Malaysian personality Dato’ Mahadzir Lokman affectionately known as Dato’ Dale or DD, personifies what a true multicultural 1Malaysia is supposed to be. Mahadzir’s flair for languages and his knowledge of cultural etiquette has made him a much sought after Master of Ceremonies (MC) at functions, both local, national and international, as well as at social, corporate and government events.
With Bahasa Malaysia and English as his base languages, Mahadzir’s exposure to this first foreign language, French, come at a tender age whilst he was still in primary school in Malaysia. He was also fortunate enough to gain firsthand experience of the French language and local culture while his family was living in Paris from 1978 till 1983, when his father, the late Datuk Lokman Musa was appointed the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate for Malaysia to the UNESCO.
In pursuing the study of French in Malaysia as well as overseas, Mahadzir’s mastering and love for the language has seen him introducing the language in Malaysia through the course of his work. He also has the basic knowledge of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and Japanese. In line with his work as a television presenter and as the host of various local variety programmes on the Malaysian TV networks, Mahadzir also started to introduce basic conversational French to the Malaysian public.
As an Emcee, Mahadzir has had the privilege of hosting numerous international events, just to name a few:
The Islamic Conference Meetings for Foreign Ministers, Tourism Ministers and Haj Ministers;
The Annual International Quran Reciters Assembly;
CEPSI; IUFRO; PBEC; APEC; CHOGM; NAM; ASEAN Ministerial Meetings; PATA;
The Titian Budaya Cultural Exchange Programme in Singapore, Indonesia & Brunei;
Launching of Malaysia’s space mission in Russia & Kazakhstan;
Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation tour of Iran;
Malaysia Week in London (Covent Garden & Pottersfield Park);
Biotechnology Boston & Chicago;
World’s Fair in Seville-Malaysian Pavillion;
Malaysia Dinner bidding for the 16th Commonwealth Games in Barcelona;
WEI bidding event in Paris, France;
Tourism Sales & Marketing Mission in the UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium among others;
ASEAN Tourism Forum ATF in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore & Cambodia;
AFS-YES US State Department Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia & Washington DC
Mayor of Kuala Lumpur visit to Casablanca, Morocco for twin City program & visit to Copenhagen, Denmark;
TV Documentary for Splendid & Mystical Scandinavia-Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark & Greeland
the World Chamber Congress; the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference;
numerous Official visits of Heads of State & Heads of Government to Malaysia;
WEI Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Terengganu and the Annual Colours of Malaysia or CITRAWARNA Parade & the annual Independence or Merdeka Day Parade, among others.
Mahadzir has been involved in many events to promote peace globally, namely the Walk for Peace;
the World Peace Congress; Konsert Kedamaian or Concert for Peace;
and a Board Member, for the Malaysian AFS Intercultural Programmes, a student exchange to promote world peace programme.
In recognition for his work, Mahadzir was awarded the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP), Pahang state award in 2007, by HRH The Sultan of Pahang and the Kesatria Setia Diraja (KSD), a Federal Royal award conferred by His Majesty The 10th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
He was awarded the ‘Ordre Les Palmes Academiques” by the French Government in 2006 for his effort in promoting French Language and Culture. He was also awarded numerous awards, among them, the Best Newscaster/Broadcaster Award in 1999 by Monsieur Magazine and the Quintessential Man of the Year Award 1998 by the Malaysia Tattler, and recently the Ambassador for Peace 2009.
His primary schooling began at the Methodist Boys’ School in KL, then the Sultan Abdullah School in Kuantan, followed by his early secondary schooling in Sabah College, in Kota Kinabalu and finally in Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur.
He was among the lucky 26 Malaysian students picked to study abroad for a year as an exchange student, where he studied at the Avenal High School, in Avenal, California, USA on the American Field Service (AFS) International & Intercultural Scholarship. Then he continued his studies in Langside College and the Clydebank Technical College in Glasgow, Scotland, the U.K.
He is a graduate from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, USA majoring in International Business Administration.
Mahadzir is a bachelor and is the middle child of five siblings.