Sunday, December 12, 2004

Who wants to be a millionaire

A 24 year-old lad became instant millionaire when he won the grand prize of RM1 million in a Malaysian television quiz show in 1991. Up till now, Ahmad Samerin Dzulkifli remains the country's only game show millionaire even after seven seasons of the local version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. He still owns the bicycle-repair shop but has added an electrical appliance shop and several other businesses. But he remains elusive and publicity-shy, prefering to live a normal life. This is understandable as he was beset by callers -- women offering to marry him, others seeking financial help after his windfall win. If his one-off wealthy feat has attracted interest, what more for Malaysia's multi-millionaire songbird who admitted how difficult it is to maintain the 'Siti Nurhaliza' brand name. After winning a television singing contest more than 10 years ago, Siti continued to prove her talent and worked hard to be where she is today as Malaysia's number one singer. Just as Samerin has put his money to good use into business, Siti too has ventured into business including promoting her own tea aptly named CTea.
So what has the two in common apart from the capital 'S' in their names and hard work. Both are from the state of Pahang and the product of television discoveries.

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