This group of young men have used their knowledge and creativity to create positive developments in various areas like health care, medical science and sustainability. With their impressive ideas and remarkable achievements, their passion has proven that the future does belong to the young. Top 10 Malaysia takes the opportunity to look at its list of the ten most creative young men of the nation (presented in no particular order).
Daniel Chua is a winner of the RSA Genovasi Malaysia awards in 2014. The design competition is organised by Genovasi, Malaysia’s first and only Design Thinking School and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which is a UK-based think tank and registered charity that works to improve society in a range of ways. Daniel’s award-winning ‘mySearch Apps’ in the Digital Age brief of the competition addresses communication gaps between the Government and the public. The app was designed to be a search engine as well as a report application for the public to communicate with the Government by using a variety of innovative functions and features to facilitate the process.
Professor Dr M. Iqbal Saripan
Professor Dr M. Iqbal Saripan is the Deputy Dean at University Putra Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and lectures at the university’s Department of Computer and Communication Systems Engineering. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in digital image processing (nuclear medical image acquisition), an area in which he is recognised as an expert by his peers. Professor Dr Iqbal is a member of Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) Academy of Sciences since 2013. To date, Dr Iqbal has published more than 80 journals and papers and delivered numerous keynote and plenary speeches. With his significant contributions, Dr Iqbal was selected as a recipient of the 2013 National Young Scientist Award and the 2012 Young Outstanding Malaysian Award, awards that are deserving of this brilliant young man.
Hakim Albasrawy started developing an interest in running his own ventures at age 19 while studying advertising in college. Today he has a few startups up his sleeves but claims that he is currently involved in two startups only. The first is called Aquamob which is a business intelligence tool for aquaculture farmers in Asia. The tool helps farmers grow their products more efficiently. Hakim’s second project is the co-creation of physical space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur called MakeSpace. The project serves as a hub to surface new creators and provide services to people who are looking at developing cool new things. Hakim and his team also runs a school called Codemalaysia where they teach university students to be amazing web developers.
Donald Abraham is fast becoming one of Malaysia’s rising young artists for his visually engaging works that are recognisable for their style and influence from graffiti. A self-taught artist who was born in Beaufort, Sabah, Donald first appeared on the Malaysian art scene in 2007 when he started participating in art exhibitions. He soon gained admiration for his funky aesthetic which many of the younger generation can identify with. With an interest in skateboarding, Donald had also used his talents to design skateboards. His other artistic endeavours include mural commissions, live paintings, t-shirt designing and the list goes on. Some of his works can be found at the National Visual Arts Gallery and at Publika.
Faisal Ariff won Malaysia’s first ever Global Impact Competition, organised by Singularity University, a Google-backed technology accelerator housed in NASA Research Park, Silicon Valley. His winning idea was called “Passport 2.0”, which replaces paper immigration forms with online profiles, sent to the destination country the moment a flight is booked. Pre-approved passengers get to skip the immigration queue using an automated gate upon arrival, improving security and seamlessness. Since completing his scholarship at Singularity University, he incorporated his company as “BorderPass” and is working to get the service up and running within ASEAN.
Dr Dhesi Baha Raja
As a public healthy physician, Dr Dhesi Baha Raja recognises the need for improvements in the field of public health care. With knowledge and experience in his area of expertise, Dr Dhesi was inspired to invent multiple Artificial Intelligence Health Programmes in Malaysia. These programmes include I-DAFTAR which is an autonomous intelligent system that schedules patients’ appointments, and I-KELAHIRAN which is an artificial intelligence birth system that tracks high risks pregnancies. Both these programmes have been successfully implemented in Malaysia. Another of his invention, a mobile application which predicts possible locations of dengue outbreaks garnered him the winner of Field Exchange Program (FIX) at the 2015 Global Impact Competition organised by Singularity University in Silicon Valley.
Having seen the lack of youth-centred portal in mainstream media, the eccentric-minded Ahmad Faris has taken a bold action to address this issue. Quitting his day job to fully concentrate on IkanPaosKolektifSdnBhd in which he founded and now acts as a creative director. TAPAUtv, being an IkanPaosKolektif’s main product, is an independent online TV channel focuses mainly on youth content. It is a clear manifestation of Ahmad’s core idea of championing the creative youth market via online. Another creative milestone made, TAPAUfest, a festival to showcase the best in young Malaysian creative talents, brought about success – raised thousands of ringgit via crowdfunding.
Rashvin Pal Singh
Rashvin Pal Singh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Biji-Biji Initiative, a social enterprise that aims to share progressive ideas with everyone. Rashvin champions sustainable living and encourage people to reuse waste creatively through the use of green technology, waste management methods and creative ways to reuse trash. By doing this, he hopes that carbon footprint can be minimised. In line with its objectives, Biji-Biji Enterprise develops and produces everyday items from discarded materials to be sold at reasonable prices. Some of its items include the stylish and colourful banner pencil case and banner tote bag which are upcycled products using discarded PVC advertising banners.
Harith Ridzuan, the founder of Harith Green Carpenter (HGC), has taken a proactive role in spearheading Malaysia’s green interior solutions by utilising eco-friendly materials (such as Malaysian bamboo planks, wooden pallets, and construction waste) to create furniture and interior spaces. The combination of these materials results in a rare and innovative exhibition of functional, eco-friendly art pieces. Recently voted the No.1 woodcrafter in Malaysia, Harith has acquired vast experience in managing large-scale interior projects for corporate clients such as Unisel, PermodalanNasionalBerhad (PNB), and Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad (AZRB). On the other side of spectrum, he has designed unique pieces and interior decor for local businesses such as Mukha, Souka, and The Grumpy Cyclist, which are popularly known for its trendy and rustic feel.
If you love street art, you’ve got to love Kenji Chaiand his signature ‘Chaigo’ which can be found all over Kuala Lumpur. Also known as Black FryDay, Kenji hails from the small town of Sandakan in Sabah. Kenji had developed a passion for art when he was a kid. He started participating in art competitions and studied for a graphic design course. By 2008, Kenji who had been introduced to the world of graffiti art decided to quit his job to pursue it. Since then, Kenji has created art for countless organisations, festivals and privateers. One of his biggest solo work was for Nando’s where he repainted the wall of a 3-storey Nando’s outlet in Petaling Street, a canvas size of 2,100 sq ft.