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Nov 11, 2012

Let’s get MAD! Mountains Are Doable @ TEDxYouth KL

All great things start with an idea, ours starts with the idea that nothing is impossible. TEDxYouth@KL is back again, this time bigger and bolder, to celebrate the impossible ones, the ones who believe that anything is achievable, the ones who believe that mountains are movable.

Date: November 17, 2012
Venue: Auditorium Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, Level 10, Menara SSM @ KL Sentral

You will have the chance to meet speakers below:-

Sze Ning, Documentary Photographer

Sze Ning is no stranger to the plight of marginalised communities, especially the indigenous peoples of Malaysia. Unlike her peers however, she has done more than simply raise awareness through social media. Together with her friends Mike Tee and Devan Singaram, she co-founded Elevyn, an online retailer that enables artisans from the aforementioned communities to sell their products to a global market, thus increasing their incomes and subsequently their standard of living.

Ninie Ahmad, Yoga Instructor

Heavily influenced by daily Ashtanga practice and also certified in teaching Preconception, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Ninie is often considered a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by saffron-wearing instructors. Her small figure belies her immense experience and her very public journey of sharing her love for yoga has been an inspiration to health and fitness enthusiasts in Asia.

Despite her many appearances in the spotlight, Ninie is most comfortable in the sanctuary of her own yoga studio- Upward at Saujana Resort, Subang.

Alex Au-Yong, The Xtramiler

Alex Au-Yong is an avid ultra marathon runner and uses his gift to raise awareness and give back to the community. He launched a community campaign called The XtraMile Day last year to encourage community development. The campaign raised RM111,000 in donations for the StART Society for underprivileged children. The XtraMile Day also saw the Rotaract Club, 100 volunteers and 400 runners run in relay style to accompany Alex to finish a 100km run in 17 hours from Putrajaya to StArt Society in PJ.

In Jan 2013, he plans to run another 100km to collect pledges to build homes for orang asli in collaboration with EPIC Homes.

Lou Yeoh, Director of FrogAsia

Lou Yeoh believes that education goes beyond what lies in textbooks. Her active involvement in co-curricular activities during her secondary school heydays has embedded in her a yearning for learning, a trait she hopes to inculcate in today’s bright young minds. She believes passionately in learning beyond boundaries and aims to help spark fresh perspectives on what education really means. She champions equal access to technology for all as a means to bring about a positive wave of change in the education arena, and to inspire and equip the next generation, via FrogAsia, an exciting new start-up that is set to transform the way teaching and learning takes place in Malaysia.

Liew Suet Li, Teach For Malaysia Fellow

Concerned with the state of education in the country, Suet Li gave up aspirations of becoming an investment banker or consultant to join the Teach For Malaysia programme.

She has not looked back ever since as she hopes to make a difference in the lives of her students, who mostly hail from low-income households and whose English language proficiency are years behind their grade level. Suet Li currently teaches English, Physical Education and Art in a rural secondary school in Negeri Sembilan.

Lim Cheng Soon, Tech Entrepreneur

Lim Cheng Soon is an entrepreneur, designer, and web developer. He is also the founder and curator of Hacker Monthly — print magazine of Hacker News and one of the most prominent magazine among programmers worldwide.

Su-Zen Low, Co-founder of CultureRun

Su-Zen is the Co-founder of community learning platform CultureRun. She believes that everyone has skills, passion and knowledge worth sharing. Together with sister Suwen, they founded CultureRun based on a desire to reawaken learning as a curiousity centered and lifelong pursuit. She is a strong supporter of community development and ideas that move people. Alongside a team of young professionals, she organized ‘CultureRun’s Big Idea’, a free event in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur’s 4th Global Entrepreneurship week that inspired participants to dream big, share and build upon their ideas liberally.

Bosilika An, Co-Founder of The BASH

Bosilika An has established herself as a philanthropist, social entrepreneur, and international role model at the tender age of 18. Driven by her mission of “Teens Helping Teens,” she first cut her teeth in the world of philanthropy with The BASH 2009, a star-studded charity event that benefitted local children’s hospitals. Since then, the BASH has focused its efforts on international education, women and girl’s empowerment, as well as sustainable programmes in schools in developing nations.

A descendant of the former Vietnamese Royal Family, Bosilika was born in San Francisco and now lives in Los Angeles.

David Lai, Mentalist

David Lai’s age belies his experience and mastery of the mentalism – a subdivision of magic that employs manipulation of the mind. His mind-boggling feats have drawn him fans the likes of former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir and AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes; perform for such clients as Mercedes Benz, Nokia, Apple, Maxis and Hyundai; as well as being invited to shows in Cairo, Dubai, Jordan, Amsterdam, Beirut and across Asia.

The Impatient Sisters, Band

The Impatient Sisters, as the name implies, are a trio of siblings who burst into prominence with the release of hit singles ‘Comet and Stars’ and ‘The Mermaid Song’. Since then, their unique brand of soul and folk-pop music has seen them displaying their musical chops to appreciative audiences at various open mic sessions, concerts and festivals.

Dr Jason Leong, Stand-Up Comedian

Jason used to treat broken bones as a doctor but now spends most of his time tickling funny bones instead as a stand-up comedian. Spurred on by the good response from the audience after his initial performance at Timeout KL’s Comedy Thursday, he plans to extend his 15 minutes of fame into a fulltime career. Jason is a member of comic troupes Comedy Kao Kao and Goodflers, where he regularly unleashes his unique brand of satire and political incorrectness upon the unsuspecting public.

Ticket is RM 45 per person

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Jun 17, 2012

TEDxKL 2012 – A TEDx Talk You Can’t Miss

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxKL, where x = independently organized TED event. It will be held at Malaysia’s capital – KL: Kuala Lumpur. At the TEDxKL event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

TEDx KL, the 4th TEDx KL showcases top presenters of their respective field, passion sharing the needs for Malaysia and her people. TEDx KL is held on the 14 July 2012. The theme of the conference is “Interdependence

When: 14 July 2012 (12:30pm to 7.30pm) 

Where: Temple of Fine Arts

How Much: Rm 100 online and RM 130 walk-in.

Watch this short video to know what is TEDx.


This year, TEDxKL features selected speakers from across the globe and in different fields to inspire you. 

Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur and TED Fellow: Derek founded CD Baby in 1998, which went on to become the largest seller of independent music online, generating $100mill in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold the company for $22mill, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

Myshkin Ingawale

Co-Founder of Biosense Technologies and TED Fellow: A TED 2012 Fellow, Myshkin is co-founder of Biosense Technologies, a medical device venture focusing on point-of-care non-invasive diagnostics. In the past, he has worked at McKinsey & Company as a business consultant and a researcher affiliated to MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

Professor Dr. Ille Gebeshuber

Professor of Physics and Expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics & Tribology: A Professor of Physics from Austria, she is an expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics and Tribology. Unlike most of her peers, her approach to science is wide and holistic, bridging over to biology, the arts and the social sciences.

Jo Kukathas

Artistic Director, Instant Café Theatre and CHAI: Jo is one of the grand dames of the local performing arts scene. She has played the roles of writer, actor and director, sometimes all at the same time, in countless award-winning theatre productions.

Zann Huang

Photographer, TIME Magazine & Asian Geographic: A largely self-taught photographer, Zann began her first serious foray into photojournalism after the tsunami in January 2005. She has since covered humanitarian and socio-political issues in restricted areas.

Wong Siew Te

Sun Bear Conservationist: Known as the Sun Bear Man in some circles, Siew Te is in the midst of setting up the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah. The project aims to save the oft-overlooked animals through research, education, rehabilitation and habitat conservation.

Zurairi AR

News researcher at The Malaysian Insider. Founder of Unscientific Malaysia: Zurairi is the founder of Unscientific Malaysia, a Malaysian community that aims to gather as many rationalists, humanists, freethinkers and secularists to advocate science, scepticism and free thought.

Kevin Mark Low

Architect, smallprojects: Drawing from ten years of experience at a firm in Kuala Lumpur, Kevin left corporate practice to reclaim old dreams and established smallprojects in 2002. He has since lectured internationally and has conducted critiques and workshops at universities in Asia and Oceania.


Singer, song writer: Michelle Lee, or more popularly known to her fans as Froya, is a singer with a repertoire that one can only describes as eclectic. Covering a range of genres from folk and electronica to pop, this talented lass discovered her calling out of a simple songwriting venture that turned into a career.

Kavin Jayaram

Comedian:  Starting from his maiden standup comedy performance at The Actor’s Studio in 2006, Kavin has now become a familiar face at various underground comedy shows and open mic sessions. His brand of humour is an eclectic mix of slapstick, edginess and political incorrectness. He recently founded Young Comedians Of Malaysia (YCOM).

Khairil Yusof

Co-founder of Sinar Project: Khairil leads a team of dedicated developers at the non-profit and non-partisan Sinar Project, which uses open source technology and ideas to track and measure corruption.




Feb 21, 2012

Malaysia, this is your Wake Up Call.

UPDATED POST February 22, 2012

CEO of TalentCorpMsia reading our memorandum

Wake Up Call Malaysia Team presents the memo to the CEO of Talent Corp, Mr. Johan Merican, on this magical worldwide day of action 21.2.12! This is a memo comprises the causes of brain drain, constructive recommendations, policy changes, etc., documented from over 500 voices abroad! Talent Corp finds it insightful to them, and we have got their encouragement to carry this on and to even a greater height!


Have you seen Wake Up Call Malaysia posters lately on your news feed and wonder what it has to do with you?

Yes, Wake Up Call Malaysia is fighting brain drain issue but what tangible impact it can really bring? Will our voice be heard?

I’m not surprised if these questions come across in your mind. We should ask these questions and make sure our action is effective and worthwhile.

Let me tell you why you should be part of this Wake Up Call Malaysia movement.

The first step toward change is awareness.

Change starts when someone sees the next step.

Today on 21.2.12,  40,000 people has  decided to send a #wakeupcall message to the world!

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. Your simple message to the authorities and public can definitely makes a difference.


So, what actually is this Wake Up Call movement?

The Wake Up Call is a peaceful, global action for positive change that will take place on the 21st of February 2012 (21.2.12). It will seek to create simultaneous action in over 120 countries under the same message: this is a Wake Up Call. 

Back in Malaysia – our Wake Up Call is to battle Brain Drain.

Brain Drain touches upon the core of Malaysia’s aspiration to become a high-income nation. Human capital is the bedrock of the high-income economy. For Malaysia to stand success in its journey to high income, we will need to develop, attract and retain talent.

However, our talents seem to be leaving. A recent report by World Bank showed that 2 out of 10 Malaysian graduates will leave our country. If this scenario prolongs, it will be very hard for Malaysia to achieve its vision 2020.

Therefore, Wake Up Call Malaysia aims to help the related government authorities like Talent Corp, Public Service Department and PEMANDU to resolve this problem.

We aim to survey 1,000 Malaysian diaspora and scholars abroad to find out the root of the problem and get their input on how Malaysia can turn brain drain to our favor. We will then compile our findings along with constructive recommendations and present it to related government officials on the day 21.2.12 all by the collective power of youth.



Have you ever joined a campaign where thousands of youths send the same message to the same person on the same day?

We are going to launch a humongous tweet campaign to the CEO of Talent Corporation Malaysia – Johan Mahmood Merican on 21.2.12. to urge him to look into our memorandum. This will be a solid solution-based memorandum as a result of our two-week survey and interview with experts in this area on how to address Malaysia’s brain drain issue.

Imagine a thousand of us, flooding his twitter account, with the same message, on the same day. It may be easy to ignore a singular petition that might have thousands of signatures, it is much more difficult to ignore 1,000 tweets arriving at your twitter account at the same time that is made public. Behold the power of the youth. 

TWEET this message:

@TalentCorpMsia We, the Malaysian youths, care about the brain drain in our country and demand you to peruse the report prepared by us.

Please follow the Talent Corp Malaysia twitter user for this moment.!/TalentCorpMsia

The report will be made downloadable after Feb 21, 2012. More information about Wake Up Call movement can be found at

Wake them up, Malaysians!

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