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One topic often deemed “sensitive” in Malaysia is about our affirmative action policies. But after 60 years of Independence, I believe many crave for a more meritocratic system that is based on needs. Taken from my Facebook posting on 31 Aug 2017:

TOWARDS MERITOCRACY: I was taken aback when a foreign dignitary I was talking to said he had the feeling that Malaysia was all about putting and keeping people down. He thought it happened in many aspects of our culture – education, commerce, civil service and politics. He was probably referring to “affirmative” action policies that are perceived to be biased towards a certain race. I don’t wish to discuss politics here; and I feel this nation is still a great place to live and work in. It has given all capable entrepreneurs the opportunities to thrive. But after 60 years of independence, shouldn’t all Malaysians work towards meritocracy and benefits based on need rather than race or religion? Happy Merdeka Day!


Selected followers’ comments:

Poh BP: I don’t care about politics. I only care if I can be able to earn enough for a family living . I care more for people around me who need my loves and attention. Happy holidays ! 🤗🤗🤗 it jam all the way from KL to Teluk Intan today .

Zaihas Amrizad Bin Hasfar: Nope. All races are similarly put down. All to the benefit of the politicians.

James H K Ooi: I agree we should have already started working towards meritocracy in all aspects; governance, education, and social policies. However for that to materialized, there has to be extreme change in political climate in Malaysia, a shift in mentality and motivation. It will take time, unfortunately I don’t think I will live to see it, neither will my children. However, the last 60 years Malaysian has learned to adapt and still make the very best of themselves, in and out of the country.


My other FB postings between 28 Aug 2017 and 3 Sept 2017:

28 Aug 2017

BORN FOR BUSINESS: After a 2-year stint as Chief Editor of the Borneo Post in Sibu, I decided to plunge into my 1st formal business venture, at age 22, which was recruiting students for Canadian institutions. Eastern College, owned by some Canadian Chinese in Toronto, sponsored my trip there to check out the premises (pic). The agency was short-lived, as I started to get other “money-making” ideas. We’ve heard it all the time – long before they were running business empires, most famous moguls were showing entrepreneurial streaks at very young age, mostly initially with little success. They were kids who grew up knowing they’re destined for big business one day. I think it takes a special breed and a very determined person to be able to transform an idea into reality and then survive the highs and the lows of a crazy roller-coaster.


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: Tan Sri, you have earned admiration and respect not because of your current status or wealth. It is your determination and ‘never-say-die’ attitude in all your ventures that make you a special breed you are today.

From a 9-year old kid who sold newspapers in the streets every morning before going to school, to now a highly successful entrepreneur who builds and sells buildings/towers besides being the proud owner of your own education group, you certainly deserved all the admiration and respect. Your forays into other businesses are also now starting to reap results. Your rags-to-riches story is indeed truly inspiring.

Krizian Lim: The “special breed”.Tan Sri, salute! At age of 22, many of us were still young and naive.

I think traits in common among successful entrepreneurs are they have the grit, passion and perseverance for success, and that they are always curious and creative.

Perseverance without passion leads to burnout easily. Perseverance together with passion, is powerful. Passion does not makes the path easier, it empower people to move forward knowing that it isn’t going to be easy. Grit, drives them to where they are today, may be. 🙂

Alice YokYuen Wong: Tan Sri, you belong to the special breed having business on your mind at age 22.
The uncertainties of doing business is what made the majority stick on to being an employee.
I guess you are certainly “made” for business daring to venture into a world of uncertainties. Speaking for myself, I guess I prefer not to face the headaches and heartache of planning strategies and worrying over cash flow problems that are part and parcel of doing business. Like most others, I prefer the comfort of just doing my job daily and getting paid for it. Venturing into uncharted waters isn’t my cup of tea.
Kudos to those who are entrepreneurs! They are a class above us.
Good morning everyone. I am happy in my comfort zone. Are you?


29 Aug 2017

FADING FEELINGS: As we grow older, we’ll realise there’re aspects of life that we thought were important but might not be so now. Times, people & circumstances change, and so does our approach to life and the way we want to live it. I used to value an active social life with a wide network of friends, but I now prefer a smaller group. I also used to fill my mind with many projects all at the same time, both solid & wild ones. Now, I preach about focusing on fewer, but bigger goals. That might even entail the streamlining of my many business interests. We all would want good things to stay the same, but some feelings and passions do fade.


Selected followers’ comments:

Teh Lawrence: It’s true Tan Sri as we age on our outlook on life and the values to many things do change. For some people time stood still. For some time went too fast. Experience and wisdom help chart the course of things we do or want to do.
” Whatever ye do , do it heartily as unto the Lord ” Col3:23
Have a great Tuesday fb friends!

Khoo Kah Hin: Things will average out. Keep learning to strive for nothing and you will arrive at nothing ie the living hope is always “the best yet to be”. Thank you, Jesus.

Agatha Tan: When you are focusing on a few, but bigger goals, the results will definitely many folds better than what they were. Width vs depth, depth has stronghold while width is shallow.


30 Aug 2017

THEY’RE LIKE FINE WINES: Lawyer Melvin Wee and banker Geraldine Kho (with her hubby Bertram Chew) dropped by my office the other day to say”hi”. I have known them since my early entrepreneurial days, and over the years, they’ve remained committed to their respective professions and their hometown of Kuching. I may have moved to KL and built up a new network of contacts, but the unique connection to old friends can never be replaced. More so when I’ve high respect for highly driven individuals like Geraldine and Melvin. The tumult of everyday life normally makes it challenging to maintain old links in different locations. But there’re also solid relationships that’ve developed depth and meaning over time. Like fine wines, old friends do really get better with age.


Selected followers’ comments:

Rodjeanall Tinjan: “The tumult of everyday life normally makes it challenging to maintain old links in different locations”
-Clement Hii
Old friends do really get better with age, like fine wines, definitely true, Sir.

Not sure, myself, am i be the fine wines, in the eyes of my old friends, but for me there were many friends which i considered to be fine wines, it gets better connection time to time, even in different locations, especially those childhood friends from same kampung, growing up together, now mostly in late fifties and early sixties. Few of them settle back in kampung already, after so many years away for job, can’t wait to finish another round of oldhood with them this coming years, meanwhile i am still working in KL, and still searching for old friends, through FB, that is why i use my real name and surname, so that friends will recognize me, and connected again if possible.

Cheers, another beautiful gorgeous Wednesday

Chai Moi Moi: Good evening, Tan Sri. Old friends are like fine wines that make you feel nice, happy and sweet. It is not easy to be together with our old friend especially at our age now. Precious the time to be together. Life is getting shorter and shorter when we are growing older. Fine wine will make you warm. Describing old friends as fine wine is just nice, good analogy.👍👍👍👏👏👏😅😅😅

Lee Lin Wang: Friendship is joy of life, life’s blessing. And with Facebook, whatsapp, instagram, wechat, viber, no reason not to connect. I connect with my family and friends, all over the wrold,thru them all and feel so blessed to have the means to connect to them as and when i need to. 🖒🖒🖒


1 Sept 2017

I TOO HAVE A DREAM: I can’t resist the euphoria of Malaysia’s victory at the SEA Games, though not a sports enthusiast myself. The pride of the nation was on display and what a performance it was! We won big because what mattered most was skill and talent, not race or religion. Only those who ran the fastest, jumped the highest or shot the sharpest were chosen to compete. The whole world could see we’ve an incredible pool of talent that can be tapped into, and no-one has been suppressed. Our athletes have shown how powerful we can be as a nation united by a single purpose, minus the bigotry, discrimination and racism. Imagine the greatness this country can achieve if the same approach is applied to education, civil service, science, technology and public office. When only the best are picked for admission, promotion or reward in all aspects of our life, this country and its people will without doubt rise to unimaginable heights. That is my Malaysian dream.


Selected followers’ comments:

Ah Khuan Wan Charlie: From the SEA Games itself, other countries, even the neighbouring ones are likely to admire the diversity of people we, Malaysia have. Many years ago, the 60s& 70s generations had to a certain extent experience peace and unity that comes from the equality practices of our nation ( plus an additional help for the Malays – quota system). The dream is possible but not under the present unmerited leaders. Divine intervention may be needed.

Tay Raymond: Very motivational and inspirational you just written there Tan Sri. Also a lesson to be learned and a pitch to our national leaders ! Well done 👍!

Cherie Tan: I have a dream that Ali, Ah Kau and Muthu can once again be the best of friends in the near future. I saw this mixture in 2 youngster group in my circle and it is kind of touching. I reflect on my own grouping of friend and found that i still tend to stick to the same race 99% of my time and the 1% is only during formal social time. Hmmm..


2 Sept 2017

NOT ABOUT CURVES: I have a few friends who are gym fanatics and obviously have bodies to show for it. I got into my present “ideal weight” not by choice: it’s a result of my surgeries and their resultant side-effects, I lost a permanent 6 kilos, which brought me to my current 70 kilos, just nice for my height. But is having a body beautiful that important for self-confidence? To be attractive, many men think they need to be all-muscles, with a 6-pack thrown in. Women starve themselves sick in order to be slim. I’m amazed so many people set such high bodily standards for themselves. I’m sure real beauty isn’t all about the curves, muscles and weights . It’s looking life in the face, believing and realising we can be a radiant, confident and strong person.


Selected followers’ comments:

Abdul Manaf Fahor: Aesthetic for me is secondary. The primary goal is getting healthy. And by lowering body fat you will significantly increase your health. Six pack is the by product.

Tay Cheow Hwang:

Our mind is framed,
Looking at new trend,
Commercialised in images,
Produced by dollars and cents;

Our frame is scammed,
Drawing on new fence,
Sensationalised in mirages,
Illustrated by dimension and mansion;

We’re curved,
At angle of popularity,
Only to feel good,
Out of self-claimed greatness;

We’re lurved,
Into entangle of complexity,
Only to feel great,
Beyond self-esteemed goodness;

It’s not about the body curves,
We’re to show and tell,
It’s more about our lurves,
We’re happy to see ourselves;

It’s not above ourselves,
Pretending to be of majority,
It’s about our confidence,
We’re merry to have ourselves.

[This poem is dedicated to my readers.
We’re whom we’ve known.
To specially curve in and out to be another
persons just to be socially correct, we”ll lose ourselves to ourselves.


3 Sept 2017

WHAT’S THE CATCH? I eat seafood for dinners fairly often, believing that the benefits outweigh the risks. It’s a good source of protein, and contain less fat than animal protein sources. It’s known to be low in cholesterol, which’s important for my heart health. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals. My favourite seafood haunts are Unique and Green View, both PJ outlets which import most of their live stocks. I don’t think that we should limit ourselves to certain types of seafood, or choosing them based on their popularity, price or look. To me, eating only one type of fish, shellfish or crab all the time is kind of silly. I believe a bit of variety is good in all areas of our lives, including our diet.


Selected followers’ comments:

Alwin Yao: Plenty of cheap seafoods in Hadyai and Thailand. Eat till you drop. We saw thousands Msians roaming Hadyai in this 5 days long holiday enjoyed the cheaper seafoods here. Why Msia still charging expensive seafoods?

Cars and seafoods are damn cheap in Thailand but our weak RM dipped bloodbath from RM10 changed THB110 in past 5 years felt 29% to THB76 now. Why?

Steven Tan: Good Morning and beautiful weekend. They always say eating four legged is bad for Health. Once awhile two legs it’s alright. The best is the one that have no legs. Prawn,Lonster and Crab many legs no good for Health. Cheers!!!

Willson Tan: I love seafood too especially steam ginger fish n sotong. I love variety like tofu, vege n soup as well. So long everything is tasty n healthy