Monday, November 2, 2009

Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 1

It was a mind-blowing evening at Kingwood Hotel where an eager crowd close to 500 jam-packed into Regalia Ballroom to listen with eye popping to Mr. Tan Kee Hian speaking on "Sibu In Blue Ocean".

Stagnant growth and development has been a burning issue here. We have cried out, but Sibu continues to be heading to no where. Yes, it is a frustration that has become more and more unbearable.

It is with this deep concern for Sibu that this public forum was being organised at the sole initiative of MPI.

The turnout wasn't too much a surprise. It was a manifestation how concerned are Sibuians about our hometown.

I noted that the attention of the audience was glued to the speaker throughout, fearing they might miss out if they let their minds be diverted away.

Truly, as Kee Hian said right at the start, it was a forum calling for lots of thinking. The speaker masterfully provoked the audience into giving thought as to what courses we can possibly gear Sibu to better development.

May I say that if the forum participants had listened thoughtfully to Kee Hian, they would have benefited to a greater extent.

Kee Hian started off the evening with a brief run-down of the forum contents. Broadly, he categorised the talk into 6 sections:-
1. The As-Is developmental status of Sibu.
2. Dreams/Visions for Sibu.
3. The Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) approach.
4. Blue Ocean ideas for Sibu.
5. Key capabilities for Sibu in the Blue Ocean.
6. Takeaways and next steps.
The picture shows a section of the audience. Photo: Terrence Tan of MPI

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