By THE LEADERONOMICS TEAM
At the closing speech of National Aspiration and Leadership Summit (NALS) 2017 by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, he emphasised on the importance of young people to be aware on the happenings in Malaysia. He spoke on how the creation of the future should start from now to pave the way for future generations to take our vision further.
Leaderonomics subscribes to a similar vision of growing people into leaders, building communities of love and transforming the nation. As a proud learning partner with NALS 2017, we caught up with Hilal bin Halmi, one of the many dynamic Malaysian student leaders involved in organising the event.
We posed some questions from our Thinkonomics set, a gameplay that consists of various thinking questions based on our five Leaderonomics values: Relationships, Empowering, Giving, Growth and Building the future.
Q&A with Hilal
1. If you could personally witness one event in history, what would you want to see?
I would love to go back to the historic moment when Martin Luther King Jr delivered his I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Washington DC on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for fair civil and economic rights. In my opinion, his speech is still relevant in today’s society. I hope that King’s dream will be a reality soon.
2. How do you nurture the spirit of generosity among young people?
I believe in the power of education. This power is held by many individuals, i.e. parents, teachers, mentors, etc. A child is like a blank canvas, and these individuals are the painters. I believe that with proper and early guidance by these role models, we could actually nurture the spirit of generosity among young people.
3. If you knew that everyone you know is going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My answer is quite cliché. The person has to be my mother. I’m a firm believer of a Malay phrase syurga berada di bawah tapak kaki ibu which literally means ‘the heaven lies below your mother’s feet’. My mother is the one who brought me into this world and made me who I am today. One last hug and final kisses before she goes are the only things that I want.
4. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Music. It’s not that I have a degree in music, but I always have a passion in music. Music has helped me a lot in my past and for me, music is a great medium for anyone to express how they really feel. Furthermore, music is one of the best medium to spread positivity and I can vouch for it.
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5. Your hope for Malaysia.
It’s for Malaysia to be on top of the world. I hope that Malaysia will be the best place to live in with great people who are grateful with what they have. I hope every Malaysian will be proud uttering these words: ‘I am from Malaysia’. We may not be happy at all times but we always have our spurts of proud moments. Ayuh Malaysiaku! (Let’s go, my Malaysia!)
6. Share with us what you have learnt from any of the NALS 2017 sessions.
The one session that I attended during NALS is ‘Cluster A: Asean Community, What Lies Beyond?’ This session has taught me a lot regarding the state of Asean. From discussing about the Rohingya issue to the Asean’s currency status, this session has given me a better view on the challenges faced by the association. The highlight of the session is the Q&A session, in which one of the participants delivered his opinion regarding the state of corruption in our country. His opinion impressed me and deserved my applause. I really love the session.