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“Don’t get me wrong. I am not anti-growth. But the urgen question that needs to be addressed now is: What kind of growth do we want? And for whom?”
I am firmly convinced that education offers the optimum route out of poverty, a conviction I came to in my days growing up in a small town called Pusing, Perak.
Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group which owns 12 business divisions is renowned for developing some of the most iconic townships and establishments in Malaysia. These include Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's first integrated green township and the country's model smart sustainable city; Sunway City Ipoh and the upcoming Sunway Iskandar in Johor.
Having established Malaysia’s largest educationbased social enterprise as well as the country’s first sustainable township, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Jeffrey Cheah is committed to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through his philanthropic work.
Since aligning itself with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), Sunway has been a strong advocate of the cause, implementing supportive steps across all its projects in Malaysia. Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah recognises the hardship that comes with the lack of quality education and hazards that present themselves when the environment is not cared for.
The adage, ‘Leadership by example’ may sound like a cliché but for the chairman of the Sunway Group Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, it isn’t just a slogan, it is a lifelong commitment. As the founder of one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates, he continues to up his game.
As home to some of the globe’s fastest growing economies, Southeast Asia is no stranger to rapid urbanization and industrialization. The skyline of cities like the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur demonstrates the relatively high economic growth rate of the region.
The concept behind most business models is simple – to supply new products or services, make enough revenue to cover operational costs, ensure the welfare of all employees and suppliers, and generate a profit that will keep the business going.