A known radio personality with Era Sarawak, Jonathan Ding was a professional bowler in his teenage years. The telegenic Sarawakian represented Malaysia in the tenpin bowling category for numerous events and competitions. He was a SUKMA gold medallist in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Based in Kuching, the TV host and radio deejay is passionate about his job. “I get to meet and interview people and talk to them. And learn new things every day,” enthused Jonathan, who opens up to myeppo in the following Q&A.
We are celebrating Merdeka this month, and Malaysia Day on Sept 16. What does Merdeka mean to you?
Merdeka means a lot to me. It signifies independence, freedom and sovereignty. Merdeka is also about responsibility, and a choice that all citizens must contribute to and share in.
Our country’s road to independence was not without sacrifices and being a multiracial nation, we need to respect that everyone has a role, and every man, woman and child has a right to that same independence, freedom and sovereignty which we have achieved.
As Malaysians, we also need to remind ourselves to not allow politics to divide us with their propaganda. Politicians are just being them but Malaysians need to unite as one, regardless of our beliefs, background and religion. Happy Merdeka and Happy Malaysia Day!
What’s the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?
The biggest lesson I learnt during this pandemic is to be very thankful and grateful. Although this pandemic has hit everyone differently (mentally and physically), I always need to tell and remind myself that I still have a roof over my head, food on the table and a job that still pays.
We’ve seen and read stories regarding some who are suffering to put food on their table. Therefore, I always remind myself that I am blessed and I should not complain and help those in need whenever I can.
How have you adapted to the new norm?
This new norm definitely has changed our lives a lot. From the way we greet people, the way we communicate, socialise and even in work. All of us have no choice in this but to adapt and practice the new norm to curb the spread of this deadly virus. How do I adapt? Just by telling myself that I don’t have a choice; if this is what it takes to end it, I will follow the SOPs.
What is your grooming routine like?
Simple. Drinking warm water with a slice or two of lemon first thing in the morning. My skincare routine is cleanse, toner, serum, moisturiser and sometimes, sunscreen. When I have free time, I will go for facials.
What are your must-have grooming products?
For face wash, I use Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Foam; it feels soft and fresh on my skin. I also likeThe Ordinary’s Alpha Arburtin 2% + HA and Lactic Acid 5% + HA. Before using this though, please do research because it may not be suitable for some skin types.
Because of the pandemic, many people are struggling with mental health issues. In your opinion, what is the best way to overcome it?
No doubt, this pandemic affected many people and we’ve seen the rise of health issues regarding mental health here in Malaysia. My advice is to seek help, find someone you trust, talk to them or seek help from a professional. Talk to your partner, siblings, friends or anyone you can trust. And for the listening party, be there for them and listen. But before that, we all need to take care of ourselves first before taking care of others. Love yourself!
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
As how much I love to travel, I know no way in the near future we are allowed to do that. So, my plan is to spend more time with my loved ones.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to meet and interview people and talk to them. And learn new things every day.
What is your advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Be true to yourself. If people like you, they’ll like you for who you are.
How important is social media to you?
Through social media, you get to build your brand and connect with people easily. I have different segment of followers: those who like my fashion sense, those who have followed me since my bowling days and those who listened to me as a radio deejay.
What message do you hope to convey to your followers?
Sometimes when I meet someone, he or she is so different from how they portray themselves on social media. I try to be as real as I can, so my followers know that it’s not a different persona I’ve created. In fact, I have no qualms about showing not-so-good days such as having a pimple breakout. I encourage people to be true to themselves.
What’s your motto in life?
Being sincere in everything I do – whether it’s love, work, life or friendships.
Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more on Jonathan, follow him @jonathanding_ on Instagram.