Back in around 2005, I took the first steps from moving away from a technical career to aspire towards a financial career. Back then I was working in one of those IT tender chasing sweat shops and I believe everybody back then was geared towards one of two projects, namely the computerization of the National Land Office or Jabatan Imigresen as the big ticket items. There were also rumblings about some highly connected companies landing some healthcare IT deals. There was also a lot of disquiet about Azalina’s Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBSM) forcing a whole bunch of vendors to perform a Le Tour of Malaysia by visiting every KBSM facility throughout the country in order to bid for a computerization project tender for a campus system. (The specs of which were lifted 100% from one company but in the end even those who used that company’s specs did not get the job. I believe an Oracle vendor got that.) **
I believe that was also the beginning of the hyping of this role called “the Investment banker.” Big CEOs of Wall Street banks were so egoistical that some of them had golden toilet bowls in their office and pandered to the idea of being considered as “Masters of the Universe.” Films like James Bond had them as villainous roles, other Hollywood films portrayed them as riding on motor bikes and then changing in to suits, dashing into private planes and creating money out of thin air. Konon-nya.