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I have an idea – now what?

If you were Dato’ Murly Manokharan, the an­swer would be sim­ple. The Founder and Group CEO of Aspen Group is some­thing of a wun­derkind. At 18, when many his age were think­ing no fur­ther than club night, Dato’ Murly was al­ready work­ing in an ar­chi­tec­tural firm, zip­ping be­tween China, Amer­ica and Pe­nang while build­ing fac­to­ries for his clients. At 19, he was a tech­ni­cal as­sis­tant at Ivory Prop­er­ties. At 23, he was made COO of the com­pany. By the time he was 25, Dato’ Murly had be­come the youngest Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and COO in Malaysian cor­po­rate his­tory.

Dato’ Murly’s idea of build­ing af­ford­able homes may not, at first, seem new, but his is the first in the coun­try to part­ner es­tab­lished home fur­nish­ings and elec­tron­ics brands such as IKEA, Pana­sonic and Sig­na­ture Kitchens. Young buy­ers are now not only able to pur­chase an af­ford­able home, they can lit­er­ally move in with just a suit­case. “We were the first ones to bring those brands to the ta­ble dur­ing the con­struc­tion stage,” says Dato’ Murly. “The abil­ity to buy a rea­son­ably priced home, fit­ted with all the ne­ces­si­ties, made a lot of sense to me.”

Dato’ Murly’s part­ner­ship with Ikano Pte Ltd also sees him lead­ing the charge in de­vel­op­ing Pe­nang’s first IKEA store, one of the high­lights of his mega-scale mixed de­vel­op­ment project, Aspen Vi­sion City.

His other pas­sion – sports – saw him help trans­form the FA Pe­nang from a debt-rid­den fourth divi­sion team to a healthy first-divi­sion unit in the course of three years.

For all his achieve­ments, Dato’ Murly, still only age 31, sees no signs of stop­ping. “I’m a per­son who’s con­stantly on the move,” he says. “I al­ways think about what I can do to chal­lenge my­self.”

Chal­leng­ing one­self is what our per­son­al­i­ties fea­tured in this month’s The Col­lec­tors ad­here to. As se­ri­ous afi­ciona­dos, the thrill of the chase is al­most al­ways as sat­is­fy­ing as the ac­tual ac­qui­si­tion. I was struck by some­thing a Nor­we­gian hunter I’d once met had said to me: “Some­times, we don’t catch any­thing but it would still be a good hunt­ing day.” Not for noth­ing do we call it the holy grail – The pur­suit of it, and of­ten our phi­los­o­phy of the pur­suit, is what mat­ters most. MINDY TEH, ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

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