Serial System's executive chairman Derek Goh Bak Heng says that one thing he has learnt from the events of the past few years is to never overly rely on any single customer or any single business. PHOTO: SERIAL SYSTEM

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. It is a saying that resonates with businessman Derek Goh Bak Heng.

The executive chairman of mainboard-listed semiconductor trading company Serial System said he had a “near-death experience” two years ago when the company’s biggest customer decided to pull the plug on it.

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