The Desk of The Executive Chairman
Dato’ Dr Noorul Ameen Mohamed Ishack
It’s been more than a quarter of a century since I sat down by the beach in Batu Feringhi and decided to pursue this nagging idea of changing the way primary care is handled in this country. I will admit it was not an easy decision and I talked with many friends and colleagues. Most of them erred on the side of caution and told me not to do it;why give up a successful career,why put everything on the line?
It was a burning desire to do things differently that ultimately brought me to the creation of Qualitas Health. I knew that if I didn’t do it, I would wonder ‘what if’ for the rest of my life. Today, as we start our 25th year celebrations, I am immensely happy that I fought and put everything on the line to create this Company, which has changed the way we look at primary care.
Today Qualitas Health is in three countries – Australia, Malaysia & Singapore and we will be opening in a matter of weeks in Bangladesh. Through our 25-year journey, we have acquired and set-up businesses in New Zealand, India and Vietnam and we have listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange – milestones that have taught us so much and have grown the business into what it is today.
The people who have played a part in the Qualitas journey are the reason we are still standing today, not just surviving, but thriving.We are grateful to those who have made Qualitas their passion, their company, as much as it is mine. Your commitment and loyalty have been tremendous and I hope in return Qualitas has been all that you’ve wanted it to be.
Today we kick-off the start of our 25th Anniversary celebrations. There will be a host of activities, including a lookback on our journey thus far. Regardless of which city you’re in, we hope that the power of digital technology will bring the celebrations to you.
I leave you with this thought–Burning desires can turn into industry-disrupting legacies; all it takes is being courageous enough to say yes.
I wish each and every one of you a courageous YES.