Thursday, February 22

The IKON

squashing her way to victory – datuk nicol ann david
Leadership, The IKON, Women’s Corner

squashing her way to victory – datuk nicol ann david

squashing her way to victory - datuk nicol ann david Nicol Ann David, or more fondly known as Datuk Nicol David is Malaysia's retired female professional squash player. Beginning August 2006, she was the world number one for a record-breaking 108 consecutive months before ceding the throne in 2015. In this exclusive interview with IKON, Datuk Nicol shares her opinion on the most significant challenges that young girls faced penetrating a male-dominated industry and her messages to all young girls in Malaysia. Which woman would you say is an inspiration/hero to you? And why? I would say my mum; Ann Marie is the woman that inspires me to be a good person. She always shows her gratitude towards those around her and giving the respect that everyone deserves at every moment. She told me from ...
be extraordinary and ‘inwinccible’ – soo wincci
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be extraordinary and ‘inwinccible’ – soo wincci

BE EXTRAORDINARY AND ‘INWINCCIBLE’ – SOO WINCCI The name, Soo Wincci, is no stranger in the entertainment industry in Malaysia. Dr Soo, an actor, singer, has made her mark in the country. Currently pursuing her second PhD in Spain, Dr Soo shares the hurdles that she faced when she was just a green-horn in the industry, besides facing criticism from her own families and people sneering at her dreams of one day winning the Grammy and Oscar. Why did you enter the entertainment industry as opposed to many others? After I graduated with a law degree from the UK, I took a Master in Certified Legal Practice (CLP) and Master in Business while taking part in the beauty pageant. I also took part in many other competitions, but I kept losing. I decided that it would be my last year in the ent...
nicol david honoured as greatest athlete of all time
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nicol david honoured as greatest athlete of all time

NICOL DAVID HONOURED AS GREATEST ATHLETE OF ALL TIME Eight-time world champion Nicol David has been crowned the World Games' Greatest Athlete of All Time. In an online poll voting, the 37-year-old was by far the popular choice as she tallied a whopping 318,943 votes to take home the award. In a distant second was Ireland's tug-of-war athlete, James Kehoe, who had 113,120 votes; while Ukraine's powerlifter Larysa Solovlova came third with 80,790 votes, according to report. The award is a great recognition to the Penangite who has won everything that has to be won before retiring in 2019. "It's a huge honour to be nominated by the World Games for this award and to gain so much support from everyone in Malaysia and the squash community," said Nicol. "It certainly came as a surprise ...
flying above the skies – vivian foo hooi wen
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flying above the skies – vivian foo hooi wen

FLYING ABOVE THE SKIES - VIVIAN FOO HOOI WEN Vivian Foo Hooi Wen is among the first few female pilots to join Malaysia Airlines. Though it is common to see female pilots oversea, the aviation industry in Malaysia is still largely male-dominated. In this interview with IKON, Vivian shares how she got interested in flying a big metal bird and her challenges in reaching where she stands today.   1. What makes you interested in the aviation industry? I have always been in awe of planes from a very young age. I still remember growing up, and I would be so fascinated every time I saw a plane be it flying over me or on the television.  The first time I flew in a commercial airline, seeing the pilots walk past me into the aircraft, I knew this is what I wanted to do when I grew up. 2...
sashaying her way into the world – dato emma ibrahim, the sole of red profile sdn bhd
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sashaying her way into the world – dato emma ibrahim, the sole of red profile sdn bhd

SASHAYING HER WAY INTO THE WORLD - DATO EMMA IBRAHIM, THE SOLE OF RED PROFILE SDN BHD Marilyn Monroe once quoted, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." And that is precisely what this Sarawak born woman is doing. Dato' Normah Ibrahim, or more popularly known as Dato' Emma Ibrahim, a well-dressed and cheerful lady, sitting in her office in Damansara is known as the 'Boot Lady'. The corporate world was not challenging enough. With a degree in Business Administration from Maine University, Dato' Emma began climbing the corporate ladder as a financial advisor for Bumiputera Commerce Bank. After ten years in the banking world, she stepped up the ladder to become a Managing Director with GP Oceans, an oil and gas company based in Singapore, for their KL branch offi...
A Malaysian Pride on US Soil – Jocelyn Yow
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A Malaysian Pride on US Soil – Jocelyn Yow

A Malaysian Pride on US Soil - Jocelyn Yow Jocelyn Yow, a Malaysian-American has recently been making rounds in social media by being elected a mayor in California. She also made history by becoming the youngest woman of colour to be appointed to the post. Here are some facts about Yow: She is of Malaysian Chines and Vietnamese descent. Her father hails from Kedah while her mother is from Vietnam. She was born in the US, therefore a US citizen by birthright. Her family moved back to Malaysia while she was still a toddler. She lived and grew up in Kedah for some time before returning to the US to attend college. She is also currently the policy manager for IGNITE, a national non-profit to elect more women to positions of power. According to an interview with Malaysi...
Euphoria For Passion – Dato Reza Ibrahim, CEO of Maxxima Group
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Euphoria For Passion – Dato Reza Ibrahim, CEO of Maxxima Group

Euphoria For Passion In its 7 years of establishment, Maxxima Group has continuously expanded their subsidiaries companies in various businesses, including investment in start-up companies, F&B, real estate, e-commerce, manufacturing, import-export of raw material and many more. In an interview with Ikon, Dato Reza Ibrahim, CEO of Maxxima Group shares the inspiration behind the establishment of Maxxima Group and the future anticipatory plans. Although having a background in Science, however, it does not dampen Dato Reza Ibrahim’s entrepreneurial spirit and his passion to serve the community to help them realize their potential. “When you reached a certain point or phase in life, you would want to give back to the community. I started it earlier and humanity became a huge fa...
Rising from The Ashes – Norzira Syarini
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Rising from The Ashes – Norzira Syarini

Rising from The Ashes   It was not another typical day at work. She had come to the office for her usual work routine, but instead of going about their day, as usual, Norzira Syarini and her colleague were given termination letters from their employer. With just a day’s notice, she and her colleagues were forced to pack their things and went home. It was to be the end of her 10-year journey in the media industry. In Malaysia, many media practitioners such as Norzira are at the receiving end of retrenchment that hit the industry hard in recent years. Recounting those hard times, Norzira said initially had to absorb much of the shock. "I cried my heart out, but then I thought that I had to make a choice. Either I continue to wallow in it, or I could choose to rise again and be ...