Monday, September 17, 2007

"CEO" From Nowhere

One of Tham's present day luxurious Vios




A true life story...

One day, a sandwiched triple-storey building became an educational institution called 'Kolej Fajar Tinggi'. Before it became that name, it was called 'Sin Lee Business Institute'. Lately, it uses the name "Fajar International College".

Soon after changing its name, the place became a booming business for those who were interested in doing private education. Some of its courses received accreditation by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Others were talk of the town like the quickly earned "Preston University" degrees.

The owner of the business (with a change in name to "Fajar International College" not too long ago) was and continues to be an enterprising calculative West Malaysian / Singaporean businessman, Dr Peter Tham. This is the man from nowhere: he appeared out of the blue and today, he is a wealthy educationist who drives in a sleek white Toyota Vios vehicle. He owns the Boulevard Fajar International College lots and other properties.

I came to know him when I attended two meetings conducted by the infamous ex-MCA President, Tan Koon Swan in Miri. In case any of you do not know him, let me just say this man was a charasmatic star in the MCA until he was jailed in Singapore for mismanagement of stocks. Many believed he was merely a "scapegoat" who had to take the rap.


He claimed to be a changed man after being released, becoming a Christian and it was Peter Tham who arranged testimonies by him that we got to see and hear him speak of his past experiences.

Here are pictures of Tan Koon Swan at the height of his power and at his lowest point in life when he was arrested. Interestingly, when invited to autograph either the book or magazine, he chose the former.

In case, you are still interested in Peter Tham - whose doctorate comes from St Clemens University (registered in the Turks and Caicos Islands) - he denies all knowledge of stock-broking in the past and does not admit he is the notorious wanted fraudster and maverick trader of the past Pan-Electric Industries stock scandal. If you still want to know more about him, google his name and you can read and decide if he is the wanted fugitive!

By the way, I have since worked for him twice, at first without pay and getting paid the second time, but finally I could not bear his highly unusual questionable business strategies and resigned! He has also not fulfilled his contractual obligation in paying me the overriding commission on newly recruited incoming students who have been recruited by my management staff and withheld half a month of my salary for no valid reason. I believe the amount he has to pay me is RM10,050.00 (US$4,000). This is an estimated figure as he has not honored his earlier oral agreement, before I agreed to be the college marketing manager, to let me see the accounts.


<==PETER THAM, circa 1985
My recent latest employment by him was in another part of Miri, along the Miri-Pujut Road and we were using a building that is so extremely close to a SHELL petrol station that it could not be considered as suitable as an educational institution. (Besides, many of the students -a lot from Sabah-smoke heavily all over the place outside the college in the compound, usually before, during breaks and after classes! If a puff of wind were to blow away a lighted cigarette suddenly ... I dread to imagine what would happen to the folks at the petrol station nearby and in the school itself!)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Peter Tham who was a director of Pan-El and was variously a fugitive, bankrupt, jailed, etc?

Anonymous said...

You might be right, Annonymous. I googled Dr Peter Tham and found nothing (except the eleventhhhour site) but when I googled Peter Tham I found everything about Pan El, his connection with Tan Koon Swan, etc. Try it!

Hunter said...

I never want to deal with this guy again: he wants everything in the end-too shrewd for me. He has this St. Clemens' doctorate on his office wall.

The Ministry of education recognises his college courses, headed by someone.

They say the expensive 3-storey building in the high class area belongs to him.

Anonymous said...

The 'social activities' are non-existence. He puts up scholarships with no cash value-just study in his college and pay the rest of the fees. Good publicity & even the local gov't's component party got seduced by these 'magnanimous' acts.

Luke said...

I say give the poor man a chance to do good.

Miri is beautiful. Maybe he will turn into a beautiful creature like a pure white swan here.

Remember the touching book and movie "The Bishop's Candlesticks"?

By the way, surely Singapore doesn't want him any more if he's a fugitive?

duped said...

I hope he'll have some money for me after I've lost my life savings in the market.

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Luke Chong said...

Thank you for your interesting comments. Does Peter Tham know about this blog? Yes, he does....constantly he keeps track of everything in the Internet, furiously working on it often when I was with him. God knows what he is up to, good or bad....

Voiceofedelweisspirates said...

More about him ? Connected on my +g. Thx

Voiceofedelweisspirates said...

Miss you so much petter tham ...

Anonymous said...

Does peter tham know of this blog, i highly doubt it bro.

Anonymous said...

I know pan-el peter tham first hand and he wont bother knowing this blog hahhaha

Eithelwise pirate said...

Heheh