Aqil Haziq Mahmud is no stranger to the journalism field. His Final Year Project team managed to garner news coverage from The Straits Times, which brought the issue of illegal pet trades in Singapore to the forefront of discussion.
“I felt a sense of vindication as we left no stone unturned when it came to the illegal pet trade,” said Aqil, whose team flew to Bangkok to sniff out the source of the unlawful practice.
Today, Aqil continues to sharpen his journalistic skills as a digital reporter at Channel NewsAsia.
His most memorable assignment was profiling a family of three comprising a deaf and mute mother, amputee father and a son with cerebral palsy.
“Just speaking to them and observing how they interact showed me how they take challenges in their stride without complaining about the hand they were dealt. Putting together the story was really easy for me because honestly, they inspired me every step of the way,” he said.
A moment he cherishes as an undergraduate is from his freshman year, where he helped WKWSCI’s football team to finish first in the Inter-School Games.
“It’s no mean feat for a school our size to clinch gold – in football no less,” he said.