Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Founder's Autobiography Chronicles Her Transformative Journey

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Founder’s Autobiography Chronicles Her Transformative Journey

Malaysia’s pioneer stockbroker tells her side of the story in her recently released memoir.

Few Malaysians can boast to have achieved so much in their lifetime as achieving Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad’s Founder and Adviser YM Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Tengku Noor Zakiah Tengku Ismail (Tan Sri Tengku Noor Zakiah). The visionary Malaysian entrepreneur released her memoir ‘Tengku Noor Zakiah: Malaysia’s Pioneering Stockbroker’ in conjunction with her 93rd birthday.

The memoir chronicles her many successes which include co-founding K&N Kenanga Sdn Bhd in 1973 with Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Taha, and her efforts in transforming it into Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, the largest independent investment bank in Malaysia, as it is known today.

“When I look at Kenanga today, I see that, together, we have created something immensely wonderful and rewarding on so many levels, which I could not have foreseen when I first started working, let alone when I was still that little girl sewing her first baju kurung or making a profit from jasmine garlands,” said Tan Sri Tengku Noor Zakiah.

The book contains many interesting stories on the formation of Malaysia’s largest independent investment bank including the origins of the company name. It goes that the name was inspired by the Kenanga flowers that grew on the Mengkebang Estate managed by Tan Sri Tengku Noor Zakiah’ father. It also tells of her ventures into the stock market in the 1960s where she eventually acquired her stockbroking license and co-founded the investment company she has become synonymous with today.

“Tengku Noor Zakiah’s autobiography tells not only her story but the story of Malaysia. Told through a series of vignettes, interwoven with key moments from the nation’s history, we see how the family values and entrepreneurial spirit honed in her youth have shaped her into the formidable businesswomen she is today. A truly remarkable book about a truly remarkable Malaysian,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of Air Asia.

Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Malaysia’s former Minister of International Trade and Industry, describes Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Tengku Noor as an inspiration to young women and men. “The memoirs of Tengku Noor Zakiah will spur the young adults of Malaysia to strive to benchmark their performance to the highest level possible, and venture into new sectors continuously being opened up by the process of globalization. Tengku Noor Zakiah is an inspiration as she continues to prove that there is no barrier for success in any endeavour.”

Copies of ‘Tengku Noor Zakiah: Malaysia’s Pioneering Stockbroker’ are available at MPH Bookstores nationwide for RM40 (softcover) and RM60 (hardcover).

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