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Wont To, Or Won’t, Cry For Thee Motorola

[..It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange…When I try to explain how I feel..]

35 years (a/o 2019) have passed since I quit Motorola, Penang, and went south, in search of greener pastures on a Little Red Dot.  Memories – both heart-warming and heart-breaking – came flooding in, as I looked at this old photograph.

Motorola was then the world’s leading portable communications equipment maker, which made it a hotly sought-after employer. We employees used to stride in pride in our distinctive batik-style uniforms even after work, in town! 

This was my first place of work and also the place where I met my GF who is now my wife.  We had some pretty awesome workplace interactions during the 5 years’ vocational sojurn.

Alas, Motorola today is a faint shadow of its former giant self – as a result of an over-confident leadership that rested too long on its laurels.  So sad indeed.

“Walk The Talk”

Here I don’t mean that mantra which all politicians, from aspiring wannabes to seasoned veterans, chant feverishly in order to look legit. (But most end up just talking).

Rather, it is about a team of talented engineers at Motorola Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Penang.   There, circa 1980~84, they developed the first “designed & built in Malaysia” two-way radio, aka, Walkie-Talkie.  The product was launched in 2 tiers, a Low-Tier model HT90 and a High-Tier model HT440.  Both series were identical except for the outer case.  The HT440 had a two-tone casing.

Daily, the R&D engineers would walk up and down, testing out the prototypes by talking (and listening).   Kudos !  Malaysia pasti boleh.  Penang lagi boleh.

Oh, where was I ?   As a process engineer and NPR coordinator supporting the program — cari makan lah !