Monday, July 4, 2016

Why I gave RM50m for Penang hostels

Why I gave RM50m for Penang hostels
October 2, 2015

By Koon Yew Yin

After the publication of my RM 50 million donation to the Penang State Government for building student hostels, many people including journalists and BMF Radio have asked me a lot of questions. They are curious because they have not come across something like this before.

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Here are my answers:

I was born on the 6th Jan 1933. My father started a coffin shop at No. 8 Jalan Ipoh, KL about 100 years ago. When father retired about 30 years ago, my eldest brother inherited the coffin shop. As he got older, he found difficulty to compete with the modern undertakers and was forced to close the old shop about 2 years ago and my younger brother continued the coffin business with a smaller shop in Kepong, KL.

As I have 11 siblings, I always needed some things since I was a boy. I remember always feeling hungry when I was young. One can imagine how 12 children rushed for food during meal time.

This is why I want to help the poor. Besides my RM 50 million donation to the Penang Government to build student hostels, I have to date, given about 300 scholarships to help students from poorer backgrounds to complete their tertiary education.

As a young boy in 1957 I attended St John’s Institution, KL where I completed a 4 years Civil Engineering Diploma in Technical College (now known as UTM) under a PWD [now known as JKR) scholarship. I subsequently qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer by self-study in 1962.

In 1967, together with 3 partners, I founded Mudajaya Construction Sdn. Bhd. and Gamuda Sdn. Bhd. In early 1980, IGB Construction Sdn. Bhd., Jurutama Construction Sdn. Bhd. and Mudajaya Construction Sdn. Bhd. grouped together and listed as a public company under the name of IJM Corporation Bhd.

In 1975 I sold Gamuda Sdn Bhd to Dato Lin Yun Ling and his partners.

In 1983 I had a serious heart angina. At the time heart by-pass operations could only be done in Mayo Clinic or Harley Street London and the casualty rate was frighteningly high. Before my heart surgery in London, I passed all my assets to my wife and children.

After my heart operation, I retired from being an executive director in Mudajaya / IJM Corporation Bhd and I started to learn how to make money from the stock market. In 1983-4 the Hong Kong stock market crashed because China wanted to take back Hong Kong. Almost all the Hong Kong investors were afraid of the arrival of the Communists and they sold their holdings as quickly as possible.

One of the most important investment lessons I learned was to be a contrarian investor, buy when everybody is afraid to buy and sell when everybody wants to buy. I started with only RM 200,000 cash and within a few years, I bought 46% of Kaiser Stock and Shares Ltd., a stockbroking company in Hong Kong.

After having read several investment books by famous gurus such as Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, etc. together with my 32 years of experience, I wish to share my knowledge with people who are interested in investment. I believe in teaching people to make money. It is like teaching people how to fish instead of giving them some fish.

Q: Why do you write regularly on national issues?

A: In 1970 when the new economic policy was introduced, the GDP per capita of Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea were the same as ours. They became developed nations despite the fact they did not have natural resources like us. They did not even have timber to build houses. Over 40 years later, we are still not a developed nation due to bad management and corruption of the BN Government. I will continue to write to point out all the bad things of the Government until voters can vote the BN Government out of Putrajaya.

In 2009, I published a book called ‘Malaysia: Road Map for achieving vision 2020′ to show how Malaysia can become the developed nation it deserves to be. Unfortunately, we have not achieved a developed nation status due to the bad management and corruption of the BN Government. It is most unlikely we can achieve Vision 2020.

I have given all my children the best education that money can buy and I think they can find a good living without my money. As such, I want to help poor students complete their tertiary education. I personally believe that with a good education, they can earn enough to help their own families and other poor people. As I pointed out earlier, I have already given out over 300 scholarships to really poor students to complete their tertiary education. All my scholarship recipients are not required to pay me back the money I have spent on them. Instead, all they have to do is to promise me that they must not forget that I helped them when they were poor and they will have to help other poor people when they have money to spare. I sincerely believe some of them will continue to do charity after I die and if they practice the same system or philosophy I do, there will be more and more people contributing to charity.

Q: What are other charities or projects have you supported in a big way in the past?

A: About 10 years ago I paid for the construction of a large extension to the Salvation Army building in Ipoh. I also donated RM 350,000 towards the renovation of Ipoh Wesley Private School.

Q: Is it true that UTAR snubbed a RM30 million donation you wanted to give them back in 2009, also for hostels and why did you choose Penang as the state to undertake this and not any other state? Is there a particular reason?

A: 6 years ago, I offered to donate RM 30 million to UTAR for building student hostels under the same terms and conditions as I offered to Penang. However, the MCA leaders; who controlled UTAR owned all the land outside the university campus rejected my offer because they did not want me to jeopardise their lucrative property development business. They are greedy and just want to take advantage of the poor students.

As a result of the bad publicity, MCA lost almost all their seats in the last general election.

Subsequently, I invested all the RM 30 million in the stock market and I managed to make some profit. I chose to donate to Penang because the record shows that DAP is managing Penang very well and I wanted to support DAP.

Q: How long is the construction process expected to take place, and how many students are you aiming to help with this donation?

A: The Chief Minister has assigned the 3 top officials to assist my architect in designing and planning for the project. They are, Jagdeep Singh Deo, who is in charge of the State Town and Country Planing, YB Lim Hock Seng who is in charge of public utilities and Yew Tung Seang, Director of Building. The project is going ahead in top gear.

Our initial design can accommodate about 2,200 students. In fact, the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the Government is willing to give additional funds if my RM 50 million was insufficient.

Preference will be given to poor students irrespective of race and religion, bearing in mind that about 80% of the 18,000 USM students are Malays. Currently USM can only provide accommodation for 1st year students.

Everyone is trying to make money every day. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to use their money wisely. They must realise that our ultimate aim in life is happiness. They will find great happiness if they can create happiness. If they give away some of their money to help poor people who will be happy, they will also be happy.

I have written in my will that after I die, all my remaining assets will be donated to help poor people to make them happy.

In conclusion, I wish to point out that it is not necessary to study overseas to achieve success in life and that we cannot take our money along with us when we die. I hope this article will inspire some readers to follow my footsteps in doing charity. You can tell your friends to read this inspiring story of an undertaker’s son.

Koon Yew Yin is a retired chartered civil engineer and one of the founders of IJM Corporation Bhd and Gamuda Bhd.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bank Negara sets new rules for credit cards

Published: Friday March 18, 2011 MYT 12:41:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 18, 2011 MYT 2:33:40 PM
Bank Negara sets new rules for credit cards

Minimum annual income requirement raised to RM24,000

KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum annual income requirement for credit card eligibility has been raised to RM24,000 from RM18,000, effective immediately, in a move to keep household debt at manageable levels, Bank Negara announced Friday.

For cardholders earning RM36,000 per annum and less, they can only hold credit cards from a maximum of two issuers.

The maximum credit limit for those earning less than RM36,000 has also been capped to double the monthly income of the cardholder.

The central bank said while credit card debt remained at a manageable level, these measures were being taken to promote sound financial and debt management.

"It's a pre-emptive move to ensure that the prudent level of household debt remains at that level moving forward," Bank Negara's deputy governor Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus told reporters.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to shop for free?

Kathy Spencer of Massachusetts, shares cost cutting tips on how to shop for free. She feeds her family of six on $4 dollars a month.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Malaysian bloggers earn up to RM 1 million annually

Monday January 24, 2011
M’sian bloggers earn up to RM1mil annually
Other news & views
Compiled by Izatun Shari

BLOGGERS and blog operators these days are able to chalk up revenues of up to RM1mil annually, according to Berita Harian’s front-page report.

According to the daily, bloggers, who post their personal accounts are now exploiting their blogs for business transactions or advertisement placements, earning an average monthly income of RM70,000.

The daily highlighted blogger Mira Abu Bakar, whose highest monthly income revenue through advertising revenue was RM12,000 in 2008.

Mira, who has been operating her blog since 2005, earns an average monthly revenue of RM2,000.

She admitted that she had to declare her side income with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) as she was unaware about it until she received an audit.

An IRB spokesman said online businesses including via Facebook were bound by the Income Tax Act 1967 and their income were taxable just like fixed income.

Nuffnang (M) Sdn Bhd manager Nicholas Chay said hat revenue of a blog depended on the number of viewers and visitors at a certain period.

He said popular blogs could earn huge profits because advertisements or product reviews posted.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Balance Transfer and other rates

Balance Transfer

Financing Tenure, Profit Rate, (flat per anum)
2-5 years 8.50%
6-7 years 11.99%

Base on Credit Card Limit
15000 x 0.37 = 5550
= 5550 x 5
= RM27,750.00

Monthly Payment
= RM27,750 x 8.5%
= RM2358.75 x 5 =RM11,793.75
= 39,543.75 /60
= RM 659.06

Highest Card Limit Range Avg Multiplier
Below RM 11,999 0.52
RM 12,000 - RM 16,499 0.37
RM 16,500 - RM 29,999 0.33
RM 30000 & Above 0.32

Corporate Community Select

Financing Tenure, Profit Rate, (flat per anum)
2-5 years 7.50%
6-7 years 11.99%
minimum salary RM 2000

Exp :-
25,000 x 7.5%
= 1875 (profit p.anum)
= 9375 (profit for 5 years)
= 25,000 + 9375
= 34,375 /60
= RM 572.91 (Monthly Payment)

Customer Disbursement
25,000 - 250 (Gov Tax)
= 24,750 -0.5% (Delivery Charges)
= 24,625.25 - 118.75(Insurans - Age(31years)
= RM 24,506.50

Personal Financing Product (Mass Market/ Private Sector)

Financing Tenure, Profit Rate, (flat per anum)
2-5 years 9.99%
6-7 years 11.99%

Balance Transfer

Financing Tenure,Profit Rate, (flat per anum)
2-5 years 8.50%
6-7 years 11.99%

Corporate Community Select

Financing Tenure,Profit Rate, (flat per anum)
2-5 years 7.50%
6-7 years 11.99%