“You should be proud of this man,” Former US President Bill Clinton told his audience, pointing at Datuk Vinod Sekhar, the youthful chief executive of the Petra Group, a privately held rubber technology company.
Clinton also praised Malaysia, saying the world would be a better place if mankind emulated the country’s harmony and social tolerance.
The 42nd US President, who governed from 1992-2000, was speaking at the first Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar Memorial Lecture entitled, Embracing our Common Humanity.
One of the main aims of the Sekhar Foundation, the charity organisation set up by Vinod, is to foster greater mutual understanding among the peoples of the world and also make commitments to saving the environment, and funding educational and charitable work.
The world now has to change the way it thinks. The definition of success must be changed from a win-lose situation to a win-win situation. We must be prepared to embrace others as Vinod has done through his businesses.
His father gave his life to rubber research and development in the country, Vinod Sekhar strongly advocated the rights of rubber plantation smallholders and workers.
He was also actively involved in the international price-stabilisation scheme for rubber. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government service in 1973.
Now, Vinod is fulfilli ng the potential of Green Rubber Global Ltd by providing an environmentally friendly recycling solution to the global problem of waste tyres.
One of the world’s most acute environmental threats, discarded tires are now being used again thanks to the technology of De-Link which develop by the older Sekhar.
Vinod is today the first Asian to receive a globally recognized Green award for his work in developing Green Rubber and continues to chalk up more awards as the years go by.