Reading news on TV a dream come true for Sharmila


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  • Monday, 31 Oct 2005

Sharmila Kaur: "I used to watch the news every day when I was a kid and wished that it was me doing it. So when I heard the radio advertisement, I thought why not give it a try?"

PETALING JAYA: When Sharmila Kaur heard over the radio about an audition for TV presenters last year, she jumped at the chance as she had wanted to be a newscaster since she was a schoolgirl. 

“I used to watch the news every day when I was a kid and wished that it was me doing it.”  

“So when I heard the radio advertisement, I thought why not give it a try?” she told MStar, The Star's Bahasa Malaysia news website. 

Sharmila Kaur, who was a lawyer then, went for the audition at once. 

The 27-year-old of mixed parentage (her father is a Punjabi while her mother is of English and Dutch mix), became part of RTM's re-branding effort whereby a non-Malay read the Malay news. 

She had to juggle two jobs for at least 10 months since August last year before deciding to focus on being a newscaster. 

“I thought I couldn't be a lawyer from 8.30am to 6pm and rush to read the news at 8pm. It was unfair to my boss. So I chose news reading, as that is what I want to do.” 

The Kelantan-born Sharmila Kaur also intends to venture into business part-time. 

She is currently setting up a costume jewellery business with her elder sister and sister-in-law. 

To find out more about her, visit www.mstar.com.my.

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