Monday, May 30, 2011

Dad -My mentor ( By Irene Poh - 10/ 05/ 11)

Dad -My mentor ( By Irene Poh - 10/ 05/ 11)
My dad- somehow these chinese saying comes to my mind. " Yam Suin Chi Yoon" which means the water that we drank and enjoyed, we need to know where the origins of the water come from . I guess nowadays , children tend not to realise that this is a very important principle in our daily life. We have to teach our children to be grateful to their parents. First of all, we will have to start from ourselve . We must be grateful to those who has pull us through out of difficulties. We have to reciprocate by not forgetting about those who have help us. Some are so arrogant that they will hurt you in whatever way they can. I really do not have any respect for these people no matter how rich they are. When I look at them, I really want to give them a kick in their ass. Learn to respect others and be respected. Ya. I can tell you that somehow my dad is the person that always been look up to by a lot of his friends, relatives and so on. It is not because of his look. I guess it is the substance in him and you may understand what I mean. If not, just don't bother. hahaha.
My dad- He is well known for his generosity towards the young , old , poor, needy people and etc . One of my sisters called him as the Chinese "Santa Claus ". I believe God has given him the gift of giving and never ask for anything in return. Being a father, he will provide every meal on the table without my mum worrying whether the next meal will come or not. At times, when he is better off, he will give money to mum to cook for us a good and enjoyable meal. So far, the problem of not having enough food or rice has never occured . When business is good, he extends his help to take care of his brothers and sisters's familly either by providing money or good food for everyone. The kids are always happy to see him. Some of his grandchildren or great grandchildren will ask their parents about him. Just like Santa Claus giving them big ang pow. The kids will compare the money they have and jump up and down. You can hear lots of joy and laughter. I believe the happiness from the children's face is what my dad would ask for! Just like "Santa Claus" hohoho..
Apart his generousity towards his family, he also extend his help to others in solving their financial difficulties, family problems and etc whenever is needed. He has problem solving and analytical skills. He always advice us "Look at things on both sides to to see the clearer picture in order to make better desision". That is the reason why everyone seek his advice because of his wisdom. Dad's education is up to primary level because his family is very poor. However, God has blessed him with intelligence to take him where he is now today. It takes a lot of obstacles and wisdom to become a successful businessman, am I right? I can tell you that he is always very determined to carry out his plan , to weigh the pros and cons in a very rational manner, to have good foundation in managing his finances and his staff's well being. He looks into employee's interest and not taking them for a ride. He believes that his staff is part of his team and asset. Hence, he gains loyality among his staff.
In my early age, he brought me to his construction site to look at his contractor's work . He is very passionate about his business. He will show me what his team has done - the drainage work, mortar, stairways, building superstructure , piles and etc. That is when I begin to understand what my father's business is all about. He and his few partners are the founder of a reputable property developer that build homes in the early seventies in Ipoh. While doing IGB business, he sees a lot of potential in the property market. He has also started his own small property development which is taken care by my sister, brothers, uncle, cousin and etc. I know it is not easy for him to have the responsibilities of taking care so many people. I was quite young at that time and not knowing that he has made a lot of sacrifices for everyone. There are times, he has sleepless nights. I guess his love for his family and everyone else who are close to him is unmeasurable. Let us take the opportunity to do our bes to take care of you and your business. Now that your age is catching up, enjoy your life.
I remember when I face with any problems, I will always seek your advice and direction. You have anchored my career path into real estate business. You told me that teaching industry is not my cup of tea. With your concrete direction, I am able to secure a job in a well known property developer firm in the city. With your piece of advice, CK and I are able to send my son, Ivan to university and also to accumulate some good properties investment.
My dad is a visionary man, he is able to view things in long term. I wish I have his capabilities in order to lead my life comfortably. His expectations toward his 10 children and all his grandchildren or greatgrandchildren is, to lead a happy life. You have done it dad! From now onwards, we will do our best to walk together with you through thick and thin, for the rest of your journey. All your 10 children, mum, daughter in law, son-in law, cousins, relatives, friends are very proud of you. Our mentor - inspiring us to lead a more positive life.
Dad - You are indeed our mentor and well done.

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