TOKEN OF APPRECIATION: ACCCIS cum Bintulu Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Sia Hiong Ngee (fourth left) presents a souvenir to Dr Chan as others look on.
BINTULU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam yesterday called on Chinese businessmen to combine their strength through partnerships.
He said that in today’s business trend, businessman would be able to develop further by sharing resources.
“Today they must be able to work with others. Get away from the old family type of businesses and go international.
“When you become an international businessman you must not just depend on your family because the talent within the family is limited,” said Dr Chan who is also Minister of Modernisation and Agriculture and Minister of Industrial Development.
Dr Chan was interviewed by reporters after he officiated at the opening of the 44th annual general meeting of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sarawak (ACCCIS) at ParkCity Everly Hotel yesterday.
He said by combining resources they would be able to grow faster.
“It has always been difficult for Chinese businessmen to work together with others,” he noted.
“I think to grow big you need the resources not from your own sources but from others too. It’s very difficult to build up from very small resources to be big.”
He recalled that in the past, the Chinese became successful in business because they were very hard working and they had savings.
“But for today’s business, that is not enough. Today you need very extensive knowledge not only of your local businesses but also those all over the world,” he said. He pointed out that today’s businessmen must think of the world outside and be very knowledgeable in their fields locally and internationally.
He stressed it was crucial to get access to knowledge fast and that efficiency would guarantee success.
“If you get information slower than others you will be at a great disadvantage.
“In today’s knowledge society, you need to know your stuff and know it quick.”
He also stressed on the importance of maintaining good relations among themselves.
On this he was glad to note that the Chinese were very good in maintaining business relationships and Chinese all over the world were successful because they had been able do it very well.