A word with Lee Teng and Zaqy

Television show host Lee Teng is known for his motormouth and energy on screen. Member of Parliament Zaqy Mohamad stands out for his deep passion for serving the community. Both are winners of this year's Nanyang Alumni Award. HEY! quizzes them and takes their word – literally one word – for it...

Lee Teng

Taiwanese-born Singaporean host Lee Teng won't have to worry he'll be out of a job in case the whole celebrity thing doesn't work out. After all, he graduated with an accountancy degree from NTU's most sought-after school, the Nanyang Business School. To him, the degree was a practical path that would guarantee him a job in the future.

Luckily then, that he managed to put his passion for hosting to good use while studying by joining NTU's Emcee Club, where he hosted university-wide and national events such as talent-hunt competition Impresario, where he further honed his skills.

Even after shooting to fame with Channel U's SuperHost competition, he found himself struggling along with a slow start to his career.

Nevertheless, he persevered and believes his win as the Best Info-ed Programme Host in the Star Awards 2012 is what got him noticed.

“When I first heard the news that I had won the award for outstanding young alumni, I was very surprised. In my opinion, I'm still climbing the ladder to success,” he humbly says.

- Chrystal Chan

Zaqy Mohamad

As an undergraduate, Zaqy Mohamad tackled everything – from winning a gold medal at the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic Games with his rugby teammates, to championing student welfare and financial assistance programmes for needy students as the President of the NTU Students' Union.

In 2006, the engineering graduate entered a whole new ball game – politics – and became a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the people of Hong Kah constituency. Today, he is the MP for Chua Chu Kang constituency. He is deeply passionate about the community, in particular, the concerns of low-income families and the elderly.

“How to build solid relationships – that was the biggest life lesson I learnt in university,” recalls Zaqy. “Treat people right, keep an open

mind and learn from each other’s experience and knowledge.”

He has won two alumni awards from NTU, the most recent one for his sterling achievements and contributions to society.

- Mabel Lee

Photos: Lester Kok