Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Sachie Amira

 

Pitch perfect

Article from the Sun daily by Pam Kaur (posted on 5th Nov 2015) 

HER name is Amira Sachie Amar Kenji Abdullah and when she sings, you will be well pleased.

Inspired by her mother who used to sing as hobby, Sachie developed a deep sense of passion for music as a child, and she couldn't picture herself doing anything else. At 18, she decided to pursue her dream with the stage name Sachié Amira, backed by many life's struggles that taught her to never give up in anything.

Sachie is a budding young talent who has no qualms taking on the challenge of singing different music genres. The singer-songwriter of Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Malaysian descent doesn't limit herself because she believes in continuous learning to hone her skills.

Sachie, which means happiness, was christened by her Japanese father. The name couldn't be more fitting as this bubbly 23-year-old has so much zest for life!

Who are your biggest encouragers?

They are none other my family – my mother, father and grandmother.

Where do you draw inspirations to write songs?

I'm inspired by many different experiences in life. Some of the experiences I incorporate into my songs are based on relationships, public affairs such as political issues, which I share in a metaphor of love. My creative outlet is my room. I like to collect my thoughts in my room because it is where I most feel myself.

Who are some of the local artistes you have sung with?

I've yet to sing alongside a local artiste but I've been blessed to be able to do the opening show for Girls' Generation. Aside from that, I've sung backups for Ning Baizura and Datuk Siti Nurhaliza.

Given the chance, who would you do a duet with, and why?

Undoubtedly, it would be Beyoncé. I am a big fan of Beyoncé because I am inspired by how she manages her life and juggles her many roles as a woman. I'm also captivated by her strong vocals. To me, Beyoncé is perfect.

What are some of your views about today's music industry here in Malaysia?

I am really proud of it. The growth is constant I'm proud to see that there are many new elements to music, even though a lot of it are filtered. The local musicians are changing the course of our industry.There are many talented people here.

What are your hopes for the industry?

I hope that there would be more freedom and support. Local talents lack respect here. We are undervalued because of the mindset that foreign artistes are better than us, when actually we are quite good ourselves.

Could you share with us the dreams that you wish to achieve through music?

I wish to be recognised and respected here in Malaysia, to begin with. I do hope that I'd also be an internationally recognised artiste, and go on a world tour spreading love through my music.

 

Published in Biographies
Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Dinesh Gopalan Nair

 

Can-do attitude

Article from the Sun daily by Pam Kaur (posted on 29th Oct 2015)

BEHIND the charming smile and athletic build is a man of many talents.

Throughout the week, Dinesh Gopalan Nair would hold haemostats and forceps, but he would switch them for make-up brushes when the weekends arrive. If he’s not busy dolling up clients, Dinesh can be found performing for events and television shows.

Dinesh’s exposure to make-up began 18 years ago when he was pursuing Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) professionally. Because performing often involves stage cosmetics, his talent in applying make-up developed simultaneously with his passion for dancing.

“The art of applying make-up came very naturally to me. I found the task very effortless and enjoyable,” said Dinesh.

With desires to hone his make-up skills, Dinesh signed up for short courses – after completing dental school – to gain an in-depth knowledge of make-up and its application techniques. In 2012, Dinesh decided to utilise his talents and founded bridal make-up service, BLUSH Beauty & Beyond with Hanujah Mageswaran, who’s also in the medical field.

Despite having deep fondness for make-up, he has no plans to ditch dentistry to pursue beauty full-time. “I love dentistry; it is a huge part of me. Right now, all three of my passions are rolled into one large ball because I like all three equally and I will keep them going,” Dinesh explained.

The 26-year-old shared that he is juggling his many passions with grace, and credited his ability to do so, to his family and Bharatanatyam tutor for being his greatest cheerleaders. “I owe it to (my tutor) Miss Sudha Sasikumar for it is because of her I began to admire a woman’s beauty. I must say, I was very much fascinatedby hers. She is simply elegant,” expressed Dinesh.

Dinesh dreams of having a nice, comfortable studio one day to better service his clients with different make-up looks.

What is your pet peeve when it comes to working with clients?

I have low tolerance towards facial hair, especially undone eyebrows because they are supposed to frame the eyes. I would ensure that the brides I work with at least get their eyebrows threaded. The beauty industry is very competitive.

How would you advise those who are passionate about make-up?

Firstly, it is very important to love what you do. Hanujah and I would often go the extra mile for our clients just to give them the best. I agree that there are many make-up artists out there but then, there are also many ladies who are getting hitched. You will never run out of business if you back passion with quality, persistence and building a good, memorable rapport with your client.

What is a good smile and how do you achieve it?

For a start, visit your dentist regularly. It will help to keep oral health in check, at least. However, a good smile comes from within. Make-up and teeth-fixing are superficial methods. It is how you feel inside that would earn you a flawless, genuine smile – something neither lipstick nor braces can fix.

Given a choice, which famous person would you like to work with?

Kim Kardashian because her eyes are perfect for the type of make-up I am known for. Aside from that, I think she has the ideal face to carry the glamorous look.

Any advice for everyday make-up users?

Pick make-up that would best suit the occasion you’re going to be attending. Always invest in good skincare, and please do not go to sleep with your make-up on.

Name five make-up essentials.

Lip balm, face mist, a good moisturiser, mascara and blotting powder or blotting papers.

Trivia
Current read: The Magic by Rhonda Bryne
Make-up application playlist: R&B or Katy Perry
Go-to foundation brand: Chanel
Preferred java: Latte
Portfolio: www.facebook.com/BlushBeautyBeyond

Published in Biographies
Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Fazil Fuad

 

In a digital daze

Article from the Sun daily by Yee Jie Min (posted on 8th Oct 2015)

WHAT did it take for Fazil Fuad, 27, to be at the top? The managing director of creative technology enterprise Company27 (C27) came up through the ranks from his breakthrough photography gig with Nike, but most importantly, he learnt how powerful visual language can be.

Fazil started as a junior art director for an advertising agency, but his venture into creative technology began when he was headhunted by Rocket Internet which founded Zalora.

This was where he grasped the utilisation of art in technology – from something as pure as photography, it became a matter of user experience and user interface design.

"Essentially, what I am interested in is how human beings interact with visuals, whether it is a photograph or screen. Human being interfacing has made its way into, and crafted a whole vision in my life and career," he said.

What did you learn?

When I was with Zalora, what was interesting was how fast it grew. I was in charge of the front-facing aspects of the website. One of the bigger parts of my job was studying how people interact with visuals. We uncovered a lot of things. We managed to track that shooting clothes on different models would sell to different market segments.

Caucasian models work very well in Malaysia, and my theory is that Malaysian consumers are very aspirational. It is not so much of wanting to wear that dress – they want to be that person.

Images sell your product; you don't even read the description. But whether this person is happy, or will return (to purchase again) comes from the description. The purchasing behaviour of people in general is 90% very skewed towards visual interfacing.

How is it different being a creative director and a managing director?

The CD role demands one to be constantly thinking out of the box – most of the time, leveraging on ideals as opposed to logical or financial restrictions. Basically, being the craziest person in the room.

As MD, I had to adjust to a more wholesome approach, balancing what is best for the client, and C27's business objectives. We have a pack of very talented people and it gives me the ability to move the company into the directions that we want.

I have many mentors, which I fall back on in a lot of things. But why this company is here, and why I am managing director, is relevance – the passion to keep up with things.

Right now, it is still very daunting. I look at myself as a creator who works with equally minded people who want to do cool things.

How do you define a leader?

To me, a leader is a good communicator. In any relationship, 90% why things fall through is because of the lack of communication. It has the most destructive power when it comes to breaking an organisation.

What is the future?

Everyone says privacy is dead but I disagree; I think the definition of privacy is evolving as we strive to live more efficient lives. There is some information you can't give out, but our tolerance towards the invasion of privacy will evolve.

I believe products of the future, and their user experience will be extremely curated. In that sense, one day we will be totally fine with giving out certain amounts of information in order for us to live more efficiently.

For example, I don't want to click three times to get the leather shoes I want. The platform should already know what I like and should only show me things that I will actually buy.

How do you keep up?

You don't have to keep up – the world makes sure you keep up. Everyone is bombarded by content every single day. Information is pushed towards you and you need to filter it yourself. To keep up with trends takes a lot of reading and experiencing, not so much of going out and getting it anymore.

 

Published in Biographies
Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Zen Cho

 

The art of being Zen

Article from the Sun daily by Hanna Alkaf (posted on 21st Sep 2015)

ZEN Cho is not your average lawyer. The 29-year-old Malaysian, who lives in the UK, also happens to be the best-selling author of Spirits Abroad and the editor of Cyberpunk: Malaysia, both anthologies of short stories from local publisher Fixi Novo. And September will see the release of the much anticipated Sorcerer to the Crown, the first book of her fantasy trilogy set in Victorian London, under Ace Books in the US and Pan Macmillan in the UK.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes. I think my family was a bit puzzled by it when I was young and doing all these weird things such as spending hours reading in the bathroom, and covering the computer screen whenever they passed by – I didn't like anyone seeing my works in progress, then or now. But they've been delighted about Spirits Abroad, Cyberpunk: Malaysia and Sorcerer to the Crown. I am very lucky. They're hugely supportive about writing and everything else, practically and emotionally.

How did you find and hone that distinct writing voice and style?

I did it by reading and writing a lot. One thing I did as a teenager was write pastiches: I'd write short stories in the style of, say, Rudyard Kipling or P. G. Wodehouse, just for the fun of it, and to see if I could.

The greatest single change since those days is that, while I still love pastiche, I've developed the courage to abandon it and write in my own voice for the stories that need it. But obviously that's a voice that contains echoes of all the things I've read and that have influenced me.

What inspires you when it comes to your writing?

I write primarily in two modes. One is fantasy in a Malaysian setting, or with Malaysian characters. The other is what I jokingly call fluff for post-colonial book nerds.

For the first type of story I'm generally inspired by things that happen in my life – it saves on research, because you just take an incident that actually happened and add some magic. The second mode is my outlet for my pastiche habit. I draw inspiration from the books I loved as a kid and teenager, but add dragons or spaceships.

As a Malaysian Chinese living in the UK, how has this juxtaposition of cultures affected you as a writer?

Living in between cultures – being this dislocated person – has shaped my work in all sorts of ways. With my view of fantasy in particular, I call my stories that feature Malaysian hantu and Chinese vampires "fantasy" because that's the market niche they seem to fit, but actually it is so natural to write of hantu as real because that's how you talk about them at home. I don't believe in hantu myself, but I'm a bit worried they might not care whether I believe in them or not. Maybe my stories aren't fantasy, but a version of realism incorporating a level of reality that isn't generally accepted by modern, Westernised people.

The local English literary scene has evolved a lot in recent years. What are some of the improvements you've seen, and what do you think we can do better?

Improvements are in bulk and visibility. There seem to be more writers than ever before,and we can connect with each other now thanks to the Internet. I think we're doing a lot of the right things in building community, supporting one another, continuing to write and improve our craft. One thing I would like to see is people reducing the extent to which they look West, and figuring out different forms of validation and ways to get their stories out there, other than the standard US/UK publishing deal.

Would you ever give up being a lawyer to concentrate solely on writing?

Maybe. I can see circumstances in which it would not be possible to maintain the two careers anymore, and I'd have to choose one, though honestly writing might not even be the choice. (I'll always write, but publishing is an uncertain industry.) It would be a shame to give up law altogether, though. I take a lot of pride in my job and I think being a lawyer has actually made me a better author, and vice versa.

Published in Biographies
Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Jenn Chia

 

More than a Youtuber

Article from the Sun daily by Jessica Chua (posted on 1st Oct 2015)

IF you're a YouTube junkie, you may have come across this bubbly girl by the name of Jenn Chia. Her YouTube stint began in 2009 when she posted a video of herself singing and playing on the piano a song that she wrote.

Her YouTube channel "So I'm Jenn" has since grown into an archive of self-written songs, covers, skits and vlogs. Chia makes music from time to time by herself if not with her band KissKillMary.

Nonetheless, she prefers presenting her musical projects in front of a live audience, and focuses on creating entertaining skits for YouTube.

"I'm very passionate when it comes to creating ideas and more importantly, I'm very inspired by people. I like to connect with people in any way possible, especially through ideas.

"A lot of things that I talk about are very inspired by people's antics," said the 24-year-old.

This passion and interest gave Jenn the courage to quit her job and concentrate on YouTube full-time as a content creator.

Recently, she ventured into TV hosting after being recruited as the newest face of The 8TV Quickie.

What do you love about YouTube?

The way it connects people. If you have a voice for something, and you want to do YouTube, just put it out. You may get only five views but those five views are a big deal. You never know who'd be watching.

It was through my videos that I met Mark O'Dea which then led to 8TV.

Where do you find the strength, focus and balance in wearing so many hats?

There are days when I ask myself, "What are you doing?" It is very easy to feel demotivated. The characterdefining moment is how you bounce back from that. So for me, I always look in the mirror whenever I feel doubtful, and I think about the ultimate goal.

I try to get myself involved in everything and meet different people because you never know what can happen. And that kind of ignites something from within. I also learn to balance everything by taking some time off for short trips every now and then.

What is your recipe for creativity?

Don't limit yourself. When you have an idea for something, develop it a little bit more. Don't give yourself excuses about why the idea shouldn't be happening. When you do that, it curbs your creativity.

As a content creator, you've got to be able to envision ideas and have the audacity to execute them.

What message do you hope to speak through your work?

I want it to relate. I want people to know that they're not alone. For example, I'm an insecure person and I know that I'm not alone. I think having insecurities doesn't mean that you will fail in life.

It is how you work on your insecurities and find value in yourself. So my work is all about being with you and showing you that we can connect with the same

How do you deal with criticisms and haters?

I talk to people whose opinions I respect. Then I ask myself if I'm happy being who I am and doing what I do. I take a moment and accept the fact that there are people who hate you, and people who love and support you.

The moment you accept that and move on, that's when you can be yourself. I watch Gordon Ramsay a lot. When they have problems in the kitchen, Chef Ramsay always says, "Bounce back up!"

That shows how you handle problems. You bounce back up.

What is your personal advice to aspiring YouTubers and content creators?

Ask yourself, "What's the worst that can happen?"

That's something that I always ask myself. Be thick-skinned and just do it. I'm still alive, passionate and capable. So I'm just going to put myself out there.

At the end of the day, you want to satisfy yourself.

 

Published in Biographies
Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Zulkifly Mohamed Din

 

Brewing passions

Article from the Sun daily by Yee Jie Min (posted on 15th Sep 2015)

ZULKIFLY Mohamed Din might be the friendly barista you meet as you grab your daily dose of coffee, but the 23-year-old is not just competent in the art of brewing coffee but is also nifty in playing the saxophone. Zulkifly, a Starbucks shift supervisor in Ampang Jaya, is a self-taught saxophone player. He says his love for coffee enables him to play better music; showing passions do go hand in hand.

What stirred your passion in coffee?

I studied a little about coffee when I was pursuing my diploma in plantation and management, but it was with Starbucks that I learned all about coffee.

Tell us your experience with Starbucks.

I've been with Starbucks for almost two years. It took me some time to learn the recipe for every beverage. Espresso beans are rich and 'caramelly', and are used for latte, cappuccino and mocha. There are also flavoured beans for brewed coffee. These beans can have a cocoa or lemony flavour, and different blends such as willow blend, medium blend and dark roast. This can be differentiated through smell, acidity, aroma and body – the four major steps in coffee tasting.

I also learned the art of brewing coffee. Starbucks uses three types of coffee machines – La Marzocco, Verismo and Mastrena. For Mastrena and Verismo, the machine automatically grinds the coffee beans to make an espresso shot, but for La Marzocco you need to grind the coffee beans manually before using it to make the espresso shot.

Working in Starbucks is a unique experience as I not only need to make beverages, I also have to serve food and be the cashier. It makes me a well-rounded person. I also learnt about people and their demands. Some customers are in a hurry so we need to serve them quickly, while others are friendly and easy to communicate with.

What's your most memorable experience as a Starbucks employee?

One of the memorable experiences was joining a CSR programme at Kg. Lubuk Jaya. The community there runs a banana farm which is one of Starbucks' banana suppliers. Starbucks built a computer centre in the village for its community.

As part of the programme, we did some landscaping and made storybooks with the children there.

Why the saxophone and how did you master it?

I started playing the saxophone when I was 15 years old. I was inspired by a friend who regularly went to Istana Budaya to practise and perform. I chose it because it presents me as a gentleman.

It wasn't easy learning to play the saxophone. I taught myself with some guidance from my friends and YouTube. I also learnt improvisations through books and friends.

When I first started playing the saxophone, there would be a little noise and squeaky sound if I blew it wrongly. Back in school, I joined the marching band and it was there I first learnt about music.

I have played with a band called D'Highschoolian Quintet in Alamanda Shopping Centre, The Curve and One City Mall. Nowadays, I play the saxophone twice a week but when I miss it, I would play it every day.

How do coffee and music make a good pair?

After I joined Starbucks, I became a coffee lover and realised that coffee makes me a better musician. I need to manage my time between work and playing the saxophone. When I am practising, I put aside my job and am more focused in what I am doing; vice versa.

What is your plan for the future?

I want to have my Starbucks' Coffee Masters and am studying for it. My aim for next year is to jump to the next level of my career.

Published in Biographies
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

John Tan

 

Lean and mean

Article from the Sun daily by Yeevon Ong (posted on 20th Aug 2015)

SO what happens when you are born with good looks? You get booked. Runways after runways, John Tan has been modelling since he was in his second year at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) studying marketing. Upon graduation, Tan kept his stride in the fashion industry and did an internship with L'Oréal Malaysia.

While he was living the fast-paced life on and off the runways, Tan was also a fitness trainer specialising in Fast Fit which he took up about two years ago. He was also a personal trainer for a short period of time.

The 25-year-old Manhunt Malaysia 2012 winner has also written and published a coffee table book – John Tan 1 (read as John Tan First) – featuring extensive photos of Tan himself. The first part covers his journey for the perfect physique as well as his very own workout plans, daily diet, exercise tips and body part training while the second part is more intimate, revealing the thoughts and inspirations that drive the man behind the photogenic good looks.

Despite having established a name in the modelling industry, Tan is seeking another kind of satisfaction from the cameras. He is planning to exercise his chops in acting and aiming to be a regular on the big screen by 30.

Tell us about the book.

The idea came up just before I got signed with my manager. We thought that I was not ready to go into acting so we came up with the book as a branding exercise. All the recipes and home workout programmes in the first part of the book are my own. I was quite fat back then; 101kg was my heaviest before I started going to the gym to build my body.

How did you manage to lose so much weight?

I was 17 when I was 101kg but I was quite active even then. I joined a lot of co-curricular activities and did sports in school but my movements were very limited because of my body size so I wanted to change that. Also, it was time to enter university and I was determined to look better. It was a new phase of life and I wanted a new body for it. By then I lost about 20kg from jogging, badminton and going to the gym. That was when modelling agencies started to approach me on Facebook for castings.

What's your diet like these days?

I'm on a natural protein diet so no protein shakes for me. Currently I take about 10 eggs and two to three yolks a day. I was on 30 eggs a day when I was bulking up a few years ago. Also, I don't take sugar at all and Itake salt and oil in the minimum. Thestrict diet is to prepare myself for an upcoming shoot for a Penang-based Hokkien film.

Do you think your good looks are an advantage?

Yes, I think they are an advantage because people notice me first from my looks. In terms of modelling, that'show they find me. Looks are a stepping stone for me.

What goes through your mind when you walk the runway?

"Is this (modelling) what I really want to do?" Of course I do enjoy the stage and the outfit changes but the show is over in one or two minutes after walking, posing and returning backstage. I ask myself what I gain from it personally.

Published in Biographies
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

Joanna Tan

 

Homecoming dance

Article from the Sun daily by Joyce Ang (posted on 22nd Sep 2015)

HAVING spent most of her formative years abroad, and with a thriving career as a dancer in the United States, one would not expect Joanna Tan to return to Malaysia. Admittedly, she didn't either but it's been two years and the bubbly lass is not regretting her decision. 

Growing up in a musical household, Tan's family has always been supportive of her artistic endeavours. She began her dance education at the age of four when her mother enrolled her in ballet classes, and her flair for movement was evident as a toddler.

"My mum and sister both played the piano, so before I could even walk properly, I was already moving and spinning whenever music was playing in the house," laughed the 25-year-old. However, she briefly stopped dancing to focus on music performance and artistic gymnastics. But through a series of fortunate events, dance eventually made its way back into Tan's life.

"I was given the opportunity to pursue a degree in dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Upon graduation, I danced professionally with a contemporary dance company and taught dance too," said Tan, who currently teaches dance and Pilates as well. Since she moved back, Tan has collaborated with numerous artistes and dance companies, both local and international.

Why did you decide to return to Malaysia?

I was born in Malaysia but grew up in a few countries. I ended up studying and working in the USA. When I decided to return, it was for a variety of reasons. I knew I wanted to give back to the dance community by sharing what I had learned abroad. I also wanted to be closer to my parents and extended family and there was also a longing to be grounded after moving around for so much of my life.

How did you end up becoming a teacher?

I began teaching dance while still pursuing my dance degree. Over my summer breaks, I was invited to choreograph and teach as a guest for companies and arts schools. Upon returning to Malaysia, I was offered the opportunity to teach dance at an international school. Teaching dance as a school subject is very different from teaching at a dance studio or for a dance company. I thought it was a great opportunity to develop further as a teacher and I've not looked back since.

Are there moments when you feel like focusing solely on either dancing or teaching?

When I first moved back, there were moments when I missed dancing every day and disliked teaching fulltime. However, I've learned that I'd eventually feel burnt out if I were to focus on either teaching or performing. What I've learned from dabbling in both pathways is that I can't do one thing without the other. If I'm dancing, I need to be teaching. If I receive, I need to give too.

How do you balance between the two?

Honestly, I don't know the answer to that because I often feel unbalanced! However, I'm thankful that both pathways correlate with each other. Often, I plan dance lessons in my head while I'm taking dance classes. The main thing that keeps me grounded is my community – the people around me help keep me in check. They remind me to take it one step at a time, and focus on the main objective.

"Above all, love deeply." Whether we recognise it or not, without love, we wouldn't be here. Be grateful for the life you've been given and the choice you have with it – either to build yourself up or to build others up.

 

 

Published in Biographies
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Mokhtar Dahari

Super Mokh

Dato' Mokhtar Dahari (13 November 1953 – 11 July 1991) was a Malaysian Association football player from Setapak, Selangor (during that time). He was one of the best players in Asia in the 1970s and is known as the best Malaysian footballer during that time, a legend in Malaysian football. During the 1970s, Mokhtar played for Malaysia and Malaysia became a powerful team and defeated Asian giants such as South Korea and Japan.

He was nicknamed SuperMokh because of his playing skills, his strength and his ability to score many incredible goals throughout his career. One of Mokhtar's famous moment was when Mokhtar shook hands with Diego Maradona before a friendly game with Selangor FA against Boca Juniors.

Although not recognised internationally, Mokhtar scored 175 goals for Selangor, 20 goals in 13 appearances for Kwong Yik Bank. Research suggests that Mokhtar Dahari scored 5 goals in 20 games for Malaysia.

Early life

Born in 13 November 1953 at Setapak, Selangor (Now in Kuala Lumpur). Mokhtar was the first born to Aminah Binti Sharikan and Dahari Abeng. Dahari Abeng was a lorry driver and did not earn very much. Mokhtar moved with his family to Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur at the age of 11. He attended secondary school at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Mokhtar showed interest in playing football at an early age. He played for his school and later for his home state, Selangor FA.

Career

Mokhtar first played for Selangor FA in the Burnley Youth Cup, which they won. He was later asked to play for Selangor FA regularly. He became the top scorer in his first season playing for Selangor. He helped Selangor win many tournaments, mainly the Malaysia Cup. Later, he was selected to play for the national team of Malaysia. He was only 19 years old when he first played for the Malaysia national football team in an international game. Mokhtar helped Selangor FA win the Malaysia Cup 10 times and scored 177 goals altogether. He was the best striker in Malaysia. His first game for Malaysia national football team was against Sri Lanka national football team in 1972. He helped Malaysia win the 1974 Asian Games Bronze medals and successive SEA Games gold medals in 1977 and 1979. He even scored a double winning goals for 2-0 Malaysia League XI against Arsenal FC in a friendly game in 1975 that led to rumours of the English top clubs' interest in him. After the game, he had an offer from European giant, Real Madrid CF but declined to joined because his patriotism to Malaysia and Selangor FA. To Known for his speed and accuracy, Mokhtar was named the best Asian striker by the World Star Soccer magazine when he was 23 years old

Mokhtar was famous for his speed. Roars of "Supermokh" from the crowds were common. Many of the younger generation idolised him. Even more tried to imitate his moves on the field. Mokhtar once scored a goal for Malaysia from the half way line beaten Joe Corrigan through an incredible shot in a 1–1 draw against England B in 1978, dribbling past half of the opposing team coached by Bobby Robson. Even memorable was when Gordon Hill praised Mokhtar as Hero Dahari in Shoot! magazine in his column after the England B tour in 1978.

Retirement

Mokhtar Dahari retired in May 1986 after winning the Malaysia Cup for Selangor FA. He then gave his number 10 jersey to the Raja Muda Selangor. He came out of retirement in January 1987 to play one more season for Selangor FA.

Coaching career

After Mokhtar started getting injury problems, he became a local coach to help the younger generation become better footballers. He also asked his former Selangor partner,Reduan Abdullah to write a book about his life and his career. Mokhtar also coached for Selangor at times. After his retirement, he became a player and mainly a coach for Kwong Yik Bank after his career.

Personal life

Before becoming a professional footballer, he played other sports such as badminton, sepak takraw and hockey. Mokhtar worked for PKNS in the afternoons and played football in the evenings. He earned little during his time with PKNS. He later quit PKNS and worked for Kwong Yik Bank to gain better prospects for himself and his family.

Mokhtar met Zarina Binti Ibrahim through friends. After knowing her for 10 years, they finally got married. Mokhtar is a father of 3. Nur Azera Mohd Mokhtar is his eldest daughter and Mohd Reza Mohd Mokhtar his eldest son. Nur Arina Mohd Mokhtar is his youngest daughter.

Death

Mokhtar began having throat problems and went to the hospital to find out what the problem was. Doctors diagnosed him as having motor neurone disease (MND). His condition was told only to Mokhtar and his wife. Mohktar went to London with his wife in an attempt to cure his condition.

After 3 years battling the disease, Mokhtar died at Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) on 11 July 1991. The press reported Mokhtar's suffering from muscular dystrophy and his subsequent death.

His story and the cause of his death was later revealed for the first time in a documentary The Untold Truth About Supermokh, on The National Geographic Channel on 30 August 2010, featuring Mokhtar's friends and family. His body was laid to rest at Taman Keramat Permai Muslim Cemetery, Bukit Permai, Taman Keramat, Selangor.

Legacy

Honours

Several places and honours were named after him, including:

TheMokhtar Dahari Community Square or Dataran Komuniti Mokhtar Dahari, a community hall located at Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur was named after him where Mokhtar used to stay, occasionally playing football there.

There is a futsal court,Gelanggang Mokhtar Dahari (Moktar Dahari Futsal Court) located at Putrajaya Futsal Complex in Putrajaya.

There is a national football academy was named after him,Akademi Bola Sepak Negara Mokhtar Dahari (Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy) located at Gambang, Pahang was established on 10 April 2014

TheShah Alam-Batu Arang Highway which connecting Shah Alam and Puncak Alam was renamed Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari in 2014.
In 2014, Google celebrates his 61st birthday.

There is a theater showcase his legendary football career in Istana Budaya calledSuper Mokh portrayed by Malaysian actor named Awie. 

Sporting honours

Club

Selangor FA

* First Division(1):
Champion: 1984

* Malaysia Cup(10):
Winner: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986

* Charity Cup (Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup)(3):
Winner: 1984,1985, 1987

International

* Pestabola Merdeka
Winners: 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979

* SEA Games
Winners: 1977, 1979

Runners-up: 1981

* Asian Games
Bronze Medal: 1974

Individual

* National Athlete Award 1976
* AFC Century Club Award
* World Soccer: The Best Asian Striker 1975 

Orders

- Order of the Defender of the Realm
- Order of the Crown of Pahang - Knight Companion (D.I.M.P.) for Dato' title.
- Order of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah of Selangor - Knight Companion (D.S.S.A.) for Dato' title 

Records

Malaysia

* Malaysiaall-time top scorer: 125 goals

 Quote

“If you're ashamed to stand by your colours, you'd better seek for another flag!”

— Mokhtar Dahari, Malaysian Footballer Legends 

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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