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35-year-old scholarship holder now a Malaysian Cabinet minister

Trained engineer overcomes self-doubt and political disillusion to step up to the plate

For new Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, leaving a lucrative job for the uncertain Malaysian political arena was not an obvious move, but she did not want to have regrets over not doing anything to try
For new Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, leaving a lucrative job for the uncertain Malaysian political arena was not an obvious move, but she did not want to have regrets over not doing anything to try to "make a difference".ST PHOTO: TRINNA LEONG

Trained engineer Yeo Bee Yin once thought that the only way she would get near politics would be to marry an MP, but now she heads a key government ministry after being hand-picked to join the Cabinet by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

It has been a dizzy ride for Ms Yeo who, at 35 years of age, is the second-youngest minister in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Cabinet and the youngest female.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2018, with the headline '35-year-old scholarship holder now KL minister'. Subscribe