Taking the firm under his wings

  • Business
  • Monday, 13 Jan 2003

SIM Kuang Meng is the “heart and soul” of F&N Glass Division. He has been with the division for 33 years and runs the business as if it is his own. He is an integral part of the division and continuously thinks of ways and means to improve the business even in his free time. 

His sense of commitment to the company cannot be denied. At the age of 60, he is still the man in charge of all the division's operations in Malaysia, Vietnam and China and with plans for expansion, his portfolio is enlarging. 

Born and bred in Johor, Sim started working for Malaya Glass Products Sdn Bhd in Johor Baru as a branch manager of a semi-automatic plant under Malaya Glass. That was in 1969 after he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Nanyang University, Singapore. 

“I am an all-rounder, having had positions in administration, human resources and marketing in the company,” Sim said. With his vast experience, he initiated the division's expansion into Vietnam in 1992 and also China. 

Being a very hands-on person, he travels very regularly to China, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur for plant visits. “This is necessary, especially for China, where you need to know the business really well to succeed,” he explained. 

He is a strong believer that “people are the best assets of every company.” He values competence rather than qualification. “I practice the open-door policy, everyone can come and talk to me - we are like family,” he said. 

And with 2,500 people under his helm in the F&N Glass division, Sim has a very large extended family indeed. 

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