Methodist Boys’ Secondary School Kuala Lumpur
Filed Under (Class of '60s) by oldboys on 16-04-2020


Dato’ Teo Chiang Quan strikes me as a leader who has the welfare of his staff very much at heart. His beginning was far from humble. His grandfather, the late Dato’ Teo Hang Sam was the Rice King of Malaya. From his grandfather and father, he learnt the values of diligence, honesty and frugality which helped him in the many business challenges he had to deal with in his family and working career.

On his many chauffeur-driven rides to school, his father, the late Mr Teo Soo Pin often pointed out the many students who had to walk and took the opportunity to remind him on how blessed he was, to always be humble and help those who were in need. Chiang Quan remembers his father’s advice well and never looked down upon others. His professional accountancy qualification was cut short by his father’s early demise. Despite his youth, he had to be a responsible son and take on from where his beloved father had left off.#

He realised very early in life that leadership has many responsibilities and the livelihood of those under his employment rested on his shoulder. In his own words, “But from the time I was given the opportunity to take over the company, I knew failure was not an option. I had to succeed. Like it or not, our success or failure affects the livelihood of many people.” With much determination and acumen, he has seen to the success of many business ventures, clinching many outstanding awards in the area of quality education and property development*.  His latest achievement is the prestigious The Property Man of the Year Award 2019.


Our former student (class of 1967,MCE), Dato’ Teo Chiang Quan clinching the Property Man of the Year Award 2019.


Memories of Days in MBS

Chiang Quan remembers the day when he was at the receiving end of the late Mr T Mori’s cane. His curiosity to check behind the hoarding of the T Mori block when it was under construction earned him that one stroke when he was caught by the principal himself. He has fond memories of the late Mr Yong Chee Seng, a warm and kind teacher who showed a huge interest in the students. He joined the Boys’ Scout and enjoyed football, volleyball and hockey.

Any advice for the students? He smiled and said, “Enjoy life”.


Back to Serve His Alma Mater

Dato’ Teo’s altruistic motive in nation-building is evident in both mega and micro projects. His contribution to MBS is indeed laudable. He has fully furnished 2 computer laboratories in the school and named them after his parents. He has also refurnished the staff room and named it after his father.  One can see that he is still at heart a filial son who honours his parents. One of his latest contributions was the renovation of the Form 6 Centre which allows all the MBS STPM students to have permanent classrooms. Having a fully dedicated form 6 block gives us a stronger chance to continue providing Sixth Form Education in MBS. Despite his very tight schedule, Dato’ Teo is back to serve as the chairman of the Board of Governors and is one of the protectors of the T Mori Education Trust Fund. Annually, this trust fund has provided much needed aid to the financially strapped students of the school.  He takes every opportunity to ensure the good implementation and effectiveness of the fund. This is him practising sound corporate governance even at the micro level.


Dato’ Teo as the VVIP in a recent school event as Chairman of the Board of Governors.


During our conversation, he would often enquire about the welfare of the MBS family and this impressed me on his caring and responsible leadership style. His continuous emphasis and vision is on changing lives and enriching communities for a better world.

But why Dato’? Why are you working so hard?

Dato’s simple reply, “To God be the Glory”.


# 50 Years Paramount – Building a Legacy for Tomorrow. (2019)

* Article from The Peak (2018)


Written by Gan Swit Peng


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