This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on January 13, 2020 - January 19, 2020
Hospitality is new ground for Datuk Choy Wai Hin, who cut his teeth on furniture, then property development. Working with daughter Yuin Yi at Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown doubles as an opportunity to groom the next generation.
Persuasion, built on the strength of his own passion, helped Datuk Choy Wai Hin convince his daughter Yuin Yi to join the family business. The pair now helm Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, bringing a blend of experience and fresh perspectives to the hotel that opened on Dec 2.
Choy, 56, is executive director of Masteron Group of Companies, which built and owns the hotel, and Yuin Yi is the legal manager. Eight months after joining the integrated property developer last January, she was made director of its hospitality division. Her first task was to procure supplies and equipment for Four Points.
“To [whom] much is given, much is expected,” Yuin Yi says with a laugh, when asked about the responsibility placed on her 27-year-old shoulders. “It was just timely because I was working outside the family business for a while and came back to this great opportunity. The advantage of being relatively inexperienced compared with everyone else is you do not have a set way of doing things. I just want to learn from everyone.”
Hospitality may be a steep learning curve but with her eye for detail, procurement is not exactly alien turf for the former associate with Skrine in KL. “I think my dad hit the nail on the head. With my legal training, I can scrutinise all the quotations and read them five times over to make sure we are not being overcharged and that the terms and conditions are watertight.”
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