Sportsman and a diploma in human resources management student, Mahathir bin Hyder Ali, 22, was voted the most outstanding graduate at TAJ International College’s 5th Convocation recently held at the Casuarina @ Meru Hotel, Ipoh.
Mahathir has been involved in athletics since the age of 10. He participated in the Malaysian Games (Sukma) 2014 representing Perlis in the 5000m and 10,000m events. He also won medals in the running events at the inter-college games.
“Everyone has his own goals in life. My short-term goal is to produce a personal-best time in both the 5000m and 10,000m events. My long-term goal is to further my studies and to represent Malaysia in the 2016 Asian University Games. I want to be a good and a disciplined sportsman,” said Mahathir to Ipoh Echo when met after the ceremony.
“If there’s a lecture in the morning, I’ll train in the evening. If the lecture is in the afternoon, I’ll train in the morning,” said Mahathir when asked about his time management.
His time of 35 mins 17.4 secs in the 10,000m, clocked in 2014, has placed him among the top in the collegiate ranking. Mahathir represented Malaysia in both the running events at the Asean University Games 2014 in Palembang, Indonesia.
“I attribute my success to my parents, coach, friends and Taj International College for their trust and confidence. Hopefully, I get to represent Malaysia in the Sea Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,” he added.