Be Like Them
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MMU has a long list of successful alumni. To name a few, MMU take pride of the success attained by Muhammad Usamah Zaid Yasin, Ko Chuan Zhen, Dr. Vimala Perumal and Dato Dr. Nazri Khan. They had their best times in MMU not so long ago. Let’s get to know them better and be like them.
- Usamah Zaid
Ejen Ali, a popular animated series in Malaysia is a brainchild of Usamah Zaid Yasin. Graduated in the field of Film and Animation in 2006, Usamah Zaid has proven that local animation can be elevated to greater heights. Through his production house, Wau Animation, the series debuted in 2016 and it has been broadcasted in over 50 countries. Prior to starting Wau Animation, Usamah Zaid was a founding member of Les’Copaque Productions, which produces another famous animated series, Upin Ipin.
As the number of Ejen Ali’s fan is growing, the series won several awards namely Best Short Animated (28th Malaysian Film Festival), Best 3D Animation Programme (Asian Television Awards) and Best 3D Animation Programme or Series (Asian Academy Creative Awards). In addition, his Ejen Ali: The Movie was also very succesful when the movie collected RM30 million after six weeks in the cinema. The overwhelming response from the industry was proven when it was categorised as the top-selling local film in 2019. MMU recognises your outstanding achievements and all the best your for continued success in the future.
- Ko Chuan Zhen
It’s been barely twelve years since Ko Chuan Zhen graduated from MMU. Yet, he already holds the fate of his career with his own two hands as the Executive Director of Plus Solar, which he co-founded. During this time, he did more than managing to thrive as a solar-based engineer despite the bleak renewable energy industry in Malaysia. He also managed to overcome the label of being “too young”, and in doing so, succeeded in securing backers, supporters, and staff necessary to co-establish Plus Solar, a solar company which believes in powering sustainable growth by offering world-class renewable energy solutions.
While he is the lead man in a tech start-up, Ko surprisingly devotes a lot of his time on non-technology matters, such as internal and external communications, strategizing, HR, marketing, and operations. We at MMU certainly understand why this is the case; all MMU students, regardless of their actual programmes, are required to learn entrepreneurship. By learning entrepreneurship, students gain a better understanding of the enterprise as a whole, rather than being locked into their insulated niche. Also, Ko takes leadership very seriously, as he makes it a point to have “coffee sessions” with his staff, so that he understands them as individuals. He still has a long way to go, but we at MMU are definitely proud to count him as our alumni.
- Dato Dr. Nazri Khan
Dato Dr. Nazri Khan is well known as one of the stock commentators in local and foreign mainstream media. Dato Dr.Nazri is now the Head of Inter-Pacific Asset Management Sdn Bhd (IPAM). Prior to that, he was the Head of Retail Research in Affin Hwang Investment Bank. He has over 23 years of experience in international and regional stock markets. Dato Nazri has run over more than 1,000 investment programmes and has spoken at international stock platforms worldwide including Bankers Club London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, Berlin, Jakarta , and Singapore.
On top of that, he is a member of the BNM Governor’s Address on the Malaysian Economy panel at Bank Negara Malaysia wherein to provide the latest inputs on the country’s economy. In addition, Dato Dr.Nazri Khan was crowned as one the ‘Financial Service Industry’ at The ONE Awards 2018 (Malaysia Outstanding National Entrepreneurs 2018). He was also recognised as the Top Opinion Leader (2015-2017) and Social Influencer 2019 Outstanding Contributions on BursaMarketPlace by Bursa Malaysia. MMU takes pride in the immense achievement by our graduate of Doctor of Philosophy (Management) in 2010, Dato Dr. Nazri Khan.
- Dr. Vimala Perumal
Being the first female director in the local Tamil movie scenes in Malaysia, Dr. Vimala Perumal obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Film and Animation in 2004 from Multimedia University (MMU) and she later continued her Master of Knowledge Management at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, MMU. She is currently serving as Senior Lecturer at the FCM after completing her doctorate study in one of the local universities. Carrying huge responsibilities as academicians and film director did not stop her to produce the best films as her efforts are recognised through winning many awards in the local and international arenas. Dr. Vimala Perumal has elevated the Malaysian film industry to a greater height when her film ‘Vedigundu Passange’ earned more than RM1 million collection within two weeks of screening throughout Malaysia in 2018.
Her successful pathway started when her debut short film was among the top 60 in the world, which was screened at the 30th Busan International Short Film Festival in Korea. Her debut feature film entitled “Vilaiyaatu Pasange” (Playful Folks) has its successful run at the international screens, GSC in 2011. Apart from that, “Vilaiyaatu Pasange” has created a history being the first Malaysian Tamil Movie to be played on ASTRO Box Office. Due to tremendous support, she released her second feature film entitled, “Vetti Pasanga” (Useless Folks) two years later. Followed by her previous achievements, “Vetti Pasanga” has recorded more success compared to her directorial debut. Besides winning two Silver Awards at the international level, “Vetti Pasanga” broke the record and achieved the highest box office collection for Malaysian Tamil Movie under Wajib Tayang Scheme during its release 2014. MMU is exceptionally proud of Dr.Vimala’s accomplishment in the filmmaking arena!
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