Almost 20 years ago, The Edge Media Group’s founder Tong Kooi Ong initiated a meeting with me at Westin Plaza to discuss fund raising for our alma mater, Simon Fraser University of Canada. Mr Tong was a big supporter of the school while I was then the president of the alumni association in Singapore.

Our session did not take long as he had to rush off for the official launch party of The Edge Singapore. I congratulated him before we parted ways, but in my mind, I was sceptical if The Edge Singapore could take off.

The Edge Malaysia found instant success in the mid-1990s with its indepth and investigative reporting that easily trounced the competition. It helped that the founder was an established insider, and getting scoops was probably a cinch. I heard that investors across the Causeway would grab copies of the weekly right off the press on Friday, read them cover to cover, and trade on the featured stocks the following Monday.

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