“IKTMC, an Islamic school, was key to my success”, says Max Wong, a non-Muslim Chinese awarded as Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2017

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For Hong Kong people, education plays a vital role in determining the future success and career paths.

Since 1970, the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (“JCI Hong Kong”) has been running a prestige award project in order to acknowledge The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection (“TOYP Selection”) for each year, taking into account their educational and work achievements.

For the year 2017, Mr. Max Wong, has been honoured to be one of the awardees. The special feature about Mr. Wong is that he completed his secondary school studies at Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College and continues to hold a special place in his heart for the school.

Muslim Council of Hong Kong took the opportunity to know more about Mr. Wong’s life and how he has become in inspiration for the many youth of Hong Kong, especially the ethnic minority.

1) Short background of yourself

I studied in IKTMC for in secondary 6-7 from 2004 to 2006. After that, I graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2011.

My major was Bachelor in Physical Education and Recreation Management. In order to enhance my professional development, I completed my master degree in social work in 2014 at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, I am a registered social worker.

I had been working as an auxiliary police officer in 2008 and then I was promoted to being a Police Inspector this year.

My position at IKTMC is the head of the discipline and counseling department.

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2) How big and important is the reward?

In Hong Kong, the Ten Outstanding Young Person Selection (“TOYP Selection”) organized by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong is the most well recognized award in Hong Kong for the youth.

3) How has IKTMC helped you achieve this accolade?

I was a person who was not good in academic studies and discipline before I was admitted to IKTMC. Under the care and encouragement of the teachers in IKTMC, I began to work hard to study and established my career plan to become a teacher.

When I worked in IKTMC, Ms Zareenah Ho, the Principal, give me a lot of opportunities to extend my talent. No doubt, she is a key factor for me achieving this award.

4) Do you feel the ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong can win such award in the future?

I believe that there is equal opportunity for the ethnic minority to take on such an award. It is very important for the EM to establish their own future career plans and strive to work hard for their own dreams.

Obviously, the person should not only gain achievement for his/hers personal attainment, but also be able to serve the society in an efficient way.

5) What’s your plan for the future?

I wish to help the EM to integrate within the society better and elevate the social harmony in Hong Kong.

In addition, the career planning for the EM is also an essential work for finding a satisfied work for the future of EM students.

I intend to organize a job opportunity platform for the EM and the employers to link them with one another.

MCHK would like to congratulate Mr. Wong for his success and wish him the best for his future.

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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