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Debating as a way out from bullying, now an inspiration for others


KUALA LUMPUR, 20 February 2023 – In an attempt to escape constant bullying and rigorous military training, a Royal Military College (RMC) cadet enrolled in a debate team which saved him from self-deprecating behaviour, thinking he was a useless disappointment.

The troubled teenager who couldn’t speak English well, despite his mother being an English language teacher, not only managed to master the language but even trained himself to be an eloquent debater and ultimately became one of the youngest politicians in the world!

Dig more into the origin story of Muar Member of Parliament, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and other inspiring luminaries like Professor Dato’ Dr Halimah Badioze Zaman, a renowned figure in computer science and information technology; Cikgu Khalifa Affnan, the first Malaysian to win the prestigious 2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards, artiste-turned-academic, Dr Soo Wincci and many more on airasia academy’s original INSPIRE series.

President (Investment & Ventures) Capital A, Aireen Omar said: “You may think that you know prominent figures like Chef Wan, Datuk Mirnawan Nawawi, Senator Datuk Ras Adiba or Tun Mahathir Mohamad but how much do you know about their struggles and how they persevered to become who they are today?

“We all need a hero in our lives and INSPIRE brings you real-life legends who made their marks in their respective fields sharing their amazing journey to inspire us to work hard and brave through challenges in achieving our goals.”

INSPIRE is a 12-part exclusive interview series on airasia academy’s On-Demand Learning (ODL) platform which also features Capital A’s Executive Chairman, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun; international artiste Sandhy Sondoro; founder of Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad, Datuk Wira Haji Dr. Ameer Ali Mydin and founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW), Andrew Tan.

An original production by airasia academy, INSPIRE joins its extensive ODL catalogue of more than 16,000 educational and lifestyle content across a wide variety of genres such as technology, science, business, entrepreneurship, finance, communications, graphic design, culinary arts, fashion, music and so much more. Subscribers can enjoy unlimited access to watch and learn as much as they want, anytime, anywhere at only RM28 a month.


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