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Penang’s New Property King 槟城新房产之王

Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi

Ideal Property Group executive chairman 宏升集团执行主席


Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi.png“We want to ensure that the living space of the community consists of value added features such as major public amenities and upgraded infrastructures.”

Royalty is a novelty. So unless you’re born into it or through marriage, most of us just live ordinary lives. But in the property world, you can become royalty through the old fashioned way of hard work and merit. That is how executive chairman of Ideal Property Group, Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi became the “Property King” of Penang. He has definitely earned this commendable title through his dedication and passion. From nothing, he started Ideal Property Group in 1997 and is now an award winning and well known Penang institution with an array of impressive local and international projects under its belt.

Some of its notable developments include the Attwood Business Centre with a gross development value (GDV) of USD15 million in Cambodia in 2006 and I-Avenue in 2007. Ooi has wrapped up SummerSkye Residences with Solaria Residences and is looking forward to the completion of One Foresta in January 2019.

With such a vast portfolio of projects and more in the pipeline, the 46 year old remains humble and says that property is a passion, rather than an ambition. He is also the chairman for FIABCI Malaysia Chapter Penang Branch, the vice president for Penang Chinese Chamber and Commerce and Convenor for Penang Development, Construction and Management Committee (a Group under Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce).

Ooi strongly envisions the improvement of Penang’s transportation infrastructure and currently has a 20% stake in SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd, the project delivery partner of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). The PTMP is a RM27 billion investment that was formed by the Penang state government to improve transportation by providing alternative transportation modes to combat worsening traffic congestion – such as Light Rail Transit (LRT) and monorail lines.

“While I have multiple roles, what’s really important to me is CSR for the Penang community. Some of my causes were to build infrastructure and amenities like markets, hawker stalls, community centers, a fire station for the Sri Tanjung voluntary firemen. I’ve also supported the build of the St.John service centre, constructed the new access road of Persiaran Rajawali and widened the road along Jalan Tun Dr. Awang. We’ve also raised the road level and upgraded the drainage system in Relau, Bayan Lepas for flood mitigation purposes,” says Ooi, who is also a dedicated family man.

“While I have multiple roles, one thing that is important to me is carrying out CSR for the Penang community.”

He believes that Ideal Property Group has been successful because of its consistent CSR projects. On the business side, Ooi maintains his competitive advantage by delivering sustainable community-oriented development rather than offering just tower blocks as shelter.

“We’re prudent in planning developments where the surrounding environment is well taken care of. We want to ensure that the living space of the community consists of value added features such as major public amenities and upgraded infrastructures,” he said.

By doing this, the Property King will continue to reign as he will create more community-oriented and affordable development and at the same time, deliver more property gems and ultimately contribute to the nation’s economy.

“我们希望社区的生活空间获得保障,包含齐全的公共设施和不断升级基设等配套增值功能。”

皇室是相当新奇的。除非你是含着金钥匙出生,或者通过婚姻,但是大多数人都只能过着普通生活。而在房地产行业,却可以通过传统的刻苦工作和功绩成就的方式受封为王。

宏升集团执行主席丹斯里黄继樑就是这样成了槟城的“公寓之王”。他的高度奉献精神和激情无疑是赢得这个尊贵称号的理由。他白手起家,于 1997 年创立了宏升集团,如今已是一家获奖无数的知名机构,旗下拥有一系列令人印象深刻的本地和国际开发项目。

其中一些引人瞩目的开发项目包括 2006 年在柬埔寨的 Attwood Business Centre,总发展价值(GDV)达 1500 万美元,还有 2007 年的 I-Avenue

黄继樑已把 SummerSkyeSolaria 住宅计划合并,并期待 20191 月圆满完成 One Foresta 项目。而他在面对如此庞大的项目组合,尚有更多筹备中的计划,仍然保持谦逊态度,认为房地产开发工作是一种激情,而不是雄心。同时,他还是世界不动产联盟马来西亚分会槟城支会主席、槟州中华总商会产业发展、建筑及管理组副主任(槟州中华总商会属下组织)。

“即使身兼数职,但对我来说重要的一件事是为槟城社区履行社会责任。我的一些目标是建立公共和便利设施,比如市场、小贩摊位、社区中心、Sri Tanjung 的志愿消防队员的消防站。我也支持了圣约翰服务中心的建设,还有 Persiaran Rajawali 设新通道的工程,包括 Jalan Tun Dr. Awang 的道路拓宽。我们还提高Relau的道路水平和提升排水系统,以缓解防范 水患问题。”他认为,宏升集团之所以成功,是因为坚定贯彻企业社会责任项目(CSR)。在商业策略方面,黄继樑持续透过建设社区为主要导向的发展,而不仅是提供楼宅作为住处以保持市场竞争优势。

“我们在规划所有开发项目都很谨慎严苛,确保周边环境良好。我们希望社区的生活空间获得保障,包含齐全的公共设施和不断升级基设等配套增值功能。”

因为秉持着这个信念,“公寓之王”将继续统治下去,他将创造更多面向社区、让人负担得起的开发计划,同时发掘更多的房地产瑰宝项目,最终为国家经济做出贡献。

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By Karina Foo 

Information Ace 通讯界的王牌

Dato’ Henry Goh

Co-founder and Group Chief Operating Officer of MACROKIOSK Bhd

MACROKIOSK Bhd 联合创始人兼集团首席运营官


“Although we are not Google or Yahoo, we would like to bring more creativity and innovation, Silicon Valley perks and ideas here so that Malaysia can provide a first-class digital business environment.”

Looking amazingly young for the title, Dato’ Henry Goh gives a fresh take to the young urbane entrepreneur.  An authentic millennial success with an Ivy League education, th riving technology company and a title to boot, Goh is refreshingly humble, excited about life and work, and driven by aspirations instead of cash flow.  Most women, and even some men perhaps, are disappointed that he is spoken for.

MACROKIOSK Bhd, a digital enabler that provides technology solutions to businesses in the digital economic world, is set up by three brothers – one of them being Dato’ Henry Goh. Goh studied electrical engineering and got his MBA from Boston University, Massachusetts. “My brothers and I started this business 18 years ago for some extra pocket money. Whatever I achieved in this company kind of defines what I am today.  A good part of my working life is invested in this company.”

Information technology was an obvious choice when the brothers talked about operating a business in 1996.  It started with the basics, teaching people how to use Microsoft and Excel.  Through their father’s mobile phone master distributorship and Malaysia’s information age emergence, the company gained more momentum.  “Nothing extraordinary, there was no eureka moment but through my dad we gained access to the world of SMS and from there on worked towards mobile technology.”

Besides providing digital economic solutions, MACROKIOSK is also passionate about contributing to the country, women empowerment and healthy business ethos.

Although started by three brothers, MACROKIOSK was never intended to be a family-run company. “We fight but we are brothers and we stick together.  Trust is implicit.  We also have a great team of staff, managers and department heads who helped us shape our success story.”

Pioneers of the ‘one-time password’ MACROKIOSK changed the landscape of digital economy, bringing businesses closer to more than seven billion consumers, some of whom may not read newspapers, watch TV or billboards.

“I believe almost everyone in Malaysia has used our services. In 2003 we helped one of the largest banks in Malaysia enable online banking. Today MACROKIOSK powers 90% of the banks in Malaysia in terms of technology.”

As for his own power, Goh recharges by travelling. He has covered more than 70 cities worldwide and the entire European continent. “I see and learn during my travels. It teaches me respect and humility.” And when he is not collecting luxury watches, Goh takes to the skies, soaring his way to attain his Private Pilot Licence.

Dato' Henry Goh with brothers and co-founders of MACROKIOSK Dato' Kenny Goh (left) and CS Goh (right)_edit
Dato’ Henry Goh with brothers Dato’ Kenny Goh (left) and CS Goh (right)

“虽然目前我们并非谷歌或雅虎,但希望在这里带来更多的创意和创新,犹如硅谷的活跃和理念,让马来西亚能够拥有一流体验的电子数字商务环境。”

对比耀眼的创业成就,拿督吴志兴给人的第一眼印象只能说,真是年轻得令人欣羡。这位温文尔雅的青年企业家展现了新鲜视角。作为一名从常春藤盟校名牌大学受教育、运营蓬勃发展的科技公司和真正为千禧一代的成功人士,他保持谦逊态度,对生活和工作热情满满,具有深远抱负,但却并非被资金所驱动。有成就也已成家,让男人羡慕让女人嫉妒。

MACROKIOSK Bhd 是一家跨国移动技术供应商,为电子数字经济领域的通讯业务提供各项技术和解决方案。这家目前如日中天的新锐科技企业由 3 名兄弟联合创立,其中一名创始人为吴志兴。吴志兴主修电气工程科系,并拥有美国马萨诸塞州波士顿大学工商管理硕士学位。“我和其他兄弟在 18 年前开办公司的初衷只是想多赚一些零用钱。无论我在这家公司创造了怎样的成就,都能定义今天的我,我大部分最美好的职业生涯都献给了公司。”

1996 年,当兄弟们谈到经营一家企业时,通讯信息技术显然是首选。因此,从基础开始,教导人们如何使用微软和 Excel。而通过他们父亲作为手机分销商的关系和马来西亚通讯科技时代的抬头,创立的公司获得了更多的契机。“没有非凡经历,也无特别探索时刻,但透过父亲,我们接触到短信通讯的世界,从此朝着移动技术的方向努力。”

尽管 MACROKIOSK 是由三兄弟所创立,但从未打算成为家族经营的公司。“我们战斗但我们是兄弟,所以团结在一起,毫无保留的信任。但我们还有一支由员工、经理和部门主管组成的强大团队,他们协助推动并塑造了成功故事。”

而“一次性支付密码”的先锋思维改变了电子数字经济的格局,拉近企业与 70 多亿消费者之间的距离,包括一些平常可能不看报纸、电视或广告牌的人们。

“我相信几乎所有马来西亚人都使用过我们的服务。2003 年,我们协助我国最大的银行之一实践了网上银行。如今,就移动技术而言,MACROKIOSK 覆盖了国内 90% 的银行系统。”

至于吴志兴本身的动力充电方式来自旅行。他已经走遍了全球 70 多个城市和整个欧洲大陆。“我在旅行中观察和学习,并且让我更深刻的理解尊重和谦卑。” 当他不收集奢侈表的时候,他就会在天空翱翔,考取私人飞行员执照。


By Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik

New Scene For Enterprises 企业新场景

Sheon Soo Huan.pngSheon Soo Huan

Chief Executive Officer of Emphasise Communication Sdn Bhd

Emphasise Communication Sdn Bhd 首席执行官


“Our strategic locations will be beneficial to entrepreneurs andwe want to see more SMEs succeed. To be a fragment of their success story, is an achievement to our vision too.”

More than often, advertisements especially outdoor billboards are dominated by the big boys of the business because of the high cost production. Today, digital technology offers greater creative opportunities for businesses. It allows flexibility and affordability that can benefit millions of small and medium scale enterprises in Malaysia to reach out to potential customers in more attractive formats.

Emphasise Communication Sdn Bhd (Emphasise), a new start-up company, owns and manages LED billboards branded AIM, is offering affordable digital advertising ad slots that makes it possible for small and medium-scale entrepreneurs to have equal brand presence as the bigger brand businesses.

Sheon Hoo Huan, Chief Executive Officer of Emphasise, envisioned a transformation of the local outdoor electronic advertising market. “There are close to a million small and medium scale enterprises in Malaysia with about 90 per cent of them in the service sector. We want to help them to build their brands in half the time it normally takes for entrepreneurs to start branding exercises on mass medium. When we see an outdoor advertisement, we perceive that the company has reached a certain level of financial strength to spend on high cost production. It takes time to get there and yet, brand awareness is essential to improving the market. One can’t be done without the other. Time vs resources become success essential.”

Most entrepreneurs resort to digital marketing because the cost and market reach is within control and resources.

“Outdoor mediums tap into the subconscious mind. Its vivid and bright display attracts the attention of passer-bys instantly. The message that is on the display will subconsciously become information in your mind and the great thing about the subconscious mind is that it is always “on”. Regardless of what you do, it is active day and night.”

AIM LED Billboards was the first to cover a whole 360° of a roundabout. It’s located at a high traffic area with at least 150,000 vehicles passing a day.

“Our strategic locations will be beneficial to entrepreneurs and we want to see more SMEs ucceed. To be a fragment of their success story, is an achievement to our vision too.”

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由于高昂的制作成本,户外广告牌大多数是由商业巨头所主导。今天,电子科技为企业带来崭新创意商机,独特的灵活性和可负担性,让马来西亚约上百万中小型企业受益,以更有张力的方式接触与贴近潜在客户。

作为一家新成立的初创公司,Emphasise Communication Sdn Bhd (Emphasise) 拥有并掌管 LED(发光二极管)广告品牌-AIM,这个价格适宜的电子科技广告,使中小企业家具备与大品牌商家的宣传形象分庭抗礼的优势。

Emphasise 的首席执行官 Sheon Soo Huan 展望户外电子广告市场的转型。“马来西亚有近百万家中小型企业,其中大概 90% 是在服务业,而我希望协助他们建立自己的品牌,因为这比起在大众媒体上进行品牌推广,可节约一半的时间。而且,人们都会以户外广告的制定评价一家公司的财务实力,因为这是高营销成本。虽然实践需要时间,但是品牌意识对于拓展市场至关重要,可说是缺一不可,时间比对资源就是成功的关键。”

至于大部分企业选择转向电子化营销,这也是为了更有效的控制成本和整合市场资源。

“户外广告媒体会敲击人的潜意识。因为生动而明亮的显示屏能够轻易获取路人的注意,展示内容会化为脑海中潜意识的信息,而潜意识的厉害之处在于它总是“开启”的,无论人们在做什么,白昼与黑夜它依旧保持活跃。”

AIM LED 广告牌是首个拥有 360° 铺天盖地的营销宣传方式,设置于每天至少多达 15 万辆车流的交通繁忙地区。

“我们的选址战略将有利于企业家,也期待看到更多中小企业取得成效。而作为他们成功故事的一部分,这也是达致我们的愿景。”

A Symphonic Embrace of Passion 交响乐的炽烈拥抱

Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin

Music Director of the Penang Symphony Society

槟州交响乐团音乐总监


Maestro Dato Woon Wen Kin.png“I wanted to prove that one is never too old to make music. In fact, many of the world’s best conductors go on till their 80s or 90s.”

Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin is a prolific performer, a passionate educator and the most experienced symphony orchestra conductor in Malaysia. In England, he participated in the International Oxford Bach Festival, the Annual Sir Hendry Wood’s Concerts; worked for the London Opera Centre and recorded several violin recitals for the BBC Overseas Service. Subsequently, he was awarded a conducting scholarship by the Federal Republic of Germany to study advance conducting.

Instead of furthering his career abroad, he decided to return to Malaysia and he began to promote and develop orchestral music ever since. In 1978, he was appointed by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports to establish the National Music Camp and served as the music director. In addition, he was appointed the principal conductor of the 1st ASEAN Youth Music Workshop in 1980. In 1991, he was also appointed as the advisor and the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra.

In 1980, Dato’ Woon founded the Penang Symphony Society and served as its President and Music Director. Through the Society, he has contributed towards the rise of orchestral music in Penang and Malaysia. He has also nurtured thousands of talented musicians, who are now established musicians in academics and performances, furthering the initiatives of promoting orchestral music locally and worldwide in many countries. Today, the Society houses the Penang Symphony Orchestra, Penang Wind Orchestra and Penang Junior Orchestra. Over the years, Dato’ Woon has led these orchestras to perform in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

As a globally respected musician, he has been invited as a guest conductor to perform in China, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and USA; as well as an adjudicator in the International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians Festival and the International Nier Violin Competition.

He has received many awards for his contributions in music and culture. He has received the Australia’s Oversea Culture Award, the Schubert Medal Award by the Vienna City, the Anugerah Karyawar Seni Musik (Best Director of Music), the Asia-Pacific Cultural Industry Exhibition by China, the Cultural Award in Music, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to name a few.

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“我想证明一个人在追求音乐的路途上永远不会太迟。事实上,世界上许多优秀的指挥家一直活跃至80或90岁。”

拿督温文京指挥是一位杰出的演奏家、教育家,也是马来西亚最资深的指挥。在英国的时候,他参与了国际牛津巴赫音乐节, 年度亨德利伍德爵士音乐会;也曾在伦敦歌剧院工作,并为BBC海外服务部录制了几首小提琴演奏会。随后,他荣获德意志联邦共和国奖学金,以专研高级指挥课程。

以其在国外进一步发展自己的职业生涯,他决定回国推广和发展交响乐。在1978年,他被文化、青年和体育部任命开创全国音乐营,并担任其音乐总监。此外,他还被任命为1980年第一届东盟青年音乐会的首席指挥。1991年,他也被任命为国家交响乐团的顾问和指挥。

1980年,拿督温文京创立了槟州交响乐团协会,并担任其主席和音乐总监。通过该协会,他为槟城和马来西亚的交响乐兴起做出了极大的贡献。他还培养了数千名才华横溢的音乐家,各自成为学术界和表演界的知名音乐家,再延续进推广本地和全世界交响乐的重任。今天,槟州交响乐团协会设有槟州交响乐团,槟城吹管乐团和槟州少青交响乐团。多年来,拿督温文京带领这些乐团在澳大利亚,中国,香港,日本,新加坡,韩国,台湾和泰国演出。

作为一位受国际受尊敬的音乐家,他受邀担任客座指挥,在中国,德国,印度尼西亚,马来西亚,新加坡,台湾,泰国,菲律宾和美国演出; 也受邀当国际莫扎特青年音乐家比赛和国际尼尔小提琴比赛的评审员。

他在音乐和文化界的贡献,让他获得了许多奖项。他曾获得澳大利亚海外文化奖,维也纳市舒伯特奖章,音乐艺术奖(最佳音乐总监),中国亚太文化产业展,音乐文化奖,终身成就奖等等。

 

Guide To Your Investment Journey 指引您的投资旅程

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Several months ago in 2017, Malaysia’s stock market seemed robust and full of potential, however, today there are rumours of an impending slump in the market due to various factors. On that note, Malaysia’s first quarter performance in 2018 has indicated a less than impressive earnings performance. Although investment experts explain that markets tend to rise and fall, it is always wise for one to be cautious and well-informed of how to navigate the volatile market place, while achieving positive outcomes.

To strike a good balance, the buzzword today is to consider goal-based investing which is to simply prioritise a series of key life goals and objectives, and duly put away funds with a view to accumulating these goals a somewhat complex affair.

“Recognising that our customers need help in navigating a complex market environment with the aim of optimizing returns from their investments, we have set in place a five-year strategy that is aimed at delivering greater value to our customers. One of the core areas of our FIT22 strategic direction to gain greater market share in the affluent segment through differentiated products and services which offer greater value and helps customers to strengthen financial portfolio and achieve their goals,” explains Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, Group Managing Director, RHB Banking Group.

Less than a year ago, the global investment environment was awash with positive sentiment. Technology stocks were the darlings of the fund management industry, and seemingly everyone wanted a piece of premium tech equity. Malaysia’s own stock market was rosy; for a while in the 2017 in- vestment climate, it almost seemed impossible to lose money.

Fast forward to today, and the conversation has turned distinctly from one of unbridled optimism in company earnings, to whispers of the next market slump. Malaysia’s stunning General Election results this year further threw a wrench in an already softening financial market. Malaysia has seen a less than impressive earnings performances in quarter 1 of 2018. But why is this relevant? Markets may rise and fall, but the need to fund major financial milestones is constant. The market may well be softening, but you can ill-afford the same fate for your finances.

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Building the nest egg 构筑安乐窝

So, you’ve resolved to take the bull (market) by the horns and get your long-term finances in order. Well done, but the challenge is only just beginning. Goal-based investing, that is, prioritising a series of key life goals and objectives, and then putting away funds with a view to accomplishing these goals, can be a complex affair. Not everybody has the funds to accomplish all of their goals, so prioritising is key.

In this regard, Encik Nazri Othman, Acting Head of RHB Group Retail Distribution opine allocating different weightages according to the urgency of these goals. Once you know how much you’re willing to commit to which goals, start working on these goals as early as possible, and let the compounding interest do all the hard work. As a general rule, a goal with a longer-term horizon can have a more aggressive investment allocations, while shorter-term goals should ideally be played more safely. Short-term investing typically lasts no more than three years or so, which means you’d need a larger than normal initial investment amount. Alternatively, one might have to commit to fairly frequent top-ups in order to achieve the goal, if there is any shortfall. However, being short-term does not mean being reckless; over a shorter-term investment horizon, your allocations should mainly go into defensive as- sets such as investment grade bonds with shorter maturity dates, as well as resilient blue-chip equities with strong dividend track records.

Advise from the experts is always welcome, but even so, investors should never take their eyes off the prevailing investment climate. Managing volatility can mean all the difference in terms of having enough for your children to take their pick of the top universities. It may be understandably tempting to make a play for a bit of alpha and go bargain-hunting in the current softening environment. However, undervalued equities should not be the sole reason for diving headfirst back into the current equity market. So, what is a person to do in this softening environment?

Common Investment Goals

In the view of Calvin Goon, Head of Affluent, WM & Banca, RHB Bank, investors to stay invested, but to also periodically rebalance their portfolios in order to keep up with market forces and the overall outlook. After all, money hidden under the bed is money that isn’t working for you. Softening markets can offer alluring opportunities to bargain hunt, sure, but it is also a good time for goal based investors to strategize and go defensive with their portfolios. Calvin further explained that funds have flowed out from equities and the high yield space, into investment grade bonds. Investors would be well advised to revise their asset allocations to favour inflation-friendly commodities like precious metals, downside protected structured products, as well as investment grade bonds. These assets will be more appropriate in late economic cycles or even periods of recession.

Evolution Investment of portfolio

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