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Alyaa Alhadjri  |  Published:  |  Modified:

MALAYSIANS KINI ‘Age is just a number’ is a mantra for Calvin Woo.

This is what he tells the youths from underprivileged backgrounds that he works with. At only 20 years of age himself, Woo is walking the talk.

Not even old enough to vote, the unassuming youngster is the only Malaysian among 60 from across the Commonwealth to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Flying to the UK to receive the award from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in a few weeks, Woo is in a frenzy to prepare for the trip while squeezing in interviews with reporters lining up for his time after he announced as award recipient this week.

“I really, really want to do something for Malaysia,” Woo told Malaysiakini.

“I really want the youths to change their mindset. They need to know that age is just a number,” he said.

The interview with Malaysiakini in a cafe in Kuala Lumpur just before lunch time was his second for the day and Woo spoke of the project that won him the award at the speed of a a bullet train.

Laju ke? ” the Muar native asked, his Bahasa Malaysia as fluent as his English and Hokkien.

“I am not bored telling this story,” he said. “It comes from deep down in my heart.”




#MalaysiansKini - Queen's Young Leaders Award: Calvin Woo, 20 year old young Malaysian was the sole Malaysian among 60 from the Commonwealth countries to receive the award from Queen Elizabeth II.Wo, is very passionate about his work to improve education and alleviate poverty amongst young people in Malaysia. Want to know more? Head on to !

Posted by Malaysiakini on Saturday, December 12, 2015


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