When you are struck with polio at a tender age, you think it's all over for you. No chance to make it in life. Wrong.

Lee Thiam Wah had a loving grandma who took care of him at home while his siblings went to school. The words she said to him stuck in his mind - "you are only cacat physically and not mentally." She told him to be independent and earn a living like everyone else.

So the boy set up a table outside his house and sold snacks to passers by. Neighbors...

Posted by in Food, Food Entrepreneurs on Oct 27, 2021 .

You don’t have to be a baker to start a successful café bakery like Kenny Hills Bakers.  

Au Tai Hon, owner of the popular Kenny Hills Bakers in Bukit Tunku, just wanted his own small place that serves the dense artisan crafted breads that he loved together with old world coffee. He was a film maker before turning F&B entrepreneur. Why would you find a team of trained artisan bakers? 

Au learned of the closing down of a British bakery called Craft Bakers. A few well-trained artisan bakers would soon be out of job. Au likes people who are passionate about what they do. So he took the bakers with him to start a 65sq m corner bakery in...

Posted by in Funds & Tech, PE Funds on Oct 22, 2021 .

In just 5 years, three friends built a multi-million express delivery business that covers Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei. Lai Chang Wen, Tan Bo Xian and Shaun Chong of Singapore are on their way to add Ninja Van to their country’s list of unicorns when the Alibaba Group backed their latest funding round which raised US$578 million. Ninja Van announced that the money will be used to sustain the cost of their growing infrastructure and logistics operations.

 The three logistics startup entrepreneurs gave up their jobs in 2014 to try their luck in the e-commerce market that was...

The Chinese believe that the best business to be in is the food business and it only takes one right product to set the cash register ringing for a long time. For the Pang family from Melaka, it was the MAMEE noodle snacks that was launched in 1974 and its blue MAMEE Monster mascot that has become a hit among Malaysian children. The chicken and curry flavoured noodle snacks can be eaten straight from the pack. With the success from its first factory in Melaka’s Air Keroh Industrial estate, the family-owned company, Pacific Food Products Sdn Bhd (Pacific Food) was set for the big time.  

Pacific Food pampered local consumers with...

Posted by in Healthcare, Mental Health on Oct 18, 2021 .

Public opinion is clearly in favour of the Government’s declared intention to get Parliament’s approval for the repeal of Section 306 of the Penal Code. Section 306 makes attempted suicide a crime punishable with imprisonment or with a fine or both. Singapore decriminalized suicide in 2019. 

The man on the street in general cannot process the idea that a person who failed in his attempt to commit suicide is then arrested to be charged in court and possibly jailed. Is it not bad enough that the distraught victim has gone through a harrowing experience trying to end his or her life that on failure he or she has to face prosecution in...

Posted by in Healthcare, Mental Health on Oct 10, 2021 .

When someone you know becomes terminally ill, you may feel helpless or inadequate. You may not know what to say or do. How should I respond and behave? 

Here are some helpful suggestions: 

  • Call and ask if it is okay to visit. Let your friend make the decision. Now is the time when your friendship can help keep loneliness at bay and fear at a distance 
  • Don’t ask questions. Listen to what your friend has to say. Listen long and hard. Silence often speaks louder than words.  
  • Hold your friend’s hand as a show of friendship if he or she allows. Ask permission to do it. Respond to your friend’s emotions. Cry if you can when your...

Posted by in Healthcare, Private Hospitals on Oct 08, 2021 .

TMC Life Sciences Berhad (TMCLS) operates an integrated healthcare platform that incorporates a Hospital Division, TMC Fertility Centre, TMC Care Pharmacy and Thomson TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia since 2005.  

TMCLS’s flagship hospital is the Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara (formerly known as Tropicana Medical Centre) established in 2008. It is a 205-bedded multi-disciplinary tertiary care centre equipped with advanced medical technology and served by more than 110 consultant specialists.  

Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara (THKD) has embarked on an expansion plan to become a...

Sakae Sushi is a chain of sushi restaurants that belongs to Singapore listed Sakae Holdings Limited. The business was started during the Asian Financial crisis of 1997 by Singapore entrepreneur, Douglas Foo. The Sakae Sushi brand has expanded from Singapore to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Japan and Chile. 

Sakae Sushi’s affordable and wide range of sushi offerings were first made available to the Singapore public when it opened in OUB Centre in 1997. The company  opened its first outlet in Malaysia at The Curve, Petaling Jaya in 2005. There are currently 11 outlets in Malaysia ( The global...