I was born in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia, and spent my growing up years in Kuala Lumpur and Seremban. After secondary school, I was awarded a government scholarship to study in England, where I lived for 5 years, doing A-levels in St. Albans for 2 years and graduating 3 years later with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.
When I returned to Malaysia, I worked for 10 years in the areas of customer relations, retail management, market research and database management. During that time, I was instrumental in helping the company set up and head a new market forecast department in our Kuala Lumpur office, replicating the one in Japan. I also spearheaded the setting up of the company’s resource centre before I left in year 2000 to pursue my love of translation.
I have since been certified as a translator, attended numerous seminars on translation, and provided guidance and work to junior translators. My network of contacts now includes other professional translators and industry experts, whom I can count on to cooperate as team members whenever I land a large project.
- Native speaker of Malay
- Expert user of English
- Diploma in Translation from the Malaysian Translators’ Association – Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka is the government authority responsible for coordinating the usage of the Malay language in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.)
- Distinction in Bahasa Melayu (SPM – equivalent to O-levels)
- Distinctions in English (SPM), English 1119 (GCE),
English 161 (pre-university)
- Brainbench* Certification of Written English (Master), scoring higher than 97% of previous examinees.
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- Master of Arts, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
- A-Levels, St. Alban’s High School for Girls, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
- SPM, Tunku Kurshiah College, Seremban, Malaysia
- Member of the Malaysian Translators’ Association
- Member of the American Translators’ Association
- Platinum member of www.proz.com
- Member of Malaysian MENSA
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