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Born to a rubber tapper in Kuala Lipis in 1954, Tan Sri Kong Hon Kong left school at the age of 18 to work as an apprentice at a pawnbroker’s shop and then as a delivery boy in a general merchant store.
He later took to selling life insurance and it was from this sector that he got increasingly interested in the business of finance and slowly built his extensive network in the field.
At the age of 28 he partnered with a few friends to set up Korona Credit Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur and became the Managing Director of this leasing and credit company. His first million was made during those heady days of the early eighties. At a turn of events, however, the economic recession that followed swept away all that he had fought for and plunged his fortune into the abyss of virtual bankruptcy.
Yet he didn’t submit to defeat. Rather he went back to his roots to eke out a living from selling fast moving consumer goods. But somewhere in the dark recesses of his mind, he knew he would strike a comeback.
That day came after five years of struggle. In 1990 he secured the license to develop 50 acres of land in the Semenyih district near Kuala Lumpur into a private’ garden-like, scenic memorial park. The rest is history. Today, Nirvana Memorial Park, Semenyih is a sprawling 800-acre necropolis and Nirvana Group service has expanded tremendously nationwide within the years with more than 10 local branches and 3 overseas branches.