Kim has been pestering us to do a post on Mr Seah Kian Peng ever since some of us attended the CEO Dialogue he held with Kenny Yap. Here is a write up of CEO NTUC FairPrice and candidate for Marine Parade GRC for GE2015.
Kim meeting Mr Seah for the 1st time: When Kim first met Mr Seah for a work assignment; she knew he was the CEO of FairPrice. She assumed that meeting a CEO will be a daunting experience but it turned out otherwise, butterflies in the stomach flew away. Mr Seah is patient and welcoming; tried explaining many items to Kim in detail. In short, he is a nice uncle lah – hahaah.
Humble background: Based on what we gathered from Kim and read, he came from a poor background. His family was not rich and often had to rely on relatives to help.
As a child, he had to decide between taking a bus ride or a meal. His uniforms were often too tight and new clothes were only available once a year during Chinese New Year. He took on many jobs to get by.
Scholarship: Like many success stories out there, Kian Peng managed to get a scholarship and this lessen the financial burden on his family. His sisters also discontinued schooling so Kian Peng will be able to continue his studies – a decision that he remains very grateful for.
FairPrice: His role at FairPrice is to keep prices of necessities affordable and FairPrice being the biggest shareholder in the market is the price-setter. This prevents competitors from raising prices of our daily products.
His works at Braddell Heights: He is advocating for a caring society through various programs from – WeCare@Braddell Heights, food distribution, tuition for young children etc. He has also been championing for more paternity and maternity welfare.
Why write about Seah Kian Peng? He is a perfect example of misconception. People look at him, CEO, PAP member, he must be an elitist. Many Singaporeans, sadly, can only see with envious or assumption lenses. No one knew about his struggles, his hardship and what he takes to achieve what he is today. Do you know he sleeps around 4-5 hours every day?
RTSN’s request – Social Mobility: RTSN strongly believe in social mobility and we trust Kian Peng is on the same page. We hope to hear more from him on it. Only through social mobility can the vulnerables break the poverty cycle and we hope he can lead this.
Conclusion: The intention of this post is to let readers know not every Men in White member is an idiot or elitist. Yes, there are some running their mouth all over and zero EQ but don’t discount those that are genuine and has the correct heart.
(Photos from Kian Peng’s FB)
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