KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Shamsuddin Abdul Kadir’s road to success is unveiled in his autobiography, A Driver’s Son.
The publicity-shy chairman and founder of Sapura Group of Companies opened up on how he lived through poverty and wartime hardship, his years in the civil service, and ponders on various turning points in his life.
“I hope that readers, especially the young, take home the message that there is no substitute for hard work in attaining success,” he said.
The book was launched by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Also present were the Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim and Shamsuddin’s wife Puan Sri Mariam Parineh.
Aside from childhood recollections, A Driver’s Son also offers a glimpse into how Shamsuddin found his calling in the world of business, starting Sapura Holdings in 1975 as a means to support his family, and watching it grow into the conglomerate it is today.
The Sapura Group of Companies now specialises in various industries, including oil and gas, industrial and automotive manufacturing, communications, aviation, and property development.
“Ï have never dreamt of writing a book before, and this one was three years in the making,” Shamsuddin said of this first book to his name.
At the event, Shamsuddin read an excerpt from his book about how his only attempt at playing truant from school backfired when he was beaten with an umbrella by his mother at the school gates.
He was dragged home by one arm, tied to a jackfruit tree and left to the mercy of big red ants which wasted no time in swarming all over him and biting him.
“I cried and screamed, but no one came to help ... It was by far the most severe punishment I had ever received, and I have not forgotten it to this day.
“My parents never disciplined me so harshly again, and it told me even at that young age how much they wanted me to go to school,” he read.
A Driver’s Son retails at RM40 at all major bookstores nationwide.