Name of Recipient:
Mr. Alvin S. Maniam
Established in 1995, Sunraj Marine Pte Ltd is a company that focuses in marine, oil, and gas. More specifically, they provide services such as shipbuilding, tank cleaning, marine insulation, grit blasting and many more.
At the helm of the company is Alvin S. Maniam, who oversees the day-to-day operations. Born in Penang, Alvin came over to Singapore at the young age of eighteen. He subsequently joined Sembawang Shipyard and worked from the ground up. This went on for ten years, where Alvin was an employee, learning as many skills as he could. All the time, Alvin had but one dream, and that is to set up his own business.
Finally, in 1995, Alvin decided to venture out and start up Sunraj Marine. Alvin said: “The main reason for me setting up my own company, is because I love my job and I love learning.”
Alvin mentioned that he encountered little problem when he decided to start up Sunraj Marine. He attributed that to his experience in the industry and said that he still keeps up to date on the latest happenings in the industry to stay current.
Even though Alvin is highly experienced in the industry, he still believes in nurturing the young talents. He said: “I constantly send my team to courses. I do this because I believe it is important to have actual hands-on experience.”
However, Alvin admits that this industry requires a lot of tough work. He said that it is a common affair for people in this industry to climb up 80ft just to repair a specific part of a ship. Elaborating more on this point, Alvin mentioned that his line is hard work, and that an individual must not only possess the physical toughness to carry out his responsibility, he must also possess the right amount of technical knowledge.
When asked about his competitors, Alvin simply said: “I don’t worry about the competition, I have trust in my regular customers.” For Alvin, his main concern is ensuring that there is customer satisfaction. He mentioned that a business would always be able to function smoothly when the business devotes its time to customers. This is because, ultimately, the customers are the ones who will drive a business, not the other way around.
When asked about his future plans, Alvin said: “No matter what, you need to work hard in Singapore.” Clearly, this shows that Alvin is thinking about putting in more effort into his work in the future and shows no sign of ever stopping.
Alvin also talked about his passion for charity and giving back to the society. He said that it is his privilege to be able to help people who are less advantaged. He has done sponsorships on the grassroots level for Community centers, and has also done charity in countries like Sri Lanka. “It’s always important to give back to society, because when we eventually die, we would feel happy that we have contributed to the community,” said Alvin.
Alvin said that entrepreneurship is actually easy if one is able to follow a few habits. He said, “Hard work, sacrifice, honesty, and dignity.” Moreover, he added that staff satisfaction is also an integral part for an entrepreneur’s success, as a business owner requires a team to work towards a common goal in order for there to be productivity.
It comes as no surprise that Sunraj Marine is still going strong after close to twenty years. Their success can be attributed to teamwork, perseverance, and a dedication to give back to the society. These qualities would also be the driving force behind more of Sunraj Marine’s success in the long run.
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