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Conflict pushed him to Singapore

United Global CEO Jacky Tan then counts on hard work to build up the company.

GETTING HELP: Recalling a newspaper advertisement about a grant by enterprise development agency Spring Singapore, Mr Tan decided to approach the agency to plug the gaps in United Global's business model.

IT was conflict, not opportunity, that brought Malaysian businessman Jacky Tan to Singapore in 1998.

Concerned about the outbreak of violence from the May 1998 racial riots in Indonesia - he helped to manage a quarry in Indonesia for his father-in-law - Mr Tan brought his wife and their

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