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“Perhaps it’s time to return home”

Subhadra Lingden. Nepalese owner of The Khukri Restaurant Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, Kuala Lumpur 2016 Subhadra arrived in Malaysia in 2003, and opened her restaurant in 2006. Her daughter grew up in Kuala Lumpur and have just completed her A-levels at an international school. In the past,...

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“Spinning taught me two things about fear”

Michelle Yesudas. Human rights activist, painter, fire spinner & fiction writer Kuala Lumpur 2016 Michelle Darlene Yesudas traded her career in public  interest litigation for a regional campaigning role in Amnesty International a year ago. She moved from the courtroom to doing field missions, research and lobbying, and works...

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Caring for the homeless

Dr S. Madhusudhan. Teddy Mobile Clinic Kuala Lumpur 2017 Dr. S. Madhusudhan first started to provide free medical check-ups for the homeless with Kechara Soup Kitchen. There came a point when Dr Madhu, as everyone calls him, decided that there needed to be a day dedicated for the...

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Exploring a passion

Sapna Anand. Chef and cookbook author Kuala Lumpur 2017 Sapna Anand is an Indian national who arrived in Malaysia 17 years ago with her husband. Prior to that, she lived with her husband in San Francisco, United States. Sapna freely admits her husband cooked better than her...

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From Malaysia to Kathmandu

Rama Nanda Teli. Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur 2016 Like most Nepalese here, Rama came to Malaysia several years ago looking for a better job. But a better job should not be confused with those seeking a better living. How is it a better living when you’re living...

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“The family business is in good hands”

Peter Lee, second-generation owner Koon Kee Wantan Noodles, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur 2012 Before 1945, Peter's father had already been selling porridge and other noodles in the Petaling Street area. In 1945, he started a shop selling wantan mee and never looked back. Today, Koon Kee is...

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Champion of Heritage

Law Siak Hong, champion of heritage in Ipoh, 2013 Perak Heritage Society Born in Kampar and educated in Australia, Siak Hong is one of the most passionate champions of heritage without any regard for financial gain. Siak Hong is aware that development cannot be stopped so his mission...

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“I can make a songkok in one hour”

Haja Mohideen, second generation songkok maker Kedai Songkok Osm Mohd Shariff, Lebuh King, Penang. 2012 Under the tutelage of his father, Haja Mohideen made his first songkok when he was only 12. His father started making songkok in the tiny shop measuring six feet by 12 feet...

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Life after Aleppo

[caption id="attachment_3487" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A day in the park with fellow refugees[/caption] Hasan Al-Akraa. Syrian refugee in Kuala Lumpur, 2016. 12-year-old Hasan Al-Akraa had a good life in Aleppo, Syria. His family owned a big house, but the war changed all that. In 2011, they fled to...

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