It pays to inculcate a reading habit

For a good cause: Eng (right) presenting the mock cheque to Chan at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya. — ONG SOON HIN /The Star

PETALING JAYA: The reading habit is an exercise for the mind that must be cultivated, says Datuk Seri Eng Wei Chun.

“Like exercise for the body, reading activates our minds. By reading more, we can find simple answers to complex questions,” the Orando Holdings managing director said at Menara Star here.

During his visit yesterday, Eng handed over a mock cheque for RM50,000 towards The Star ePaper for the Students Sponsorship Programme 2024 to Star Media Group chief executive officer Chan Seng Fatt.

Eng, a property developer whose company has an office in the United Kingdom, said picking up something to read is always commendable.

“Authors put significant effort into writing a book, which may take years to complete. In contrast, readers can gain the author’s experiences and insights within hours. How great is that?” he said.

To develop a comprehensive understanding of any subject, Eng stressed the importance of not relying only on a single source.

“One material may not be entirely accurate. By reading multiple sources and identifying common points among them, we can deepen our insights and perspectives,” he said, adding that it is the reason why he keeps reading newspapers, including The Star, to start his day.

As a testament to his reading advocacy, Eng has steadfastly committed to his annual sponsorship of The Star for over a decade now.The sponsorship enables selected secondary school and university students to enjoy free access to The Star ePaper and other affiliated online media.

“I strongly believe that the English language plays a crucial role in our country’s development. Strengthening our proficiency in this international language enables us to overcome narrow perspectives and embrace a broader worldview,” he said.

Eng reiterated that knowing English does not mean one is “Westernised”.

“It empowers us to share our stories on a global platform, attract valuable investments, showcase our rich culture and foster mutual understanding,” he added.

On another matter, Eng said the current soft global market and impending fuel subsidy restructuring may reduce the supply of high- to medium-high housing products, with an emphasis on affordable housing solutions.

“However, they (affordable homes) are harder to build in a challenging inflationary climate.

“Adjusting fuel subsidies will inevitably impact different segments of society.

“For the long term, the government should bring back the GST (Goods and Services Tax) to enhance transparency and stabilise currency value, consequently reducing inflation by lowering the prices of imported goods,” he said.

In view of geopolitical uncertainties such as the Gaza and Ukraine conflicts, Eng said the resulting disruptions affect various sectors, including logistics and ports, underscoring the need for adaptation and resilience.

“Malaysia has demonstrated resilience in weathering challenges and crises.

“Now, we must be prepared for any headwinds and adapt accordingly,” he said.

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