KIX HD (Astro Ch 729), the ultimate destination for action entertainment in Asia, recently announced the results of R U Tough Enough Southeast Asia, crowning one of four Malaysian finalists Seah Zhang Yu the title of Southeast Asia’s Toughest, winning the grand prize of US$15,000 (RM60,000)! Seah made Malaysia proud when he emerged as champion amongst 18 finalists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, pushing his limits especially in the final Head-to-Head Challenge Round with the other top contender, air force officer Kajohnsak from Thailand.
In the past, Seah won the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) Flyweight Belt three times consecutively, and even once knocked out his rival in the first round of an MMA fight to bring home the championship belt! A firm believer of the importance of passion, hard work and dedication, Seah has an all-or-nothing attitude and a burning desire for fitness.
“It feels like I'm in a dream and I can't believe I won! The final round with Kajohnsak was very strenuous indeed. I thought I had failed during the tyre-carrying section of the obstacle course; weight-lifting is not one of my biggest strengths and I'm small in size, but I endured and did not give up. Towards the end, it felt like I was not just fighting to win for the sake of my family and friends, but also for Malaysia, and that gave me the final push to go further to achieve what seemed impossible!” said Seah.
“We are so proud of Seah for his achievement in winning this year’s R U Tough Enough Southeast Asia and for showcasing what physical, mental and emotional toughness truly encompasses. It was an intense battle defeating 17 other finalists in this Final Showdown, and the win was well-deserved!” said Annie Chan, Executive Director, Affiliate & Advertising Sales, Celestial Tiger Entertainment. “His tenacity, winning attitude and sheer determination definitely represents what R U Tough Enough is about – it is inspiring to see how a person can develop toughness and mental resilience no matter what life throws at him and at KIX HD, we celebrate these personal triumphs over challenges!”
The Final Showdown was held at Sunway Pyramid, with difficult obstacle challenges that tested each finalist’s abilities, mental grit and emotional toughness, pushing them to the limit. The last part of the course required contenders to run and leap towards the top of a curved wall while using their upper body strength to hoist themselves up to complete the race. For the Final Head-to-Head Challenge, Kajohnsak from Thailand seemed to be taking the lead initially but things took a dramatic turn when Seah powered through and managed to muster everything he had to take the final leap up the wall and beat his rival, amidst an explosion of cheers from the crowd. This year, R U Tough Enough sported a brand-new logo and introduced finalist from Hong Kong for the first time. Come January 2020, inspiring personal ‘tough stories’ from past R U Tough Enough participants and winners will be showcased in an exclusive 30-minute TV special, to be aired on KIX HD (Astro Ch 729).
R U Tough Enough Southeast Asia 2019 was presented by Fisherman’s Friend, the strong adult candy with added benefits, the official fitness partner, Celebrity Fitness, official platform partner, Astro, official venue partner, Sunway Pyramid, hotel partner, Dorsett Grand Subang and supporting partners Warrior Reunion and Infinix.
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