Humility in a corporate world

HUMILITY still prevails in the corporate world. At least that trait is still portrayed by some people like Chia Song Kun, who despite the massive wealth they have made or donated, is still very much known as a plain Mr Chia.  

“I only went to the US once during my son's graduation and I eat at stalls around here.” 

Also missing from the parking bay in front of his office, which he operates from a three-storey shop office in Klang, was his S320, also by choice unassumingly tucked at a corner somewhere.  

Chia, the managing director of QL Resources Bhd, is also a director of Inti Universal Holdings Bhd, credentials which could have easily qualify him for an honorary doctorate title.  

“I prefer to keep a low profile, what's more important, is for me to create shareholder value for this company, which I am paid for,” he said during a meeting with StarBiz at his office last week. Chia obviously is very committed with the mission, having constantly emphasizing the point at every opportunity he could. 

“We have six working directors in the company, and they are stationed all over the place of our business to ensure smooth running of the operations.,” he said.  

“They are all over the place in Lahad Datu, KK, Hutan Melintang – living and working full time for the business,” said Chia fondly of his brothers. 

Chia, formerly a lecturer of statistics at the now UiTM, started QL Resources Bhd back in 1987 together with his brother in law, Chia Seong Pow.  

The third of nine brothers and five sisters from Sungai Besar, Kuala Selangor, Chia found opportunity still abundant in the resource-based industry.  

Our country is still very rich in resources. We have fish, chicken, oil palm that could be value added. That is the basic principal of our business,” he said.  

Moreover, the agriculture and fisheries business offers opportunity for all the nine brothers to actively participate. 

Chia spoke highly of his brothers, “we share the same objective and QL Resources have been successful because of our similar thinking and mindset.” 

Prior to QL, Chia had first started Inti College, a private education group specializing in foreign education.  

“I have always love teaching, and even during my school days, had found time to teach during semester break,” he said. 

Chia still encouraged his wife to continue teaching says, “it is a noble profession and a great contribution to society.” 

“We have over 1,500 workers and I can say that almost 90% of them are Malaysians,” he said. 

With all his family’s achievements in QL Resources, (the company is well on its way to hit the RM800mil revenue mark this financial year), Chia said it was not necessary for his three children to join the company. 

“They can have their own career. My daughter is a pharmacist, one son is working in the Silicon Valley and the other is still studying. It is up to them what they want to pursue in life,” he said.  

“But perhaps who knows. Maybe one day QL Resources would want to start a pharmaceutical division or an electronics division, they can use their expertise to grow the company further,” he said. 

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