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From Malaysia to China: Raymond Hong’s journey to fostering diplomatic and economic ties between Malaysia and China

For some, being a people person allows them to easily make new acquaintances and appreciate social settings. For Raymond Hong, it became a lifelong calling. Now having lived in China for 16 years, he takes his ambassadorial-like role for Malaysia seriously via his company, RecruitPlus, a recruitment firm specialising in linking companies from China and ASEAN to deserving talents, as well as his services for the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce China – Shanghai (MAYCHAM Shanghai).

Money isn’t everything

Raymond’s initial decision to move to China was simple – he wanted to learn Mandarin, a language he didn’t get a chance to learn during his formative years in Sekolah Kebangsaan.

When it comes to his efforts as then Vice Chairman and now as Secretary General in MayCham Shanghai, Raymond simply does it out of his love for connecting with people; he even admits that there is no monetary value for him in the endeavour.

The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce China – Shanghai or MayCham Shanghai for short, serves as a diplomatic and economic facilitator between Malaysia and China. It hosts between 2-3 events monthly to further strengthen ties between Malaysia and China, be it for ministers and dignitaries through government-related events or between companies from either country to promote investment, trade and information sharing. One of these events includes a Merdeka Gala dinner which he has been hosting annually, with around 700 participants, being the largest national celebration by a foreign chamber in Shanghai. Raymond estimates that he would have spent at least 30% of his time on his efforts with MayCham Shanghai as he truly enjoys meeting people and promoting Malaysia to the Chinese community.

The importance of resilience

While Raymond is all in favour of developing and strengthening professional networks, he does not overlook the importance of hard work, staying innovative and working smart to achieve your goals. The ability to be resilient to overcome setbacks and failures is something he knows all too well, having competed in a market made up of 1.4 billion in its population. The key to thriving in his opinion is to take everything one step at a time and continuously believe in whatever you set out to accomplish.

This is why he believes that all Malaysians abroad have a role to play for the betterment of the nation. No matter how big or small their contribution, every little bit will help in the long run.

Patriots come from all walks of life

Like Raymond, MyHeart also believes in the ability of Malaysians abroad to share their expertise and unique perspectives with fellow Malaysians, allowing those still at home to implement new ideas and be inspired to create a brighter tomorrow.

Join other like-minded Malaysians abroad by registering on the MyHeart portal and explore what else is in store for you!

Incentives Templer Park International School

40% scholarship of tuition fees + Zero application fee (worth RM 1000) + Zero registration fee (worth RM 4000)

Incentives International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)

Application fee waiver (worth RM1,500)

Incentives Oasis International School

100% Waiver of Registration Fee (RM10,000 value)

Incentives Sri KDU

50% rebate off the Application Fee

Incentives Straits International School

100% OFF Application & Registration fees + 10% OFF Annual School Fees

Savings of over RM10,000 plus additional benefits

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For new students at any ISP (International School Partnership) School in Malaysia

Incentives Tenby Schools

100% OFF Application & Registration fees + 10% OFF Annual School Fees

Savings of over RM10,000 plus additional benefits

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For new students at any ISP (International School Partnership) School in Malaysia

Incentives Asia Pacific Schools

100% OFF Application & Registration fees + 10% OFF Annual School Fees

Savings of over RM10,000 plus additional benefits

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For new students at any ISP (International School Partnership) School in Malaysia

Incentives Epsom International School

100% waiver of Enrollment Fees

Up to RM20,000 + Additional Benefits

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Available for new students applying from now until 31 December 2023

Incentives Taylor’s International School

100% waiver of Registration Fees

Savings up to RM20,000

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Only for new enrollments into any of Taylor’s International School (Branch Kuala Lumpur / Puchong) from now until 31 December 2023

Incentives Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)

100% waiver of Registration Fees

Savings up to RM20,000

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Only for new enrollments into any of Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) from now until 31 December 2023

Incentives Nexus International School

100% waiver of Registration Fees

Savings up to RM20,000

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Only for new enrollments into any of Nexus International School from now until 31 December 2023

Incentives Gardens International School

100% waiver of Registration Fees

Savings up to RM20,000

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Only for new enrollments into any of Gardens International School from now until 31 December 2023

Dr Catheryn Lim

Who is Dr Catheryn Lim?

Currently a Senior Research Fellow at Matthew Wood group and Chair, Early-Mid Career Researchers Committee at Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford. Received her Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from UNSW Dr. Lim is now working on understanding disease mechanisms and developing genetic treatments for neuromuscular diseases. Two of these strategies are now at later stages of development where she is collaborating with industrial partners to optimise the strategies in preparation for first-in-human clinical trials.

Format of the sharing session

The participants for the session consisted of students and academicians coming from various biological and related sciences background.

During the session, Dr. Lim shared about her experience and journey in the research world and delved into the new developments being made in genetic treatments (specifically in neuromuscular diseases). She also shared some tips and advice on how to be active in the biotechnology research industry.

Outcome

The session has exposed 183 participants to new development in genetic treatments (specifically in neuromuscular diseases).

Dr Aid Fawzal

Who is Dr Aid Fawzal?

Experienced CFD Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive, energy and oil & gas industries. Strong professional background with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering from Coventry University. Invented a constant number which is called the Fawzal Number (Fa) which is used to optimize supercar’s cooling system.

Format of the sharing session

Our participants consist of students from various engineering field and various level of studies, from bachelor’s degree to PhD.

During the session, Dr Aid shared with us the step-by-step process involved in designing a car using a simulation software where he explained why certain components are designed in such ways and the importance of each component. He also shared some tips to students who are planning to go into the automotive field.

Outcome

The session has benefited 284 participants with new knowledge and exposure to the automotive world and inspire our future engineers to pursue and improve our automotive industry.

Samantha Chong

In 2022, we collaborated with KL City Opera and organised a masterclass with Samantha Chong, a Malaysian mezzo-soprano based in Hong Kong

Objective

To develop the performing arts scene in Malaysia via a collaboration with a leading name in classical Italian opera.

Format of the masterclass

The masterclass was held over 2 days, where 4 participants were selected to perform an aria or duet. Samantha then provided verbal and demonstrative feedback to each participant for 7-9 minutes each, which included song and scene interpretation, and stage presence.

Outcome

Samantha made a conscious effort to focus her sharing NOT on singing, but on the various aspects of performance, something that Malaysian performers lacked. So, MyCollabs acted as a medium for her to guide the students in navigating the world of classical opera, including dealing with different stakeholders like conductors, music directors and repetiteurs.

The students, on the other hand, received a rare opportunity to undergo a masterclass conducted by a seasoned performer for free. They could then use the knowledge they gained to enhance their opera skills and hopefully, pursue a career as full-time professional opera singers, something which is a rarity in Asia.