Today we have emerged as one of the top business groups because of prudent leadership. But our achievements and status are not ours alone. Our devoted and dedicated employees have always been the Group’s most valuable treasure. Some have served in CSS for nearly half a century. They have been there since I was a child and are still contributing to the company. Likewise, the mid- and new-generation leaders have also injected their own thought-provoking ideas to compel our business forward. With a steadfast team, it does not matter whether the economy is good or bad. It does not matter when we have to face challenging policy amendments. We will continue to grow together.
It is the same with our partners, Carlsberg, JT International Malaysia, Pernod Ricard and Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia, who have become more like cherished friends. This year, we are celebrating our 80th anniversary, and it has been both a rewarding and challenging journey. What is important is that we face changing circumstances together, collaborating to the strengths of each component so the whole can thrive.
You’ve heard this all the time, but to be successful you must first have passion. For instance, I am not pushing my son to take over the reins one day. If he wishes to, he may. But I want him to discover and pursue his own passions first. For this reason, we are also implementing a lot of management changes, like internal audits for checks and balances. In the future, I want CSS to be run like a well-oiled corporation, with leadership reporting to a board of directors.