Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Oxley-WorldBridge envisions an even better Cambodia



Oxley-WorldBridge envisions an even better Cambodia

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Oxley-WorldBridge’s second project, The Peak, connected with Shangri-La hotel. Photo supplied

Oxley-WorldBridge envisions an even better Cambodia

When he first stepped foot into Cambodia for the first time eight years ago, Tan Teck Kee, a former police officer in the Singapore Police Force for 12 years, encountered an eye-opening experience in seeing the Kingdom with his own eyes.

“When I first landed, it was totally different from what was all along portrayed to us by the media,” he said. “We only imagined the country to be extremely backward with no proper roads and full of mines.”

Being enamoured by the country potential, his confidence resulted in several business ventures with local and overseas partners where he adopted an active operational role as a director in them. His most noticeable investment can be said to be the joint venture with the reputable Singapore listed developer, Oxley Holdings Limited, to launch their first iconic 45-storey mixed development project – The Bridge, in March 2014.

He said, “I was indeed fortunate to fulfill my dream to bring high quality housing into Cambodia. The Bridge has captured the attention of the Cambodian market based on the modern design and high quality of construction standard inherited from Singapore.”

Although the high standards and specifications the company set was a major challenge as they were above the market standard, Tan was not for once dissuaded.

“We believed in our own vision that houses must primarily be a safe haven for everybody in addition to the luxury of having complete amenities within the building itself,” he said.

He further elaborated, “I feel that from a developed country like Singapore, at least there’s a bit of something that we can give like quality houses, and a lot of it would be training local people who work for us, or sharing experience in Singapore with my local partners, who then can also give their input to local developments on how to move ahead for a country like Cambodia.”

After the monumental success of The Bridge condominium development, Oxley rolled out its second project, The Peak. The projects are Singaporean-oriented in terms of construction materials, architect designs, and specification standards.

He also believes that affordable housing is salient for a country to grow and develop, and the company has, in its pipeline, plans to build affordable housing.

“Because of the booming of the economy in Phnom Penh, you need a lot of labour coming in from the provinces,” he said, adding a point necessary to the housing issue here, “If you don’t provide housing for them, it’s almost impossible for them to come into Phnom Penh to rent a house and work here. The rent would be too high for them.”

Besides his numerous businesses, Tan spends a chunk of his time with charitable organisations like Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), motivating children on how they can play a vital part in supporting their country’s growth, their personal aspirations, and gaining necessary skill sets.

“I think if you put your heart and soul and give some time to do that, the people here are generally receptive. I have seen how the [staff] have transformed. Skills wise and thinking wise, their mindset has developed, from what I see, which is very good for them,” he added.

Tan says that he is often questioned by Singaporeans back in his homeland on how the situation in Cambodia is like. He would tell them the safe and good experiences that he has had in the Kingdom, including “the sincerity of the people here … and the centralised location of the country in the world.”

He has succeeded in being the catalyst for many Singaporean entrepreneurs and businesses venturing into Cambodia, dealing in a range of specialties like construction materials and renovation services.

Tan concludes his enriching experience in Cambodia: “I feel that Cambodia is very safe. It is relatively safe compared to the region, and political-wise, I think it’s very stable. I think the government has very good long-term plans. It’s not like those short term plans in most countries – three to five years. They are looking at 20 to 30 year development plans, which I think will spur the growth in the country.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the

  • 'Pandora Papers' expose leaders' offshore millions

    More than a dozen heads of state and government, from Jordan to Azerbaijan, Kenya and the Czech Republic, have used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a far-reaching new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (