Today Zubedy the company turns 15.
I left Nestle on Jan 7th 1994. It was a heavy decision as I love that company tremendously – still do. But I had to move on as I said to Benny one of my big bosses when he asked me why, “I do not want to be like you in 25 years time, Ben”. He laughed out loud.
I joined JWT for two months and found that I could finish my job at 11 am in the morning while the others start work after lunch or perhaps a little later than lunch – too many people spend half the day complaining about their work, bosses, clients, the government, the chap next door etc instead of just shutting up and getting your job donelah.
I quit and created Zubedy the company on May 24th 1994 – first as a creative hot-shop, but more so a front for me to bump around taking projects just to make money, read, travels and sent some home to parents. The world out there is so slow, I needed to only work 4 months in two years but earn 4 times what I did at Nestle. I became a prima-donna in a matter of time obviously and if not for the glorious 97-98 economic crisis may have remained so till today.
But it was in 1996 that I decided to put my childhood plan on setting out to sell and promote Unity and my so-called deeper reason to create Zubedy the company as an entity in the first place. So here we are, 15 years later having made a tiny impact on the Malaysian consciousness.
Today too, we were awarded an ‘Anugerah Kalung Perpaduan’ along with a few others by the Unity Ministry. We were awarded the ‘business entity’ category. I never knew such a thing existed till a week ago ha!ha!
It was also the first time I get to handshake with a Prime Minister – DS Najib. As I shook his hands I said, “Nice to meet you.” He was warm, calm, gentle and almost mentor/father-like, nodding with a smile but eyes completely focusing on mine.
Before this I have shook hands with a Deputy PM before, guess who? Yes, Najib’s nemesis, Saudara Anwar Ibrahim. It was when I was with Dr Chandra’s team that organized a globalization seminar. He was very friendly, having broken away from a bunch of people and walked over and because of my atypical look; he asked “Where are you from?” When I answered ‘Dari Penang’ with a true Penang slank, he did the same with “ingat orang Iran ka manaka...”
Listening to Najib and Dr Koh today, I must say again here how that March 8th has been a good thing for Malaysia. I can see that they are trying hard. BN cannot be complacent anymore. Shape up or say goodbye to leading Malaysia. I think all of us – the government, the opposition and non-partisan Malaysian are today more conscious of the need to make good this country to its potential, look into details especially helping the poor and to unite the country. My conviction is that even the opposition will need to be more and more mature – not just talk but do not do.
PM Najib announced that whoever you are regardless of race, urban or non-urban– kampong, estates, rumah panjang or whatsoever, if you need assistance, you should get it. Now that is good. Very, very good!
Competition is good. The better our opposition, the better the government and vice-versa. Let us work hard to make sure that we have quality leaders on both sides.
UNITY ROCKS! Many Colors, One Race.
Let us add value,
Happy Birthday zubedy (m) sdn bhd and Thank you God.