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The art of being self-made

PETALING JAYA – Saturday, February 24th saw over 100 guests from all walks of life attending “Impact: A Blueprint for Personal and Business Success”, an exclusive one-day Business Conversation Series at Brickfields Asia College’s PJ Campus. The event, which began at 9.00 am, featured BAC’s Managing Director Raja Singham, who discussed leadership, civic engagement and the next generation of entrepreneurs, and his former student and fellow BAC Alumna Rachel Siew, a community advocate at the Make It Right Movement (MIRM).

Raja Singham: A Leader with a Futuristic Mindset

Life is full of ups and downs and sometimes, the latter can be an extremely painful experience. To be successful, leaders need to have grit, and Raja Singham is one man with an abundance of grit. Known for his unpredictable and disruptive approach to business, he is one of Malaysia’s most prominent educators, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, and a compelling public speaker.

Speaking to an attentive crowd of business professionals and students, he disclosed what it really takes to make it as an impactful entrepreneur and a thought leader; the significance of finding one’s life purpose, values and inspiration to lead, and the importance of being authentic and operating like a start-up in everything one pursues.

“You shouldn’t be afraid to fail, and that is one of the things we don’t teach our children,” said Mr Raja. “You can’t tell people not to fail, but the question is how to get the lessons from failure,” he added.

Rachel Siew: The Epitome of Perseverance

Rachel Siew was equally inspiring as she shared her life journey, the struggles she faces every day, and her determination to live life to the fullest. Rachel, 28, was born with Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS IVA) (also known as Morquio Syndrome), a rare degenerative condition that affects her physically but not intellectually.

In 2015, a drug called VIMIZIM – an intravenous enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) – was made available in Malaysia. This drug would have given Rachel the independence she had long yearned for. However, the answer to her prayers was costly. ERT – a lifelong treatment – costs in access of RM1.6 million per annum.

Despite her struggles, Rachel continues to help herself and inspire others in need. As an LLB graduate, community advocate, motivational speaker and author, Rachel is a symbol of courage and someone who triumphed against all odds.

The guests who attended donated a minimum of RM100 to the Charity Raffle in aid of The Lions Renal Centres and The Rachel Siew Trust Fund, and qualified for a chance to be in the running to win amazing prizes, including cars and home appliances. They also took home a FREE autographed copy of Rachel’s book, “Little Book, Big Secrets – How to blend in with everyone when you were born to stand out”.

The lucky draw for the Charity Raffle will be held on March 18th. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Charity Raffle, please contact Moo @ 014-231 5528 or visit