Walla… Hi there, my name is Haikal and I am a final year student, studying Environmental Science in University Malaysia Kelantan. Right now, I am completing my internship at EcoKnights. At first, I didn’t know what EcoKnights is, what their main role is and how their environment at there. My first day at EcoKnights started with horror. I wore formal attire and looked so good but when I entered the EcoKnights office, I saw the staff wearing just t-shirts and all of them gave me puzzled looks (hahaha so embarrassing. That was EcoKnights’ first impression of me).
From there I met Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar or FABS, the brain of EcoKnights as well as my supervisor. I was a programme intern and got assigned many tasks during my internship here at EcoKnights. During that period, I was involved in many programs and events such as the Green Market, Corporate Leadership Forum, Anugerah Hijau, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) and Sunway World Environment Day. I felt content because I learned something new here. Thanks to Encik Awang, the coordinator of MENGO because he shared a lot of new things with me especially in organizing the event for the Corporate Company.
First and foremost, EcoKnights inspired me in building my future ambition which is to open up my own NGO g Disaster Planning and Management. The people who inspire me the most right now are my boss at EcoKnights, Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid who is the president of EcoKnights and chairperson of Malaysian Environmental NGO as well as Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar who is the programme director of EcoKnights and my supervisor. Mrs. Yasmin likes to share her knowledge to everyone especially me through our private discussions sometimes. She told me one thing that will forever be etched in my memory: “Be what you like the most.” Furthermore, I like how she encourages youngsters to become good leaders in the future.
Secondly, of course I should talk about my great and legendary leader and my supervisor, Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar. One word for him: “superb”. I was very lucky to have him as my leader during my internship period at EcoKnights. He taught me a lot on how to organize work efficiently as well as improving my English in terms of communication. He knew when to increase my level of motivation when I’m down and have too much work on my plate.
My biggest challenge was the “Corporate Leadership Forum” which was held on the 21st of April 2016 at Sunway Malayana Ballroom 1, Sunway Lost World Hotel, Ipoh, Perak. This event was important to me because I was assigned as the program coordinator. I conducted all the things related to that event such as the implementation, layout plan, itinerary, press release and others with all my MENGO/ EcoKnights team. Thanks to EcoKnights for giving me the opportunity to handle this event. It gave me a lot experience and expanded my knowledge.
Thirdly, I was lucky to have the whole EcoKnights team (Zharif, Syamim, Jae Mie, Shazzuan, Sue May, Emirul) and MENGO team (Aisyah, Nusyi, Masnawi, Anna) during my internship period at EcoKnights. Four words for them: “you guys are awesome”. Last but not least, I will implement all the knowledge and the experience I have gained here to get what I want in my life; my own non-governmental environmental organization in terms of Disaster Planning and Management”.