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Common Enemy Forges New Coalitions 缔结新盟驱众怒,得人心者得天下

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Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

Prime Minister of Malaysia


60 years ago in 1957, various ethnic groups mainly from the Malay, Chinese and Indians forged together and our first Prime Minister proudly declared the independence of Malaya by shouting ‘Merdeka’. Marking the end of British colonialism. Few years later in 1963, Sabah and Sarawak joined and Malaysia was complete. From a humble beginning, Malaysia has became one of the Asian tigers when it came to developments and progress of the nation. It was not until late 1990s when the global financial crisis hit and the economy of this country started to slide. It is undeniable that the race and religion have always been an issue that many choose to be silent of until a decade ago when the opposition parties gained momentum in the political platform threatening the ruling Barisan National. This power shift led some Malay parties and leaders to play the race and religion cards with the hope to cling onto power. Tension was rising and minority groups especially the Chinese was targeted. Topping this were the introduction of GST and the 1MDB scandal that caught the world attention citing impropriate fund management and money laundering. The last two elections saw the shift of support from the Chinese to the opposition parties and but it was never enough.

60 years later, Former Malaysia Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir surprised the nation by becoming the leader of the opposition pack Pakatan Harapan. The so-called ‘Malay Tsunami’ and the dominance of Barisan National finally come to an end when the majority Malay ethnic group finally decided that enough is enough. The General Election 14 Of Malaysia on 9th May saw an unprecedented movement where the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sabahans, Sarawakians and others came together and removed the only ruling party that had been in power since Merdeka. This time the common enemy what’s not the British empire but sad to say it was Mohd Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister who is also the leader of UMNO and Barisan National. The very person who was sworn in to do right for the people and to do better for the country on the contrary has done so many wrongs that not only frustrated the people but made Malaysia a laughing stock in the international arena.

The voices of the people is loud and clear. Peace, harmony and a strong economy are what the people wanted. The fall of Najib marks the end of the ‘RAHMAN’ myth and the beginning of a familiar face, the legendary Tun Dr. Mahathir. The person who made Malaysia a brand in the world scene and now this world’s oldest elected leaders at the age of 93 is back to make Malaysia great again.

PH Leaders
DS Shafie Apdal, Lim Guan Eng, TS Muhyideen Yasin, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Anwar Ibrahim, Dr. Wan Azizah, Hj Muhammad Sabu, Lim Kit Siang

60 年前的 1957 年,主要来自马来人、华人和印度人的各种族群联合结盟,由我国第一任首相自豪的高呼“默迪卡”宣布马来亚独立,结束了英殖民统治时期。几年后的 1963 年,沙巴和砂拉越加入马来亚联邦,组成马来西亚。从一个不起眼的开始,马来西亚逐渐强大成长,成为“亚洲四小虎”之一。直到 20 世纪 90 年代末,全球金融危机使我国经济严重受挫。无可否认,种族和宗教一直是让许多人选择沉默以对的问题。直到 10 年前,当时的反对党在国阵执政的威胁之下势头渐起。这起势力让欲掌握权力的马来党派和领导人以此炒作种族和宗教的议题。紧张局势日益上升,少数民族尤其是华裔成为了箭靶。引进 GST 和不恰当的资金管理及洗钱而引起世界关注的 1MDB 丑闻,让局势白热化。过去两次的选举看到了华裔对反对党的支持,但这远远不够 。

60 年后,马来西亚前首相敦马哈迪医生成为了反对党希望联盟的领导人,使全国感到惊讶。国政的统治地位终于在多数马来人也觉得受够了—所谓“马来海啸”的时候结束。5月 9 日的第 14 届马来西亚大选发生了史无前例的转变,马来人、华人、印度人、沙巴人、砂拉越人团结一致,推翻了独立后执政的唯一政党。这次可悲的共同的敌人不是大英帝国,而是巫统也是国政领导人的首相—拿督斯里纳吉。这位宣誓效忠国家并为人民做的更好的人犯了许多错误,不仅使人民感到挫败,也让马来西亚成为了国际笑柄。

人民的声音如此清晰响亮,和平、和谐和繁荣是人民的心愿。纳吉的倒台意味着“拉曼”神话的结束,及无人不知的敦马哈迪医生传奇的开始。曾让马来西亚在世界占据一席之地,现在是全世界最高龄的国家领导人,回来重新执政让马来西亚再次变得更强大。

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Going Against The Norm of Condominium Development

In the modern world today, high-rise residential is a norm. Thanks to rapid development and land scarcity, the phenomenon is especially apparent in a city like Penang, Malaysia where high-rises are perceived to be more sustainable in terms of the number of households it is able to harbour under one roof. This emerging trend results in the mushrooming supplies of high-rise residences as well as demand for it.

Amid the Heart of Penang, Middleton is silently sprouting on the land of Minden Heights’ township. Dubbed Bungalows and Semi-Ds in the sky, Middleton is one of the latest projects by BSG Property, the property development division of the renowned Boon Siew Group. During an interview with Mr Chong Hock Aun, the Head of Sales & Marketing of BSG Property stated that Penang, as one of the regions with the most rapid economical growth in Malaysia, has gone through major urbanisation in the past decade and enjoyed much recognition from all over the world with its touristic attractions and its uniqueness as an island paradise. This has gotten Penang’s real estate market into a very competitive position where all property developers are outdoing each other with innovative ideas in the homes they build.

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As the name suggests, Middleton is indeed situated right at the center of the Penang Island. It is located at one of the most prestigious neighbourhood in Penang – Minden Heights. Apart from the easy access to and from all parts of town and amenities, Minden Heights retains the seclusion and serenity as a distinguished neighbourhood on Penang Island. Middleton provides the perks of living in an urban city minus the hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle.

“With such a competitive market in Penang,
BSG Property is taking its development standards into a new height by designing Middleton to be not only aesthetically pleasant but also going against the norm of condominium developments. This is what makes this project stand out from other choices found around Penang Island where we will build units with Bungalow and Semi-D concept in the sky within Middleton.”
Mr Chong Hock Aun
Business Development Manager • Head of Sales & Marketing

Beneath the veil, Middleton houses 220 units of residences in total. Going against the stereotype of high-rise residential, there will only be 5 units per storey. Residents are able to enjoy absolute peace and solitude in their private pad as well as the facilities offered at Middleton.

Each unit is designed with a 1,409sqft layout that provides enough space to hold family gatherings as well as personal space to a private retreat for each family member. Residents will be amazed at the spaciousness Middleton could offer. Furthermore, each unit is furnished with quality finishes such as solid timber flooring for all bedrooms.

A home is a place where one rejuvenates and revitalises the soul for a new day. It is also a place where memories are created. Thus, it is important that we make the right choice that gives us the perfect home. Distinguished neighbourhood, avant-garde architecture, quality finishing and a spacious home in the sky – Middleton offers you the perfect home that elevates life, mind and soul.

Regal Relocator 传递的王者

Leon Hulme
Managing Director of Crown Worldwide Group, Malaysia


“The services in our industry are becoming increasing commoditised but of course our service is not a commodity,at Crown we aim to offer our customers an experience.”

As the managing director of Crown Malaysia, Leon Hulme is at the helm of one of the largest mobility & information management chains in the world.  An evolved and culturally sophisticated individual, Hulme oversees Crown Malaysia’s comprehensive portfolios like domestic and international relocation, secure storage and information management facilities, destination settling-in, immigration services, employee and family support.

Never a tourist but always the traveller in Asia, and now a resident in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Hulme originally joined Crown Malaysia in 1999.  He held a variety of roles in several Crown offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and most recently Thailand, where he served as Country Manager before being promoted to his current position.

Hulme hails from an industrial Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, and claims that he never studied.  “I never cared much for school.  I was working at 13 and dropped out of school at 16 to go into full time employment.  At that time I was holding down three or four jobs.”  During his last year in school, his school career officer told him this, “If you don’t end up unemployed and you manage to get a job, let’s say, in a factory, then you would have done very well.”  Unfazed Hulme sat there and thought to himself, “I bet my career ends up being more successful than yours.”

Born in Australia, Hulme left the continent down under for Great Britain when he was four.  “Both my parents are English.”  Not from a moneyed background, Hulme considers himself lucky to have good parents with upright principles.  “There wasn’t a lot of money in the house but my parents were determined not to live off the government, though we would have been more comfortable claiming social security than working in relatively low paid jobs.”

Sound work ethics were instilled in young Hulme.  “I believed in hard work, I believed in proving myself and then things would come as a result of that.  My parents used to say to me – ‘Nobody wants to give a job or work with somebody that they don’t like’.  So if I could get on with people, work hard, be flexible, prove myself, then the opportunities would present itself. I think if you’re street smart, have good work ethics, common sense, the ability to communicate and get on with people are fundamentals that can take you a long way.”

Speaking on mentors, Hulme has this to impart, “Over the years I have met many people who have inspired me.  I am always willing to listen and surround myself with people who inspire me. Jim Thompson, my chairman is one such person.

Jim is serious about work, a great communicator and I really admire his drive for quality, these traits you see in many of Crown’s staff and the Country Managers I have had as bosses over the years.  It is important to Jim and his employee’s that Crown is recognised as the Rolls Royce in this industry.”

“I would like to be able to look back and think that, I had a positive impact on my colleagues and that I might have in some ways helped them surpass even their own expectations.”

Rather than immediate short term financial gains, Crown is more focussed on long term quality services, meaningful partnership with its clients and our contribution to our local communities.  “Our organisation is filled with tremendous people with great experience.  Some of them have been with us and in this industry for more than 35 years and can offer a wealth of information and knowledge to our clientele.  The people I work with in Malaysia are absolutely incredible.  We have known each other for so long that when I came back instead of shaking hands, as a new MD might normally do, we hugged” says the happy expatriate.   

Hulme forecasts a bright future for Crown Malaysia.  “This industry will continue to flourish.  The world is so small.  People are constantly moving.  It is a mobile workforce with a lot of assignees moving around the world.  I have seen a lot of changes in 16 years where we have gone from HR-driven decision making to procurement-driven decision making these days.  Though we are not selling a commodity, our services have become much commoditised, with price as an increasingly key factor.  Of course it is not a commodity because at Crown we deliver an experience.  If someone is relocating overseas with their family, we make sure they arrive at their destination comfortable and focused and not distracted by anything, in order for them to perform in their new assignment immediately.   We are not a commodity trading on the cheapest price, more of a mature quality service that supports you as you embark on the next chapter in your corporate and family life.

To cater to the fine art business, Crown Malaysia is the first to set up an art vault with premium security protocols, climate-control and fire suppression features.  “We have a healthy fine art business and are moving quite a lot of works of high value.  The art vault looks like something you might store gold bullions that only James Bond might attempt to break in,” Hulme shares and chuckles.

Outside work, the Englishman in him plays football, and does a bit of cycling.  He beams as he speaks of his family.  “My wife Akiyo is Japanese and I am very lucky that she is willing to give up her career as a successful production manager for a television commercial company in Japan to follow me gallivanting around the world. Akiyo is a very strong woman and adaptable to move with me to Korea, Thailand and now Malaysia.  We are really a team.  She manages everything that could potentially get in the way of me focussing on my work.  My son Noah is six years old.  He speaks English, Japanese and Thai as he was born and raised in Thailand.”     

As a worldly corporate warrior, Hulme would like to be able to look back and think that, “I had a positive impact on my colleagues and the people who worked with me, and that I might have, perhaps, in some ways, helped them surpass their own expectations.”

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就任嘉柏国际集团马来西亚董事经理,Leon Hulme 掌握了世界上最大的流动和电子信息管理。作为进化和尖端文化个体,他监督着集团马来西亚区域的综合国内外搬迁传送、安全存储和信息管理设施、目的地处理、移民安居服务,职工管理和家庭支援等业务运转。

他在1999年加入嘉柏集团马来西亚,现居住在吉隆坡,从来不是一名旅客,但总是在亚洲旅行。他分别在香港、日本、韩国及最近的泰国担任各种各样的角色,在现任职位之前,任职驻外经理。

来自英国第二大工业城市伯明翰 ,他声称从未注重读书。“我从不关心学业。我13岁开始工作,16岁就辍学进入全职就业。”当他最后一年在学校,学校的就业咨询人员告诉他,如果最终没失业,他是能得到工作,比如在工厂就业,肯定能做得很好。Leon 当时回答:“我想我以后的工作肯定比你还成功。”

出生在澳大利亚,由于父母是英国人,Leon在4岁时就定居英国。虽然不是富裕的背景,但他认为父母传递了良好的正直原则。“我们家里没太多钱,但是我父母决心不依靠政府,尽管获得社会保障相对微薄工作收入来的更简单舒服。”

这种职业道德灌输予年轻的他,Leon相信努力工作和证明自己,然后好事就会上门。父母曾经说过:没人愿意提供工作或者和他们不喜欢的人一起工作。如果能与人相处,努力而灵活的工作来肯定自己,机会将显现。他认为靠着街头智慧、职业道德、常识与沟通能力,并且懂得与人相处,就是让人可以走得更远的不二法门。

“这些年来遇到许多激励我的人,我愿意倾听并且让周围的人鞭策着我。我们的创始人兼主席Jim Thompson就是这样一个人。Jim认真工作,是非常伟大的沟通者,我钦服于他的驱动能量,而类似特征造就集团的壮大,尤其是我多年来遇上的许多精英员工和驻外经理。Jim和所有员工都是让嘉柏集团成为此行业领域“劳斯莱斯”的缔造者。”

“我们的服务业趋势越来越商品化,当然嘉柏集团的服务不是如此,我们目标是为嘉柏客户提供一种体验。”

嘉柏集团的企业宗旨非看重眼前的短期财务收益,而是注重提供长期优质服务,以更有意义的形式与客户合作,并且贡献当地社区。

“我们的组织由强大兼富有经验的人们组成,其中一些人在这行业已超过35年,可轻易提供大量的知识和资讯予客户们。我们在马来西亚工作团队的人们都是了不起的人物,而长时间的聚集,我们已不再握手,作为新董事经理,我与他们拥抱。”这名快乐的外籍人这么说。

他预测着集团在马来西亚的灿烂前景。“这个行业将继续蓬勃发展,因为世界是如此之小,人们不断移动,世界上有许多迁移的劳动力与流动的委托人。我亲眼目睹这16年来的巨大变化,我们已经从人力资源驱动转为采购驱动决策。虽然我们并非在卖商品,但服务已转为非常商品化,价格是关键因素。当然这不是真正的商品,因为嘉柏是提供经验,如果有人与家人迁移到国外,我们将确保他们到达目的地的舒适度,不被任何事情所干扰,可以更专注并快速执行新工作。我们并非廉价的商品交易,而是以更成熟的优质服务支援你的公司事务和家庭生活。而为了迎合艺术品业务,嘉柏马来西亚首次设立艺术品库与更优质的安全协议,温度环境控制和消防灭火功能。

“我们有一个健全的艺术品业务体系,并传送许多高价值的艺术品,而坚固的保险库房完全可以储存黄金,估计只有007占士邦可以试图破门。”

“我让同事们可产生正确积极的方式和想法,而且我会以某种方式帮助他们,甚至超过原订的期望 。”

工作外的闲暇时间,这名英国人爱好踢足球和骑单车。他微笑地叙述家庭。“我的妻子Akiyo是日本人,我很幸运,作为一名成功的电视广告公司制作经理,她愿意放弃在日本的事业,跟着我全世界到处走。Akiyo是一个非常坚强的女人,可以适应和我搬迁到韩国、泰国和马来西亚,我们是一个团队,她管理一切琐碎事务,让我可以集中工作。我的6岁儿子Noah,他擅长说英语,日语和泰语,因为他在泰国出生和长大。”

作为身经百战的企业战士,Leon回顾与希望积极影响他的同事或一起工作的人。“我可能或也许在某种程度上,协助他们超越自己的期望。”

Malaysia Art 2016 2016年的马来西亚艺术圈

It is undeniable that Malaysian art industry was expecting a tough ride after the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015. It gave rise to unprecedented jam-packed auctions just before its official implementation with the hope that collectors would take advantage of saving instead of paying GST. Although most expected a bad year of 2015, the overall total sales result was a complete astonishment with around RM2 million higher than 2014. Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers outperformed the rest with more than RM10.7 million sales, followed by KLAS Art Auction with about RM8 million, RM7.5 million for Masterpiece Auction KL and The Edge Auction for RM1.5 million.

2016 marks an interesting year for Malaysian art industry as it will be the time for collectors to transform into bargain hunters, making it an uphill battle for both artists and art galleries. Although some of the relatively new galleries have decided to call it a day, the more established galleries such as Wei-Ling Gallery, G13, Core Design Gallery and Richard Koh Fine Art were among those that brave the outlook as they not only go on the offensive with interesting local exhibitions, but also going abroad to promote in-house artists in international art exhibitions such as Art Stage Singapore. While other galleries such as Galeri Seni Mutiara and The Art Gallery from Penang and KL-based galleries such as PINKGUY Gallery and Segaris Art Centre prefer to focus more on local presentations. In short, galleries today must showcase its strength towards the artists they represent in order to gain collectors’ confidence with an apparent objective that they will be the blue chip when it comes to art investment.

With an expected slowdown in the Malaysian economy, the art industry will be facing a challenging year ahead. It is also crunch time for true dedicated artists and professional art galleries to prove to the public that their creations are worth collecting and investing, as the world has had enough of self-proclaimed and non-serious artists while some better artists demand prices beyond the reach of most especially the newcomers. Collectors are not dumb rich people; artists and their artworks are just like other professions and products that consumers pay with expectations.

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无可否认,马来西亚艺术圈在2015年大马政府实行消费税之后,对前景的展望是崎岖难行。另外,消费税实施之前,大马拍卖行引起了前所未有的拥挤,因为收藏家们想提早省一笔钱。虽然多数人预计2015年是不利的一年,但实际上拍卖行的整体营收仍令人惊讶,达200万令吉,高于2014年的记录。其中,亨利艺术拍卖行表现鹤立鸡群,营收超过1070万令吉,其次是KLAS艺术拍卖行,大约800万令吉;吉隆坡尚品艺术拍卖行750万令吉;The Edge拍卖行150万令吉。

2016年对马来西亚艺术圈而言,是有趣的一年。因为这一年,收藏家可能逢低买入,艺术圈成为艺术家和画廊之间的艰苦战场。虽然一些相对较新的画廊已决定关闭,比较资深的画廊,如Wei-Ling Gallery、G13、Core Design Gallery 和 Richard Koh Fine Art却勇敢前进。它们不仅积极举办有趣的本地艺术展,也到国际艺术展如“艺术登陆新加坡”介绍本身的艺术家。槟城的珍珠画廊和The Art画廊,以及来自吉隆坡的画廊,如PINKGUY画廊和Segaris艺术中心比较专注于本地展览。总之,今天的画廊必须向他们所代表的艺术家展现实力,以赢取收藏家的信心–相信他们所购买的艺术品,是蓝筹股级的投资。

随着马来西亚经济预期放缓,大马艺术圈将面临充满挑战的一年。这也是一个关键时刻,真正敬业的艺术家和专业画廊将向公众证明,他们的作品值得收藏和投资。事实上,这个世界受够了自吹自擂和不认真的艺术家,而一些优质艺术家的开价超出了大多数人,特别是新收藏家的购买能力。收藏家不是愚蠢的富人;艺术家和他们的作品就与其他专业人士和产品一样,消费者是抱着满怀期望来购买的。

Auction-Lot 57 Abdul Latiff Mohidin %22Landskap Rimba 96%22 (1996) 81cm x 203cm Oil on Canvas)1

Abdul Latiff Mohidin

Landskap Rimba
1996 • 81cm x 203cm • Oil on Canvas
KLAS Art Auction 24/05/2015, Lot 57
Price Realised: RM601,800

Auction-Yusof Ghani %22Biring LXX%22 (2007) Oil on Canvas 183cm x 183cm1

Yusof Ghani

Bring LXX
2007 • 183cm x 183cm • Oil on canvas
KLAS Art Auction 18/01/2015, Lot 48
Price Realised: RM313,600

Auction-Lot 109 Chia Yu Chian

Chia Yu Chian

The Waterfall
1983 • 97cm x 184cm • Oil on Canvas
Masterpiece KL 02/08/2015, Lot 109
Price Realised: RM156,800

Auction-Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Legong 4, 1997, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180cm, 2 panels

Ahmad Zakii Anwar

Legong 4
1997 • 120cm x 180cm • Acrylic on Canvas
KLAS Art Auction 24/05/2015, Lot 66
Price Realised: RM118,000

Image(s) courtesy of KLAS Art Auction and Masterpiece Auction

Rocking EUPE

Asian Superstars Wow Northern Malaysia

It was indeed a great day for the revellers at Planet EUPE when Asian superstar, Wang Leehom leaped on stage to perform his hits. For six hours on 1 March 2014, Asia’s biggest acts descended upon Kedah, entertaining the 15,000-strong music lovers with their world-class performances.Rocking the stage @ Planet EUPE

The heart-pumping music festival was organised by award-winning township developer, EUPE Corporation Berhad. Held at The Carnivall within EUPE’s Cinta Sayang township, the event put Sungai Petani under the international spotlight for its impressive list of performers that included Malaysian singing sensation, Yuna, Taiwanese electro-pop darling Jeannie Hsieh and Korean boy band U-KISS.

Show Stopping Showhouses

In a time when properties are hitting the million-ringgit mark and beyond, and with each development one-upping the other with new technologies and security features, aesthetics can play an important and deciding role. How one presents a showhouse could be the key to the potential home-buyer’s heart.

When potential home-buyers walk into the space, they immediately start visualizing how the space could fit their requirements and lifestyle, more so when the property is on the higher end of the market. This is the reason showhouses exist – to show how a particular house can serve as a home and how the standard space can be transformed into something new and with the right design by the interior decorator, spectacular.

Penang-based interior décor firm, Splendid Interior Décor, is one such expert in transforming empty shells into statement houses. Employing clever lighting techniques, smart space management and arresting art works, Splendid Interior Décor has designed some outstanding contemporary showhouses.

One such project is the Botanica.CT residential development in Penang’s idyllic town of Balik Pulau.   Styling the two-storey and three-storey houses, Splendid Interior Décor has created showhouses that are not only liveable and practical, but also elegant and stunning.

One of the design elements that was used to enhance the ambiance of the spacious living and dining areas was lighting, which in this project consisted of a combination of gorgeous chandeliers and warm accent lights. By combining the right lighting fixtures with the correct hues and intensity, Splendid Interior Décor has highlighted features of specific room that deserved the attention, and making the generous spaces cosy and charming.

Playing off the lighting, artworks in earth tones adorn the wide walls, blending in perfectly with the perfect ambience, colour and illumination scheme of the showhouses. Another design element that elevates the overall concept of the Botanica.CT showhouses is the contemporary sculptures that add a certain glamour to the spaces. The result is a set of showhouses that are inviting, stylish and reflective of a contemporary lifestyle.

For further information, email splendidinteriordecor@gmail.com

Holistic Grooming

One of Malaysia’s premier aesthetics academies, Stella-In International Advanced Aesthetics Academy has groomed generations of aestheticians and beauty professionals. It was established by Madam Stella Hong in 1980 and is accredited by international examination boards of Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, UK (CIBTAC), Comite International d’Esthetic et Cosmetologie, Zurich (CIDESCO) and International Federation of Aromatherapy, UK (IFA). Recognising the academy’s contribution to Malaysia, the Ministry of Tourism appointed Stella-In as Malaysia’s Official Centre of Excellence to train Spa Therapists in 2011.

Not content is being just providing vocational training, Stella-In has paved a continuous education pathway for its students, enabling them to acquire higher qualifications. The Academy is in collaboration with Chisholm Institute of TAFE that allows its students to transfer credits of their qualifications at Stella-In to Chisholm TAFE for further studies in Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Bachelor in Health Science (Dermal Therapies) at Victoria University (Melbourne). In this regard, Stella-In is a pioneer, being the first aesthetics academy in Malaysia to forge such a path for its students.

Stella-In is headed by Madam Stella’s son, Leslie Hong. Injecting vigour and helping bring the Academy to new heights, Leslie is an expert in the field of aesthetics. He is a Colour Analyst and Image Consultant who has the distinction of being one of the first in Southeast Asia to be certified by Canada’s International Image Institute. This Property Estate Studies and Management double-degree graduate from New Zealand followed his mother’s footsteps and joined the family business because of his passion for the industry. ‘Aesthetics is not just making people look beautiful, but helping people as well. I saw my mother helping clients with acne recover; then when the clients’ skin got well, she would put make-up for them and groom them. You could see the joy in the customers. That really inspired me,’ said Leslie.

Leslie Hong,  Chief Executive Officer of Stella-In International Advanced Aesthetics Academy
Leslie Hong,
Chief Executive Officer of Stella-In International Advanced Aesthetics Academy

With over 18 years of experience as an artistic director, make-up artist and master trainer for Stella-In International,  Leslie is credited with leading the Academy to its international recognition and positioning as one of, if not the, leading aesthetics academy in the region. ‘Nowadays, people look towards brands and recognition, awards and achievements. The evolution of Stella-In from the 1980’s to now is one in which we have positioned ourselves very well in terms of accreditation,’ he explained on the success of Stella-In in bridging vocational training and tertiary education with leading institutions in Australia.

Besides having a passion for the aesthetics field, Leslie is passionate about community service. He is an active Lions Club member, having served the organisation as its president in the past and spearheading his club’s Prosthetic Limbs Project which has been instrumental in providing prosthetic limbs to those in need since 2006.

With his interest in Lions Club and his mother’s life-long quest to help people, it is no surprise that Stella-In has a culture of doing social work. ‘In business, we feel that most important thing is that we have to care for the society through community service works,’ said Leslie. ‘We are involved in social outreach programmes such as fund raising for local hospitals, and providing massage training for the blind at St Nicholas’ Home, among others.’

If a lasting career in aesthetics is what you’re looking for, make Stella-In your top consideration as a quality education centre. To find out more information, call +604 228 3833/ 227 3833 or visit http://www.stella-in.com.my.