12 Malaysians That Did The Country Proud In 2017
Their actions made 2017 a year worth celebrating about.
1. Nor Safuan Nordin, an MPSJ enforcement officer, who displayed exemplary character and became an example to civil servants across Malaysia to always be professional in their jobs
Nor Safuan received a certificate of appreciation from Subang Jaya Assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh, Kinrara Assemblyperson Ng Sze Han and MPSJ Acting President Zulkurnain Che Ali, for displaying exemplary manners while dealing with a woman who yelled at him and threatening him with a steering lock.
2. Mohd Faiz Subri, who created history by becoming the first ever Malaysian to win the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award
His swerving "knuckleball" goal against Pahang in the Malaysian Super League match was so spectacular that it catapulted him to international recognition.
He received his nomination from FIFA last November alongside other footballing greats like Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The 29-year-old footballer, who adores The Beautiful Game, defeated Brazil's Marlone and Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela to clinch the award for goal of the year.
3. Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar, a Malaysian astrophysics student who is part of a team of astronomers who discovered the evidence of black holes situated close to the Milky Way
4. Heidy Quah, a 23-year-old who was chosen as the sole Malaysian recipient for the Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II this year
5. Sapno Tukijo, a bilal at the Taman Free School surau in Penang, who helped around 70 flood victims by letting them seek shelter in the religious building
6. Dr Jemilah Mahmood, the founder and former President of MERCY Malaysia, whose story this year about how she stitched herself up after being shot in her hip and then performed an emergency C-section on an anaemic woman, left us all in awe
7. Corporal Rizal, a traffic police officer in KL who went to great lengths by braving the rainy weather and traffic congestion just to make sure that a lost bag was returned to its rightful owner
He would have lost his valuable belongings if it wasn't for Corporal Rizal's honesty.
"There are still honest people like him. If other people have stumbled upon the item, I'm not sure if they would be as honest as him. I gave him a little reward but he refused and repeatedly rejected my offer," wrote the owner of the bag.
8. Rizal Khalif, who has just qualified to become the first ever Malaysian to join in the Fjällräven Polar 2018 dogsled race
9. Julian Yee, who became the first-ever Malaysian to qualify for the Winter Olympics after placing sixth at the 49th CS Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany
The first Malaysian to participate at the World Figure Skating Championships, and the first man to win SEA Games figure skating gold, Julian, a charismatic figure skater, has sealed what is arguably his most prestigious first: Olympic qualification.
Read more about Julian, the "hottest" man on ice on SAYS here.
10. Cheong Jun Hoong, the national diver who won Malaysia's first-ever diving gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships
The 28-year-old national diver from Perak, who created history, had never expected to beat the Chinese, who traditionally dominate the diving competition.
"My god, I’m a world champion! I hoped for a medal, but I didn't think I could beat the Chinese divers," she said as quoted by Malay Mail Online.