Right here’s How These 7 M’sians Bought Onto The Forbes 30 Below 30 Asia 2021 Checklist

Here’s How These 7 M’sians Got Onto The Forbes 30

The annual Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia Checklist is out for 2021, and this time, 7 Malaysians have made it to this record of 300 and made all of us proud. Of those 7 names, Vulcan Submit has additionally featured four of them, and we’re glad to see their achievements being additional recognised.

Qyira Yusri and Tharma Pillai, Undi18 

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Regardless of having no political background and connections, Qyira and Tharma began Undi 18 in hopes of decreasing the nationwide voting age from 21 to 18 via what began as a scholar motion in 2016.

The Undi18 motion had been preventing for the modification of Article 119(1) of the Federal Structure to scale back the minimal voting age in Malaysia from 21 to 18 years outdated, decrease the minimal age for elected representatives in each federal and state elections to be 18 years outdated, in addition to to implement an computerized voter registration system. This may create an extra 25% of voters nationally, that are eight million Malaysians. 

In 2019, this Constitutional Modification was truly handed unanimously in each the Higher and Decrease Homes of the Parliament and was set to be carried out in July this 12 months, however was sadly delayed.

To encourage extra political participation amongst Malaysian youth, Undi18 additionally organised Parliament Digital final 12 months, the first-ever to be performed within the nation, which obtained 500,000 livestream views.

Qyira and Tharma are on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: Social Affect.

Ong Yong Xun, JomStudy

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Regardless of having no prior coding expertise, Ong Yong Xun was decided to discover a answer to a student-wide downside he confronted—the shortcoming to seek out quick and easy notes for topics whereas learning for SPM. 

Therefore, JomStudy was born, an app meant to assist Kind four and 5 college students to review wherever with out having to undergo thick textbooks to organize for his or her exams.

As the only real developer of the app, it took him round 6 months to create. All through the method, he taught himself methods to code via Google and YouTube and sought assist from boards like StackOverflow and even random strangers to discover a answer to his coding roadblocks. 

JomStudy is free for anybody to obtain, and in addition to examine notes, it additionally offers revision notes from highschool graduates and can embody a number of alternative questions and movies by chapter.

The app obtained 10,000 downloads inside the first four months it was launched and doubled its traction through the pandemic to 20,000 as faculties started shutting down and on-line studying turned the norm. 

Yong Xun is on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: Client Know-how.

Kevin Wu, Ento

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There appears to be a sample of Malaysians which have made it with out having prior expertise of their present fields, and Kevin Wu isn’t any exception.

A former lawyer turned foodpreneur, Kevin Wu based Ento as a meals enterprise that solves the excessive carbon emissions that typical protein produces. His answer was bugs.

In 2018, Kevin began farming crickets within the nation, which don’t want as a lot land, water, and meals in comparison with conventional livestock like cow and rooster.

From this farm, they produce all issues cricket-related, resembling roasted crickets and cricket powder for protein bars, pastries, pasta, and extra. After we wrote about them months after they launched in 2019, they reported with the ability to generate over RM15,000 in income, however had been aiming to extend their present capability to 50x within the subsequent two years.

He additionally has his personal legislation agency, Kevin Wu & Associates, plus a Scandinavian-style furnishings startup referred to as Furnishings Outlet Centre.

Kevin is on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: The Arts.

Tan Guan Sheng, Ittify

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Though he was set on the media trade as his profession path, Guan Sheng had all the time identified that he needed to run his personal media firm as a substitute of working for one, so he did a level in banking and finance from Monash College Melbourne, Australia. 

Whereas his friends had been busy interning for banks, Guan Sheng himself interned with native manufacturing corporations like JinnyBoyTV as a substitute. He then created his personal YouTube channel referred to as guanyguanTV (which is now not energetic), however realised that it was more durable for small-name influencers like himself to get seen by manufacturers. 

He later launched Ittify as an answer to this downside, an influencer advertising and marketing platform that hosts over 6,000 native influencers as we speak with software program to match them with manufacturers and analyse outcomes from promoting campaigns. Ittify has been acquired by iMedia, however Guan Sheng remained because the CEO of the corporate.

Guan Sheng is on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: Media, Advertising and marketing, And Promoting.

Jaz Lee, Inventive Director at Ogilvy

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An episode of Mad Males was what obtained 19-year-old Jaz hooked on promoting, regardless of having no faculty diploma in promoting or an artwork background.

He started his profession at Leo Burnett in Kuala Lumpur as a junior copywriter after writing a canopy letter to Eric Cruz, former Government Inventive Director of Leo Burnett Malaysia, telling him “what promoting is as we speak and what I believe promoting needs to be”, Jaz instructed Branding in Asia.

At age 24, he was already main promoting campaigns for names like Coca-Cola, Nestle and Samsung. Final 12 months, he ranked seventh on Marketing campaign Transient Asia’s annual record of High 10 Most Awarded Inventive in Malaysia.

Jaz is on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: Media, Advertising and marketing, And Promoting.

Annice Lyn, Girls Photographers Malaysia

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Annice Lyn was a former determine skater who turned the primary and solely feminine photographer whose work was accredited for the XXIII Olympic Winter Video games (PyeongChang 2018).

Noticing a extreme lack of ladies illustration in native accredited works, the place nearly 10% of the 774 accredited photographers had been feminine, she determined to take issues into her personal fingers to vary it round and co-founded Girls Photographers Malaysia.

This group is supposed to empower and help native photographers who’re ladies via exhibitions, workshops, and meet-ups, with an goal to extend the visibility of their works for accreditation.

To this point, this group has about 1.2k followers on Fb and 2k on Instagram. Annice herself has been appointed as a Canon Malaysia EOS Youth Ambassador, was a marketing campaign photographer cum core group marketing campaign designer for the Malaysia Normal Election 2018, and has signed with Getty Photos as a contractor and a contributor.

Annice is on Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021: The Arts.


One factor clear from this record is that not all these Malaysians began out with backgrounds related to what they’re reaching of their present fields, which reveals that for those who actually put your thoughts and coronary heart into doing one thing with no prior expertise, you may go far.

Whereas we’re seeing fewer names this 12 months than the final, we’re all the time proud to see extra new Malaysians showing on the record, whether or not they’re innovators with younger startups or are championing a worthy social trigger.

You possibly can be taught extra about Forbes’ 30 Below 30 Asia 2021 right here.You possibly can learn in regards to the previous record we’ve coated right here, and extra of our Forbes associated protection right here.

Featured Picture Credit score: Qyira Yusri / Kevin Wu / Annice Lyn

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