For patriotism and positivity

REMEMBER when Malaysians from all walks of life celebrated the triumph of national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei when he defeated Lin Dan in the semi-final match of the Rio Olympics 2016?

“The way every Malaysian, regardless of race and religion, came together to watch the intense match with one objective in mind – to fully support our country – was amazing!

“Our country needs more of this positive energy, especially among the young generation, to keep the nation going for the betterment of our country,” said Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Eng Wei Chun.

That memorable episode inspired him to organise a NegaraKu short video contest held last year and supported by The Star, Sin Chew and Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs (SAME), in conjunction with the country’s 60th National Day celebrations.

The top five video contest winners at the prize presentation ceremony.
The top five video contest winners at the prize presentation ceremony.

Aimed at fostering greater unity, the contest encouraged Malaysians, especially young talents, to celebrate Malaysia’s birthday by expressing their love for the country through short video productions.

This year, Orando Holdings is holding a #muhibah short video contest in collaboration with Utusan Malaysia/Utusan Online.

Campaigns like this will become an annual initiative through the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

“The young generation is the future leaders of the country. The spirit of patriotism and unity is important to move the country towards greater prosperity,” he said.

Dr Eng, 46, added that he was proud of Malaysia’s sense of moderation developed through inclusiveness, tolerance and good set of internationally recognised laws.

“Malaysia is a unique country because of its diversity, reflecting various ethnicity, cultures and traditions existing harmoniously.

“I hope a positive spirit and healthy mindset can be instilled among Malaysians for the country’s future,” he said.

Dr Eng says unity is important to move the country towards greater prosperity.
Dr Eng says unity is important to move the country towards greater prosperity.

He said many people still did not seem to know where Malaysia is located, and he feels achieving international awards is a way to promote the country.

“Confidence in the country will help attract foreign direct investment (FDI),” he said.

In turn, FDI would increase job opportunities, especially in the industrial sector, and help reduce the country’s unemployment rate.

“It will also strengthen the value of the ringgit and enable access to modern technology and expertise to facilitate our rapidly developing country,” he emphasised.

There are many factors that make Malaysia a good investment destination, he said.

“Aside from its strategic location as an ideal gateway to the regional market, Malaysia practises a common law legal system.

“The government has also made great efforts to attract FDI by supporting a conducive environment for business and investment through initiatives such as implementing appropriate policies, a mature banking system as well as building international infrastructures,” he said.

Having a culturally diverse set of people means the country also has for its resources, a vibrant pool of talent who are multilingual, a valuable asset which helps Malaysia penetrate markets such as China, Indonesia and India, he added.

Dr Eng stressed that productivity was crucial to the country’s development.

“Employees all have a responsibility to increase self-productivity for the sake of the country’s growth and sustainability.

“If all of us do our part for the country, it will surely continue to prosper for years to come,” he concluded.

Dr Eng started his career as a quantity surveyor and established his own construction company when he was 28. He sold the company after five years and set up Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd.

With a seed capital of RM100,000, the company ventured into the property market in 2003, starting with four units of semi-detached houses in Taman Yarl, Old Klang Road in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a row of landed homes in Taman Sri Angkasa, Puchong.

Later, it diverted its focus to high-rise projects such as Vistaria Residensi and Sky Vista Residensi condominiums, both in Cheras. Orando Holdings’ current projects include Vila Vista in Cheras, Villa Crystal in Segambut and Lavile Kuala Lumpur.

After expanding to Hong Kong last year, Dr Eng is planning to venture into Britain as a boutique developer within this year.

To-date, the property developer’s gross development sales totals close to RM1.8bil.