Bun Muoykong, Ang Sethireach, and Vireak Kunthy have been named as Cambodia’s representative in the final round of Maybank’s GO Ahead Challenge on Saturday, June 23.
This is the seventh time Maybank held such competition in the kingdom, with the latest round yielding 54 contestants who competitively vied for their place in the finals, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August. The finalists will go head to head with contestants from other nations.
According to CEO of Maybank Cambodia, Dato’ Hanif Suadi, the competition is aimed not only to give young talents across the globe an opportunity to work with Maybank in one of its’ regional offices across the globe through its Global Apprenticeship Programme, but to also challenge each contestant to utilise day-to-day skills that may not be offered by regular lectures in university classrooms.
The challenges undertaken by the 54 shortlisted candidates in Cambodia were designed not only to test, but also to engage the contestants — think of a massive multiplayer online role playing game, but centred on current issues and places an emphasis on real-life skills, such as cost-benefit analysis, risk mitigation and management.
Larger macroeconomic factors that could affect businesses, such as comparative advantages, the impact of the unequal distribution of information, as well as vested interests among contracting parties are also explored through different intensive challenges that saw contestants prove their mettle as they assume different roles throughout the challenges.
“We are living in a world that’s characterised by volatility and uncertainties, which is further complicated by the complex relationships among its players,” he said. “This aligns well with the group’s ongoing efforts to equip our employees with capabilities that will ensure their relevance now and in the future through the ‘Maybank FutureReady Digital Upskilling’ programme.”
Shortlisted candidates were divided into eight teams, and each team were then briefed of their position in the game; whether they would be playing for the imaginary country of Lysium or as the spy of Senovia, Lysium’s main ally and trading partner. Both spies and citizens have to covertly work against each other — by voting and outvoting members of the Council which has to approve a series of infrastructure projects that is to be carried out in Lysium. While the goal of the ‘good citizens’ of Lysium is to approve projects that are beneficial for the country, the spies had to covertly work to undermine the projects, as they are as much of an ally of Lysium as they are the main competitors of said country.
As the competition progresses, the challenges continue to change but the general theme remains the same — each challenge is to be sorted out based on their knowledge of Lysium, and its complex relationship to its trading partner, Senovia. The challenges run for an entire day — and at the end of the competition, the three finalists were chosen to represent Cambodia in the finals. The announcement of the finalists were made by Dato’ Hanif Suadi, who congratulated Bun Muoykong, Ang Sethireach and Vireak Kunthy as they took the spot in the finals, for the grand prize of $50,000 and a two-year stint with Maybank.
Although all of the finalists are now headed to finals, to be held in Kuala Lumpur in August, each had their own tactics which highlighted each of the finalist’s strengths. Ms Muoykong, the lone female finalist from Cambodia, emphasised the need to formulate a strategy that plays on her strengths, while Mr Sethireach said that emotional intelligence is imperative in helping him get ahead of his competition. “Having a high degree of emotional quotient allows us to think clearly and deliver under pressure,” said Mr Sethireach.
Meanwhile, Mr Kunthy said that the key that helped him advance to the finals, is passion. “When we put our hearts into what whatever it is that we do, we can give the best possible solution to a problem when it arises,” he said.