SINGAPORE: He is “Mr Toilet Man” to many, and well known for being the founder of the World Toilet Organisation. But few know that Singaporean toilet activist Jack Sim is a shrewd businessman, retired property developer and self-made millionaire who came from a poor family, failed his O levels and went on to own 15 properties. He was even a construction site supervisor once, but not a particularly good one. “I supervised construction workers, but I didn’t know how to do this job, so my work was really shabby,” recalled the 62-year-old. “The foreman of the construction site told my boss to take me out of the site because I was totally unprofessional, and that was true.” He eventually quit that job, and went on to sell building materials and develop properties — and the programme Money Mind finds out how he succeeded in business before switching roles to become a campaigner for cleaner toilets. (Watch the two episodes here and here .) TALKATIVE STUDENT, TOP … [Read more...] about From O-level failure to millionaire at 29, on a policy of honesty first
Timing belt failure
Growing up, I think I was constantly in motion. This drove my parents nuts, of course. What mother enjoys having a hyperactive child running around her or the small apartment they live in all the time? So, more often than not, she’d let me out of the house the way you’d let a cat out or a dog loose in your backyard. The thing is, we didn’t live in a suburb with a backyard. We lived in New York City, one of the craziest and most crowded cities in the world. Parenting in the 1970s and parenting today are very different. Back then, my mother’s basic rule was pretty much, “Don’t get killed.” She let me loose on the streets of Manhattan at the same age my son is now. Which is pretty amazing, when you think about it. Today, we over-protect our kids. Singapore is a million times safer than Manhattan was in what the New York Times actually called “some of the darkest, bleakest years in New York’s history”. From the same article, the late 1970s in New York was an “era when the city was edgy … [Read more...] about On the timetable for the day: Scheduled physical activity time for the kids
SINGAPORE: Sushi chain Genki Sushi has been fined S$16,000 for breaching the Personal Data Protection Act, after failing to secure the personal data of current and former employees. This left it vulnerable to a ransomware attack last September on one of its servers. Data compromised included employees’ names, NRIC and Foreign Identity Numbers, bank account information, salary details, mobile phone numbers and names of relatives. In a published decision on Jul 22, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) said investigations found that the compromised server was an off-the-shelf payroll software application that allowed employees to view their electronic payslips and for supervisors to confirm the attendance of their staff. As a result of the ransomware, personal data belonging to about 360 current and former employees was encrypted by the attacker. A ransom payment was demanded from Genki Sushi in exchange for the decryption key, although there was no evidence of the … [Read more...] about Genki Sushi Singapore fined after employee data compromised in ransomware attack
PENANG: The big debate in Malaysia one year after the change in government on May 9, 2018, concerns the unfolding nature of Pakatan Harapan (PH). No one seriously doubts that it has charted a vastly different path for the country from that set by the Barisan Nasional (BN) that had ruled the country for over six decades. The question is whether it will be bold enough and united enough to break the country’s path dependence where governance and politicking are concerned. More to the point, the key question is whether it knows what needs to be done. READ: Almost a year since Pakatan Harapan swept into government, has Malaysia lost its mojo for reform? A commentary THREE TAKES ON THE PAKATAN HARAPAN Those who are prone to give the government the benefit of the doubt argue for Malaysian citizens to be realistic and patient, and to accept inexperience rather than incompetence as the reason for failures and strategic mistakes. Those in the other camp continue … [Read more...] about Commentary: After a year in power, has Pakatan Harapan learnt enough to save Malaysia from itself?
SYDNEY: The Chinese have a saying attributed to the philosopher and writer Lao Tzu: Every journey begins with a single step. If that is the case, US-China relations have taken a step backwards in negotiators’ failure to advance trade negotiations in the latest round of talks in Washington, which ended unsatisfactorily. China has said it is willing to resume discussions. The US has sent mixed messages, including a series of bombastic tweets from President Donald Trump warning of a worse deal if an agreement is not reached before the next presidential election. Washington responded to the inability of the two sides to bridge their differences by raising tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent already imposed. The administration has threatened to extend tariff increases to virtually all Chinese imports. This would likely prompt a trade war. Sharp differences remain over the wording of the trade agreement itself. Beijing regards … [Read more...] about Commentary: US-China relations have entered a new and more fractious phase