Matthew Tee FCPA (Aust.)
Be humble, stay humble and uphold your integrity. These are words Matthew Tee Kai Woon, Group Executive Director of Bina Puri Holdings lives by.
Matthew moved to Auckland at 15 and attended the famous Kelston Boys High School with his older brother. There, he found he had a knack for finances after being put in charge of managing their allowances. He then went on to graduate from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Accounting before completing the CPA Program in Australia.
He gained vital finance and accounting experience while serving as Business Service Accountant for Marsden B. Robinson Chartered Accountant and as the Audit Senior Associate for PwC where he handled a number of established companies such as Ranhill Group of Companies, PUSPAKOM, Tan & Tan Group, Puncak Niaga and Matsushita Group of Companies.
Despite harbouring an initial ambition of starting his own accounting firm, Matthew decided to move to Bina Puri Holdings in 2003. Here he joined forces with his grand uncle, Dr Tony Tan Cheng Kiat, the company’s Founding Director, and his father, Tan Sri Datuk Tee Hock Seng, Group Managing Director. He hasn’t looked back since.
“This line of work has its ups and downs, just like any other job. But the rewarding part of it is being able to see the end results of a development and know that you were a part of it. We’ve completed many developments throughout the years, such as Main Place in USJ – and to see the final work delivered is worth all the hard work’, he said.
With four decades in the business, Bina Puri Holdings’ business activities include investment holdings, civil and building engineering management, highway concessionaire, quarry operations, manufacturing of construction materials, polyurethane system house, utilities and hospital management.
In explaining its diverse portfolio, Matthew explained that it was a natural progression for the company. “We’re not too aggressive in property development and we believe that to overcome any economic issues such as the recession in the 80s and 90s, we’d need to spread our wings in other industries as well”, he said.
Matthew unwinds by participating in a weekly badminton game and spending time with his family.