The Tie siblings
The three Tie siblings are very different in terms of their pleasures in life: one loves to cha-cha, another loves shopping, while the other enjoys family time more than anything else. Nevertheless, they all have two things in common – they adore their parents and are passionate about their accounting career.
The eldest, Tie Mei Chuo, highlighted her mother as her role model who had scarified much for her marriage and family. On her greatest achievement, Mei Chuo said that achieving her CPA status ignited the biggest sense of accomplishment in her. “Being recognised as an accountant and the acknowledgement that comes with it is something that is incomparable,” she said.
Mei Chuo started her career in a small audit firm for six years before moving on to Shin Yang Group where she is in charge of the manufacturing of spare parts for heavy machinery and tyre re-treading.
Second in line is Tie Yee Ung, who likens the accounting professional to the glue that binds every aspect of an organisation. “As accountants, we earn a seat at the table and drive main aspects of the decision-making process. We pretty much oversee the entire organisation and we’re the glue to everything. At the end of the day, the numbers are what matters,” said Yee Ung. He does admit though that the job can be quite challenging and stressful at times. As a stress-reliever, Yee Ung turns to dancing and does a number of genres ranging from Cha-Cha to Tango and the Waltz.
Yee Ung has always been a high achiever academically and this continued in his career. After graduating, he took up the BP Asia Pacific internship program. He then moved on into audit with Ernst & Young. After a year’s stint in EY, he accepted an offer to join Shell in Miri where he has been for the past six years. At Shell he has been able to maximise his potential being rotated in four different job areas starting with non-operated ventures to regional management and his current role in stakeholder engagement.
Anne Tiew Mei Ang is the third sibling in their family of six and could be deemed as the most passionate when it comes to her academic path and profession. Anne believes that even if she is given a chance to do it all over again, she cannot imagine herself going down a different academic pathway. “In Chinese, we have Yin and Yang. The symbols mean the perfect balance where one cannot exist without the other. In accounting, we have debit and credit entries. Debits and credits occur simultaneously in every financial transaction in double-entry bookkeeping. Is this not mind-blowing, seeing how accounting works?” she added excitedly. Anne who started as an audit associate with KPMG after graduating from Curtin University, Sarawak, now works as an accountant with Oil Palms Berhad.
Having all grown up together, they are a closely knit family and have always relied on each other for support and strength. “There are two main lessons we have learnt from our parents – to think before we leap and to always treat each other with kindness.”