David Ho Sue San

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David Ho Sue San (Chinese: 何树生; pinyin: Hé Shùshēng; born September 20, 1949) is a Malaysian Chinese entrepreneur and businessman in pharmaceutical industry. He is from Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The eldest son of the late Dr. Ho Kai Cheong (Chinese: 何继昌), the founder of Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea (Chinese: 何人可凉茶).[1]


Early years[edit]

When Ho was a young boy, he used to follow his father visiting major cities in Malaysia to promote herbal tea in a commercial van using a loud speaker.[2]


Ho graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from University of Otago, New Zealand. He worked as a research pharmacist at Wyeth, United Kingdom before returned to Malaysia in 1980, to assist his father Dr. Ho in the herbal tea business.[3][4]


During the 1980s, the herbal tea business was still using traditional Chinese methods to sun dry the herbal tea ingredients, which was unhygienic. Manual labor was employed to pack the tea bags and this cause the production rate to be very slow moving. Seeing this, Ho introduced the idea of using machines to do the drying and packing.

He successfully transformed the Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea business into a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Hovid Berhad (as known as Hovid Public Limited or Hovid Inc), a public listed company on the main board at Bursa Malaysia[5] Hovid Berhad now produces more than 300 types products including generic drugs, dietary supplements and other consumer products. The company exports to more than 50 countries worldwide and has a website for direct end consumer purchase.[6]

Ho is also the Managing Director of Carotech Berhad, a listed company on ACE Merket of Bursa Malaysia. Carotech is involved in the extraction of Vitamin E and Carotene from crude palm oil and the company is also a producer of Biodiesel using crude palm oil.[7]


Being a faithful Christian, Ho holds the president post of the Profession Youth Fellowship of Elim Gospel Hall, Ipoh since 1990, leading a group of young working professionals in church ministry and doing charity among the community.[8]