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PILLARS: HOW DID A MEDICAL DOCTOR END UP BECOMING A BUSINESSMAN?
An unpolished stone is not necessarily worthless until given the right treatment and care. Behonce Beh watches as art comes to life in the hands of a woman who saw it all happen before her eyes.
PILLARS: THE GENERAL PUBLIC TEND TO OPINE THAT THE FASHION AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY IS SKIN DEEP AND SHALLOW. ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?
When it comes to staying one step ahead of the competition, you have to think out-of-the box. Charlotte Robert finds out how.
Keep calm and run. Running away never solves anything but running towards an unfathomable goal may take you places you’ve only ever dreamt of in a lifetime.
PILLARS: YOU HAD A FLOURISHING CAREER FOR EIGHT YEARS IN THE IT INDUSTRY AND THEN YOU DECIDE TO GIVE IT ALL UP AND OPEN A ONE-MAN COMPANY. WHY?
WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE AN OBEDIENT DAUGHTER? Yap Shin Siang: I would say so as my father (Yap Seong Fatt, founder of YYC Advisors) encouraged my brother (Yap Zhi Chau) and I at a young age to venture into the audit and accountancy line.
In life, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. As such, Vincent Khoo does not waste time dwelling on the what-ifs and prefers to just get on with the job.
This is a classic tale of partners in love and in business who have made it together, leveraging on each other’s strengths and expertise.
PILLARS: Is it true that people often mistake your company for an event organiser? Yusno Yunos: Yes! Actually, we are software developers. Our product is Evenesis, an online web application, which serves as an event management system that helps organisers to plan and execute events seamlessly.
PILLARS: HOW DID YOUR LOVE AFFAIR FOR THE RUSTIC AND THE MODERN BEGIN?
Andrew Lee had a very happy childhood. He was the eighth child of eight siblings which he recalls was nice because his siblings took care of him.
Life threw her a curve ball but instead of giving up, she just aimed higher.
Actress, mother, designer and entrepreneur, there’s nothing stopping this woman from having her cake and eating it too. Behonce Beh shares a light moment with Dynas Nursing Attire founder Dynas Mokhtar on the joy of natural parenting.
Brothers in business keep the legacy alive when the young ones join the band
Serving seriously awesome food is a serious business for Melissa Groot, owner of Le Midi Restaurant Sdn Bhd
The immense satisfaction of nurturing a company has given great joy to one man and his sisters. Literally, it feels like the earth has risen up to give them a nod of approval for the respect they have paid to it.
BioFact Life Sdn Bhd managing director Vince Chua cleared the air with Behonce Beh on the delicate process of cordyceps cultivation and keeping the family legacy alive
It’s a perfect combination, the father built it and the son revolutionised it. Today The Big Rajah is KLs most sought after caterer ensuring that every event is one to be remembered.
Chatime appears to be the latest craze to sweep the country selling a staggering 1 million cups of tea in a single month. What’s the secret behind the success of Chatime? CHARLOTTE ROBERT finds out while sipping on a cup of tea with Bryan Loo, the managing director of Loob Holding Sdn Bhd.
He’s not Malaysian, but he changed lives and has been an inspiration to many. He revolutionized the Information Age and simplified technology we know now as Macintosh. Here’s the secret to life according to Steve Jobs - the genius behind Apple.
PILLARS: You’ve returned from Brussels bearing good news and I’ve heard you made the nation proud. Care to share?
It’s a man’s world no doubt, but that does not stop a woman in building her empire from scratch, despite a silver spoon in tow.
Opportunity only knocks once and one woman answered that call with rock solid determination
Blindly groping in the dark when he started, Adrian Khiang, managing director of Optics 81 Vision Care Sdn Bhd, quickly found his way to opening eight outlets and has his eyes set on a very bright future.
BATIK IS NOT JUST A PIECE OF CLOTH. BATIK IS... EMILIA TAN: ....something that makes people happy! When I was exposed to batik at a very young age, the fine beauty and the process involved in the art kept me fascinated.
He was the last guy picked by his university mates to be a businessman amongst them. Not that he lacked the business acumen or razor sharp mind to excel at it but more so because Datuk Lim Seng Kok spent the first two years of his working life serving the government as a qualified civil engineer.
There he was. Wandering across the porch as soon as the gate opened, two conclusions can be deduced from this situation. He’s either very excited to see us or he’s badly trained. Either way, his gorgeous golden coat glistened under the sun that melted away at my lazy morning heart.
KAILASH SHETH: My family is into business and my dad encouraged me to start a business as well. After graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University in Perth, I knew I did not want to work for someone else and was looking for a business possibility to venture into. My ultimate goal was to figure out how to make money
PILLARS: I have read that interior design wasn’t your first foray into the business world. Care to share your journey with us?
In Malaysia, the ubiquitous term “yum cha” or loosely translated to tea drinkinghas been engrained in our society,often exhibited during long conversationsover the weekend.
You are a man in a funny industry, constantly surrounded by funny people. Tell us, how did the idea for Comedy Club come about?
Bernard Chandran is Bold Brazen Bodacious. He’s used to being written about, whispered about and noticed. He turns heads wherever he goes. Attention he gets, whether he seeks it or not!
Lines around his eyes reveal his age, but his boyish character tells of his personality. There’s something about Kian Classic CEO Kenny Yap that keeps you hooked on to his every word.
Your childhood was partly based here and partly in Australia. Tell us more about your background?
Venturing into unfamiliar territory, this man has only one thing to say: “Bring it on.”
Your story seems to be one of hard-work, and sacrifice. Tell us, how did it all begin?
Mention the name Ultra Racing, and immediately people would assume that all you do is deal with race cars around the track. Before you started this company, what sort of person were you?
Are leaders born or are they made? While the born v made question has oft been debated, one boy knew from a very early age that he was born to be a leader.
Few are aware that grapes have found a home in Malaysia. Vineyards are starting to make their mark here, despite our hot and humid weather that is nothing like those of traditional growing regions. And yet, here they flourish in the valley of Sendayan.
The story of Noraini’s Cookies Worldwide Sdn Bhd is one that teaches perseverance and innovation, especially in trying times. Owner and founder, Hajjah Noraini started out her business with humble beginnings.
From cooking as a hobby to running a cottage industry to being recognised as a successful SME business owner: that was the transformation of Hajah Maskinah binti Haji Sepawi, who turned her past time of producing Tebaloi into a successful and thriving business venture.
Ask any avid online shopper what’s the best place to shop online for KL’s trendiest fashion and without any doubt it’s FashionValet.net. A hub for local fashion designers to showcase their latest creations, FashionValet.net gives fashionistas the ultimate online shopping haven.
Since 2000, Expomal has been operating as a professional exhibition and conference organiser – and a very successful one indeed. Its impressive portfolio of projects spans a variety of products and services: from education to business, real estate to green technology, food & beverages to handicrafts.
Station 1 Café is quite the epitome of a modern, fusion-style café. In just 6 short years, it has established itself as a popular place where customers of all ages can comfortably chill.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so they so say. In the case of Leet Green, the saying is literally true: the company is in the business of recycling.