Rejection – the best teacher

Azmyl Yunor

A busker performing in Whitby, North Yorkshire, Britain. Earning people's attention to get them to part with their spare change is hard work. – EPA pic, October 23, 2020.

I STUMBLED into busking – that’s public street performances for the uninitiated – out of desperation in 1997. As a green international student in Perth, Western Australia, with the Asian financial crisis and the Reformasi movement just around the corner, little did I know then that my journey as a troubadour would begin on the sidewalks of Hay Street in the city centre.  

Anwar Ibrahim seemed destined to take over the nation’s premiership and Malaysia was in fifth gear in heading towards the fabled 2020, which was then still 20-odd years ahead and also seemingly inevitable. Malaysia was one of the “Asian tigers” of the region.

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