Category Archives: EZ 52 – Captains & Legends

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