Tan Thiam Hock

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5 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

This year looks like a tough year for business and ministers

Tan Thiam Hock - On your own
THE year 2019 started off badly with red ink declines across all stock exchanges in the world. Bears charged ahead as investors continued to be spooked by dramatic events happening in the United States, China and Europe.

22 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

Taking stock of misses and successes

AS the year draw to a close, most businesses start to wind down. Big bosses go on family holidays while small bosses are still fighting hard for last minute sales to make the forecast numbers.

15 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

An exciting but challenging journey

THE most difficult part of writing an article is the beginning. The first paragraph is the toughest. My mind is blank. Is this a good idea? Uncertainty sets in. I would light a cigar and let my mind wonder for the next 30 minutes. Brought back to reality by time constraint.

One for the album: Counters promoting Silkygirl products. The birth of Silkygirl was due to a strategic dispute with Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics on how the brand should go forward.
26 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

Meaningless debate on the Constitution

ALL countries are governed by their uniquely constructed Federal Constitution and Malaysia is no different. The US Constitution has less than 5,000 words whereas the Malaysian Constitution contains more than 60,000 words.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was just stating the truth when he said that there would be no amendment to Article 153. As such the Opposition’s accusation on the possible amendment is baseless and irrelevant.  Unless of course they cross over to the Pakatan bench and form the two-thirds majority.  Ratification of ICERD is irrelevant and meaningless as long as Article 153 is not amended. It is just a United Nations charter and it has no jurisdiction over our sovereignty. The Malaysian Constitution was drafted to be relevant to the times of the day.
10 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

FundMyHome and the risks taken by all players

I DO not enjoy discussing business ideas with my eldest son. We always end up in an argument over the dinner table. My wife will roll her eyes while the rest of the family will keep quiet, not knowing what we are arguing about.

27 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

Does the size of business matter?

On your own - By Tan Thiam Hock
ONE of the most intriguing question that have often been asked of entrepreneurs - does size matter? I am of course referring to the size of the business.

Rapt attention: Civil servants at a government function held in Penang recently. A total of 650,000 civil servants manage the country and provide other services at the various ministries.
13 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

Welcome all, to the land of the brave

JUST last month, both my sons quit their jobs from very good companies that they were working with since they graduated. Both of them were planning to work in fin tech and financial startups. Even though I felt that they should acquire a few more years of working experience, I had to consent to their request.

29 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

A wishlist to the Education Minister

On your own by Tan Thiam Hock
AFTER my last article, Jacqueline from one of my active chat groups asked that I write a wish list to our Education Minister. Instead of talking about the IIUM president’s job that he insist on keeping, I challenged the group members to focus on our primary and secondary national schools by asking them to give me their personal top three wishes for the wish list that I can compile and message to Dr Maszlee Malik via this column.

15 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Back to work!

MALAYSIA is less competitive now vis-a-vis our Asian neighbours because we have too many public holidays. Malaysians love to de-stress by taking holidays and normally need to have additional rest days to recover from a tiring holiday.

1 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Be positive and stay positive

JUST two nights ago, I joined my golf and drinking buddies for a Merdeka eve celebration at Mezze. To rephrase, they are just drinking buddies now since they excluded me from their earlier golf game at the newly revamped West Course of TPC KL. To soothe my bruised ego, Vincent brought Wide Churchill cigars and Jagan offered the delicious Morgon red wine from Burgundy.