Tan Sri Eric Chia was once the "blue-eyed" boy of Tun Mahathir. I still have the Star cutting of the article on him way back in the 80's. He was supposed to be the quintessence of an effective, efficient and caring boss. He was the Number One of Perwaja Steel in Terengganu (or was it Kelantan?). It was reported that as a young man he left Singapore and headed north after a tiff with his father. When he first helmed Perwaja he used to visit his workers in their container cubicles and rub shoulders with them. Fast forward a bit, news of praises abound in the newspapers about how he built houses for his employees and how he turned the red figures of perwaja accounts into millions of blue profits.
Just like the aftermath of a tropical storm, the sudden calm was astounding. Suddenly Eric Chia was turned into a "co$$up$ and inc?mp?t?nt sco?ndr?l" . Figures in Perwaja suddenly turned red exceeding RM3 billion! And all hell broke loose. The rest is history. Such is the uncertainties in life.
Tan Sri Eric Chia died of a heart attack at his Park Avenue Hotel yesterday. He was 74.
May he rest in peace.