“A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK I AM AMBITIOUS AND HAD THESE GRAND PLANS TO BECOME THIS BIG SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR, BUT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. I ONLY STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS BECAUSE THE COMPANY I WAS WORKING IN AT THAT TIME WAS DOWNSIZING AND I WAS ONE OF THE STAFF BEING LET GO.”
These are the surprising words of (Sam) Ooi Chin Khoon, the Group Managing Director of OCK Group Bhd as he recalls the nascent days of his eponymous company, OCK Setia Engineering Sdn Bhd. Nineteen years later, and today, the company is no longer a sole proprietorship. Instead, OCK Group Berhad is now the largest and biggest Telecommunications Network Services provider in Malaysia, has been a public-listed company since 2012, hires over 2000 people, and in 2017, posted a staggering revenue figure of close to MYR500million.
Even more staggering, as recently as 2014, when the company was transferred to the Main Market of the Bursa Malaysia Securities (it was listed on the Ace Market in 2012), the company’s annual revenue was hovering around the MYR100 million mark. Due to some very smart and aggressive regional expansion plans, OCK Group experienced a monumental period of accelerated growth in the short space of seven years, multiplying its revenue, not one, not two, not even three but fivefold. Not bad for a man who professes to never having such grand designs or ambitions for his company.
“Yes, these past few years have been very hectic for my staff,” Ooi say