An Evening with Y.A.M. Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, Marlborough College Malaysia has begun a ten-part lecture series introducing special guests throughout the year. The first of these events took place on Monday 29th August when MCM hosted the Chairman of Council and an Old Marlburian himself, Y.A.M. Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz. 


Tunku Ali is the eldest son of the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan. Educated at MCUK, the University of Cambridge and Harvard, he was able to provide an abundance of wisdom to pupils. In 2013 he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society – who better to give advice to the pupils of MCM?


The event, held in the beautifully set up Wykeham Hall, took the form of a conversation, hosted by MCM’s prefects, Oliver W. and Kaitlyn S. Intricate questions were asked on topics such as Malaysia’s school system, the environment and Tunku Ali’s path to success. However, possibly the most notable part of the presentation for pupils was learning about his experiences as a student at MCUK. He spoke of his fondness for the school, the network of support it provided and the friendships he nurtured whilst there. 


When questioned on his advice for the pupils themselves, he said simply “don’t stop asking questions.” This advice summarises the ethos of MCM, promoting curiosity and a spirit of inquiry in pupils throughout the College. 


The final line of questioning asked by Oliver and Kaitlyn followed a quick-fire structure. When asked what his favourite food was at school in MCUK, he replied “fish and chips,” much to the glee of pupils. His choice of Nasi Lemak over Mee Goreng was also an audience favourite, clearly approving of his love of Malaysian cuisine. 


The evening with Tunku Ali was a resounding success, with pupils, parents and staff intrigued by his life experiences and the wisdom he was able to impart upon a range of topics. 


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