Datuk Vinod Sekhar who is known for being vocal both in person and on his social media presence, have called upon youth in Penang to participate heavily in social discussions earlier this year when he visited several groups of youth at four organisations in Penang to introduce and discuss about the Malaysian Movement, a social group he has founded with his partners.
In recent developments, he gained popularity among the community as he is seen as an inspiring leader, corporate figure and philanthropist. He not only urge the youth to speak up, he also provides a platform for the community to speak their mind and help them search for their voices. This in turn has empowered the youth to take the leap, and he stands committed to make that happen not just in Penang, but also other parts of the country.
According to one of the NGOs in the activity, Datuk Vinod Sekhar sometimes would take his personal time off to meet youth leaders even if he was on a family trip or vacation. This is an indication of his dedication to his effort, something only a true leader will project.
Datuk Vinod’s aim of introducing The Malaysia Movement to youths was to encourage public service and open discussions that are rooted in the core ideals of democracy. He believes that since the youths are one of the major sectors in the country, and the country’s successor, they would need a voice within the society to which The Malaysia Movement aspires to be.
When it comes to business ventures, Datuk Vinod Sekhar can talk for days about his belief and passion. He believes in the kind of projects that will generate business and economic growth for both the business and the people, which are equally important to him.
Ultimately, Sekhar aims at creating employment and wealth for the people, as a business entities generate profits. According to Datuk Vinod Sekhar, this is the heart of social capitalism, something that he drives to achieve every day. The passionate advocate puts the principle that “sustainability can only be achieved if it can be commercialized” into practice in his own business ventures.
He is at the helm of PETRA Group which is invested into a number of commercialized sustainability efforts. For instance, there is Petra Group’s subsidiary, which owns a patented process for creating “Green Rubber” which, takes the problem of discarded vehicle tyres and recycles them into a business opportunity worth millions of ringgit. The recycled Green Rubber has properties just like virgin rubber and used in several products, the most famous perhaps is Timberland which creates rugged outdoor wear. See also Green Rubber Global.
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