Mandarin skills land him job in China

Mr Ng Chia Yong, a deputy regional general manager for CapitaLand's commercial management arm in China, is among eight young bilingual professionals recognised by the Promote Mandarin Council and Business China. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr Ng Chia Yong, a deputy regional general manager for CapitaLand's commercial management arm in China, is among eight young bilingual professionals recognised by the Promote Mandarin Council and Business China. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

PM Lee highlights Singaporean who overcame initial struggles with language

Growing up in a family that spoke only Teochew, Mr Ng Chia Yong struggled with Mandarin when he started school.

Both his parents did not go beyond primary school as they had to work from a young age, said the 43-year-old, who is a deputy regional general manager for CapitaLand's commercial management arm in China. "So, learning Mandarin as well as English was a big struggle initially," he told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2019, with the headline 'Mandarin skills land him job in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe