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Francis Yeoh on Terry Macalister and the Guardian article ‘Holy water chief’

   
Yeoh and Macalister in London
Kuala Lumpur, 15 July 2003

YTL group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh was recently featured in an article on the UK’s Guardian newspaper after he was interviewed by Terry Macalister. YTLcommunity.com’s chief editor Chew Bee San does a follow-up.

Q: What do you think of Terry Macalister, the writer of the article in the Guardian?
Yeoh: I think he’s a fascinating journalist. His track record shows that he is a respected journalist, and that was why I was looking forward to the interview. I made it clear I was not looking for a headline or an article on me or YTL. It is my nature to meet interesting people.

Q: Were his comments on your views on God accurate?
Yeoh: Well, to a certain extent. The book, entitled The Case for Christ which I gave him, was written by Dr Lee Strobel, an award-winning journalist from Chicago who was incredibly cynical about God but found God later nevertheless. Mr. Macalister confessed that he fits the mould of a cynic and especially cynical about “one faith and one God” and the right path to God. I hope he has time to read the book from a fellow journalist.

Q: The article reported that The Three Tenors’s contract for the concert in Bath next month stipulated that they ‘must’ perform certain hymns. Is that true?
Yeoh: YTL’s “Concert of Celebration” is a journey of thanksgiving – both to the community at large and also spiritually to God. All time favourites like “Nessun Dorma” and “O Sole Mio!” are not legal ‘deal breakers’ if the Three Tenors do not sing them but the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” is. I am so thrilled that the three legendary tenors signed to sing this hymn. Maybe the tens of thousands in Bath at the concert will be touched, I don’t know. But we need to be reminded that if all men can have an atom of faith in the Word of God, there would not be so much suffering, war and bloodshed. What a waste of human genius!

Excerpts from the Guardian article “Holy water chief” by Terry Macalister.

With a paperback called The Case for Christ at his side, he argues that the basic principles of Christianity underpin YTL’s approach to business. Ironic, then, that YTL faced a corruption inquiry. This would not have come about if the regulatory authorities had understood the firm’s righteous ways, he argues.

“We are the last business that would do something like that. I advocate to my staff that they should be God-fearing and God loving, and one thing I can boast: they may not be the brightest and the most gifted [staff] but as far as corruption goes – there are no backhanders.

“The commitment to Christianity makes it difficult for those with a dark heart to operate,” Mr Yeoh continues.

“If we were to hire a [rogue trader] Nick Leeson type, the system would flush him out very fast. Bang and he would be gone,” chuckles the YTL boss, an animated and bouncy man with little of the po-faced zealot about him.

“God” might not be a subject that turns up often in the average chat with a chief executive but Mr Yeoh is not your average western businessman. An engineering graduate from Kingston University in London he may be, but the 48-year-old is steeped in Chinese Malaysian culture.

A chat with him at the London office of his public relations advisers is a collegiate affair. He is surrounded by a sea of executives, including two of his six siblings. They all play a significant role in YTL, which is a sprawling, Kuala Lumpur-based conglomerate that has its tentacles in everything from utilities to railways and construction to hotels.

YTL, he claims, was the first to introduce turnkey construction to Malaysia, the first independent power producer in the country, the first Asian firm to issue a zero-coupon euro-bond and the first non-Japanese Asian company to list on the Tokyo stock exchange.

On top of this he reels off more eye-popping statistics about his company’s success in terms of dividend yield, EBITDA, and earnings per share.

But surely his experiences with the Wessex takeover and the heavy-handed decision to send 14 policeman round to Mr Skellett’s home must have tempered his enthusiasm for Britain and takeovers? Not so apparently.

“I always knew the financial markets and press would sort themselves out when the truth was revealed,” argues Mr Yeoh. “I have tremendous admiration for the system and can honestly say we have not been prejudiced in the City and with investors despite Colin’s case,” he insists. YTL and Mr Skellett always argued the £1m was an upfront payment for future consultancy services.

YTL is concentrating on bedding in Wessex Water but clearly has its eye on other prizes in the British utilities sector.

A strong corporate balance sheet gives it annual firepower of £750m for new acquisitions and it admits to having run the slide rule over Midlands Electricity when it came up for sale.

The Malaysian group likes relatively risk-free regulated businesses and is now at the centre of a network of three listed companies and a string of regulated utilities across three continents.

This is quite a success story for what began as a tiny family timber firm under the guidance of Mr Yeoh’s grandfather. The business grew when the founder’s son expanded into construction.

YTL’s first big contracts came from building barracks and ammunition stores for Britain’s colonial forces. The company has continued to keep close links with governments and public sector contracts to the present day.

YTL Corporation was floated in 1985 and is now one of the largest firms on the Malaysian exchange where together with its listed subsidiaries it has a combined market capitalisation of nearly £3.5bn. Despite its current scale it remains a family- controlled business with 10m customers looked after by 6,000 staff.

The YTL cabinet meets every Monday morning. This is where family members make the strategy and inject entrepreneurship but professional staff provide the management, according to Mr Yeoh.

The company has taken on board shareholder value, corporate social responsibility and the Western business model but at a recent presentation to the London Business School, he talked about the importance of his family in the business.

“Our inherited migrant mentality derives from those first ancestors who came to an alien and possibly hostile land without the protection of education or kin. They found their security in material wealth. Their one object was to create not just a business but a family enterprise - a family fortress,” he said.

But it has been far from one successful journey. Mr Yeoh remembers how family members had to pawn their jewels to save the firm in the 1970s during the oil crisis.

Similarly, the recent Asian currency crisis was a hurdle to overcome but YTL, with little dollar-denominated debt, found opportunities to strengthen its position by buying property from rivals.

Business Week last month named Yeoh as one of the top five entrepreneurs in Asia, saying he expanded and diversified “with help from friends in both government and business who shared his enthusiasm for red wine and lavish parties”.

Next month the Yeoh roadshow arrives in Bath where YTL will bankroll a lavish free concert to coincide with the re-opening of the famous spa.

Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti will perform with the Royal Crescent providing the backcloth. On offer are 7,000 free tickets to those inside the Wessex Water region.

“Luciano and his friends are performing and it will be a wonderful opportunity to feed the spirit which is as important as feeding the body,” says Mr Yeoh. “It’s in the contract that they must sing [the hymn] ‘It is well with my soul’,” he explains. “For me this is a thanksgiving to God for owning an asset like Wessex Water.”

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