Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Shah bin Syed Nor Al-Bukhary, born 1952) is the richest Bumiputra corporate figure in Malaysia. With involvement in diversified business areas which include transportation and logistics, plantations, property development, defense and armory as well as engineering and power generation, he has a net worth estimated to be US$2.75 billion according to Forbes, making him the 8th richest Malaysian.
A humble entrepreneur, often shying away from publicity and media. In his childhood, he found difficulties to do school revision because of the inadequate house facilities and small space. But that did not stop him from achieving his current status. Syed Mokhtar is a great giver; his very first salary received during his youth was divided by 2 halves – one for him, and another for charity. Companies that Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary are affiliated with are MMC (utility, engineering, infrastructure, and logistics group), DRB-HICOM (automotive manufacturing, assembly and distribution), Tradewinds (plantation, agro-based and property sectors), Puncak Semangat (Telecommunications-4G) and many more which covers from Ports, Postal services, Banking.
Tan Sri Syed Mohktar al Bukhary is my mentor. He shows us that even though he came from a poor family, and having difficulties to studies during his youth, that did not stop him from being successful.
He never went to university. A whole lot of his knowledge and experience was gained through his own entrepreneurship experience during his youth time. So comparing me with him, I have no excuses for not studying. I am now in a university and I got a lot of things to be learned in order to achieve my goals.
He showed that even tough with difficulties, everybody can be successful.
With a great determination, we can be outstanding and extraordinary.