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Dahlia Daphne Eleanor Mozes Iking (born Daphne Eleanor Mozes Iking[2]), known as Daphne Iking, is a Malaysian television personality, an emcee and an occasional actress.

Daphne Iking
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Daphne Eleanor Mozes Iking

(1978-07-06) 6 July 1978 (age 40)
ResidenceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • television host
  • emcee
  • actress
Years active2003–present
Known forThe Breakfast Show, Explorace, Ringgit Sense
Stylecurrent affairs
  • Ryan Chong Yiing Yih
    (m. 2007; div. 2009)
  • Azmi Abdul Rahman (m. 2011)


Early lifeEdit

Iking was born in Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia to a former nurse, Juliana Naili Ganahong (b. 1956) who was a resident of that town and a local politician Mozes Iking (1951-2016) who hailed from Tambunan district. She is the second eldest amongst four siblings and grew up in Penampang.[1] She completed a masters in Communications in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 2002.

Television and other venturesEdit

Prior to her career in television Daphne worked as a marketing executive for Skywalker TV.[3] Iking first entered the television scene as the model in a Pond's advertisement. The next year saw her co-hosting Ringgit Sense, a TV3 show on finance, alongside Nazrudin Rahman.

Iking quickly became a recognisable face as the host of reality show Explorace, a reality show similar to The Amazing Race, in 2004 for two years where she is known for her lively personality. She then went on to host PNB World Investment Challenge on TV3, Vector Challenge on 8TV, Explorace Kids on TV3 and Health and Beauty Capsule in May/Antabax. She also reported for TV3's factual programmes The Brand and Majalah Tiga.[4]

In 2006 she gained a supporting role as Daphne in 8TV's dramedy series KL Lights. She also hosted with Nazarudin Rahman again in My Australian Adventure, a sponsored travelogue show in TV3. Later that year, she moved to ntv7 and hosted The Breakfast Show. She was a supporting actress in telemovie Adik, in 2007 and played a minor role in Singaporean drama District 9 Pilot.[5][6]

In 2009, Iking was nominated in the Malaysian Shout! Awards as the host of The Breakfast Show.

Iking played a con-woman in Belukar, a Malaysian independent film released in 2010 and won the "Most Promising Actress" for this role[7]

In late 2010, Iking played as a nurse suffering from domestic abuse which is one of the characters included in the short film Prelude in F Minor.[8]

She was also the supporting actress in the local comedy film My Spy in 2010.

In October 2010 Daphne Iking was nominated for the second time for "Favourite Television Personality" as the host of The Breakfast Show during the Shout! Awards.[9]

Iking left The Breakfast Show after four years in 2011 and is currently hosting the new talk show Bella.

As well as having hosted My Australian Adventures, the Malaysian celebrity was also the scriptwriter for the show.[10] She is the assistant producer of The Breakfast Show.[11]

Daphne Iking won the beauty queen title of Unduk Ngadau of Sabah in 2003, representing Klang Valley.[12]

She appeared for the third time in the list of FHM Malaysia's annual Most Wanted Female 2010 at number 40.

Personal lifeEdit

By October 2006 she started a relationship with businessman Ryan Chong Yiing Yih. They met while Iking was filming KL Lights.[13] She revealed that she was getting married, in a live talk show. The wedding was held in Bali, Indonesia in January 2007 and the event was published in the Malaysian edition of Hello magazine. The couple had a daughter, Isobel Daniella.[14]

In 2009, Chong accused a managing director, Darren Choy Khin Ming under the Penal Code of 498 of Malaysian law for "enticing or taking away or detaining with a criminal intent a married woman".[15] Iking and Chong divorced that year.[16]

She embraced Islam in January 2011, prior to her wedding with entrepreneur Azmi Abdul Rahman.[17] She chose "Dahlia" as her Muslim name.[18] In November 2011, the couple welcomed a daughter, Iman Daniella.[2]

She also appeared in music video "Sumandak Sabah" by Marsha Milan and Velvet Aduk alongside the Unduk Ngadau winners.


  1. ^ a b Ding Jo-Ann (3 June 2010). "Proud to be Sabahan". The Nut Graph. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b Feride Hikmet Atak (1 April 2016). "Alasan Daphne Iking rahsiakan kandungan". Berita Harian. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ Zubir Mohammed Yunus, 2005, Daphne mahu tinggalkan Explorace?, Berita Harian, accessed 13 November 2010,
  4. ^ "Daphne Iking" (PDF). The Talent Factory. 3 August 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  5. ^ Amirah Amaly Syafaat (14 June 2009). "Pakej Berharga Daphne Iking". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  6. ^ Chea Hwey Y. (13 November 2006). "Newswriting- Feature Story". Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  7. ^ Azhariah Kamin (26 October 2010). "Malaysian Film Festival touched by a bit of Magika". The Star. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Prelude in F Minor-OFFICIAL TRAILER produced by Dennis Lau and directed by Adrian Lai". dennisdamenace. Dennis Lau. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Henry, Daphne temui jiwa sebenar". Kosmo! (in Malay). Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  10. ^ "". Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
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  12. ^ "Proud to be Sabahan – The Nut Graph". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  13. ^ "". Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Daphne enggan menipu". Kosmo (in Malay). Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Archives". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
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  17. ^ Mohd Dzulfitri Md Yusuf (26 December 2018). "'Tidak pernah jadi isu' - Daphne Iking kongsi kemeriahan sambut Krismas di kampung". Astro Awani (in Malay). Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Daphne Kahwin, Peluk Islam Selepas Melawat Taj Mahal". Mstar (in Malay). 25 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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