So This Is My Why

Malek Ali - Founder of KL Classified, BFM 89.9 & Fi Life

Ep 24: Malek Ali (Founder of BFM 89.9 & Fi Life)

Malek Ali is a Malaysian-Singaporean serial entrepreneur who has:
✦ Founded Malaysia’s only business radio station, BFM 89.9, that disproved conventional thinking then that Malaysian radio listeners only wanted entertainment content. BFM has gone on to become the most influential radio station in Malaysia
✦ Founded Fi Life, that aims disprove the adage “insurance is sold and not bought”, by operating Malaysia’s first online life insurance service. Work-in-progress.
✦ Worked with to disrupt the newspaper recruitment classifieds market in South-East Asia by launching an online job portal and related recruitment tools. That job is done.
✦ Invested in Newswav, a Malaysian news aggregator, so all your news can be in one app. Work-in-progress
✦ Invested in, that provides cloud-based payroll and leave services. Work-in-progress.

Currently at Fi Life, he is working towards increasing the financial wellness of Malaysians:
✦ Working with employers to provide financial wellness programmes for their employees.
✦ Moderating weekly webinars on important topics that impact your personal finances
✦ My radio station hosting a weekly radio programme, Ringgit & Sense, to increase your financial literacy
✦ And soon, launching financial advisory services that will develop your own individual financial plan

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Sarah Chen - global investment professional, Malaysia co-founder of lean in Malaysia, board member of 131, co-founder and managing partner of beyond the billion (Washington DC)

Ep 23: Sarah Chen (Co-Founder of Lean in Malaysia & Beyond the Billion)

Sarah Chen is:

A global investment professional – Sarah invests in and builds businesses, having led an American franchise business, pioneered the rollout of a corporate venture capital unit within a $13BN Asian conglomerate, investing into late-stage biotech startups. Today, she is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture capital funds that have now pledged beyond US$1Bn to be invested into women-founded companies; now known as Beyond The Billion. Specifically, she works with limited partner investors to diversify their portfolio through venture as a returns strategy.

Passionate about getting more women into leadership, she sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate, to encourage more women to run for office in the United States; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Malaysia, boasting beyond 5,000 women within the network, bringing women back into the workforce, accelerating women into leadership positions.

Named World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker, commentator and advisor on venture capital, innovation and women, having been featured amongst others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Sarah is a compelling speaker and moderator, moderating challenging topics with Ministers, Senators and other senior corporate leaders, inspiring global audiences at the World Affairs Council America (DC), the Financial Alliance for Women Annual Summit (Paris), the World Bank THK Blended Finance Forum (Bali), the Asia PE-VC Summit (Singapore), Forbes Under 30 Summit (Hong Kong) et al. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between US- Asia.

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Alena Ose Murang - Sarawakian sape player singer, teacher, speaker, social entrepreneur, visual artist & heritage advocate

Ep 22: Alena Murang (Sarawakian Sape Player, Visual Artist & Heritage Advocate)

Alena Ose’ Murang is Sarawakian sape player singer, teacher, speaker, social entrepreneur, visual artist & heritage advocate. Born in Kuching, Sarawak, to a Kelabit father, Ose Murang and English-Italian mother Valerie Mashman, Alena and her older brother were immersed in their local heritage from young including dance and the local lute instrument, the sape. While Alena has never formally studied music, she answered her calling to be a keeper of stories for her people and in 2016, released her first EP, Flight – a collection of traditional Kenyah & Kelabit songs.

Since then, Alena has performed at many renowned world music festivals including the SXSW (USA), Colors of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Paris Fashion Week (France), Rudolstadt Festival (Germany), OzAsia Festival (Australia), and Rainforest World Music Festival (Malaysia). She was a youth representative at the UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, and UNESCO Asia-Pacific for her work in intangible cultural heritage.

Alena also started Kanid Studio (previously known as ART4 Studio), a social enterprise that uses art and music as a medium for positive impact, grounded in indigenous community values that are strong in the longhouse villages. ​

Alena Murang has been featured on Nat Geo People, Channel News Asia, Asian Nikkei Review, NPR Radio, BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, CBC News, Discovery Channel, Double J, etc.

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Saw Teong Hin - Malaysian director, producer, scriptwriter - film, theatre, television - Puteri Gunung Ledang, Hai Ki Xin Lor (You Mean the World to Me)

Ep 21: Saw Teong Hin – Director, Producer & Writer (Puteri Gunung Ledang, You Mean the World to Me)

Saw Teong Hin is a multiple award-winning writer, producer and director for film, tv and theatre.

A creative industry veteran of more than 30 years, Teong Hin was Louis Vuitton Malaysia’s Generation Next (2003), was Tatler’s 100 People You Must Know In Asia (2006), received the CHT Essence Art Award (2009), was August Man, Men Of The Year (2017) and was Chinese Film Association Malaysia Leading Film Industry Person (2018).

Teong Hin’s directorial debut, “Puteri Gunung Ledang” (2004), is the first Malaysian submission for the Academy Awards and the first Malaysian film invited to the Venice International Film Festival.

His production company, Real Films, provided production support for Ang Lee’s “Lust: Caution”, produced the Sudirman-tribute musical film, “Hoore! Hoore!” (2012) and the Penang Hokkien film “You Mean The World To Me” (2017).

For theatre, Teong Hin co-wrote the book for “Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical” (2006). He conceived and directed site-specific works for George Town Festival, namely “Emily of Emerald Hill” (2010), “Silat” (2012) and “You Mean The World To Me” (2014). He also co-wrote and directed “Chow Kit Road! Chow Kit Road!” (2013), at Istana Budaya.

Teong Hin directed the television mini-series “Tangkal Besi”(2010) and the web series “Inikah Cinta” (2010).

He was the creative director for the 29th SEA Games & 9th ASEAN Para Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies (2017).


Rise: Ini Kalilah
2019 31st Malaysia Film Festival – 6 nominations including Best Director
You Mean The World To Me
2017 29th Malaysia Film Festival – 3 Awards including Best Screenplay
Jejak Warriors
2016 28th Malaysia Film Festival – 3 nominations including Best Film and Best Director.
Hoore! Hoore!
2012 25th Malaysia Film Festival – 10 nominations including Best Director
Puteri Gunung Ledang (aka Princess of Mount Ledang)
2004 18th Malaysia Film Festival – 6 Awards including Best Director & Best Screenplay

Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical
2006 Boh Cameronian Awards – Best Writing

Chinese Film Association Malaysia
2018 Leading Film Industry Person
August Man
2017 Men Of The Year
CHT Award
2009 Essence Art
2006 100 People You Must Know In Asia
Louis Vuitton Malaysia
2003 Generation Next

Short Film
Shikin, Hugin & Roslan
1999 Malaysian Video Awards – Silver (Pro- Category)

Music Video
Awie “Alif Bata Duniaku”
1998 Video M Awards – Best Director
Ziana Zain “Puncak Kasih”
1998 Video M Awards – Most Popular Music Video
KRU “Fanatik”
1998 A.I.M. (Malaysian Music Industry Awards) – Best Music Video
Malaysia Video Awards – Best Music Video
1997 Video M Awards – Multiple Awards including Best Director & Best Music Video

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Ep 20: Tan Kheng Hua (陳瓊華) – Actress/Producer

Tan Kheng Hua is a well-known and respected award-winning actress/producer in Singapore and Malaysia. Kheng has been seen in The Philanthropist (NBC), The Patriarch (UFA), and Serangoon Road (HBO Asia Original Series). Her recent role, as “Empress Dowager” in Netflix’s Original Series, Marco Polo, has garnered attention of many viewers. She is now seen in the movie adaptation of Singapore-born Kevin Kwan’s best selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians, where she plays “Kerry Chu”, the mother of protagonist Rachel Chu played by Constance Wu.

Besides film and television, Kheng is also highly respected in Singapore theatre scene where she’s a prolific actress and independent creative producer in Singapore. She creates and produces stage and television content of all genres including cabaret, drama, comedy, dramatic comedies, musicals, etc. One of the television dramas she created and produced was titled Do Not Disturb, which was the first local English-language TV series to receive the maximum 5-star rating from Singapore’s main newspaper, The Straits Times. She has also created and produced festivals such as The SIN-PEN Colony at the Georgetown Festival in Penang and The 20-Something Festival in Singapore.’

She was named to be one of 20 Singaporean contemporary artists representing Singapore in Singapore: Inside Out in NYC, London, and Beijing. Kheng has also been nominated for and won many awards including The Art Nation Award (Best Actress), DBS Life! Theatre Award (Best Actress), Asian Television Award (Best Comedic Performance by an Actress), Asian Television Award (Dramatic Performance by an Actress), Star Awards (Nominated Best Supporting Actress), Asian Television Award (Best Current Affairs & Magazine Presenter), JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Awards for Contributions to Singapore, and the Critics Choice Award (Best Actor) at the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre.

Since Crazy Rich Asians, Kheng Hua has gone on to score roles in UK Channel4’s four-part miniseries Chimerica, feature film The Garden of the Evening Mist based on the novel of same name, written by Tan Twan Eng. She has also appeared in Netflix show Medical Police, crime series Magnum P.I. and medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It was recently announced that she has landed a role in the pilot of the reboot of 1970s martial arts drama serial Kung Fu from American TV network The CW.

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Ep 19: Patricia Kelikani – Emmy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Entrepreneur

Patricia Kelikani is an award-winning filmmaker and videographer. Having spent 12 years working at Loma Linda University where she became Director of Advancement Films, she is also the producer, director and cinematographer of the 12-time Emmy award winning TV documentary series, “Life on the Line”, narrated by Lisa Ling. In 2014, Patricia became a freelancer and founded Kelikani Films & Kelikani Consulting, where she teaches people how to make lucrative videos from home.

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Dr Jason Leong - Former doctor turned Malaysian stand-up comedian and star of Netflix special Hashtag Blessed - Episode page header

Ep 18: Dr Jason Leong (Doctor turned Stand-Up Comedian & Netflix Special Star of Hashtag Blessed)

Dr Jason Leong is a former doctor turned Malaysian stand-up comedian star who has been enthralling his audience since 2010 when he did his first open mic gig at Zouk KL. He has since become the first Malaysians to win the 7th International HK Comedy Competition 2013 & win the title of Crowd Favourite, performed at Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Asia and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, opened for Harith Iskandar’s To Know Malaysia is to Laugh Malaysia at Stadium Putra, and also was the first Malaysia who performed a full professional set at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory and New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.

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