From 14th Century onwards, the West expanded and subsequently conquered the world with 26 Roman alphabets. They brought about the Enlightenment, scientific and industrial revolution, and world imperialism – even invading China in the process.
Again, notably, western expansion coincided with the invention of modern printing by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1440s. He gave the world – books! Including the world's first printed Bible. Where books travelled, knowledge and information were disseminated. And scientific innovations and technological advancements follow suit. This helped societies to advance, develop and grow in confidence. They became strong.
The West's 26 characters overtook the Chinese and their thousands of characters!
It is so clear in history that whoever can simplify information, make it 'widespread' and get people to harness the information – wins!
Characters – 0 & 1
Today, the world has a neutral language regardless of race, nationality or creed. It is encapsulated in two numbers – zero and one. Binary numbers!
With 0 & 1, we could and have digitalised the entire Library of Congress, every picture from the Guggenheim Museum, all of Shakespeare's great works, Beethoven's compositions, and even the complete series of 24. We digitalised entire libraries, museums, orchestras and movie theatres.
And being the vehicle for this new language, the internet allows vast volumes of information to be transferred. That is why the internet is our 'e-tool' of learning, commerce, networking, gaming and even campaigning!
It has become our Khan Academy, our Alibabas and Baidus, our Facebooks and Twitters, YouTubes and Blogs!
Power of Mobile Internet!
But of course, with 0 & 1, everything once stored in huge computers the height of Empire State Building can now be squeezed into tiny ‘mobile’ devices like smartphones, iPads and mobile tablets. What Steve Jobs calls ‘Post-PCs’.
Steve Jobs likes Post-PCs precisely because he knows that the real power of information is mobility. He understands, as YTL does, it is essential to be able to access the internet whenever and wherever! To be powerful internet must be mobile!
And of course, to put a library in your smartphone whenever and wherever, you need serious mobile bandwidth. The smartphone is only as smart as its network.
Malaysia now has the world's first nationwide mobile internet network that could truly power chunks of information into smart mobile devices. YES 4G is the world's smartest mobile internet network with voice – by all accounts.
Legacy of History
My Friends, what does history teach us? Firstly, we learn that those who 'monopolise' powerful information will never like to share it!
The Qin Dynasty Emperor burnt Confucius books. The Church in the Middle Ages monopolised God's Word with Latin. South Africa introduced Bantu education. And political dictators who hated the transparency of internet, sought to block and censor it.
All of them became backward! All of them faced resentment, unrest and even anarchy in politics, business and society.
Secondly, history reminds us that even those who are progressive and have great ideas, but if they themselves fail to harness and capitalise on these advancements, they would also fall behind!
They failed to capitalise on their knowledge, smart as they were!
I do not wish this on you.
MASTERING THE THREE LANGUAGES
Finally, I have been asked to say something about our YTL DNA, and highlight some of the reasons why we have been successful as a company.
I wish to stress that the primary reason why we have done well, is entirely the grace of the Lord. We believe the Lord has generously blessed us, as we seek to be good stewards of His blessings and goodness.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of abundance. That is why I champion the abundance model - sharing wealth and common goodness to everyone.
To this end, we are also fervent in mastering the three languages. All YTL staff and directors must have this DNA.
First and foremost, above all else, all of us must master the Language of God. The Language of God is understood in terms of integrity, Godly stewardship of assets, and diligence. This means we value honesty, we act transparently, we think long term and sustainably in our business strategies and ownership, and we work hard.
Secondly, we must master the Language of Man. In terms of all that we believe, we need to articulate who we are and what we are about. We certainly need to present our business ideas and thoughts coherently. After all, we serve over 12 million customers globally.
Finally, we must master the Language of Machine. We understand that as a company, we have to be smart, competitive and always be driven by technology. More so, as an engineering based company. Without having mastered this language, we would not have been able to build power plants, fast trains or the world's first nationwide 4G mobile Internet network.
The three languages inform, influence and imprint on YTL's DNA and is also our way of articulating practically who we are and what we a about.
Throughout this talk, I have tried to present to you the follies of an inflexible world caused by the monopoly economic model. In reality, monopolies thrive because of greed and the inherent desire not to share wealth and goodness with others. It is a system predicated upon all that is wrong about being "Me first and everyone else last!"
Instead, I champion the abundance model, which expounds on the power of sharing wealth and goodness with everyone, so that more wealth and goodness could be achieved and multiplied. For me, this model epitomizes God's goodness to all of us, and not just to YTL.
I also encouraged all of you to fully capitalize on the power of the internet. Technology has arrived and that we must all use it for the advancement of ourselves and other people.
But I also wanted all of us to be aware that the Internet is a powerful reality of the abundance model. That is why YTL has gone into 4G, which is giving Internet true mobility - it is Internet wherever and whenever.
That is also why, I am very keen to see here in the land of my fathers', that Taiwan also goes for 4G. This country already leads the way with technological development, with some of the best ICT companies of the world. Yet, as my friend in HTC bemoans, 4G has yet to take off in this country. You all must ask and encourage your government to head that way. So that throughout Taiwan, you could be a true mobile Internet giant, and be a leader in the next generation of Facebooks, Googles, HTCs and more.
But as your country is next door to Mainland China, it is also a distinct advantage that you quickly lead the way in 4G. As I showed you earlier, the world has been taken over by the binary language of 0 & 1. This is a message that China has embraced. This year, there has already been more internet-related business registered in China than non-Internet related businesses. We also know that there are so many more opportunities for Mainland China to move forward in the Internet world. Of course the internet is much feared by various political leaders. But the Internet is also a powerful tool for business and solving many social ills.
And if we have the right DNA, as I would advocate, there will be responsible usage of this powerful tool of abundance. You won't abuse it as some would. We mean to be a force for good and we persevere in bringing positive change through what we do. I believe God will reward us for this and I thank God, this is what He has done for YTL.
Please join me in this revolution for good. Your generation and my children's generation have the best opportunity to make my hopes come true.
Thank you and God bless all of you.