Early Life of Syed Mokhtar

Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary was born in Alor Star, Kedah in 1951 at middle class family.  His family hailed from Hadhramaut, Yemen.  Before deciding to live in Kedah, his father travelled as far as Central Asia to trade.  Then, his father went to Thailand, before finally deciding to live in Alor Setar, Kedah in the mid 1940’s.  This business leader has seven siblings and he is the third child.  Shortage of money led his family to send him to live with his uncle, Syed Omar in Johor Bharu, to study there.  Syed Mokhtar lived in Johor Bharu and continued his studies there until form two, before returning to Kedah to Study up to form 5 at Saint Micheal’s school.  
As for your information, he never went to university.  
His knowledge and experience was gained through his own entrepreneurship experience during his youth time.Since his family does come from a poor family, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary had to step into the working world from the early age while pursuing his primary and secondary studies.

A unique fact which can actually be viewed as his first direct involvement in business is that he used to help his father with his business’ accounting.  This took place during recession period when his father went to his school and asks him to go through his accounting book and take care of it.  This valuable experience is one of the solid foundations Syed Mokhtar acquired before he involved in the real world of business.  

The Characteristic of Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukahry

Tan Sri is a patriotic person. It is proved when he drives a Perdana instead of driving other luxury cars such as BMW, Volvo or Mercedes. It is also been proved by his effort in supporting local student in pursuing their study by giving them a scholarship to a student to continue inside or outside the country.

The second characteristic that Tan Sri has is that he is a religious person. It is shown when he donated a lot of his profit to build a lot of mosque. Other than that, he also has donated toward orphan and people who needed help. He also has donated 1.25 Million Pound to Oxford Islamic Institute for research on Islam. He has also built Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur.

The other characteristic that he got is he is a very hardworking person. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar did work from day till night just to make sure that everything is in order. It is shown when he does a meeting with his entire top manager to maintain the quality and to guide them from any mistake that maybe taken.

He is also a generous person since he donates a lot of his money for welfare. For an example, he gives scholarship to 1000 Saudi Arabian student to study in Malaysia.

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