the sources are credible. As Malaysians have witnessed, social media could be used to get them closer to the truth, but it could also be used to distort. In the end, it did help to topple a corrupt & hated regime. I enjoy platforms such as this Page, for the swapping of knowledge and ideas. Social media may have its blips, but I think in the long run, we’ll be better off.


Selected followers’ comments:

Zaidi Lipu: Social media, rightly used can enhance personal branding. On the other hand it can self destruct if wrongly used. You are what you write or share on the platform.

Wong Kimchoon: Like religion, politics, “truth” is only experienced, no matter how exalted. Even then “experince” itself has levels of truth/reality embedded into it, according to the maturity of one who experience.

Mohd Razak Abdul Karim: Me too. Prefer reading from the internet rather than print materials and also help not to cut trees down unnecessarily.


20 Oct 2018

RESTORATIVE POWERS OF NATURE: Nowadays, most of us live in congested cities and are completely cut off from nature in our day-to-day lives. My early childhood was spent in a village near Rejang River in Sibu, with its dense jungle, clean air and lack of noise pollution. It’s quite natural that people who live in busy urban areas are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. You can feel the difference in your mood between walking through a lush forest and getting stuck in heavy traffic. I’ve friends who go for regular strolls in the park or spend time in rural settings, to relax and re-charge. It’s obvious that nature can actually change our brain in a way that positively affects our health. One of my residences have the Kota Damansara hills in the backdrop, and I would find it mentally restorative just to take in the sight and breathe in the fresh air. Sometimes, you just need to face nature to make better sense of everything else.


Selected followers’ comments:

Lee Keen Kung: Nothing compare to walking or hiking with nature to smell, see, hear the little wonders of nature. This is nature technology unlike man-made.

Lee Lin Wang: I love nature. Grateful that when i look out from my window, i see green. Grateful that every week i get to go to nature for my weekly exercise. I love the smell of the green, the singing of the birds…….😍😍😍

Christine Muk Kim Lee: Yea, go back to nature, to God’s creation to refresh your mind, spirit and whole being.👍


21 Oct 2018

IT’S A LIFELONG FACIAL EXPRESSION: I had a good chuckle when a friend said he couldn’t grow enough hair on his face to constitute a moustache, and “congratulate” me for having one that’s thick and dark. I grew facial hair since I was 18, to try to look older as I was taking on jobs meant for older adults. At age 20, when I became the founding chief editor of the Borneo Post, my moustache had already become sort of a trademark. It’s said that a man’s facial hair says a lot about him – his politics, his traits and even his status. In the past, moustaches have even taken on sexual connotations. There’re even women who’re moustache connoisseurs, and they can tell you exactly what the hairy fads are and who has the ironic soup-strainers. For me, it’s almost like having a little pet in your upper lip, which you take everywhere you go.


Selected followers’ comments:

Latha Ravindran: Lol that’s a new whole dimemsion to moustache. Never thought about it from this aspect except that I used to tease my dad about his pencil like thin moustache. With a moustache and beard some men look ‘macho’. But beards dont suit all men.

Muhammad Aqil Deraman: You are right that for some, facial hair has become their signature. Hitler had his moustache and Elvis had his sideburns. And then, there are people like Captain Picard from Star Trek, who had no hair….

Ron Juliet: Blessed Sunday Morning Tan Sri Clement Hii and All the Buddies here. Many years ago,I tried to have a moustache but it was a failure.