From unknown beginnings to a turnover of RM1.65 billion, the success story of KPJ Healthcare Berhad is nothing short of inspiring.
It is the journey from ‘having a vision’ to ‘realising the vision’ that usually sets a leader apart, and this is best illustrated in the life and achievements of KPJ Healthcare Bhd Managing Director (MD), Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir. A pioneer and innovator, she is credited with transforming the landscape of healthcare in Malaysia. Having opened their first hospital in 1981 in Johor Bahru with only 60 beds, today KPJ Healthcare Bhd stands at a turnover of nearly RM1.65 billion and a market cap of more than RM2 billion ending 31 December 2010. Their breakthrough, however, was the acquisition of the Tawakal Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, which led to further acquisitions, thus lending them a base. In another key move, although the decision to spend over RM100 million on KPJ Ampang had met with criticism, it made a big difference to the way healthcare is viewed in Malaysia. Today, KPJ Healthcare Berhad has nearly 2,600 beds nationwide, and 10 new sites have been identified to build new hospitals. The road was not always smooth and at times the climb was steep, but Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir has not only defied the odds and taken risks, but, most importantly, she has encashed the opportunities that lie hidden in obstacles.