Since he was a child, Daryl Foong has always shared a special affinity with underwater creatures. It comes as no surprise that the effervescent young man would eventually assist his father, Dato’ Simon Foong, to manage Aquaria KLCC, a state-of-the-art oceanarium showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures.
Daryl’s vision for Aquaria KLCC is to establish an internationally recognised brand represented globally, as well as providing invaluable education and entertainment experiences to the communities they are present in. “Through this, we aim to instil in people a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world and engender in them the awareness and need for conservation,” he explains further.
When it comes to dealing with setbacks, Daryl’s sense of humour comes in handy as he quotes the old Monty Python song, “Always look on the bright side of life.” A family man at heart, he credits his family as his main inspiration, drawing on their deep knowledge, wisdom, compassion and determination.
A Master Scuba Diver-level certification and solid business foundation are among the list of goals he wishes to achieve before turning 40. If he was blessed with the ability to stop time, Daryl would use the opportunity to explore the world.