1. What drove you to pursue your passion?
I really like to do things that can challenge my capability. And motorsport is one of many things that I challenged myself and actually fell in love with it. From the first time I drove the kart, I knew I wanted to be a racer. I really like the speed, the adrenaline rush. I am myself when I wear the helmet. I am lucky to be getting endless support from my parents. They have been there for me since the first day I started karting. Their endless support got me to pursue my passion in motorsport. Up until now, I am still involved in motorsports but am mostly behind the scene, more on coaching and also managing a go-kart track.
2. Why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
In 2019, I had the chance to participate in International Women's Day rally in KL. In my opinion, it is important to celebrate International Women's Day as a celebration for gender parity. International Women's Day is about creating awareness and celebrating people in regards to their backgrounds, status, and etc. I believe not many people actually know the real meaning of Women's day. They always think that Women's day only associates with women. But the truth is, it is not. I am really glad that Christy Ng is doing this initiative to create awareness and let people know what the real meaning of International Women's Day.
3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced due to bias and discrimination?
Can't deny being in male-dominated sport is never easy. But that didn't stop me from being in this sport. I have faced multiple challenges that some are questioning whether I can be as competitive among the guys. Some people have doubted my ability and even some would take me out of the track just because they wouldn't want to lose to a girl. On the other hand, being a Muslim and active in motorsport, some people (and even relatives) would question me and my parents for allowing me to be involved in this sport as I cannot wear tudung (Headscarf). Hence, those are the challenges that I have to face when I am on track and also out of track.
4. How do you deal with gender stereotypes and overcome them?
For me, I will ignore what they said and continue doing what I love as I want to make myself happy, I want to make my parents proud and at the same time, I want to do something that can give back to society. I want my knowledge and experiences gained to be shared to the younger kids, especially young girls. I want all the young girls in Malaysia to have the mindset of "if they can, then I can do too". Hopefully one day I can aspire to young girls that limitation can only be set by them not the people around them.
5. In your opinion, why is it important that more women pursue their passions?
Many women give up on their passion because they do not have time, energy, and encouragement to sustain their passion. Women are more inclined to take care of their loved ones and also, women often reclaim their life and are met with resistance. In my opinion, women should continue doing what they love as passion can turn into a great opportunity in life, either in daily activities or even work-wise. For me, my passion for this sport has opened up many new doors, especially in my studies. Not only that, I have the opportunity to meet a lot of inspirational female racers when I travel for my races. I have some knowledge about cars which really helps in my daily life. I encourage all women to pursue their passion because it can be useful in your academic motivation, opening new doors and also broadening your horizons.
6. On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you have that can embolden all young women out there?
Empower other women and support each other in any way! Then this can be a good way for us (women) to break barriers and stigma about what people think women can't do this, women can't do that. And I really hope that one day I can be a role model to other women to break barriers and stigma and also, encourage more women to be involved in motorsports.