The First Malaysian to Make a Living Working Full time On the Internet
April 9, 2007 by Gaman
I was reading LiewCF’s post over at Chitika.com blog where he shares his experience quitting his nine-to-five job in August 2005 and became the first Malaysian professional blogger.
I don’t know if he’s really the first as he claimed to be but he was certainly the most visible full-time blogger in the local blogosphere at that time.
As the owner of the most popular tech blog in Malaysia at LiewCF.com, Liew is no stranger to the local blogosphere.
Talking about working full time on the Internet, I was probably one of the first Malaysian who took the plunge and joined the bandwagon when the make a living from the Internet phenomenon was still in its infancy – especially here in Malaysia.
It’s tempting to claim that I was probably the first full time Malaysian Internet marketer. I don’t know.
Anyway, in 1998, I spent a two month stint in the engineering profession as part of my university industrial training and that’s about it. I’ve never really worked for anybody.
While waiting for replies from my job applications after I graduated, I decided to devote the extra time I had working on my hobby.
I created my first personal websites in 1996 on Geocities.com. After reading a story from a computer magazine that there’s money to be made online – no matter who you are – I started experimenting with making money on the Internet in an effort to get a piece of the pie.
By 1997 I was making a couple of hundreds dollars monthly. Not too shabby considering that I didn’t spend anything to get to that stage.
In 1999 after my graduation, I figured I could make more from my hobby than by working as an engineer. This was further helped by the favorable USD to Ringgit exchange rate.
Then, the rest as they say is history. Here I am today still working full time making a living on the Internet. If I can do it, you can too.