Underdogs are always people’s favourite, as they are the ones who fall under the radar and surprise you. This is a tale of one such underdog who is now one of the most successful and reputable boutique property developers in Malaysia. Dato’ Dr Eng Wei Chun started out in the professional world, working in his family- owned building supplies business, whilst studying quantity surveying. Then at the young age of 22, armed with the skills gained on the job and his knowledge of quantity surveying, he started a construction business at age 28. Dato’ Eng eventually sold the company to a public listed company. The profits of the sale lead to the incorporation of Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd in 2002, and their inaugural development; four semi-detached homes in Old Klang Road’s Taman Yarl.
It has to be said that, Dato’ Dr Eng Wei Chun’s success as an entrepreneur stems from his ability of have a very clear vision of what he wants, and be innately motivated and resilient to bring it to fruition. As the brainchild and Managing Director of Orando Holdings, Dato’ always knew he wanted to ‘build homes with Swiss-watch precision’ whilst ensuring they were affordable for the everyday Malaysian. Like a true salesman, he puts his ear to the ground and listens to what his customers want, before attempting anything. This customer-oriented strategy is one of the main contributing factors to his and his company’s success over the years. “Property buyers are very smart. They know a good property when they see one. This keeps us on our toes and we don’t mind going the extra mile to keep them happy,” Eng says.
In his short 15 years in the booming and sometimes cut throat Malaysian property industry, his work and philosophy have attracted the attention of customers, competitors and industry leaders alike, which lead to his honorary PhD in international marketing management, and also being conferred the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P) which carries the title Dato’.
He has also made a name for himself as being the developer who ‘Builds with heart.’ Customers especially, realise a property with the ‘Orando’ seal, is an assurance of premium quality, value- for-money, innovatively designed homes, in strategic locations; whereas competitors and industry leaders on the other hand, know that Dato’ believes in ‘healthy and sustainable’ growth within the industry. Profits for the sake of profit alone, can lead to rampant property value speculation, which inadvertently ruins the market. “We want to be a responsible property development company that contributes to the country’s growth,” Dato’ has often said.
Orando’s achievements in the property industry reads like a telephone directory, with a couple that stand out for being instrumental in shaping the property market in Malaysia. Orando Holdings was awarded the ‘Asia Pacific Property Awards’ for The Best Residential High rise development in Malaysia. Orando Holdings was also awarded The Brandlaureate SME Brand Leadership Award for ‘Property Man of The Year’ and ‘Real Estate Property.’ Other successes include ESQR’s Best Quality Leaders Award 2014, The Star Business Award for CSR and Sin Chew Daily’s Business Excellence Award for ‘Property Excellence.’
Having made a name for himself, and creating waves in the Malaysian property industry, the ever charismatic Dato’ is no stranger to glitz and glamour, but contrary to popular belief, he is a simple man of very simple pleasures. One such interest, is the time honoured tradition of preparing, serving and enjoying Chinese Tea. A labour of love, this hobby is something that takes time, precision and patience, and like his work he takes pride in, in order to achieve the best. Dato’ as Managing Director of Orando Holdings is a very generous man, as is evident from his countless generous donations to numerous organisations and charities
that benefit the marginalised in society. Recently in an attempt to promote responsible media reporting, Dato’ sponsored RM 50,000.00 to Star Step Up School Sponsorship Programme in 2014. Besides this, he contributed donations to the underprivileged as well as built a Buddhist Temple, Tai Kok Wah Shi in Cheras, KL. In a separate initiative to held in education, Orando Holdings also sponsored towards One World Hanxing College of Journalism & Communication, Tsung Wah Private Secondary School, SMJK Confucian, and SK Bandar Utama Damansara.
In 2016, Dato’ is also poised to start work on a number of residential gems; in particular Orando’s ‘City District’ in Taman Maluri, Cheras. As far as milestones are concerned, one monumental one came when Dato’ Eng devised and implemented an ingenious policy to protect the value of Orando Holdings properties. “Anybody who wants to buy a home with us has to go through an interview session. We talk to them to find out why they are buying this property,” as Dato’ explains it. This curbs speculative value and price manipulation, which in turn helps to ensure that property in Malaysia is fairly valued for a healthy and sustainable market. In line with this policy, in an attempt to increase the value of Orando properties, Dato’ has also made it compulsory for home owners renting out to blue collared workers, to pay the condominium’s maintenance fee six months in advance. This ensures that any possible damage to the property can be recovered without hassle and discourages irresponsible renting out of the units to too many blue collared workers, which may reflect negatively on the value and desirability of a property.
In conclusion, Dato’ Dr Eng is a man with unwavering work ethics and tremendous foresight, as is evident in his need to build for the betterment of the nation and its growth. He is genuinely a nice guy, who does not just look at the bottom line, but wants more and more Malaysians to improve their lifestyle and economic status by owning good quality, functional property.