Attractive & Accomplished: Meet The 10 Most Eligible Malaysians
There must be only one reason they’re still eligible: With a large amount of time spent hustling in their respective fields, they prize experience and have proven the depths of their devotion. Lucky us – they’re quite the eye candy, too.
Our readers have spoken – based on the popularity of past Tatler’s most eligible features, we’ve updated the 2018 list of successful, good-looking and talented single men and women, and why they should be on your radar.
WHY HIM? Joe has put Malaysian hip-hop on the global map. As well as his success as a solo artist and as a member of hip-hop duo Too Phat, Joe is the founder of Kartel Records, one of the biggest record labels in Asia that also represents Malaysian rapper Altimet and singer SonaOne. But he isn’t just a one-trick pony. He took the male makeover scene to the next level by opening Joe’s Barbershop, and was recently announced Malaysia’s first ever Hublot Friend Of the Brand.
PERKS: You’ll get front-row seats at every gig in town.
2/10Tengku Fahd Mu’adzam Shah
WHY HIM? Now that Prince Harry is off the market, single royals are few and far between. The young prince of Pahang state (he’s only in his early 20s) recently returned home to Malaysia after completing his studies in the UK and the US. Now’s your chance.
NATURAL HABITAT: Outdoors. Tengku Fahd loves sports and is a passionate advocate for conservation and the environment.
3/10Devan Linus Rajadurai
WHY HIM? A financial whizz, Devan cofounded Malayan Traders Capital (MTC), the first hedge fund in Malaysia.
CAVEAT: If you wanna be his lover, you gotta get with his friends. Devan co-founded MTC with two of his closest friends, Aaron Yew and Donovan Ng. He’s also close friends with fitness guru Aidil Azman.
PSSST: Being a natural with numbers runs in the family. In the 1960s, Devan’s grandfather became the first Malaysian to be appointed chairman of the then Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore.
See also: Travel Diary: Devan Linus' Hunt For The Big 5 In The African Wilderness
4/10Dato' Chevy Beh
WHY HIM? When you manage to get past his cherubic good looks, you’ll discover a goal-digging quality in the founder of Medtech company BookDoc. The young Dato’ is pioneer of the Malaysian health tech startup that gives consumers mobile access to healthcare. In sickness and health, he’s the man to rely on.
NATURAL HABITAT: On his off days, Dato' Chevy can be found on world-class polo circuits, pursued by royal opponents.
PERKS: Apart from the probability of post-game drinks with Prince Harry, getting whisked off on dates in one of Dato' Chevy's supercars.
WHY HIM? If vocal guys are your type, Ezra’s the man who will stimulate you with meaningful conversations, backed by a career in radio hosting and as a media personality. The son of lawyer and political figure Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, brains and integrity are in his bones. As such, he’s very expressive of his beliefs, and he sure as heck will stand up for you.
NATURAL HABITAT: Ezra loves a good game of golf, especially with his mother Datin Suliana Shamsuddin.
See also: Mother's Day Special: Ezra Zaid & Datin Suliana Shamsuddin
WHY HER? Pandelela is a national treasure. She first exploded into the public’s consciousness when she won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics for 10-metre platform diving. She’s since added to her medal haul at various international competitions, including the World Championships.
THAT’S NOT ALL: On top of her demanding training schedule, she’s currently studying for a sports science degree at the University of Malaya.
GUILTY PLEASURE: K-pop. Especially boy band Big Bang.
See also: Pandelela Rinong, On Taking The Plunge Into Life Centred Around Diving
7/10Lim May Shen
WHY HER? As the founder of The Nail Parlour chain of salons, which now numbers 11 outlets around the Klang Valley, May Shen is as smart as she is stylish. When she’s not building her business empire, you can find her treating herself to weekends away at luxurious resorts around the world.
CAVEAT She’s incredibly close to her sister, Lim May Jian, so if you want to win May Shen, you’ll have to impress her sister too.
See also: Sister Act: Lim May Shen & Lim May Jian, The Nail Parlour
WHY HER? Smart, funny, athletic and incredibly beautiful, model and TV personality Sarah splits her time between Canada and Malaysia. As she has everything going for her, the real question is: why not?
CAVEAT: She loves durian, so you better be able to put up with the fruit’s pungent smell.
PSSST: Judging from her weekly Instagram post, #hotmalemondays, Sarah’s type is muscly male models. If that’s not you, it’s time to hit the gym.
See also: Raja Jesrina Arshad & Sarah Lian, On The Timeless Accessory That Is Friendship
WHY HER? Prepare to eat your heart out. With her family background of restaurateurs Tai Thong Group and Oriental Group, Lyn Siew’s perceptive tastebuds is the perfect match for so-called food snobs. Her ‘day job’ involves managing Ruyi & Lyn and Monte’s, her family’s fine dining projects, and overseeing the businesses’ international expansions.
THAT’S NOT ALL: Lyn is an ardent advocate of animal welfare, and pioneered the #adoptdontshop campaign through NGO Paws Up.
EXCITE HER: By night, she racks up foodporn for upcoming German social media platform Food Kult, and waxes lyrical about food for Italian magazine Deshabille.
10/10Yong Mei Fong
WHY HER? By day, Mei Fong is a senior associate for Ernst & Young, dabbling in corporate restructuring advisories and formal insolvency work. When the occasion arises, this lanky, doe-eyed lady undergoes stunning transformations, lending her modish presence at previews, parties and events.
GET PHYSICAL: To put it mildly, Mei Fong and her sister, Mei Ling, are adrenaline junkies, whose idea of a relaxing weekend ranges from windsurfing, dancing to competing in Viper Challenge and Spartan.
CAVEAT: She’s incredibly close to her parents, so be prepared for double dates over one-on-ones.
See also: Mother's Day Special: Yong Mei Ling & Datin Penny Yong