Monday, October 27, 2008

Public Forum On Outlooks For Sibu - Part 2

Mr. Tan Kee Hian sharing on his global journey. Photo : Terrence Tan of MPI


Tan Kee Hian kicked the evening off with a brief run-down on his academic pursuits and global journey which are impressive and extensive.

Kee Hian's resume would easily take any aspirants to great admiration. Winning a Shell Scholarship to Imperial College, UK would raise the eyebrows of a lot of people undoubtedly. Getting into the prestigious Harvard School of Business for MBA has long been the dream of a lot of business students or executives. And Kee Hian did it all with flying colours!

The speaker sought to address the audience that breakthroughs in pursuits are not impossible so long as you are committed to unlock your mindset. In a wider perspective, this criterion applies equally to Sibu, a place which is buzzing with frustration now.

In his extensive global journey, Kee Hian has wonderful exposures which have earned him valuable personal treasures. He shared the lessons learned which are thought-provoking.

1. Hold on to our basic values (for example, trustworthiness).

(I fully agree with Mr. Tan on this human value point.)

2. Accept some handicaps or a reality that there is no level playing field, if you come from Sibu.

(A good point - we have to be realistic.)

3. Simply go forth - "The world is your oyster."

(Be more globalised in outlook!)

4. Be inspired - Trust your instinct and judgement.

5. There is absolutely no substitute for diligence and perspiration.

These 5 pillars have taken Kee Hian to greater height in his personal pursuits and earned him rich returns. He challenged Sibuians to tread along the line to lift up Sibu.


The picture shows The Rejang Esplanade, Sibu.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think he is pretty spot on regarding the future of Sibu. One particular area touches my nerve, namely, Sibu as a tertiary education center. And when he talked about the need to take the initiative to make things happen during the Q&A session, I really wanted to bring up the issue of leadership. While Mr. Tan talked about many things, one thing notably absence from his talk was the question of leadership.

Many years ago, there was talk of the Methodist church of Malaysia (http://www.wfn.org/1999/09/msg00149.html) wanting to set up a university in 2000. This university could potentially become a world class university because it has the support of the United Methodist in USA. Unfortunately, our elected leaders let us down by not able to help secure the necessary permit from the Federal government. Instead, for reasons best known to them, we have the unsuccessful UCS. I wanted to ask Mr. Tan his views on leadership in Sibu.

The only thing that prevented me from asking that question is not to embarrass the moderator.

K

sarawakiana said...

I believe that if all the thinkers of Sibu can (i)get together once in a while for forums like this(ii) write sensibly in order to improve the economic situation (iii) give good advice and practice good commercial ethics (iv) plough back a lot of profits into the society
(v) no greedy and unscrupulous practices
(vi) no squeezing out of small traders
much can be done for Sibu!!

I am always praying for a miracle for Sibu - we can have a really great chain reaction and every one will come up champions and successful!!

IE Clean up your acts.
Just my two cents worth.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is not just talking but action. Our leaders are quite good in only talking. Whenever they need the votes, they have sweet talkings.

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