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OBS – The Malaysian behind Singapore Formula 1

September 29, 2008

By all accounts the Singapore GP last night was a roaring success. What many people don’t know is that the main organizer, Ong Beng Seng, is a Malaysian.

“The race was announced in May 2007 following the agreement of a five-year deal between Formula One Management (FOM) CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore entrepreneur Mr Ong Beng Seng, and the Singapore Tourism Board.”


In June this year, Forbes rated Ong as the 14th richest Malaysian. If you are familiar with the property and fashion scene in Singapore, you would be familiar with the Ong family’s presence in those two markets, including his bid to join Genting to build a casino in Singapore.

A proud moment especially for people like me who have one foot in SG and another foot in MY.

More on Ong Beng Seng here.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    September 29, 2008 6:11 pm

    So… which foot of yours is on Malaysian soil? lol

    I’ve got relatives on both sides. Dad’s business is spread out in Sg, KL and a few other places. I’m parked in KL at the moment.

  2. LC Teh permalink
    September 30, 2008 11:09 am

    Using existing streets as race tracks is really getting 2 birds with one stone. IF only they allow ‘better’ brains to do the thinking for them over here, we’d have saved millions instead of creating white elephants… but that’s only ‘if’.

    Pardon the incoherent rambling…

    It’ll be a shame if F1 drops Sepang from their calendar which I have a feeling will happen when the present contract expires. For Singapore its less an issue of fame than it is of survival. Like Hong Kong, they’re learning to be ruthlessly competitive. Its a mixed bag if you ask me – the pride of achievement on one hand and an intense fear of annihilation on the other.

  3. September 30, 2008 11:06 pm

    OBS – ex’ malaysian.. hah hah.. ppl got PR edi… abandon MY lah

    He may have a Sg PR but Forbes magazine listed him as a “Malaysian citizen” meaning he has not given up his MY citizenship.

  4. LC Teh permalink
    October 2, 2008 11:27 am

    As long as there’s hope for MY we don’t simply jump ship. Can’t run away from home unless one has no place to call it that…

    Many people have jumped to Sg, UK, Au to “hope” from a safe distance. Its only possible when one has the means though.

  5. LC Teh permalink
    October 8, 2008 1:53 pm

    Many, as I know, jumped ship but never gave up their citizenship. Which means, they still look back to this as home. Unless it’s totally unbearable, I’d rather stay, do my bit and wait for the tide to change because I see now that change is possible.

    Grandad moved because he saw that his homeland had nothing left for him to get by. Yet, most of his generation hoped to return some day.

    The grass always looks greener on the other side. But how long can one keep running anyway? Every wave with a peak seems to have a trough behind it.

    The grass is always greener on the other side until people realize its a septic tank. You’re right about the peaks of the wave. Some come sooner than later.

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