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An in-depth personality profile of the elites and leaders across various industries from all over the world

Scaling Greater Heights 精益求精,再创辉煌

Dato Khor Siang Gin.pngDato’ Khor Siang Gin

Group Managing Director of Hunza Properties Berhad


Hunza Properties Berhad

One of Malaysia’s leading property developers, Hunza Properties Berhad (“HPB”) is recognized for its exemplary portfolio of residential and commercial projects. The Group’s esteemed reputation stems from its uncompromising standards of quality and commitment to doing things “RIGHT”, the core to our values.

Founded by Dato Seri’ Khor Teng Tong, a veteran entrepreneur with astute vision, and led by the Group Managing Director, Dato’ Khor Siang Gin, HPB has established a reputable name in the property development and property investment industry. As a front runner of property market especially the Northern Malaysia, HPB’s portfolio spans integrated townships, commercial developments, mid to high end property. Its development has contributed our international presence and transformation of skylines in the country.

Our story is defined by a team of warm and diligent people working together intelligently, to lead transformation and create value successes.

Naming after Hunza Valley, a beautiful place in Northern Pakistan, our strength is found through the spirit of dynamism and self-sustaining attitudes. More than just resemblance by its name, our story is defined by a team of warm and diligent people working together intelligently, to lead transformation and create value successes.

Dato’ Khor Siang Gin, 48, was appointed as an Executive Director of HPB on 17 August 2010. On 01 January 2014, he was then promoted to Group Managing Director of HPB.

He graduated from University of Toledo in United States of America with a Bachelor Degree in Administration in 1995. Upon graduation, he joined Malaysian Oxygen Berhad as a Marketing Executive, in 1997 he was then moved on to Mandin Garden Sendirian Berhad as manager. Subsequently, he was appointed as the General Manager of Khor Teng Tong Holdings Sendirian Berhad in 2002.

Together with the Management team under his leadership, HPB has a healthy financial structure over these recent years. By upholding HPB’s RIGHT core values, comprising Reliability, Integrity, Greatness, Human Development and Teamwork, and focus on the Group’s corporate mission, this has resulting in continuous growth. He is also in supplement successfully taking group in private in March 2016.

Dato’ Khor is actively involved on the social front. He is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of FIABCI Malaysia – Penang Branch; General Committee Member of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (“PCCC”); Public Officer cum Education in Property Development, Construction & Management Committee (“PDCMC”) of PCCC. He is also the committee member of Teochew Merchants Association.  Meanwhile, he was the Assistant honorary treasurer in 2006, honorary treasurer in year 2008 and Committee Member in year 2012 in Penang Master Builder Association (“PMBBMDA”).


New Benchmark In Luxurious Modern Living

Multi-award winning property Hunza Group has long been a pioneer of distinctive lifestyle concepts in Penang. It has built and  delivered over 14,000 units of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use properties over the past 40 years. One of its kind, newly completed project of ALILA2 in Tanjung Bungah and current project of Merkarsari in Bertam are renowned for its absolute commitment to quality and enchancing new lifestyle development. New upcoming projects lined up include TREEO Affordable Housing in Sungai Ara and The Penang International Commercial City (PICC) in Bayan Baru are set to transform the skyline and be the talk in town.

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TREEO

Tranquility Amidst Natural Beauty

This one-of-a-kind nature-inspired development is Hunza’s first affordable residence offering a host of features.

Comprising 3 blocks, with built-up area of 850sq ft (3B2R), this development is crafted on elevated land with green hills as its background and unobstructed views of the cityscape in front. With over 50% of the project site dedicated to greenery, residents can enjoy the cool breeze amidst a serene environment.

Nestled within the lush surroundings of Sungai Ara, the project promises more than just a conducive living environment bordered by natural elements. It also provides lifestyle facilities that cater to both individuals and families. As such, residents can unwind and exercise at any time of the day.

Its strategic location offers swift access to various amenities such as schools, malls, hospitals, Penang International Airport, Penang Bridge and Second Penang Bridge.


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Mekarsari

Modern Comfort Meets Connectivity

Since 2002, Hunza has completed 13 phases of development in Bertam, Kepala Batas, building more than 4,000 housing units. The most recent development, Mekarsari, a mega township development spans across 350 acres of land comprises residential units ranging from Zero Lot Bungalow, Semi-Detached and Terrace Houses to low and medium cost flat as well as commercial units for retail shop lots.

Strategically situated in Bertam, Kepala Batas, Mekarsari provides easy access to a myriad of amenities and destinations such as educational institutions, major hypermarkets and food outlets.

Mekarsari homes offer breathtaking views of greenery along with family-oriented layouts and comfortable spaces where you can relax amidst a tranquil atmosphere. Other lifestyle-enhancing features comprising green landscaping, natural ventilation and high ceilings create a wholesome living environment.

With a winning combination of comfort and connectivity, Mekarsari gives you the best of serenity without compromising the joys of a vibrant lifestyle.


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PICC

The Pulse of Penang

A world-class smart city in the making, Hunza’s Penang International Commercial City (PICC) in Bayan Baru heralds a new age of urban living and development. It offers the promise of greater safety, lower levels of pollution, more efficient energy usage and an overall better quality of life for those living in urban environments.

One of the most highly anticipated, multi-billion ringgit mixed developments in Penang, it will be built on strong infrastructure yet remain sustainable. This city with intelligent living spaces, intuitive work areas and interconnected ecosystems sprawls over 40 acres of prime land.

It will house commercial components such as retail shopping, medical centre, BPO office and hotel, alongside residences. Components will be developed in phases, with the first, Phase 1A, having 852 condominium units with indicative build-ups of 1,000sq ft to 1,700sq ft.


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Alila2

A Haven of Exclusivity & Serenity

This international award-winning masterpiece pampers discerning homeowners with resort-style luxuries, modern sophistication, eco-friendly features and a highly convenient location.

Comprising 270 units of freehold bungalows and semi-detached homes, Alila2’s of 33 and 34-storey towers are set on a 9.8-acre site perched 223ft above sea level in Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah. These spacious homes have luxurious interiors that open up to stunning vistas of rolling hills and Andaman Sea on the horizon.

Alila2’s green features include shading devices, special heat-blocking glass, T5 light fittings, water efficient sanitary fittings and a rainwater collection system. It also comes with extensive facilities for a vibrant and active lifestyle.

Among the prestigious awards bagged by Alila2 include Best Development Marketing Malaysia (5 Star) and Best Residential Development Malaysia (5 Star)in the Asia Pacific Property Awards Development 2018-2019.

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Lord of The Skies 航空主宰者

Tishti SumitraTishti Sumitra

General Manager of Thai Airways International


The balance between staff welfare and company policies, is hard to achieve but very crucial. I strongly believe in staff development and maximum skill-training.  The happiness quotient of every member of staff is also important.

Built like a football linebacker, Tishti Sumitra is equally formidable in a suit and the corporate realm. As General Manager of Thai Airways International for Malaysia and Brunei, his boyish smile and charm can easily thaw the most rigid opponents or negotiate multifaceted deals with ease and success.

Responsible for a gamut of portfolios, from sales to passenger comfort, his leadership style is hailed as refreshing, gentle and result-oriented. “The key to a successful company is team work and I try to be accessible to my staff most of the time.  The balance between staff welfare and company policies, is hard to achieve but very crucial. I strongly believe in staff development and maximum skill-training. The happiness quotient of every member of staff is also important.”

While Sumitra appoints a higher level of principles for himself, he shares that, “Every moment with Thai Airways is a good one for me. Self -discipline is paramount and one should not only rely on rules and regulations to do the right thing. Doing the right thing should come from the heart and mind.”

Born and bred in Bangkok, Sumitra studied engineering in the Chulalongkorn University before furthering his education in Italy at the Politecnico di Torino (The Polytechnic University of Turin), an engineering university based in Turin, Italy. He studied MIS, majoring in multimedia.

Self -discipline is paramount and one should not only rely on rules and regulations to do the right thing.  Doing the right thing should come from the heart and mind

Before joining Thai Airways in 1999, he dabbled in software sales and even held a brief tenure with the Science Museum in Thailand. He was posted in Laos before heading the Malaysia and Brunei offices. What is his biggest challenge in running one of the top premium airlines in the world?  “Speaking to the press,” he says with a wink. He is reticent but there is a force about him that is reassuring.  “Every Thai Airways moment counts – the experience, friends and business acquaintances, the successes, trials and tribulations.  I find tremendous pride in working for one of the best airlines in the world.”

“The market is tough but my mission here is to strengthen the Thai Airways presence in this region. This year Thai Airways bagged the Skytrax Awards for World’s Best Economy Class, Best Economy Class Onboard Catering, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, Best Cabin Crew in Thailand and Best Economy Class in Asia. We have Michelin-Star chefs designing our catering menu.” With those accolades, everything should be smooth as silk.

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“在员工福利和公司政策之间保持平衡也有一定的实现难度,但却是相当关键。
我坚信维持员工发展和最大化的技能培训,当然员工们的幸福指数也很重要。”

Tishti Sumitra 犹如一名足球场上的后卫,他在专业领域里自成一套的法则令人崇敬。作为泰国国际航空公司 (Thai Airways International) 马来西亚和文莱区域总经理,他略带孩子气的笑容和魅力可以轻易化解最顽固的对手,轻松地与各方达成协议与交易。

从销售成果跨越到乘客舒适度的达成,他的领导风格被誉为清新、温和与注重结果。“一家公司成功的诀窍在于稳固的团队合作,我尽量让员工们在大部分时间都能与我正面接触沟通。在员工福利和公司政策之间保持平衡也有一定的实现难度,但却是相当关键。我坚信维持员工发展和最大化的技能培训,当然员工们的幸福指数也很重要。”

Sumitra 已经为本身制定更深层次的原则,而他也借此分享:“在泰航的每一刻对我来说都是美好的。高度自律会让一切事半功倍,一个人不应仅依靠规章制度去做正确的事情,这些行为应该发自内心。”在曼谷出生和长大的他在泰国朱拉隆功大学 (Chulalongkorn) 攻读工程学,之后前往意大利都灵理工大学 (The Polytechnic University of Turin) 继续深造,学习管理信息系统专业 (MIS),主修多媒体。

“高度自律会让一切事半功倍,一个人不应仅依靠规章制度去做正确的事情,这些行为应该发自内心。”

在 1999 年加入泰国航空公司前,他曾涉足软件销售,甚至在泰国科学博物馆工作过一段时间。至于受委为泰航马来西亚和文莱区域负责人之前,是在老挝地区任职。而运营一家全球顶级优质航空公司,他面临的最大挑战竟然是面对媒体发表言论时刻。不过,即使沉默不语,但他身上散发一股让人安心的力量。“身处泰航的每一个阶段都很重要——经验、朋友和商务伙伴,还有成功、考验和磨难。”他对于自己在全世界最好的航空机构内服务感到无比自豪。

“即使营销市场艰难,但我的任务是强化泰国航空在上述区域的存在感。今年,泰国航空公司获得 Skytrax 全球航空业评选为“全球最佳经济舱”、“全球最佳经济舱餐饮” 、“全球最佳航空公司休息室 Spa”,“泰国最佳机组人员”与“亚洲最佳经济舱”等殊荣。而我们有米其林星级厨师设计餐饮菜单,拥有这些荣誉加冕,一切都应该像丝绸一样光滑顺畅。”

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By Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik

Always Learning To Be A Cut Above The Rest 坚持学习,持续超越

Datin Winnie LooDatin Winnie Loo

Director of a A-Cut Above Salon and Academy


“It’s ironic, but I’ve always had this urge to know and learn more. You can never stop learning and to stay competitive and successful, you have to keep learning.” 

To remain a cut above the rest, it’s a continuous journey to keep learning, unlearning and relearning. Success is easily achieved but it sure won’t last forever if you become complacent.

This philosophy applies to almost everything in life, especially in business and it’s something that Datin Winnie Loo practices to be and remain the successful business woman that she is today.

For someone who is known locally and internationally for A Cut Above – her chain of high-end salons and impressive repertoire of global hair and fashion shows, the learning never stops.

“I’m going back to my studies, more specifically to do my MBA in the Asian Metropolitan University and my dream will be to graduate in 2020. My business celebrates its 40th anniversary next year and it has achieved many milestones, but finishing my studies has also been on my bucket list for some time,” says Winnie, who was to begin a tertiary course in chartered secretarial studies some 40 over years ago, but she deferred it to study at Morris Masterclass, a Vidal Sassoon school of hairdressing, in London. From there she studied under Vidal Sassoon and in 1979, started A Cut Above in Malaysia.

Loo’s own A Cut Above Academy is a five star government rated and international institution that prides itself by giving students the knowledge and practical skills to become hairstylists, beauty therapists, make-up and special effects artists of the future.

So, resuming her studies means that she will be the student, and no more the teacher. “It’s ironic, but I’ve always had this urge to know and learn more. You can never stop learning and to stay competitive and successful, you have to keep learning.”

“Every challenge is a lesson for you to become better, to find yourself and to find success. I feel that the current trend of doing business such as crypto currency, online investments and online fame is somewhat easier and fast paced – if done well, the rewards are almost instant. When in my time, I had to go through the grind of investing in my first physical shop where the returns only came much later,” she explains.

Aside from continually learning and then training the next generation about exceptional styling and hair-dressing, Loo also wants the 40th anniversary of her business to leave a legacy.

“It won’t be a one day event because it’s been four decades, so it’s going to be a big bash over a whole year. We’re talking about throwing staff parties, galas and even awards for loyal clients, long time associates and suppliers. It’s mainly like a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s been with us through the years as we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for them,” explains Loo.

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“每一次挑战都是锻炼,让你变得更好,找到自己和成功。”

一个人想保持领先地位,其实是不断学习、忘却和重新学习的循环过程。实现成功不难,但如果变得自满,肯定无法永远持续。

这一理念几乎适用于生活中的每件事物,尤其是在商业领域。这也是马来西亚美发造型界领军人物拿汀卢妙卿(Datin Winnie Loo)所努力追寻,维持今日成功商业女性面貌的原因。

她一手创办在本土和国际上有口皆碑的 A Cut Above 高端沙龙连锁店,令人叹为观止的全球杰出发型设计和精彩时装秀,都诠释了学无止境的真谛。

而她宣告即将再重返校园,更具体地说,是在亚洲城市大学 (Asian Metropolitan University) 攻读 MBA 学位,并期望在 2020年毕业。明年她所打造的事业将迈入40周年,纵然取得许多关键里程碑,但是完成学习研究也在她的心愿清单里搁置了一段时间。这一切都是从 40 年前开始,卢妙卿本来应该就读特许秘书课程,但却推迟上述课程,而选择在伦敦的维达沙宣(Vidal Sassoon)美发学院进修 Morris Masterclass。之后她在维达沙宣手下学习,并于 1979 年在马来西亚创立了 A Cut Above。

A Cut Above Academy 是一家获得政府评鉴资质的五星级国际机构,给与学生们相关知识和实践技能,让他们成为未来出色的发型师、美容师、化妆师还有特效师。

因此,恢复学习意味着她将成为学生,而不再是老师。“这有点讽刺,但我一直都有这样的冲动,想深入了解和获得更多。同时为了保持竞争力和成就,你永远不能停止学习。”

“每一次挑战都是锻炼,让你变得更好,找到自己和成功点。我觉得目前的商业趋势就像数字货币,在线投资或传播,非常容易掌控和快节奏-而且如果做得好,可以立即获得回报。在我创业的时代,我必须经历投资第一家实体店的重重难关,那时的回报也相对缓慢。”

除了不断学习和培训下一代针对美发专业和美妆造型创新开拓之外,卢妙卿还期望企业40周年纪念能够留下难忘的馈赠。估计这不仅是一天的活动,因为已经走过 40年,所以这将是一整年的盛会。他们正在讨论举办员工聚会、联欢会,甚至奖励忠诚客户、长期合作伙伴和供应商。

“主要是对每一位和我们并肩走过这些年的人们由衷的说一声“谢谢”,因为如果没有他们,我们就不会有今天。”


By Karina Foo

An Eye For Style & Philanthropy 时尚与慈善的聚焦点

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Ambassador of International Ipoh Fashion Week


“It should be a common objective for every woman to look beautiful and healthy. I love to sing and dance, and that keeps me alive and energetic”

A philanthropic spirit curb more generosities within the human heart than you can ever imagine exist. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” is a true and honest expression whose statement many would agree. The conception of this virtue for ‘love of mankind’, whether in big or small ways, speak of only kindness and love; an effort of walking the talk.

When the EZ Malaysia team first met Datin Caroline Wong, her smile exuded a generous and warm charisma – “a personality we all wish would come naturally to us”. Caroline’s passion for giving a hand is never far away. And throughout the years, her charitable efforts surrounding the Ipoh valley did not go unnoticed. Her regular appearance, many times in the name of friendship, naturally became philanthropic efforts and pride to many who know her. A dedicated mother from the start, she threw herself into motherhood and was actively supporting the interests of her children. These initial involvement were the start of a life-long support for many Perak swimming meets.

Coupled with her love for dressing up, she takes on stylish roles for many charity organisations, beauty pageants, and was most notable for her ambassadorship for Ipoh’s very first edition of the International IPOH Fashion Week (IIFW™) in 2017. She worked closely with Louis Sebastion, CEO of IIFW and its board members at the paediatric cancer care unit at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh with the objective of connecting humanity through fashion.

The mother of three is proud of her Ipoh roots and carries that pride wherever she goes. As a public figure, her appearance shows her love for style and beauty seen in her carefully chosen attire for every occasion. “It should be a common objective for every woman to look beautiful and healthy. I love to sing and dance, and that keeps me alive and energetic”, said Datin Caroline. Her adoration for colour is also seen in her vibrant selections of attire – always respectful to herself and the host who’d invited her.     

She now splits her time between maintaining a healthy lifestyle, helping those in need and as a pillar of support to her family.

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Datin Caroline Wong, as an ambassador for The International Ipoh Fashion Week Gala Dinner 2017 in Ipoh Syeun Hotel Ballroom.

“我想,每个女人都应该有一个共同的目标,那就是让自己看上去既漂亮又健康。而我的最爱是唱歌跳舞,这让我充满朝气和活力。”

博爱精神让人类内心比想象中更慷慨激昂的情感有了节制。英国著名政治家 Winston Churchill 曾说过:我们靠得到的东西谋生,我们靠给予的东西生活。相信大部分人都认同,这是一种真实、纯粹的表达。这种美德对“人类的爱”的概念,无论事物的大小,信奉慈悲仁爱;努力实践所说的。

当《御智马来西亚》采访队第一次与 Caroline Wong 面对面时,她的微笑散发出一种慷慨而温暖的魅力—“我们都希望自己能自然而然地拥有这样的个性”。而她对伸出援手的热情从未冷却。多年来,她在怡保周边进行的慈善活动并没有被忽视,而她经常以友谊的名义出现,成就了许多认识她的人的慈善事业和影响力。

她从一开始就是具备献身精神的母亲,全身心地投入到母亲的角色中,并积极地支持孩子们的兴趣发展。从最初参与到长期支持许多霹雳州游泳比赛。

而且由于 Caroline 的衣着打扮时尚,她在时尚界所扮演的慈善角色更是多彩多姿,最著名的是2017年第一届怡保国际时装周(IIFW™),她作为盛会的大使参与其中。她与 IIFW 的首席执行官Louis Sebastion -同时是位于怡保的 Raja Permaisuri Bainun 医院儿科癌症护理部门的董事会成员密切合作,目的是透过时尚将社群联系起来。

作为三个孩子的母亲,她为自己在怡保的深远根基感到骄傲,无论何时何地,皆具备自豪感。作为一名公众人物,她的外表显示出对于时尚和美丽的敏锐和热爱,在她精心挑选的服装中随处可见。

“我想,每个女人都应该有一个共同的目标,那就是让自己看上去既漂亮又健康。而我的最爱是唱歌跳舞,这让我充满朝气和活力。”对于色彩搭配的崇尚也体现在她充满活力的着装选择上—这也是她对自己和邀请的主人家表示尊重的方式。

如今,她还是巧妙得宜的分配自己的时间:维持本身健康的生活方式、帮助有需要的人和作为家庭支柱存在。

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Hospital interviewing the Paediatric Cancel Patient in Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh.

 

Small But Mighty 微小却强势

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Group CEO of Malaysia SME

Group CEO/Group Chief Editor of MALAYSIA SME® Media Group

Founder & Chief Facilitator of Qŭ Exchange


Within 3 years Wayne propelled the group from being the publisher of a single SME directory to becoming an established SME media corporation in Malaysia.

Wayne Lim has been actively involved with the SME community for over 24 years. His involvement with the SME community began when he was attached to a Singapore PLC. There he started the SMI Business Directory with the SMI Association of Malaysia in 2001 and ever since, he has been deeply involved in the business of SMEs.

He founded the MALAYSIA SME® media group in 2005 and subsequently conceptualised the MALAYSIA SME® media brand. Within 3 years he propelled the group from being the publisher of a single SME directory to becoming an established SME media corporation in Malaysia.

In the course of his business endeavours, he has always kept abreast and connected to the SME community; along which, he acquired in-depth understanding of their trends and challenges. He regularly champions for SMEs to be recognised and assisted on a level playing field with large corporations.

On September 9, 2017, he launched Qŭ Exchange, a Fintech set-up that helps to solve and improve SME’s temporary cash flow. It is an online marketplace that facilitates the trading of business products & services with the use of Qŭ Point (QŭP), a SME currency.

When he is not thinking and ‘breathing’ SMEs, he is passionately engrossed in the game of football; Wayne is an avid football fan and a FAM certified football coach.

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Annual event for MALAYSIA SME Congress 2017 at Muar Johor.

在3年内,林明财推动集团从单一的中小型企业名录出版商,成为马来西亚一家有口皆碑的中小型企业媒体公司。

林明财 (Wayne Lim) 积极参与中小企业社区活动已经逾 24 年。他是在加入一家新加坡公司后,开始涉足中小型企业。2001年,他与马来西亚中小型企业公会共同创办了 SMI 企业名录,不间断对于企业经营进行更深入的运筹帷幄。

自 2005 年他创立了马来西亚中小型企业®媒体集团 (MALAYSIA SME® media brand),随后概念化马来西亚中小型企业®媒体品牌。在3年内,他推动集团从单一的中小型企业名录出版商,成为马来西亚一家有口皆碑的中小型企业媒体公司。

在努力经营业务的过程中,他始终与中小型企业社区保持同步连接,在此期间,他对该领域的发展趋势和挑战具备更深化运营和了解。他极力推进中小企业获得更多的瞩目和认可,并在与大企业的公平竞争环境中得到帮助。

2017年9月9日,他创办取换思维 (Qŭ Exchange) 的金融科技,以这种方式协助解决和改善中小企业的临时资金流动问题。这个线上交易市场,也提倡业务产品和服务使用 Qŭ Point (QŭP),一个属于中小型企业的融资机制。

不过,当抛开一同呼吸和共存的中小型企业,他也投注许多热情且全神贯注于足球运动,他是一名狂热的足球迷,也是著名的足球教练。

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Living The Dream 活出真我 

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Photographer


“We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else.”

Exactly seven years ago, Michael Deeb, left the corporate world in a bold move to live a full life with his family and pursue his passion for photography and travelling. He was only 57 years old; but he had decided it was time that he left his jet-setting corporate life behind to start another adventure. This time with a focus on quality of life.

“I guess it was time to focus on some “me” time,” he said. Now 64, with homes on four continents, Deeb has settled comfortably into a new lifestyle which includes going to the market with his wife, taking his two children to school, cruising on their yacht and photography. “I retook to the skies travelling this time with my family but I replaced my briefcase with my cameras,” he said. The family spends three to four months travelling each year and Deeb has been to more than 400 destinations worldwide.

Deeb previously held five CEO positions various sectors and founded two companies. He had devoted most of his adult life to working 16-hour days and travelling.This left little time for a social life and as a consequence, friendships suffered. “When you are taking 100 flights each year, friends simply stop calling you as you are never around,” he explained.

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“There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner.”

“I was moving at an exhilarating pace. So, when I finally hit the stop button, the silence was deafening,” Deeb says. “It took me nine months to plot out a different course and transition fully to a new mindset,” he said. He started to enjoy the joys of being a parent for the first time.”There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner,” he said.

Today, he still sits on the boards of some companies in a non-executive role with an investment portfolio to manage. He also has a dedicated 4,000 sq. ft. personal studio where he focuses on portraiture, fashion and travel.

Deeb believes that one should always treat others how they wish to be treated themselves. “We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else,” he said.

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“我们应该保持感激之心,好运和成功并不会让我们比其他人都更有价值和优越。”

七年前, Michael Deeb 做了一个大胆的抉择:抽身离开企业界,长时间陪伴家人,并全情投入自身热爱的摄影和旅行。他只有 57岁,但已经决定脱离全职公司工作生涯,开始人生另一场冒险,而这一次的重点是落在提升生活质量。

“这是时候聚焦在“我”个人生活。现年64岁的他以四大洲为家,舒适地融入了全新的生活方式。其中包括与妻子一起去菜市场,送两名孩子去上学,周旋于游艇巡航和摄影活动。“这次我带着家人重新航行,但我用相机代替了公文包。”这个家庭每年要花3到4个月的时间在旅程中,他的足迹已经走遍全球超过 400 个风光名胜。

Michael Deeb 此前曾担任过5家公司的首席执行员,并创立了两家公司。他成年后一天长达16个小时在工作并航行,社交空间受限,也让生活中的交友情况受到影响。他解释说,当你每年乘坐高达 100 次飞机时,朋友们就不会再给你打电话,因为你根本就不能在他们身边。

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“人生都各有阶段,我不后悔做出这项改变。如果一切能够重来的话,我希望我能早点做。”

“我正以一种令人振奋的速度前进。因此,当我终于按下中止按钮时,可怕的寂静却让人震耳欲聋。我花了9个月的时间规划出一门截然不同的课程,并完全转变一种新的思维方式。”他第一次开始享受作为父亲的乐趣。“人生都各有阶段,我不后悔做出这项改变。如果一切能够重来的话,我希望我能早点做。”

如今,他仍在一些公司的董事会中担任非执行职务,负责管理投资组合。他还拥有一个专属的 4000 平方英尺的空间作为个人工作室,专注于肖像画,时尚和旅行。

他认为,一个人永远要以希望旁人如何看待自己的情况来对待别人。“我们应该保持感激之心,好运和成功并不会让我们比其他人都更有价值和优越。”

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Auctioning With Pride 拍卖的自豪心

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Managing Director of MNP Auctioneers


“My life revolved around real estate as my investments in properties and auction events have always been about properties for many years.”

For all of us, there’s a first time for everything and usually, this first time is an experience that we will never forget.

For Stephen Soon, it was his first time to become the youngest auctioning company owner when he started MNP Auctioneers (Central) in 2004.

Soon foresaw where his career path would lead him to when he was inspired by his father’s good friend who presented him with a unique English wooden hammer that he used for several years as an auctioneer.

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“It’s about having strong core values to be trustworthy and reliable. It’s also having a great team as we operate on a rather lean capacity, we keep things transparent and recognise and reward the hard work of our employees.”

“His name was Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim and I am forever grateful to him as he encouraged me to pursue this profession. He became my mentor and guided me through the process to obtain my license, and it’s led to where I am now in MNP” recalled Soon who comes from a background in IT, banking and real estate.

MNP operates as a one-stop shop solution for all auction-related services such as pre-sales to marketing which works to promote the sale and disposal of movable and immovable assets by competitive bidding.

“My life revolved around real estate as my investments in properties and auction events have always been about properties for many years.” said Soon a graduate of Victoria University in the Bachelor of Business in Commercial Law.

The hammer that Mohd. Hussain gave to him represented many other things: honour and truth.

“An auctioneer is a sacred profession and practices the highest standard of professionalism through conducting an open, fair and transparent bidding process,” explained Soon, who’s also held the position of Chairman of the Penang Auctioneers Association for nine years.

Since he started the business almost 15 years ago, it was named as the top 50 Enterprise Malaysia Gold Award winners in 2011, National Mark of Malaysian Brand Award Winner (by SMECorp & SIRIM) in 2015 and received the award from the Best Standard Chartered Bank Panel of Auctioneers 2009 and 2015, to name a few.
When asked about the secret to his success, he said: “It’s about having strong core values to be trustworthy and reliable. It’s also having a great team as we operate on a rather lean capacity, we keep things transparent and recognise and reward the hard work of our employees,” said Soon.

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“我的生活一直都围绕着房地产展开,因为我除了房地产投资,在拍卖项目皆与房地产有关联。”

对于所有人来说,通常第一次是我们永远铭记的经历。而对孙子珑 (Stephen Soon) 来说,第一次是他在2004年创办MNP拍卖(中央)有限公司 – MNP Auctioneers (Central),成为行业历史上最年轻的拍卖公司经营者。

他在接收到父亲好友赠予的一把独特英式木锤那天起,就预见到这将引领他走向特定的职业生涯,当然他也潜心耗费了几年的时间成为一名拍卖官。

“最重要的是具备稳固的核心价值观。我们拥有一个最佳团队,以讲究精益的方式运作,因此我们时刻保持透明、认可和奖励员工的辛勤工作。”

“我永远感激父亲的好友 Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim,因为是他鼓励我从事这个行业。他成为了我的伯乐和导师,引领我顺利通过程序和取得执照,也让我有今天在 MNP 的位置。”他本身涉猎的背景包括 IT 科技、银行和房地产领域。

MNP 进行一切与拍卖相关的业务,并提供一站式的解决方案。如预售、营销等,通过竞争性招标,推进所有动产和不动产的销售和处置。

“我的生活一直都围绕着房地产展开,因为我除了房地产投资,在拍卖项目皆与房地产有关联。”他拥有维多利亚大学商法学士学位。Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim 的木锤给与了许多更深层的东西:荣誉和真理。

“拍卖师是神圣的职业,通过公开、公平、透明的竞标过程,实践着最高的专业水准。”他还担任槟城拍卖官协会主席一职长达9年。

自约 15 年前 MNP 开展公司业务后,除了获得2011 年马来西亚 50 强企业的金奖,2015 年马来西亚全国品牌奖 (由 SMECorp & SIRIM 颁发),2009 年与 2015 年荣获渣打银行最佳拍卖咨询团等等。

当询及成功的秘诀时,他认为,最重要的是具备可信赖的稳固核心价值观。”我们拥有一个最佳团队,以讲究精益的方式运作,因此我们时刻保持透明、认可和奖励员工的辛勤工作。”


By Karina Foo