Saturday, April 13

The IKON

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 ...
Wasiyyah Shoppe Berhad, The Game Changer – Tuan Haji Ariffin Sabirin
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Wasiyyah Shoppe Berhad, The Game Changer – Tuan Haji Ariffin Sabirin

Wasiyyah Shoppe Berhad, The Game Changer   Pioneering the field of Islamic Estate Planning Industry The first of five siblings, Ariffin Sabirin was an active student in his university days, being awarded Student of The Year Award in 1989 for outstanding academic and leadership achievement. He completed his tertiary education in Business Management at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1990 and even represented Malaysia in the SIF-ASEAN Fellowship Programme at the National University of Singapore. With a background in finances, Ariffin started a career path in banking in Citibank Kuala Lumpur in 1994. He further advanced himself becoming a Senior Associate after joining the RHB Unit Trust Management Bhd, and became the top Million Dollar Achiever for three consecutive years, f...
The Power of 2: “It Takes Two to Tango” – Dr. Mohd Rahimie Sayutti and Dr. Mohd Safwan Saifudin
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The Power of 2: “It Takes Two to Tango” – Dr. Mohd Rahimie Sayutti and Dr. Mohd Safwan Saifudin

The Power of 2: "It Takes Two to Tango"   Taking the first glance at the exterior, it looks just like any mediocre clinic. But stepping inside, one should certainly not judge a book by its cover. The clinic is on top of its game when it comes to serving patients. Primer Cherang is the brainchild of two young doctors, Dr. Mohd Rahimie Sayutti and Dr. Mohd Safwan Saifudin. Born and raised in Kelantan, both had worked at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Bharu, Kelantan prior to having a lightbulb moment to set up their establishment. "It is not an easy move. We took five years before proceeding with the plan. Opening up a clinic requires more than just capital because you are in the business that deals with the patients' health, you need a team of medical practitioner...