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We often hear and read about the achievements of big corporations. But smaller companies also make great strides. This is why Focus Malaysia holds its annual “Best Under Billion Awards”. Taken from my Facebook posting on 23 Oct 2017:

TOOL FOR LAVISH USE: The Best Under Billion Awards 2017 recently saw 350 corporate movers and shakers and industry regulators coming together to recognise listed companies which shine in various categories. The annual event was organised by business weekly FOCUS MALAYSIA, which is part of my HCK Group, and supported by Bursa Malaysia, sponsored by Exim Bank and partnered by KPMG. We’re proud to have these big names lending their weight to the awards. We feel those companies with market capitalisation of less than RM1 billion shouldn’t be left under the radar. This year saw Innoprise Plantations Bhd as the overall winner, with Mr Tan Cheik Eaik of Elsoft Research Bhd as Best CEO. As an entrepreneur, I find that recognition for a job well done has a positive impact on not only employees but also corporate entities. Recognition is a tool we should look to use lavishly rather than sparingly.


Selected followers’ comments:

Alice YokYuen Wong: Wow! That’s what I call Motivation! Yes, recognition of efforts be it on a corporate company or individual is the highest form of motivation. It’s the intangible “Push” that makes us want to continue maintaining our positions!
Likewise, an employee, who gives his all to earn his keeps in the competitive market place also feels honoured if he is singled out for a job well done. It’s a most gratifying feeling. Hahaha, so bosses out there shouldn’t be so conservative with giving “a pat on the back” to hardworking staff who walks the extra mile. Results don’t lie.
Good morning friends, I believe an appreciated employee would not want to change jobs. And high turnover of staff is bad in the workplace. Happy Monday everyone.

GohBerry Goh: Thank you Focus Malaysia and Tan Sri Clement for recognising Hexza. We are glad to answer some of the comments above, no hidden fee is charged for receiving this recognition, except we had to pay our own parking to attend the award dinner. On behalf of my company and our employees, we thank you for the timely encouragement and will continue to move forward as a progressive listed entity.

Frankie David Chieng: We love acceptance and recognition. it’s one of the most important event in life in order to advance. It has not always been that way if failures overtake us then we did not want to accept anything that stinks. Life is painful in failure but then success brighten it up with hope and meaning. Struggling is reality is painful stage of life. Then acceptance and recognition is a huge part in life.


My other FB postings between 24 Oct 2017 and 29 Oct 2017:

24 Oct 2017

I PREFER INFORMAL: People share and interchange their ideas, feelings and opinions on a daily basis. Within the organisation, there’re predefined channels for formal communication, with certain norms to follow. But we also have informal communication which can flow freely in all directions among colleagues and their bosses. I like informal communication more, as it’s more interactive and usually more spontaneous. With both employees and outsiders, I find it’s easier to break the ice with some light banter and unplanned agendas. We can take mental shortcuts by doing away with minutes, charts or reports, and that’s when I find that things can get going faster.


Selected followers’ comments:

Ong Shuh Chien: Lovely Tuesday to TSCH and all FB friends! 😁
Indeed some colleagues may often come out with some splendid ideas in such informal get together.
In an investment group company I once worked many years back in KL, our boss used to set aside an afternoon every Friday for all his staff (about 15 of us) to gather in his boardroom for a 1 hr chat at around 4pm, served with some snacks and drinks. Nevertheless much as the staff wanted to be in a relaxed mood, some sense of cautiousness still lingered in the air even when we shared jokes with the big boss around. Can’t really let our hair down! 😂

Jessica Jong: Tan Sri, last night I dreamt of working in your office. You took out a tray of seafood containing 2 huge lobsters, 2 huge cuttlefish to offer me upon hearing me saying I haven’t eaten my meal yet. Hahaha..

Molly Toh: Yes,totally agreed with Muhammad Aqil Deraman.Daily interactions with Tan Sri Clement.Good morning,TSC n also to all my fb friends here.To all the fb folks here,pls drink lots of water n avoid outdoor activities as it’s hot hot hot these crazy few days.Takecare,folks.Cheers,everyone…Have a Smiley n awesome day.


25 Oct 2017

NO FLUFFY PILLOWS: Life and business by their very nature are risky in various aspects. The smarter ones know how to manage the risks so the dice is loaded in their favour. What baffles me are people who take stupid leaps of faith. They jump without thinking or planning, and expect the net to appear. Of course it won’t, and there won’t be a fluffy bed of pillows to soften their landing either. People quitting their jobs, starting a new business or even getting married on the spur of the moment and without a game plan are going to get punished. The world isn’t looking out for you, and most times, it’ll be more than happy to laugh at you when you crash badly. It makes sense to have a detailed and realistic strategy before we make any life changing commitment.


Selected followers’ comments:

Teh Lawrence: Sometimes we make poor or bad decisions. It could have been because of peer pressure. It could have been we follow the masses without weighing the consequences. It could have been on wrong advice from wrong consultants or legal advice . But it has happened.
Yes, cry and beat your chest for these decisions. Now stopped and move on. Tough days ahead but the dark clouds must soon give way to light. Hopefully wiser to take on what’s to come.

Krizian Lim: In my 17 years of career life, I’ve never resigned without another job in hand. So, I had basically worked 17 years without a long break.The only exception was my last resignation, my backup plan then was – “Time to take a break to re-look at life. I can go back to work any time I wish to.” My life changed since then, “work” wise, I became a property investor. Life wise, I spend more time to become a mother, a daughter, a wife and a ME.

I didn’t give up my career, my body sent me a strong signal that I couldn’t ignore, Today, I am still “working” without having to go to the office. As a small time investor, I am my own employer.

Well, even triggered by a major health issue, I didn’t resign immediately after my treatment. I spent more time to reexamine my life, and began to plan for it. I resigned when I felt that I was ready to take a risk. I knew well, I still have to pay bills. Taking risk doesn’t mean gambling; it means you know what is the worst that could happen and have a backup plan.

Latha Ravindran: Good morning Tan Sri and all my FB friends. What an apt picture holding the tiger’s tail if you let go it might eat you if you hold on to it even more dangerous. Both ways you are doomed. People can venture in to all these but always with a plan B if things dont work out. What is important is if and when they fall they must know how to bounce back. Not everyone venturing into tbeze will have a Cinderalla story ending. More often I wonder which among the two life or business is more unpredictable? I think both of them are, considerating the fact that human beings are involved. We are as unpredictable as life and business are!


25 Oct 2017

WE’RE NOMINATED: The HCK Group has been nominated for People’s Choice Award organised by iProperty. It’s an award based on choices made by consumers through an online voting process. HCK, whose niche is developing education cities, such as Edusentral in Setia Alam (pic), Edusphere in Cyberjaya and EduEnclave in Ipoh, is in the running with many other longtime players. My staff ask if I could ask my FB friends to participate in the voting, as there might be HCK supporters among them. So why not? This is the link to the online voting: Voting closes night of Oct 30 (Monday). Your vote counts. 🙂


Selected followers’ comments:

Yuk Choi Lee: Voted. HCK is a branding and well established company in Malaysia.

Reliability + Professionalism + Investment + Value Creation = Brand loyalty for the consumer

All the best to HCK group!

Peter Wong: You have my Vote…. Anything with promoting education I fully support. Bring more to Sarawak.

Nur Ainee Muhammad: Voted. A small appreciative gesture on my part for all the sharing you have given us.


26 Oct 2017

A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR: We aren’t in the countryside – Tan Sri Dr R Palan and I are chatting in a small Giza Mall cafe, on a topic we’re both passionate about – education. He regards himself as a “social entrepreneur” whose calling is to help people learn and perform. His listed companies SMRT Holdings and Asiamet Education are currently undergoing corporate exercises to further strengthen their industry positions. The Harvard alumnus is better known as a training and consulting specialist, and through my many years of interacting with him, his enthusiasm for his “learning business” has never waned. I believe Tan Sri Palan has changed many lives and lighted candles in many dark visions. He is a fine example of a lifelong evangelist trying to convert minds rather than souls. We can’t fake passion, at least not over a sustained period.


Selected followers’ comments:

Tan Sri DrPalan: Thanks for your kind words Tan Sri – you are a role model to so many of us. 🙏

Teh Lawrence: I had the pleasure of hearing a few of Tan Sri Palan’s talks. Really humble and knowledgable sifu. His talks were never boring . While informative they we’re strewn with much humour!
Many people find ways to get attracted and noticed. A genuine Guru attracts respect and adoration as would a bee to honey .

Frankie David Chieng: Being fake in life is going to attract you fake reactions, fake crap, and fake friends. Just be real with yourself and others and things will be fine. Time teaches us to valuelife and life teaches to value time. Have a good day Tan Sri.


27 Oct 2017

LONELY VOYAGE: We can be surrounded by people but yet we are lonely, feeling mentally and emotionally alone. It happens often to entrepreneurs out to create a new life for themselves and a new world for others. People don’t understand our vision and they couldn’t care less about our dreams. As we build or expand our businesses, we’ll feel quite alone in a vast ocean of endless mist and storms. I honestly think we don’t have to be. Delegating some of the crucial planning to team members can spread ownership of ongoing projects. I won’t put myself on an island when I’m working on new initiatives. A quiet cafe, with or without accomplices, can be my preferred place to do some strategic evaluation. Besides, it’s easier these days to get connected with like-minded individuals. We shouldn’t let the loneliness of entrepreneurship kill us.


Selected followers’ comments:

Alan Poon: To the mainlander, the junk (ship) is an outcast drifting as a loner, much like an island.

To the captain of the ship, the junk is his world and pivot of the surrounding wetground which is vastly to be explored.

Tay Cheow Hwang:

We can be surrounded by people,
Yet we’re lonely,
Feeling mentally and emotionally alone,
Only known to ourselves;

We can be crowded by people,
Yet we’re lonely,
Meaning differently and indifferently alone,
Hardly known by others;

As leaders of own designs,
We create new lives ourselves,
Through embarking changes,
With newly captured worldview;

As leaders of own destinies,
We create new paradigms ourselves,
Through transforming status quo,
With newly crafted world map;

People don’t understand our vision,
They couldn’t care less about our dreams,
We’re to make them understand,
We’re to make them care;

As we’re embarking change,
We feel quite alone,
In a vast ocean,
Of endless mist and storms ;

As we’re transforming status quo,
We’re quite lonely,
In a cast of our bread,
Upon the waters and foresights;

We don’t need to care,
Too much to kill our enthusiasm,
We do care,
Every step in right direction;

We just need to stay focused,
Delegation and empowerment,
For ownership creation,
Result produced in due course;

We just have to stay connected,
With like minded people,
They’re the mirrors,
Of our strengths and weaknesses;

We just need to be ourselves,
Facing up to our dignity and integrity,
We’re navigators,
Of our opportunities and threats.


28 Oct 2017

FORBIDDEN FRUITS: I keep a good supply of snacks, cookies and fizzy drinks in my fridge, kitchen and bedroom. I can tell you a long list of junk food that makes our lives worth living. I don’t smoke or drink, but if feasting on chips and ice-creams is a vice that’s just as bad, I shall plead guilty as charged. I like things either salty or sweet, and won’t turn down a perfect blend of both. I think we all know that junk food is unhealthy, and its poor nutrition can cause health issues. We’re told not to overdo it on those pizzas, cheese, fries or Coke – the craving obviously stems from the fact these foods are tasty and addictive. In my case, I didn’t think highly of junk food until my doctor a few years back told me to avoid them. What is forbidden then suddenly becomes very tempting and enticing.


Selected followers’ comments:

Alice YokYuen Wong: That’s a cute photo of our Tan Sri grocery or rather tit-bits shopping! Hahaha….. shows your “human” side like all of us!
Chocolates, ice creams, crackers, etc….are what I should say as the Sound of Music song goes…… …these are a few of my favourite things…….
Sigh…..anything that’s spicy, sweet and tasty are bad for us….so we all know….
Good morning everyone, my motto is pamper ourselves occasionally with such “delicacies” to spice up our lives otherwise what is life!

Lily Mathews: This is a pic the ordinary man on the street loves to see including me. Nice to hear that you don’t smoke or drink, Mr Clement Hii. Generally we are of the impression that tycoons smoke cigars and drink expensive liquor. How wrong can one be. I’m not a health fanatic, I do take healthy food, however I indulge in junk food every now and then minus gassy drinks. What is life otherwise?

Corin Yee: That’s our very down to earth kinda Tan Sri where food snacks is not a restrictions. We do indulge once in a while where the cravings mode is on…. Hahahaha
Tan Sri, try the salted egg fish skin crisp from Singapore… It can be very addictive once you start munching on the 1st piece… Hahahaha


29 Oct 2017

LESS NEIGHBOURLINESS: It seems neighbourliness is going out of fashion, as we all get busier and more connected electronically. Many of us won’t know the names of our neighbours, much less be borrowing that proverbial cup of sugar or dropping in for some idle chit-chat. So is this a problem? The fact is, we don’t get a say in who ends up living nearby, and they might be the kind of people we won’t want to be friends with. Obviously, there’re practical benefits to getting well with those living next door, as our social circle can expand, the neighbourhood becomes safer and there’ll be support or help in emergencies. But it would be naive to assume we’ll all get on well with all our neighbours all the time, unless we’re the nicest and most tolerant persons around.


Selected followers’ comments:

Peter Wong: Happy Sunday… Indeed when I was in China, I didnt know many of my neighbours in the apartment. Probably we all know we are staying there temporarily for few years only. In Sibu, where my mum lives, she knows almost all her neighbours. It’s been last 30+ years. They greeted each other, visited each other during week end , Chinese New Year, etc. Talk about their kids, pet, etc. Some of them have moved on. I won’t say all neighbours are the same… Some rear pigs in their back yard. Others blast their music machines. My mum rear chicken and ducks… Its meant to be for us when we visit her. I still miss my kampong days in Lawas where we know the whole kampong folks by names. Anyway, we should always greet our neighbours with a smile ☺…why not! It’s free and will definitely make a difference.

Nur Ainee Muhammad: You have hit right on the nail Sir. When we first moved into this current Taman, I did the usual round of giving cakes to my neighbors during Chinese New Year. We were one of the only 2 Malay families on that lane. We only knew 2 of the families there; so the rest we had to introduce ourselves first. One lady was too afraid to even open her gate asking her to go away as she thought we were selling. Only after much explanation did she then open her gate but still with much apprehension. She accepted our cakes but i felt that it was more to get rid of us. I was upset with her reaction at first as I had come from a neighborhood wherr my neighbors cant wait to receive my food n cakes. The Chinese neighbors will even asked if I wanted them to wash the containers when they returned them to me. Later I came to realize n understand that it was a result of the Malaysian government ‘s bumiputra policy that has resulted in this hidden animosity. Nevertheless my immediate neighbors are friendly and we do help out with the proverbial cup of sugar. (They come and pick the herbs, pandan leaves etc from my tiny garden). Ironically Im closer to my Chinese neighnours than to the only Malay neighbor down the lane.
But yes I do lament the easy trust our forefather generations had for all races across the board. Im striving to pass this to my sons.

Shir Teo: Good morning, Tan Sri, l have been living with my neighbour for 30 years, never any problems. Watch out for each other. Look at our children became parents and their grandchildren entering university, though next door we usually don’t visit, chit chat at the fencing when opportunity arises. It’s great to have a good neighbor.