Thursday, April 06, 2006

Technology Park Malaysia - a mini autocratic kingdom

Those of you who work in the lofty-sounding Technology Park Malaysia or TPM at Bukit Jalil, will know how the CEO there runs it like his own mini-kingdom. Some of the strange things he has imposed has been to seal off an entire lift lobby for himself and some of his staff. This means that tenants who have rented offices near this lobby (and effectively pay his salary), are not permitted to use the lifts that most conveniently serve their office units.

In addition, he has had the gall to close off a road leading to the Enterprise 4 building (where his office is located) which only gives access to himself and the Chairman, whom one would imagine doesn't come to TPM on a 9-5 daily schedule. This road used to be a useful pick-up point for tenants, particularly pregnant ladies.

Also, if you so much as point a camera at any of the TPM buildings, security guards will appear as if by magic and ask you whether you have sought permission from his royal highness. One of my foreign guests experienced this treatment when he innocently took some external scenic shots. I can't imagine what national secret or nuclear project we are doing in this park that makes picture taking so sensitive.

Just today, a new rule has come into play. No taxis are allowed to drive up to the main entrance of Enterprise 4 to drop off passengers. The taxi I was in this morning was waved away and directed to drop me off at the road. When asked why, the guard could only answer 'orders from above'.

This is so typical of Malaysian figures of authority/GLC's. Give them an inch and they take it as license to lord it over everyone else. In this case, a park set up to advance the cause of technology SMEs and incubator labs has been hijacked by a politically connected personality who sees it fit to run it like his own feudal kingdom.

Wake up lah CEO. The private sector does not owe YOU a living.
Technorati tags: despots, malaysia, sme, feudal


At 7:53 pm, April 12, 2006, Anonymous jkaiser said...

well, he's not doing anything illegal i guess..just freaking inconsiderate.. n he's not the only one.

At 9:56 pm, April 12, 2006, Blogger hew said...

true not illegal but behaves like a tinpot dictator

At 10:19 am, June 22, 2006, Blogger n.emator said...

Whoa. I didn't know that at all.

Can you email a short letter to a newspaper (maybe about this, explaining that these are

1) an inconvenience to everyone
2) a bad image to investors, customers and visitors
3) inappropriate use of facilities

At 10:02 pm, June 22, 2006, Blogger hew said...

Hi n.emator - trust me I've tried writing to the Star already but they didn't print it.


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