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Mazita Marzuki

Consul General of Malaysia in Melbourne, Australia


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! 


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。”


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。


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。”


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。








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。





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。