Malaysian ex-newscaster to speak on power of languages in finale of reality TV series

Malaysian ex-newscaster to speak on power of languages in finale of reality TV series
Talented speaker: Gu beat 50 other participants to reach the last leg of the oratory challenge.

BEIJING - Armed with a desire to promote the Malaysian Chinese community in China, Victor Gu has succeeded in doing so through his eloquence on the reality TV series I Am Speaker here.

"My main motive for taking part in the programme is to introduce the Malaysian Chinese community to the audience in China," the 37-year-old Malaysian said over the phone here, after he made it to the top three of the oratory challenge.

Since the show's debut on Beijing TV last October, the former newscaster has gone on to beat 50 other contestants to reach the last leg of the competition. The three finalists will vie for the main trophy at 9.08pm today.

"I will be talking about the power of languages," he said.

In his first appearance on the show, Gu, a former marketing director with Star Media Group's 988 radio station, put the spotlight on Chinese education in Malaysia.

His subsequent topics included justice and the death penalty.

However, his discussion on the latter was deemed too sensitive to be broadcast on air.

The segment was later published online instead.

In 2008, Gu contested the Daman­sara Utara state seat under an MCA ticket.

He is now based in the southern province of Guangdong as the deputy general manager of Zhuhai International Circuit.

Gu said I Am Speaker had provided him the opportunity to explore social phenomena in China, and the locals' values and way of thinking.

The programme's four judges - Hong Kong actors Dicky Cheung and Carina Lau as well as Chinese TV hosts Le Jia and Chen Luyu - also served as the contestants' mentors.

Gu, who was in Chen's team, said he had benefited from her perspectives and advice on perfecting his presentation.

Gu might have gained a little fame from the show - he now has about 21,000 fans on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter - but said he had no intention of pursuing a career in front of the camera in China.

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