Be prac­ti­cal and knowl­edge­able

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to make sure that I have suf­fi­cient time for my fam­ily, I must be ef­fi­cient in do­ing my work.

Al­though I am pretty busy with my work, I make use of ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond mean­ing­fully. Be­ing able to do well in one’s ca­reer does not mean that I have to com­pro­mise my time with my fam­ily. They will al­ways have my un­di­vided at­ten­tion.

How has men­tor­ship made a dif­fer­ence in your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives? I be­lieve in learn­ing from the best. I love to lis­ten to views from dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion­als, be it bankers, lawyers or ac­coun­tants. Ev­ery pro­fes­sion car­ries its own weight and hav­ing var­i­ous pro­fes­sional ad­vice does help me to shape my busi­ness di­rec­tion and life goals.

When I say “men­tor­ship”, it does not have to be some­one who is older than you, it can be any­one with their own pro­fes­sions. There is al­ways some­thing in some­one that is worth to be learnt.

What do you want to ac­com­plish in the next five years? I want to be some­one in the food and poul­try in­dus­try. I de­sire to build a well-known brand for my com­pany and Harumi is just the be­gin­ning of my big­ger plan. I am de­ter­mined to es­tab­lish Harumi as one of the top three food brands in Malaysia and ex­pand over­seas in the next few years.

Com­pany wise, I wish to work to­wards in­te­grat­ing my cur­rent busi­nesses, as it is not a vol­ume game for me. It is about what is go­ing to be sus­tain­able for a long time.

Best piece of ad­vice you ever re­ceived on your ca­reer? The best piece of ad­vice that I ever re­ceived was to think be­yond be­ing just a poul­try player. I was guided to think big­ger than what we were do­ing and we dis­cov­ered the po­ten­tial of es­tab­lish­ing a fried chicken brand.

I went be­yond that by seek­ing help from ex­perts from the Tai­wanese mar­ket, where we learned from the best and grew from there.

Who is your most-ad­mired busi­ness leader? Why? Jack Ma, the founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of Alibaba Group. The way he made his in­ter­net-based busi­ness be­come a global brand is in­spir­ing. His deter­mi­na­tion and fore­sight are ad­mirable but he is not with­out fail­ures and dis­ap­point­ments in his jour­ney of build­ing his em­pire. He is an en­tre­pre­neur who gives us an idea of turn­ing the im­pos­si­ble into the pos­si­ble in life.

His suc­cess does not rely on be­ing lucky, it is with much tears and sweat with strong be­liefs.

How do you stay abreast of is­sues af­fect­ing your in­dus­try? I have a team who up­dates me on the lat­est in­dus­try is­sues and trends. I am not able to be aware of ev­ery is­sue that is hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try by only re­ly­ing on my mind. It is team­work that mat­ters.

I al­ways min­gle with dif­fer­ent peo­ple to learn what is hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try and even learn­ing be­yond what I am do­ing. It is not how you are be­ing up­dated with the is­sues, it is the at­tempt to stay up­dated in the first place.

The big­gest chal­lenge you’ve faced? The big­gest chal­lenge will be to turn around the com­pany into a sus­tain­able busi­ness and set­ting a suc­ces­sion plan so that I can pass on the busi­ness to the next gen­er­a­tion. Be­sides build­ing up the busi­ness, I will have to think of the fu­ture of the com­pany in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. This is why iden­ti­fy­ing the right tal­ent is cru­cial. I be­lieve my big­gest chal­lenge is to build a busi­ness that can be sus­tained for many gen­er­a­tions.

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