SINGAPORE (Jan 15): Bruce Soh was already at the peak of his career in his mid-20s. He was living in the US and working as the chief engineer of Mercedes-Benz, managing all of the company’s engineers in the country. But his success at such a young age came as no surprise to those who knew him well. Soh had always been determined to immerse himself in advanced technology and gain exposure outside Malaysia.

“I wanted to study overseas and become a mechanical engineer. After completing Form Five, I told my friends that if we failed [to go overseas], let’s hop on a ship and sail around the world to start our journey. That was in the 1970s.

“We grew up in Klang and we used to board the boats docked at Port Klang and play on them. This could be done back then as there was no tight security system for ships like today,” Soh tells Enterprise.

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