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Aussie Varsity Accords Rare Honour To Malaysian

The Sun | 10 November 1999

MELBOURNE, Tues: Young Malaysian entrepreneur Patricia Yeoh was given a rare honour when she was invited by her alma mater to address graduates at the recent University of New England's (UNE) Spring graduation ceremony in Armidale.

Earlier, before an assembly of 1,500 people, Yeoh, who heads her own management consulting firm, PM Resources in Kuala Lumpur, was presented the university's first Young Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding achievements in business.

UNE Vice-Chancellor Prof Ingrid Moses, in introducing Yeoh to the distinguished gathering, said: "Patricia Yeoh is a marvellous example of a graduate who has used the knowledge base she acquired at university to develop an innovative and thriving business. We are very proud of her."

Yeoh told the graduates: "University of New England has taught me that all motivation is self-motivation."

"During my studies, I learned that the rung of a ladder was never meant to be rested upon but to hold a person's foot long enough to enable them to put the other higher.

"Your family, your lecturers, your friends and your future bosses can try to get your engine going, but until you decide what you want to accomplish, nothing will happen," she said.

Yeoh, 30, graduated with a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from UNE in 1992.

She is the eldest daughter of businessman Dr Peter Yeoh Tiong Yong and Alice K.M. Mah, of Klang. -- Bernama