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Nivat Chantarachoti

General Manager of Thai Airways


“Thai Airways has an excellent safety record.”

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The young and cherub-face gentleman’s manner and appearance belie his age.  Well-suited, he steps into the room with an air of confidence and warmth albeit the black ribbon on his lapel, clearly still expressing his mourning for the loss of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol.  Thai national Nivat Chantarachoti is the general manager of Thai Airways International, overseeing Malaysia and Brunei, one of the most challenging and competitive air-travel routes in the world.  Currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with the Business Science Institute of Luxembourg, his highly relevant research on ‘The Impact of Low-Cost Carriers in the Aviation Industry’ takes up the lion share of his time, when not in office.  However, he did not start out as a master of the sky initially.

Fresh out of college in Manila, Philippines, young Nivat Chantarachoti had a short stint as an English instructor with TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), but he could not reign in his love for air travel and the mastering of business in new horizons.  So, he set his heart on joining Thai Airways, a move many of his fellow countrymen clamour for. “I joined Thai Airways in 1989, as a flight attendant.  It is the dream of new graduates to travel and see the world.  Therefore, it is the pride of most Thai people to work for Thai Airways because it is the national carrier of Thailand.  Furthermore, Thai Airways is a public enterprise and a very stable organisation,” he explains.

Nivat’s childhood spanned across a few continents. “My father is a Thai diplomat and we lived abroad most of our lives.

I spent several years living in Vientiane, New York, and Manila during my childhood.  I did most of my studies in the US and at an international school in Bangkok.  In the Philippines, I completed my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science when my father was with the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila.  I got my MBA while working for Thai Airways and am currently pursuing my PhD.”

Clocking an impressive 28 years with Thai Airways, Nivat has managed Thai Airways offices in Australia, France, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Switzerland before Malaysia and Brunei.  “My years as a flight attendant gave me valuable perspective and I was able to see and experience the destinations we are selling,” he gathers.

Thai Airways business slogan ‘The First Choice Carrier with Touches of Thai’ is not an easy goal to achieve. “Thai Airways has been around since 1960, making us 57 years old this year.  Our fleet of over 95 aircrafts fly to more than 80 destinations around the world,” Nivat announces with pride.    

“Thai people are famous for their kind hospitality or what is often referred to as ‘Thai-ness’.  This signature brand of hospitality is what sets us apart from the rest of the airlines.”

The next sentence Nivat utters is what every air passenger wants to hear these days, “Thai Airways has an excellent safety record.” Apart from safety, Thai Airways has been the winner of the Best Cabin Crew Award on numerous occasions.  “Our strategy is to differentiate our product.  We are renowned for our in-flight service called the Royal Orchid Service.  Thai people are famous for their kind hospitality or what is often referred to as ‘Thai-ness’.  This signature brand of hospitality is what sets us apart from the rest of the airlines,” Nivat adds.

Whatever little time this engaging personality has, after work and academic pursuits, is either spent on the treadmill at the gym or on a plush Thai Airways aircraft seat, bound for new destinations and exciting experiences in faraway lands.

cover1年轻的娃娃脸,加上绅士气度的外型让他适度隐藏实际年龄。仪表出众的他在步入房间时展现了自信温暖的氛围,而一缕黑色丝带依然别在他的领子,这是对泰国民众崇敬爱戴的普密蓬国王 (King Bhumibol) 的辞世表达哀悼之意。

身为泰国国际航空公司的总经理,泰籍的Nivat Chantarachoti 负责监管马来西亚和文莱的区域,可说是全球最具挑战性和竞争力的航空旅行路线之一。目前他在卢森堡商业科学研究所攻读工商管理博士学位,至于 “廉价航空对于航空工业的影响”的相关研究,已经占据了他工作之外的大部分时间。然而,他最初并没有成为空中主角的念头。在菲律宾马尼拉的学院毕业后,年轻的他为国际交流英语考试 (TOEIC) 担任短暂的英语讲师工作,但他无法抑制对航空旅行和开拓新业务视野的爱与渴望。所以,他跟随自己的意愿,加入泰国航空公司,这也是令他的同胞欣羡不已的举动。“我在1989年作为乘务员加入泰国航空公司,这是社会新鲜人梦想:旅行和看世界。而且在大多数泰国人感到自豪的泰航工作,泰航除了是国营航空公司的象征,也是非常稳定、实力强大的公共企业和组织。”他解释说。

“泰国人以独特的热情款待或所谓的“泰民族性”闻名,也是殷勤好客的招牌使我们与其他航空公司有区别。”

Nivat的童年生活飞越数个大洲。“我父亲是泰国外交官,因此大部分的时间在国外度过。我童年时期在万象、纽约和马尼拉度过数年,并在美国,还有曼谷的一所国际学校进行大半段的学习生涯。当我的父亲在菲律宾任职泰国驻马尼拉大使时,我完成了电脑科学与技术学士学位。我在泰航工作期间取得工商管理硕士,目前正在攻读博士。”

另外,他与泰航至今长达28年的服务期限也令人印象深刻。在马来西亚和文莱之前,曾主管泰国航空在澳大利亚、法国、印尼,孟加拉,菲律宾和瑞士的办事处业务。“乘务员就业经验提供了非常有价值的视野,我能够更深入了解展开营销的地点。”

至于泰国航空公司的口号:“触摸泰国的首选航空”不是一个轻易实现的目标。“泰航创立于1960年左右,今年57岁。我们有逾95架的飞机飞往世界各地80多个目的地。” Nivat 骄傲地宣布。

而接下来Nivat的宣称也是每个乘客最近想听到的。“泰国航空具备相当好的安全记录。”除了安全,泰航已多次在不同场合获得最佳乘务组奖。我们的战略是善于区分本身产品,并以空中的“皇家胡姬花服务”称誉。泰国人以独特的热情款待或所谓的“泰民族性”而闻名,也是殷勤好客的招牌使我们与其他航空公司有区别。” Nivat 补充说。

无论是繁忙的工作和学术追求,闲暇在健身房的跑步机上,或者在泰国航空公司飞机的座位上,他永远不忘锁定新目的地,在遥远的土地上感受令人兴奋的体验。


by Billie Ooi – Ng Lean Gaik

Creating Pathways For Young Artists 年轻艺术家的指南针

Bayu Utomo Radjikin

Director of HOM Art Trans


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“For me, I want to nurture young artists so that 10 years from now, we will have many more good artists to showcase impressive art works”

With a long list of solo and group exhibitions, locally and internationally, in his belt and multiple awards, Bayu Utomo Radjikin is no stranger in the art industry. The Sabahan, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, is particularly well known for his solo exhibition featuring mainly skulls in his paintings two years ago called “Ada Apa Dengan Tengkorak”.

“There is a future yet for the art industry here and I am sure that one day, our artists will be able to bring this industry up to finally catch up with our neighbouring countries.”

After a break of two years, when he worked on his latest masterpieces, Bayu Utomo launched a solo of his abstract works in “Gejolak” this year at G13 Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. “It is more of an abstract form that is fluid and different from my more figurative works like Tengkorak,” he said about his latest work. He also plans to work on more abstract forms in his future pieces.

“I want to do something that’s different from my previous styles and I enjoyed doing this so I am looking forward to creating more abstract pieces like in Gejolak,” he shared. Gejolak is Bayu’s interpretation of the feelings and emotions that swirled endlessly within humans. He said the strokes represented the strength and weakness along with the imbalances of feelings inside humans. Gejolak is his 10th solo exhibition since he launched his very first solo in 1996 at the National Art Gallery.

Other than his own work, the 46-year-old is intent on helping budding artists to succeed in an industry that is wrought with challenges. Bayu is the director of HOM Art Trans, an independent art space dedicated towards cultivating young and new artists. The organisation has three main programmes, The Residency, The Art Fund and The Art Award, to nurture, help and promote young talented Malaysian artists.

“There is a future yet for the art industry here and I am sure that one day, our artists will be able to bring this industry up to finally catch up with our neighbouring countries.”

“It is important to nurture these young artists by providing them with the means and space, otherwise it is difficult for them to flourish,” he said. He said these young artists are really talented, including those who graduated with fine art degrees. However, there were no avenue for them to flourish and succeed so many would easily give up. He recently organised group exhibitions for the young artists in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

“Of course, all these exhibitions mean that we also needed a supportive audience to keep them motivated but unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of people who understands,” he said. The art industry in Malaysia is still growing and it will take time for the audience to really appreciate fine art like paintings and sculptures.

Bayu has been in the art industry for over 25 years and he believed that though the art industry is still growing, it is heading in the right direction. “We are still lagging behind compared to Indonesia and Manila,” he said. Art is still considered unimportant and not a priority for most people. It is not something corporations will support and many still assumed that exhibitions can only be held by those who have the money to do so.

“For me, I wanted to nurture young artists so that 10 years from now, we will have many more good artists to showcase impressive art works,” he said. With great masterpieces, he believed it will lead to progress for the art industry in Malaysia. He is also nurturing one of his children who has shown an interest in drawing.

“There is a future yet for the art industry here and I am sure that one day, our artists will be able to bring this industry up to finally catch up with our neighbouring countries,” he said. Bayu is now working on his next project, more abstract art works, and has plans to hold another solo exhibition in the near future.

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在成功举办了国内外一系列个人和集体展览会,创造无数艺术话题和荣获许多奖项,Bayu Utomo Radjikin 绝对是艺术行业并不陌生的名字。这名拥有美术学士学位的沙巴人,两年前以别具一格的骷髅颅骨主题 :“Ada Apa Dengan Tengkorak”的个人展览而知名。

而历经两年休息后重整旗鼓,Bayu Utomo推出了最新杰作,拥有抽象意识的“波动(Gejolak)”,今年在吉隆坡的G13 Gallery 正式展出。“这是抽象的表述形式,相当流动性,不同于我象征性质的作品,如Tengkorak。”他谈到最新工作,计划在未来的创作中以更抽象形式展现。

“对我来说,培育年轻艺术家,10年后我们将有更多优秀艺术家呈现印象深刻的艺术作品。”

“我想做一些跳脱以往的风格,我喜欢这种感觉,所以期待着创作更多抽象作品如Gejolak。”他分享。Gejolak是他对人类内在无休止的思绪和情感的诠释。他说,笔画线条代表了力量和虚弱,也显示人类潜在不平衡的情感。“Gejolak”是他的第十次个人展览,1996年他在国家艺术画廊推出首次个人展览会。

除了本身的创作工作外,这名46岁的艺术工作者还打算协助新人闯荡这个挑战性的领域。他也是 HOM Art Trans 的总监,这是一个独立的艺术空间,致力于培养年轻和新兴艺术家。该组织具备三大主要构成:住宿、艺术基金和奖项,并以培育,帮助和推动年轻的马来西亚才能艺术家。

“重点是培养这些年轻艺术家,为他们提供举措和空间,否则他们很难蓬勃发展。”他说,这些年轻艺术家才华和悟性都很强,包括美术科系毕业生。然而,由于历经毫无成就的艰难局面,许多人半途放弃。他最近也为槟城和吉隆坡的年轻艺术家们举办了集体展览。

“当然,开设展览会意味着需要观众的支持,以保持他们的积极性,但遗憾的是,没有得到太多了解与回响。”他说,马来西亚的艺术产业仍在增长,让观众可以真正鉴赏美术画作和雕塑需要一点时间。

踏入艺术领域25年,他觉得纵然艺术产业在朝着正确的方向前进增长。“我们仍然落后于印尼和马尼拉。”他说。艺术依旧被认为是附属品,并非多数人的主要选项。企业机构不轻易支持,很多人还是认定举办展览会是有钱人的玩意儿。

“对我来说,培育年轻艺术家,10年后我们将有更多优秀艺术家呈现印象深刻的艺术作品。”而有了出色的创作,他相信这将引领马来西亚艺术产业的步伐,目前他家里有一个对绘画有浓厚兴趣的孩子,他正积极培养。

他说,艺术行业拥有灿烂的未来,有一天我国的艺术家的发展将最终赶上邻国。Bayu进行下一个计划:创作更抽象性质的作品,并在不久举办另外个人展览会。