I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to an accountant and a biochemistry and pharmacology graduate. I am the eldest of five children. My primary school years were spent at Convent Bukit Nanas 2. At 11, I won a 100% scholarship to the nation’s top independent boarding school, Kolej Yayasan Saad, before doing A-levels at Kolej Yayasan UEM. I then moved to the UK in 2007 for medical school at the University of Bristol and subsequently achieved an MSc and DPhil from the University of Oxford. In my journey as a clinician and a scientist, I was fortunate to have travelled and worked in different places and countries, including the UK, the Isle of Man, Kenya, and Nigeria.

I take pride in my academic excellence but I take a lot more pride in being the eldest sister and helping my siblings achieve their academic ambitions. I do not see myself as successful if my family is not successful. This is a principle I hold dear to my heart. I do believe in finding a purpose bigger than myself as the world does not revolve around us. In my family and my personal life, I encourage volunteering and doing charity in our spare time. I try to be selfless, kind, and compassionate in my interactions with others.

My hobbies include reading, writing and learning new languages. One of my favourite languages is Russian. I can write and read Cyrillic well, though may not understand everything so well! Of course, it goes without saying that I am fluent in English and Malay. Occasionally, I dabble in a bit of painting.

If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.

African proverb
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