It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: School dropout cleans up his act - and becomes CEO

Cleaning firm boss picks himself up after being made bankrupt and going to jail twice

When he was a child, Mr Vernon Kwek's mother used to sing him a Chinese ditty.

"Na li die dao, na li pa," he recites the refrain in Mandarin. It is an exhortation to pick oneself up if one falls to the floor.

The advice served him well more than 20 years ago when a thriving