cosy with the past and present, asM Pacific boss faces future as teacher Patrick Lam See-pong has always had more of an air of a professor about him than a high-powered businessman, so it was no surprise to learn that the chief executive of ASM Pacific Technology was stepping down to spend the next 10 years teaching at universities and being a mentor for young entrepreneurs. After spending the past 31 years building up his microchip-assembly equipment company, 57-year-old Mr Lam has decided to 'reorder my priorities in life' and follow in the teaching footsteps of his parents, his brother, his sister and his son Edmond, who is a professor of engineering at the University of Hong Kong. At Monday's announcement of ASM's record interim profit, Mr Lam maintained his schoolmasterly approach by preferring to give industry forecasts for the semiconductor business rather than his own opinion. 'Sorry, I don't give projections as my chances of getting them right is only 50 per cent. I only talk about the past and present, not the future.' Welcome to the academic world, Mr Lam. Megainfo takes record wild ride A tiny Growth Enterprise Market firm has broken a record previously held by Prince Richard. The share price of Megainfo Holdings yesterday jumped as much as 47 times after the firm did a mini HK$2.65 million placement at 5.5 HK cents to restore the public float. The stock, which closed at 4.3 HK cents on Monday, rose to HK$2.05 shortly after the lunch break before retreating to close at 83 cents, still up 18.3 times. The previous record was held by Tricom, which jumped as much as 26 times when Pacific Century CyberWorks injected Cyberport in a backdoor listing deal in 1999. Incredible, isn't it? Unfortunately, the firm had nothing to say other than it was not aware of any reasons for such a fluctuation. Dickson Poon breaks pay barrier Dickson Poon has broken the eight-digit barrier for the first time. The Dickson Concepts chairman received HK$10.45 million, including a HK$5.45 million bonus pay cheque, from his locally listed retail flagship last year. His total take-home pay was up 6.5 per cent, a modest rise compared with his lieutenants Raymond Lee (HK$9.11 million, up 8.5 per cent) and Nelson Chan Tsang-wing (HK$5.54 million, up 18.4 per cent). Mr Poon has also received $61.7 million in dividends as major shareholder. Not bad for a company that produced 2.6 per cent profit growth of HK$208 million. what's behind share price surge You don't have to look far to see why Titan Petrochemicals Group's shares jumped 7.5 per cent to 57 HK cents yesterday. Just check out the names of three of the shareholders it bought out to increase its stake in its Fujian oil storage project - Think Ahead, Great Fine and Moneylink. Community spirit alive at SHKP Here's a statistic we rarely read when assessing a company's performance: Sun Hung Kai Properties' most dedicated staff member, Wong Chi-keung, did 428.5 hours of voluntary community work last year. That works out to an average of 70 minutes a day, seven days a week. Overall, 1,000 employees at Hong Kong's largest property firm put in 14,000 hours of voluntary community service, up 27 per cent from last year. sFC loses another executive The Securities and Futures Commission is losing another senior executive - the chairman's adviser Ian Johnston who has resigned to join the Dubai financial regulator in October. Mr Johnston, formerly with the Australian securities watchdog, joined the SFC in April last year and had been rumoured to be in the running for the chairman's job before it went to Martin Wheatley. His is the fifth senior position that the SFC needs to fill.