Malaysia recently celebrated Malaysia day on the 16th of September 2015, but instead of staying home on that day, i decided to make my day more productive by attending an event which had a story line up of influential individuals of Malaysia, to share their journey and life experiences towards success.
The occasion of this event was known as 'Their Story', and we had three great figures in the country to share their experiences and their lives journey. And if youre wondering who the three great figures are? Well, its none other than Dato Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin (Malaysian International Singer) , Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (Founder of AirAsia) and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (ex- Prime Minister of Malaysia).
|Th Generasi Bersatu Malaysia members who made 'The Story 2015" happened :)|
|Dato Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin receiving an appreciation gift.|
Dato Siti Nurhaliza's Story :
She is one of Malaysia's mot iconic singer, and an idol to many young people, easily convincing them that anyone is capable to enter the entertainment industry. Dato Siti Nurhaliza came from a musically inclined family where her siblings are singers, her grandfather was a famous violinist and her mother was a local traditional singer.
She also shared her challenges in life where we had a tough decision to choose at the age of 17, right after the major exams, where instead of furthering her studies, she decided to for URTB to pursue her singing career. And i found it funny that she shared the part that if she didnt end up a singer, she would be a polis, like her late father instead. Its really hard to be singer as you have to expose yourself and eventually it will receive a balance of criticism and compliments, said Dato' Siti.
|Datuk Kamarudin Meranun receiving an appreciation gift.|
Datuk Kamarudin Maranun's Story:
He started his career as a portfolio manager handling high-net-worth clients investment funds, both institutional and individually for the Arab Malaysian Merchant Bank from 1988 to 1993. Then he was also named the best student by the Life Insurance Institute of Malaysia in 1983. Even with an educational background of actuarial science and financial investment, he strongly preferred a career behind the scenes related to financial management and funds.
The biggest challenged that he had to face was during the financial crisis in 1998 where there was a 250 mil lost which was a peak point of his life, but thanks to his supportive family and his belief in god, he has managed to stay strong to make a come back. His advice was to set your principles right to be able to go through challenges.
|Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad giving his two sens of thoughts.|
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Story :
From 1981, to 2003, he managed to opened the country to foreign investment, reformed taxation, reduced trade barriers, oversaw the privatisation of numerous state-ownend enterprises and created a world-class physical infrastructure. He also sought to bridge Malaysia ethnic divides by increasing general prosperity.
|I think he was directly looking at me. (NOTICED) :O|
He hopes that the youth would open up to more possibilities without thinking out of the box. Tun Dr Mahathir encourages the youth to not waste time on racing on bikes, but to be productive, in order to achieve your goals. The Q & A was interesting, but what caught everyones attention was that he managed to put a show on stage by singing My Way. Check out the video below which i managed to record to see him sing:
I'd say that it was an event worth attending for. Its nice to see that these successful people are so humble and down to earth in person. The youth should have more events like this to at least learn how to set principles and learn lessons from those who are more experienced.
|My lunch in the making cause i got hungry.|
|Local Food Truck.|
|Free For All concept unleashed.|
|Do check them out for event sponsors, and im sure they would be glad to ;)|
|Group shot of the VIP's of the day for making the day happen.|
|The crowd saying farewell to Dato Siti Nurhaliza, Dato' K spotted too and Tun Dr Mahathir.|
So if you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below, and i would love to tell you more about the event. Do tell me whos your favourite speaker too! Mine was of course Tun Dr Mahathir, as he has been such an inspiration to me since young. Well, i'll end my blogpost here, and i do hope you enjoyed reading about my day at The Story 2015.
Thanks for dropping by!