By Alvin Ung
By Alvin Ung My earliest memories of buying fish came from accompanying my mother to the wet market. The floor was slick with fish scales, innards and blood. I’d curl my toes. The stink was overpowering. My brother swore off fish for the rest of his life because of the pong of putrid fish. So […]
By Alvin Ung Mankind used to catch fish rather than rear fish. In the Bible, the disciples of Jesus caught fish by the Sea of Galilee. Historians believe these fish were tilapia. But thousand years ago, in Australia, China and Japan, humans began raising eels and trapping carp in lakes. Since then fish farming has […]
By Alvin Ung When I met up with Lai Sead Ping, a director at Trapia Malaysia, these were the topics he discussed in our first five minutes: the pros and cons of frozen fish products; the biochemical changes and stress in transporting tilapia; the strengths of Norway’s laws governing aquaculture; and the oxygen levels of […]
By Alvin Ung Out in the middle of Tasik Temenggor, the placidity of this lake set amid virgin rainforest hides a dark history. In the sixties and seventies, this area in Northern Perak was infiltrated with communist insurgents who traveled freely to the Thai border. In 1974, the then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak hatched […]
By Alvin Ung Decades ago, long before Lai Sead Ping founded a fish farm that grows tilapia based on the highest ethical standards, he hatched a plan to deceive his parents. At the age of fifteen, Lai performed dismally for his Form Three assessment exam in secondary school. Lai’s father, a tractor operator, kindly offered […]
By Alvin Ung The most impressive feature of the world’s largest passenger plane, the A380, are the supersized wings. Each wing is just ten meters short of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The weight of each wing (roughly equal to five African elephants) is supported by three massive beams that house the landing gear, flaps, air […]
By Alvin Ung The latest salary survey published in the Wall Street Journal noted that engineering graduates in the United States will earn far higher salaries than the typical new college graduate. While that could also be true in Malaysia, it’s also true that many of the 20,000-odd students who graduate with an engineering degree […]
By Alvin Ung A few weeks ago, Naguib Mohd Nor ate lunch with a marketing executive from Dassault Systems. The Frenchman had a puzzled look in his face as he tucked into a plate of spaghetti carbonara. “I don’t recognize this,” the man said, as he gestured to his plate of pasta coated with congealed […]
By Alvin Ung Halfway through our interview in Naguib’s office, he stood on his swivel chair, with his arms outstretched toward the top shelf, to grab a model of the Airbus A380. He brought down the model. He gazed at it tenderly. Suddenly I was inspired to ask him an unscripted question: “When I see […]
By Alvin Ung Naguib Mohd Nor, the COO of Strand Aerospace, has spent more than ten years in the aerospace and engineering services industry. The bulk of those ten years have been consumed in obsessive, detailed work such as conducting fatigue tests on key aircraft parts such as the wing support structure, ailerons and landing […]
By Alvin Ung
Global research has shown that the rollout of Internet services in rural communities can reduce urban migration while generating new income and home businesses in villages.
Dr. Halim’s seven power tips for civil servants who aspire to deliver breakthroughs within the government system.
Reflecting on a failure in 1999 led Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie to test out five new ideas that eventually became the foundation for rolling out broadband access in rural areas.
By Alvin Ung Historically, most leaders are skilled at working within the vertical boundaries and horizontal boundaries. But there are challenges that cannot be solved by leading within your team, function, region alone.
By Alvin Ung There is a famous phrase in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet which goes “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” In leadership, an equally important question is to ask ourselves to do or not to do. What not to do can often be equally or even more important than what you […]
By Alvin Ung Dato’ Sri Dr Halim has served on many boards for more than a decade, including the board of Telekom Malaysia, Multimedia University, Menara KL and the National Library. While there are great resources on how to lead meetings one Google click away, some of the fine nuances of chairing meetings – especially […]
By Alvin Ung
By Alvin Ung In January 1965, Bro. John D’Cruz, recuperating from a bout of measles, walked into a Form One classroom at St. Georges Institution, Taiping, and a placed a box on the table.