“The Christian markers along our journeys are important but to summarize them takes away the countless little things from the whole tapestry,” he says.
“When we walk with Christ, it’s a long journey. There are a trillion miracles in our lives. It’s difficult to place one marker over the other, as each has led me nearer to God. And that doesn’t mean I am more holy, but being more aware of my sins and being humble and less judgmental of others. God is so glorious I am more conscious of my own inadequacies.
In that way, I am able to bear the nine fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When I love God with all my heart and soul the only is it possible for me to love my neighbours.
“Yes, I do have more of such fruits than I did at 16 but I am not perfect and I never stop repenting. My journey is a combination of countless tests and failures and getting up again. I am but a pencil that God uses.”
To many, YTL’s successes are stroke of luck and brilliant business decisions. But to Yeoh, they were due to the faith of only taking on business ventures that would not bring harm to man or nature.
For example, Yeoh explains, providing power is about ‘bringing light to darkness’ while ‘Jesus is living water’ hence YTL’s decision to venture into the water business. And of course, the hospitality industry is about service.
During the recent opening of Lot 10 Hutong in the land of his forefathers in Guangzhou, earnest prayers for divine flavor filled the place early in the morning. Yeoh had invited a Taiwanese pastor to bless the new premises, as he’d done so in every new business opening. He also knew each of the hawkers by name where they were invited to be prayed for.
But can faith in the intangible spiritual aspects of life exist with work and business?
“Every marker in my life has God’s fingerprint” Yeoh says.
“I am not going to claim any kind of accolades given to me. I have worked hard and had faith but I totally do not believe that wealth is mine at all, rather it’s God’s blessing by putting together events and situations between the right people with the right ideas at the right time.
“We are commanded to be the salt and light of the world and not hide and apologize. I hope that we are a reasonable company with a culture of good leader who are not corrupted. Our companies awards we receive year after year speak a great deal. I also love the transparency afforded by social media today, as there can be no cover ups in any area.”
Much has been written about Yeoh’s portfolio of investments but to him, material wealth is temporal.
“I can’t carry it to my grave,” he says.
“We live in a world that only wants to know our age and how much we are worth. Look at Forbes’ annual lists. It would be far more interesting if we are also measured by our character, morals, ethics, and consistency in business.”