Our History and Ethos

“为什么不可以?”

 “Why cannot?” 

A characteristic challenge in Mandarin by Ng Kar Cheong, founder of Pan-United Corporation Ltd. These words have inspired an enduring tenacity in our people since we began in the 1970s.

The Youtiao Entrepreneur

Ng Kar Cheong’s first taste of entrepreneurship was in hawking youtiao (油條, yu char kway or deep-fried dough strips) as a 10-year old in war-torn Singapore. The eldest of eight children, he hawked youtiao on the streets, at 3 cents a stick. Ng earned good money, going back to the vendor several times a day to replenish batches of 50 sticks. It was 1944. He could help feed the family where his father could not find work.

Born into poverty in Fujian, China, Ng was forced to grow up overnight into an industrious and resilient survivor. He borrowed from his mother-in-law to buy a lorry. This was to supply sacks of cement to construction sites. His grandmother had other ideas. The wise matriarch made him sell the vehicle. She borrowed S$3,000 to help seed a ship chandling business.

The young man shrewdly ferreted opportunities through the turmoil of the 1950s and post-independence Singapore. He pulled the family out of poverty through sheer hard work and sharp business acumen.

A Singapore Pioneer

Ng retired when Pan-United Corporation Ltd was listed on the Singapore Exchange in December 1993. Since then, the Group has grown into a dynamic multinational corporation with a presence in five countries in Asia. The founder’s pioneering spirit of hard work and integrity continues to underpin PanU. His strategic focus on the customer remains unrelenting. 

Our Customer-centric Thrust

PanU continues to thrive on a culture of innovation, operational excellence and long-termism. These traits have made the Group a trusted brand for consistently delivering quality products & services to customers. 

founder ngkarcheong

Mr Ng Kar Cheong, founder of Pan-United Corporation Ltd.

about history2

Ng’s first taste of entrepreneurship was in hawking youtiao.

about history3

Ng was forced to grow up overnight into an industrious and resilient survivor. He borrowed from his mother-in-law to buy a lorry.

– EXPLORE OUR BUSINESSES –
back to top