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YTL CEO made Board Member of Global Child Forum

   
(L-R) Dato' Yeoh Soo Keng, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, Her Majesty Queen Silvia, Her Royal Highness Tunku Azizah, Crown Princess of Pahang and Dato' Yeoh Soo Min.

Kuala Lumpur, May 4, 2016

It was a Royal affair as The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur played hosts to their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Also gracing the event was Her Royal Highness Tunku Azizah, Crown Princess of Pahang. A private dinner on the occasion of the Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia was hosted by Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation.

Speaking at the dinner, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis said, “It is immensely humbling that a country’s ruler, and indeed, the father of a nation, would be so loving and caring not only of his people, but also the people of this world. Especially, the most vulnerable – children.

“We pay tribute to Your Majesty’s determined efforts to promote and defend children’s rights, to persuade business across the globe of the importance of doing what is right. What Your Majesty champion, improves lives and ‘effects change’ for many generations to come!

“That is also why we are pleased to support the Global Child Forum. Efforts to instil greater corporate responsibility and citizenship must be elevated to the global level, so that we could help create greater momentum for change in corporate mind-sets and practices.

"We are today reaping the horrible consequences of humanity in the past, scarring our environment with our unbridled greed. In the same manner, if we scar our children today by abusing them, we will reap tomorrow a consequence none of us can truly fathom, a price none of us can truly afford!"

YTL's mission to be a Force for Good by 'Building what is right' reflects its 60-year-journey, building on core competencies in engineering to become a conglomerate spanning 11 industries.

The Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia, held on 5 May, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, will bring together leaders and decision makers from business, governments, academia and civil society to identify opportunities for how responsible business can contribute to the realisation of children’s rights in the ASEAN region.

Under the theme “Mobility & Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business”, Forum attendees will be inspired through plenary panels and choose from among four solution-driven ActionLabs sessions and will work together to address children’s rights in the regional context. One exciting topic addressed is Children in the digital age: how the ICT sector can support and respect children’s rights.

Malaysia is the first country in the world to have been ‘hot‐spotted’ with Fourth Generation mobile internet technology. YTL via their Communications arm together with the Malaysian Ministry of Education set out to equip 10,000 schools across the nation with 4G technology.

Furthermore, YTL established a virtual learning platform called Frog VLE made available to all the 10,000 schools, providing free resources and education materials. This move not only helped remove the digital divide, but gave Malaysian children, both in the urban and rural areas, the same ability to tap the best in education globally.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh who is also appointed as Board Member of the Global Child Forum said, “We believe that technology remains the game changer. When abused, technology has brought untold suffering to many children. But in the hands of good people, it will spark new initiatives for change, and snowball into new legacies of hope for all our children.”

To top off a lovely evening, YTL also took the opportunity to surprise King Carl with a birthday cake to celebrate His Majesty’s 70th birthday which was a week ago. Addressing his guests, King Carl said, “I would like to thank you, Francis, we are good friends now - for helping us to organise this. We met in October last year and talked about doing something like this for children in this part of the world. And when we shook hands, I knew that this was a man I could really rely upon.

“Thank you for all your support and for in a very short time together with the organisation and committee from Sweden and others who have been working hard to organise the seminar tomorrow.”

The Global Child Forum held at The JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur is under the patronage and active participation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden.


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Speech by Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh
Private Dinner in Conjunction with the Global Child Forum
at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Good evening,

Your Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
Your Royal Highness Tunku Azizah, Crown Princess of Pahang
Your Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen

I am excited that the Global Child Forum is having its first ever Southeast Asia Forum.

On behalf of beautiful Malaysia, I bid Your Majesties and all our wonderful guests from aboard, a very warm welcome. And may we thank Your Majesties for choosing Malaysia to host this forum.

Last weekend, all of Sweden celebrated Your Majesty King Carl’s 70th birthday. And this evening, a few days later, you are here with us. We are truly honoured by Your Majesty’s presence. We wish you a very Happy Birthday.

But allow me to express this sentiment. It is immensely humbling that a country’s ruler, and indeed, the father of a nation, would be so loving and caring ‘NOT ONLY’ of his people, but also the people of this world. Especially, the most vulnerable – children.

We pay tribute to Your Majesty’s determined efforts to promote and defend children’s rights, to persuade business across the globe of the importance of doing what is right. What Your Majesty champion, improves lives and ‘effects change’ for many generations to come!

On this same note, we also pay tribute to Your Majesty, Queen Silvia. You are equally passionate of Global Child Forum and an ardent advocate for the disenfranchised around the world. Thank you for what you do. At YTL, our mission is to be a force for good by ‘building what is right’.

Our mission reflects how in 60 years, we have built on core competencies in engineering to become a conglomerate spanning 11 industries. Our mission also reflects the enduring values that guide our conscience and sustain our passion.

This is because we are deeply aware that we are borrowing this world from our children. If we do not make concerted efforts to invest in our world, in education, the environment, the arts, then our children will already have a bleak future to inherit.

We are today reaping the horrible consequences of humanity in the past, scarring our environment with our unbridled greed. In the same manner, if we scar our children today by abusing them, we will reap tomorrow a consequence none of us can truly fathom, a price none of us can truly afford!

What we sow is what we reap! We cannot and must never allow evil to triumph and harm our children today. But the reality is our world today worships short-termism. The global economy prides itself in being driven by instant rewards, quick fixes and unethical financial gains.

That is why our efforts to reverse the tide, and push our world towards sustainability and moral responsibility, must be greater. That is also why we are pleased to support the Global Child Forum. Efforts to instil greater corporate responsibility and citizenship must be elevated to the global level. So that we could help create greater momentum for change in corporate mind-sets and practices.

Especially, when the future of the children of our world is at stake. Business has already compromised their future too much. The time for reinvestment must be today. I am particularly grateful that tomorrow’s forum will cover a discussion on “Children in the digital age: how the ICT sector can support and respect children’s rights”.

Malaysia is the first country in the world to have been ‘hot-spotted’ with Fourth Generation mobile internet technology. YTL succeeded in doing so three years ago. One of our earliest initiatives was to work with the Malaysian Ministry of Education to network 10,000 schools with 4G technology. Furthermore, we established a virtual learning platform called Frog VLE made available to all the 10,000 schools, providing free resources and education materials.

In short, not only have we helped remove the digital divide, we have given Malaysian children, both in the urban and rural areas, the same ability to tap the best in education globally – at the tip of their finger. And if necessary, on the move.

We believe that technology remains the game changer. When abused, technology has brought untold suffering to many children. But in the hands of good people, it will spark new initiatives for change, and snowball into new legacies of hope for all our children.

Once again, may I take this opportunity to thank their Majesties for hosting Global Child Forum in Malaysia. May I also thank their Majesties and Global Child Forum for appointing me as a Board Member of Global Child Forum. I am honoured by this appointment and I will do my best to be true to the vision it inspires.

Thank you and may the Lord bless you.




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