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Mazita Marzuki

Consul General of Malaysia in Melbourne, Australia

马来西亚驻澳大利亚墨尔本总领事

Malaysians in Melbourne are in for a treat.  There is a new sheriff in town, and she is the epitome of the intelligent, progressive and charismatic leader that every nation should be proud of.

The new Consul General Mazita Marzuki took her chair at the Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne just two months ago and she’s already riding on the crest of the waves she created. “I’m lucky to be assigned here. Melbourne has a lot of soul, diversity, culture and she’s a vibrant city that holds so much potential and importance for Malaysia.” 

Prior to Melbourne, Mazita was the Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor of the Embassy of Malaysia in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “Abu Dhabi is such a luxurious cosmopolitan city.  One can get totally immersed in it.”  

I love being in the public service. It is where one can effect change.

However, she did leave a bit of her heart in San Francisco where she spent four years working and attaining her master’s in Human Resources Management and Development at the Golden Gate University. She picked up an Outstanding Student Award and was the recipient a Leadership Award while doing her Diploma in Public Administration prior to the beginning of her career as a public and administrative officer. “I love San Francisco. I have many good friends there.”

Promoting the highest level of political, economic and social relations between Malaysia and the state of Victoria, this true-blue Malaysian is responsible for trade and investment exchange, dissemination of Malaysian government policies, providing protocol, immigration and consular services. 

Mistakes are the best guru in life.

She was also the Deputy Director General of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT). In 2018 SEARCCT’s military operations saw to the mass territorial defeat of jihadist militant group Daesh in Syria and Iraq. “While Southeast Asia is seen as an emerging hotspot for terrorism, Malaysia remains steadfast in her commitment to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism.  Realising the impact of the Internet and social media platforms, SEARCCT aims to create awareness before indoctrination in order to prevent radicalisation.” With the recent change of government, Mazita believes that Malaysia is in good hands. “Change takes time. Give this new team a chance to prove themselves,” she urges.

On the home front this powerhouse is a loving wife and doting mother to two teenage sons, Iman and Ammar Mirza. “I have a rare gem of a husband, known as Mr Zack to many, who is fully supportive of my career and the empowerment of women. And I’m proud of my two sons who are equally adept at handling our diplomatic lifestyle.”

Not one to dwell on the past or the negative, this career diplomat sees only opportunities and advantages. “Mistakes are the best guru in life. Don’t be afraid to make and learn from them.”

Well, if Malaysia is looking for future prime ministerial candidacies, Mazita Marzuki would certainly earn many Ayes! 

墨尔本的马来西亚人正在享受款待中,因为这个城市来了一位新任领事官,不仅聪慧过人、积极热情,也是深具魅力的领导者,每位国民都会为她的服务奉献感到骄傲。

Mazita Marzuki 刚上任马来西亚驻墨尔本总领事两个月期间,她已经驾轻就熟的乘风破浪。“我很幸运被分派到墨尔本,这里具有灵魂精髓、多样性和文化,是一座充满活力的城市,对于马来西亚来说拥有巨大潜力和重要性。”

在驻扎墨尔本前,Mazita是马来西亚驻阿联酋阿布扎比大使馆的特派团副团长兼参赞。 “阿布扎比是奢华耀眼的国际化城市,轻易让人沉浸其中。”

“错误是人生最佳导师。”

然而,她对美国旧金山也有深刻留恋,长达四年的光景,她在工作之余也在金门大学 (Golden Gate University) 取得人力资源管理与发展的硕士学位。她除了荣获优秀学生奖,且在攻读公共行政文凭期间获得了一项领袖奖,这些都是她作为行政官员开始职业生涯之前的事迹。“我爱旧金山。那里有着我的许多好朋友。”

推进马来西亚和维多利亚州之间最高水平的政治、经济和社会关系,这名真正热爱和平的马来西亚人肩负着贸易和投资交流,传递马来西亚政府的政策,提供礼宾、移民和领事服务。另外,她还是东南亚区域反恐中心 (SEARCCT) 的副总监。2018年,SEARCCT 的军事行动成功击溃了叙利亚和伊拉克境内的圣战组织“伊斯兰国” (Daesh)。“尽管东南亚被视为一个新兴的恐怖主义热点,马来西亚仍然坚定地致力于反恐和防止暴力极端主义。由于认识到互联网和社交媒体平台的影响力,SEARCCT 的目标是在之前灌输觉醒警惕意识,以防止激进主义。而随着近期新政府的更迭,我认为马来西亚处于有利地位。改变是需要时间的,给这个新团队一个证明自身的机会。” Mazita 敦促。

我喜欢在公共服务领域工作,
这是可以令人有效应转变的地方。

在家庭方面,这名强大的女性也是温柔的妻子和慈爱的母亲,育有2名孩子Iman与Ammar Mirza。“我珍爱的丈夫-大家都称呼他Zack先生,他完全支持我的事业,尊重并赋予女性权利。我也为两个儿子感到骄傲,他们同样擅长应对我们的外交生活方式。”

专业的外交家不会沉溺于过去或态度消极,通常只看到机会和优势。“错误是人生最佳导师,要勇于从他们身上学习。”

好吧,如果马来西亚正在寻找未来的首相候选人,Mazita Marzuki肯定会赢得许多赞成票!

by  Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik     

Flight of the Phoenix 凤凰涅槃

Ping Chng 庄雪冰
CEO of CHTNetwork Australia
CHTNetwork 澳大利亚首席执行官

Recently calling Melbourne home, Ping Chng first arrived here in 1997 to study law in Monash University. Falling in love with Melbourne at first sight, she enjoyed her Australian university life but went back to Malaysia to build her legal career.

“Everything starts from the first step.”

Her first six years were spent in litigation before moving on to corporate law and eventually settling in conveyancing. With 20 years of law practice in Malaysia, she is still attending to Malaysian clients in the areas of conveyancing and corporate law. 

January 2018 marked her milestone move to Melbourne. Malaysia’s loss is Australia’s gain. With a heavy heart Ping left behind family, friends and a successful career in Malaysia to embark upon her new journey in life. Equipped with top class legal expertise and a wealth of experience and wisdom, it wasn’t long before she was admitted as a lawyer in the state of Victoria. “Everything starts from the first step. This new chapter of my life is not going to be easy, but my mind is set, and I’m determined to make this crucial journey a successful one.”

Putting her legal career on the back burner and re-inventing herself, Ping added dimension and diversity to her portfolio. Diving into the world of publishing, this multi-talented individual took up the position of chief executive officer with CHTNetwork, a publishing company set up by her brother Ch’ng Huck Theng in Melbourne, Victoria. Championing and celebrating the good things in life, Ping is now heading EZ Australia magazine with extensive online and hardcopy subscriptions. She is also managing the CHTNetwork office, promoting the company’s art gallery and art/event space in Collins Street. Running CHTNetwork, producing the EZ Australia magazines and immersing herself in the art industry and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the worthy and the artistic, has propelled Ping into the upper echelons of Melbourne high society. Modestly she claims that, “Every day is a learning process for me.”

“Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

In retrospect the move did not come without challenges. Juggling between her business, social duties and family life in a new country can be trying and demanding, at best. Always a trooper, Ping remains optimistic and persistent in achieving her goals. Born into a family which has been in the food manufacturing and retail business for 165 years, she has always believed in credibility, being fair and genuine in life. Her stronghold on values have won her many acquaintances, school mates and clients who have evolved to become good friends and business partners even. 

One will always know where one stands with Ping as she is honest to a fault, principled and shares her views and comments sincerely. Commanding respect and admiration, she has always strived for the best in all her endeavours. A compassionate and loving personality, she firmly believes in friends and family, and is extremely grateful for all their support and love. “Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

Ping also holds a fascination in property investment. Coupled with her legal background and a keen eye for interior design, Ping has displayed quite a good track record in property investment for the last 10 years. One of her goals in this new chapter of her life is to become a successful property developer in the beautiful and bountiful land down under. 

从最近定居墨尔本,Ping Chng 犹记得1997年首次来到墨尔本,是在莫纳什大学攻读法律。而当时她第一眼就爱上墨尔本,享受了几年的澳大利亚大学生活,直至后来返回马来西亚发展律政事业。

她的前6年是在诉讼案件中度过的,直至转到企业法且最终承接处理财产或权益转让方面的法律事务。她在马来西亚具备20年的执业律师经验,目前仍为马来西亚客户进行财产权益转让法律服务。

2018年1月是她从马来西亚迁移到墨尔本的人生分水岭。当然,挥别马来西亚就是拥抱澳大利亚,她带着沉重的心情向家人、朋友和成功的事业告别,开始生活新旅程。凭借日积月累的法律专业知识和丰富的经验,不久前她在墨尔本维多利亚州被录取为律师。“一切从踏上的第一步开始,我人生的新篇章并不容易,但我已经下定决心,打通这个关键时刻达致成功。”

“放下过去,活在当下”

她目前选择把律师职业搁在次要位置,积极重新塑造自己,为她的投资组合增加多维度和多样性。而她也尝试踏入出版业,发挥自己的多项潜能,一肩挑起了CHTNetwork首席执行官的职位。CHTNetwork是她的兄长庄学腾在墨尔本维多利亚州创办的一家出版公司。这家以倡导并迎接生活中一切的美好事物理念所设的企业,Ping现在身为《御智澳大利亚》杂志的主编,拥有大量的电子和实体杂志订阅用户。她同时管理CHTNetwork的属下办公室产业,推动位于柯林斯街的艺术画廊与活动空间。从运营CHTNetwork,主导制作杂志,沉浸在艺术行业,还有与富人名人,有价值的人们共处于艺术感生活方式中,让Ping跻身墨尔本上流社会的高层。她谦虚的说:“对我来说,每一天都是一个学习的过程。”

其实再回望,这项决定充满挑战性。在一个全新的国度,她必须在工作、社会责任和家庭生活之间游刃有余,充其量只能是一种努力的尝试和要求。作为一名战士,Ping在实现自己的目标时保持着乐观和执着。她出生在一个从事食品制造和零售业长达165年历史的家庭,在生活中一直信奉诚信、公平和率真。她的良好价值观虏获了许多熟人、同学和客户,并且进一步发展成为她的好朋友和商业伙伴。

人始终清楚本身的立场,她诚实面对错误、有原则,真挚的分享观点和评论。她赢得了人们的尊敬和钦佩,她总是力争做到最好。她是一个富有同情心和爱心的人,信任朋友和家人,并对他们的支持和爱充满感激。“永远放手过去,活在当下。”

另外,由于对房地产投资有着浓厚兴趣,加上她的法律背景和对室内设计方面的敏锐眼光,过去10年里,她在相关投资方面表现可圈可点。在她人生的新篇章中,目标之一就是在这块富饶的土地上成为一名成功的房地产开发商。

Photography by David Liao & text by  Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik     

Pillar of Sophistication 精巧之核心

When Penny Sun looked to her Pillar development project in the prestigious Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn, she was moved by the beautiful heritage listed church that was to become the property’s neighbour. Where some developers might have placed a fence, Penny saw an opportunity to embrace the presence of the church quite literally. She and her team at Miura Group worked with the architects to design a colonnaded, curved structure that would open the length of Pillar to the church, gently curving around the building. It was not necessarily the most cost effective design option, but it epitomises her development philosophy, one that respects the development’s context and looks to complement and involve itself with its surrounds.

This sense of purpose, integrity and respect is in Penny’s DNA. Her mother is of Manchu descent, a Chinese ethnic minority famed for horsemanship and archery skills in both men and women. 

China is well known for its preference of sons, but Penny’s family raised her and her sister to be strong and independent, giving them every opportunity men in the culture would receive. 

Her parents would even refer to Penny and her younger sister as “first son” and “second son”! This upbringing has been a major factor in her career journey and the success she has enjoyed.

She arrived in Australia as a student and completed three master’s degrees, in finance, accounting and management. After graduating, she entered corporate life and worked her way up through the listed company she joined, before deciding to take more control of her destiny and moved on to property development.

The world of property development is dominated by men, but Penny has brought the strength of her upbringing to bear and has shown remarkable progress in breaking down the gender divide associated with the industry. A no nonsense, “firm but fair” way of working has seen her deliver a range of projects, including a luxury beach house, a chic, 15 apartment development in Brunswick and now the aforementioned Pillar apartment development in Hawthorn.

A major inspiration in Penny’s life was her grandfather, a kung fu master. His own “firm but fair” style is characterised by a philosophy of stepping in and responding to help others, but never being an aggressor. Penny has modelled her own behaviours on this, and though she is known for being strong-minded, direct and opinionated, she’s also known for being uncompromisingly honest and dependable.

Penny’s success is steeped in laserlike focus on quality.  It’s clear that hers is no cookiecutter approach to building homes. It’s bespoke, purpose led development, created by teams of designers and craftspeople that have responded to Penny’s ethos and direction.

It’s not hard to see that Penny applies her experience when working with her teams. She sees the strengths and weaknesses in the team and sets them up so they complement each other. She really knows how to bring out the best in people. This approach has gained her respect in the industry, as well as results in the market.

It’s fair to say that there’s a strong sense of collaboration in how she works, forming the right team for each project and charging them with the responsibility for delivering high quality work. This is underpinned by a great ability to read the situation and the people involved. This ability itself seems related to some of her earliest experiences in China. Her family owned a timber business there and Penny learned from early on to recognise what quality meant. She visited plantations with her parents and came to know the different varieties of trees.

Her parents would expect her to know whether it was a hardwood or a softwood, and understand the best uses for each type. She learned to examine trees and see beneath the surface, understanding its value and appreciating its natural variety. Every tree contains its own imperfections, but if you know the timber well, you know how to work with those imperfections and get the best results from it.

That intimate knowledge of timber has also become a major characteristic of her design aesthetic. If there’s an opportunity to bring the natural world to the design through the use of materials like timber, she takes them. This appreciation of natural materials has become a hallmark of her developments.

Penny’s balanced approach to development is informed by her balanced approach to life. Her deep affinity with nature grew with her exposure to plantations and forests, and now through a range of outdoor activities, meditation and yoga, she cuts through the noise that life as a busy citybased property developer can bring. This allows her to crystallize innovative, inspiring solutions to the design problems she meets.

Penny is clearly not an average person. Focus, hard work and a love of meeting challenges head on sets her apart. It’s become apparent very quickly that the work of this exceptional young women is going to turn heads throughout the industry. More importantly, the quality of her projects will deliver incredible living experiences for those lucky enough to take possession of one of her homes. It’s worth keeping your eye out for her name and if you can, make one of her developments your home. 

当Penny Sun在著名的墨尔本Hawthorn郊区勘察由她负责的Pillar开发项目时,被比邻一座优美的文化古迹教堂深深吸引。在类似情况下,一些开发商可能会选择筑起围栏以隔开,但她却从中预见和教堂共依存的方式。

Penny与Miura集团建筑师团队联合设计了一个带曲线形态的柱廊结构,让Pillar项目具备朝着教堂敞开的盈余弧度,温柔地环绕着建筑。这并非是最有效控制成本的设计选项,但体现了她的发展理念­讲究建筑物和周围环境融为一体,浑然天成。

使命感、正直感和尊重感早就深植于Penny的遗传基因。她母亲具满族血统,为中国的少数民族,男女皆以骑术和射箭技艺闻名于世。众所周知,华人或中国家庭普遍重男轻女,但她的父母却自小灌输她们姐妹坚强独立的观念,给予她们不亚于男孩的任何资源和机会。父母甚至常会把她和妹妹以“长子”与“次子”名义看待。而家庭教育是她职业生涯顺遂和成功的一个重要因素,因为她感受快乐。

当年,她作为一名留学生来到澳大利亚顺利完成了三项硕士学位,包括金融,会计和管理。毕业后随之展开就职生涯,她在一家上市公司工作一路晋升,在思考决定自己的方向前,开始涉足房地产开发。

在由男性主导房地产开发领域,Penny凭借着坚韧不拔的品性,以令人惊讶的速度弥补了这项性别差异。精练、坚定且公平的工作方式让她取获负责一系列项目的机会,包括位于Brunswick区15套豪华海滩别墅公寓项目和前面提到位于Hawthorn的Pillar开发项目。

Penny的人生观深受她祖父的启发 – 一名功夫大师。他所提倡的“坚定且公平”的风格特点是一种哲学,可以介入或回应帮助别人,但是永远不要做侵略者。她以此为榜样并塑造自己的行为—意志顽强、单刀直入和固执己见,不过,她也是以绝对的诚实可靠而为人知晓。

她的成功源于对打造质量的坚定不移。千篇一律或模式化建设房屋方式是她所否定的,Penny倾向于目标明确的开发形态,由积极响应她的精神追求和方向的设计师和工艺团队所创建。可以说,她的工作方式具备强力的合作意识,整合高效的负责项目团队,提供高质量的工作成果。至于超前的情势分析和相关人员的解读能力,也似乎与她在中国早期的经历脱离不了关系。她的家族在中国拥有木材业务公司,Penny很早就从中认识到质量的意义。她跟随双亲参观种植园,深入了解不同种类的树木,而经过父母的科普解析,她学会分辨硬木与软木,并且知道每种类型的最佳用途。她学会了检验树木,透过它们的表皮,了解它们的价值,欣赏它们的自然变化,每棵树都有本身的不完美之处,但如果得以善用,类似不完美也可提炼为最佳的成效果实。

不难看出Penny将上述经验应用于她和团队的合作中。她擅长解读一个团队的优势和劣势,并设置互补形式,让人们发挥出最佳水平。这是她获得业界尊重以及拥有市场成果的典范作风。

另外,对于木料的娴熟运用也成为她设计中的一项特征美学。她不会放过任何可以使用木料设计的机会,尤其是穿插在带有自然环境元素的设计中。而关于天然材料的高度鉴赏能力已经成为她的项目标志。

Penny讲究均衡的工作项目格式也复制到她的生活中。她与大自然的亲密关系随着她沐浴在植物园林和森林中不断增进,现在更通过一系列户外活动,包括冥想和瑜伽以远离喧嚣。而作为一名忙碌的城市房地产开发商,她尽量捍卫自己沉静的生活模式。这也使她能够凝聚创新力,在遇到设计问题时刻启动鼓舞人心的解决方案。

Penny显然并非一般人。全神贯注、努力工作和热爱迎接挑战让她与众不同,让人很快感受到这名特殊的年轻女性的项目作品将在整个行业中发挥影响力。但更重要的是她的高质量项目-将为那些幸运的业主们带来更美好的生活体验。因此,值得密切关注她的名字, 亦或选择她的精致项目成为你的家。