A Few Things I Did Recently

There are so many different and new things that happened recently that it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.

I’m sorry for not updating, but that is just what it is.

If you follow me on Instagram or have watched my YouTube channel or been aware of some of the things I’ve spoken up about, I guess you would know.

But if you’re just reading this for the first time from lord knows where, then here are some things that happened in the past couple of months.

1. Interviewed every single member of Yale’s class of 2028, and 3 out of 4 of Harvard’s class of 2028 from Malaysia, and several Stanford, Columbia, KYUEM students.

It is a bit of a skewed sample, and I hope to demonstrate excellence in a more diverse form in days ahead. If you have any suggestions for future interviewees or people whom I should consider speaking to, please feel free to reach out and drop me an email at victortanws@gmail.com!

Also and videoed legendary economist and Council of Eminent Persons member Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Wan Nadiah, President of the Harvard Club of Malaysia, Emma Davidson of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, and Mr. Jarrod Sio of Sarawak’s State Education department.

Some future interviews include interviews with the CEO of Teach For Malaysia Chan Choon Seng, as well as Mr. Khairy Jamaluddin. Interviews I wish for are those with Ms. Fadhlina Sidek, Minister of Education of Malaysia, Mr. Rafizi Ramli, Minister of Economy of Malaysia, Mr. Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, CEO of EPF, and Tan Sri Lin See Yan, amongst others.

2. Reached out to His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah to ask about economic history and his Economic History of Malaysia project and the ex-CEO of 1MDB as well, all part of that initiative to understand history a little better.

This is an ongoing initiative and Your Highness, when you eventually see this as I am confident that you will, the invitation stands open and it would be an honor to meet you.

3. Became significantly more active on LinkedIn. Follow me there to see some of these updates.

4. Started a national campaign against a Bruce Gilley for his misleading statements that reached over a thousand signatures as a result of going around talking to different people, having people spread the word from where they were to every single member of their congregation in a mosque, spread it in a gym, spread it on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and even received financial support for it.

5. Learned a lot about the NEP, new economic policy.

6. Exposed myself to so many hundreds of different ideas that I know it’s going to take a long time to integrate into my world.

Thank you all for a tremendously exciting past few months. I can only imagine what the future is going to hold, but I know that it’s going to be similarly exciting as it had been before.

Many of these things are things that I could have scarcely imagined just two months ago, but that had come to pass anyway. A nice little reminder that considering that I was wrong this time, there’s a very strong likelihood that I’m going to be wrong in the future as well about what truly is possible.

Looking forward to what the future holds!

– V

Pathways To Excellence

Pathways now has a podcast – please follow it!

In the past couple of days, I’ve had the chance to speak to some very, very smart people, and it’s all the result of a weird series of coincidences. Or maybe they’re not really coincidences, and maybe they’re just fate. I don’t know what it is, but either way, I realized that every single member of Harvard’s class of 2028 and Yale’s class of 2028, as well as Stanford’s class of 2028, was watching Pathways to Excellence.

Why do I know this?

I know this because I ended up speaking to almost every single one of them, only to hear that they were aware of what I was doing, that they had watched the videos, that prepared for their Harvard interviews, or otherwise in some way, shape, or form.

It’s also been interesting to watch things play out, as I’ve secured interviews that are very different along the way, with people of rather unique backgrounds, which I’ll perhaps talk more about in the days to come.

It’s very inspiring to speak to smart people – I have no idea how that’s going to influence my future just yet, but the outlines are there, but I would have done this regardless of what had happened anyway. What is clear for sure though is that this is meaningful, something I’m honored to be a part of and a journey that I will continue to value in the days to come.

Malaysia’s Harvard Class of 2028

Recently, Malaysia was very fortunate to receive the news that four Malaysians had gotten into Harvard University.

Congratulations to Elisa, Victor, Thamini, and Bryan! (And thanks for watching/appearing on Pathways ^^)

It’s always fascinating to see the country’s very top talent and the way that they are celebrated in this way, but maybe even more fascinating to become friends with them, which I inadvertently did in different ways.

It’s cool that Malaysia can produce people of this caliber of talent for sure – but there’s naturally always going to be a question for each and every one of us:

Can it retain them?

Honestly, the answer to that question is unclear even for myself.

You need to be strong to stay in this country, after all.