Chuck Chuan from Malaysia is OpportunityDesk Jan. 2015 Young Person of the Month
Happy New Month and Year! Welcome to 2015!
To begin the new year, we are very excited to introduce the Young Person of the Month, Chuck Chuan NG from Malaysia. The 25-year old is a young and outstanding achiever in the environmental field. Chuck has been a recipient of many prominent awards and recognition since his high schooling days. His outstanding leadership service and academic excellence have also allowed him to represent his country in various global cultural, environmental and scientific study exchange programs.
Read below the inspiring profile and have yourself an amazing month!
CHUCK CHUAN NG
The 25-year old Chuck from Malaysia is a young and outstanding achiever in the environmental field. He was born and raised in Penang before moving to Kuala Lumpur to further his tertiary education. Chuck received his First Class Honours of Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management on October 2012 from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and currently pursuing his fast-track doctorate degree on Applied Environmental Sciences majoring in Soil Pollution and Bioremediation at the same university. He also works as a research assistant and academic tutor in the university while pursuing his doctorate studies. At present, Chuck is also one of the Eco-Generation Regional Ambassadors to Malaysia, a global youth-led environmental networking platform endorsed by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Chuck is a highly motivated person with strong interests in global development, social welfare and environmental issues. And for the past four years, he is committed to promote sustainable environmental awareness and education to his communities by engaging with various groups of youths and organizations. And with his ultimate interests in the environmental field, Chuck often serves as an environmental activist, educator and other community development project coordinator cum volunteer.
How he started his career
Chuck developed the compassion towards the Mother Earth during his foundation studies when he was first introduced about environmental degradation issues at the early age of 20s. Since then, he has started to participate, organize and conduct a numerous green activities relating to environmental awareness and education as well as ecological protection and conservation.
Chuck has been a recipient of many prominent awards and recognition since his high schooling days. He received the premier 2012 Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysian Supreme King) Ph.D. Scholarship Award for his doctorate studies.
In 2012, he was being conferred as one of the national Young Environmental Envoys by Bayer Malaysia and subsequently he won the national 2013 K. Kumarasivam Young Environmental Award by Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH). His outstanding leadership service and academic excellence have also allowed him to represent his country in various global cultural, environmental and scientific study exchange programs.
On what inspires him
“My greatest source of inspiration comes from my family members. Both of my parents inspired me a lot by providing me the sense of purpose in life. Without their boundless blessings, I am nobody and I am proud of who I am today. And indeed, my favourite quote of ‘Do what I can, with what I have and where I am‘ often drives me to work harder to reach my goals. Nevertheless, my personal enthusiasm also moulded me to be daring in attempting new challenges as a person who never made mistake has never tried anything new.”
Chuck’s Final Words for Youth
No one plans to fail, just fails to plan. Plan your work then work out your plan accordingly. Even so, at times life can be extremely tough and challenging. Endure it with patience and always have faith in the Almighty that everything strikes for a cause that eventually makes us to be a better and stronger person.
As the old saying goes, calm sea never made a skilled sailor hence let’s start learning to dance in the rain as life is not all about waiting for the thunderstorm to pass. Be yourself and be the agent of change for others.
If you missed the Facebook live chat with Chuck, please visit YPOM January 2015 to see the questions posed & his responses.
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