Samuel Kuek

Double degree Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) / Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience) 2008

If you are working, who is your current employer and what is your role?

I currently work for Chemway Sdn Bhd as a business unit head. Chemway is a niche chemicals manufacturing plant. In my current role, I spearhead the business development team of GM-TECH Auto Care which is the brand for our car-care products. My main role is to find new customers from both domestic and international markets and groom them. We are more focused towards manufacturing car care related chemicals such as car shampoo, car polish, car wax, ceramic coating, etc. It has been a long journey for us to reach this point as Chemway Sdn Bhd has been around for the last 30 years. We also provide training for those who aspire to be be professional car groomers with syllabus that is similar to the industry. We hope to have an international presence especially in the Asia Pacific region.

Why did you choose Monash Malaysia?

I chose Monash Malaysia because it is a reputable university.

While at Monash, what type of opportunities did you participate in?

I was in the Monash Business Club during the final year of my studies. I totally enjoyed myself because I met a lot of new friends from different courses and also had an opportunity to participate in charity sales.

What insights, skills or experience made a difference to your own life or the lives of others around you?

It was the ability to communicate well.

Whilst at Monash, did you have any industry exposure/placements? How has it benefited you?

I did my internship in Sime Darby Technology Centre. It exposed me to the real world working life. The experience was invaluable as it was a totally different environment from the lecture hall. Personally, it was gratifying as it taught me that scientific projects might not end up the way in which you want it to be. You have to re-analyse ingredients or parameters that make or break the experiment and then start doing the project again with a fresh mind. When life throws you lemons, you make lemonade!

What do you love most about your student life at Monash?

My friends.

If you are a graduate, have the experiences you have been talking about above made a difference to the way you approach your work and your career?

Yes, it has.

What is your goal/dream in life, where are you headed to in the future?

I love travelling and seeing new things.

What is your advice to current Monash Malaysia students?

Study smart and work hard. Be prepared to be pushed beyond your comfort zone.