Star Golden Hearts Award

The Star Golden Hearts award celebrates Malaysians from all walks of life – individuals or groups – who acted heroically and/or selflessly, building bridges between different communities, and in doing so promoting racial harmony and unity. The inaugural award was presented to 10 individuals and groups on Dec 16, 2015.

On 24 November 2016, we recognised 10 more individuals and groups who have gone out of their way to help others in need, regardless of race, colour or status.

If you know anyone who deserves to be recognised with this year’s Star Golden Hearts award, please email your nomination to and title your email, “Star Golden Hearts award nomination”.

For this year’s nominations, one-off heroic acts or initiatives must have been carried out in 2017. Long-term initiatives must be on-going, or carried out until 2017. Nominations close on August 31, 2017.

Please include your contact information (telephone, email address, postal address), the nominees’ names, contacts and details of their contributions/initiatives, as well as URL links to previous media reports. We regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of each nomination.

The winners will be announced in December 2017.

Star Golden Hearts Award is supported by Yayasan Gamuda. A Star-Gamuda Inspiration Award winner will be chosen from the pool of 10 recipients of the Star Golden Hearts Award 2017. This winner must fit the criteria of heroism, altruism and inclusivity. For details, go to

*All nominations will be reviewed by the Award committee for eligibility. Judges’ decision is final.

Single mum will never forget the hard times

14 June 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Single mother Mydin Pathmah Os Abdul Kader (pic), 50, knows too well what it is like to be poor.

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A driving passion to care for senior citizens

12 June 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: As the founder of two old folks homes, Cheong Loy is responsible for the welfare of some 84 senior citizens.

One big family: Pau (first row standing, third from right) and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey (in white) with volunteers and participants at the 12th Penang Cheshire Agoonoree at the Penang Water Sports Recreation Centre in Tanjung Bungah.

Special place in heart for Special Scouts

10 June 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Scouts have to learn how to tie all kinds of knots, but the Special Scouts can go one better – these scouts with disabilities can do it using their feet.

Heart of gold: Kuan entertaining some children at the 10-sen library in PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil.

10-sen man with a heart of gold

8 June 2017

PETALING JAYA: Kuan Chee Heng is often called “the 10-sen man” but the people he helps may see a much greater value in his deeds.

Norhazwani (centre, in pink tudung) has been in the orphanage since she was 16. She has a certificate in child care and now lives in the halfway home. She works at the orphanage, taking care of the babies and children.

Halfway home goes a long way

6 June 2017

Halfway homes for youths who leave orphanages on turning 18 are hard to come by in Malaysia.

Caring cop: L/Kpl Arol talking to Khairiyah at Penang Hospital.  Looking on is Ashah.

L/Kpl to give half his December pension to orphaned sisters

31 May 2017

GEORGE TOWN: A retired policeman has vowed to give half of his December pension payments for the next 19 years to two orphaned sisters who survived a horrific highway crash after their parents died shielding them.

Due recognition: (From Left) Lai and Philip receiving Human Resources Ministry certificates of skills qualification from Isak

Blind masseurs strive on despite challenges

29 May 2017

MIRI: Despite hard times, blind masseurs are determined to earn an honest living.

Getting ready: Dr Rusaslina (wearing maroon tudung) and her group of volunteers hanging clothes to be given away.

Volunteers loving every moment of it

25 May 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Noor Fazliyana Mohamad Fadzil has been volunteering since September 2015 with Kedai Jalanan, the street store which provides free clothes and toiletries for the homeless and urban poor in the city.

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A truly special teacher

24 May 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Her love for students with special needs has kept Katijah Bakar going for the past three decades.

Doing his part: Chua showing the X-rays of scoliosis patients Xin Le and Puvarasee at his service centre in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

A little kindness goes a long way

11 May 2017

BUKIT MERTAJAM: When he was seven years old, Chua Sui Hau saw some of his classmates cry because they had no money to buy exercise books.

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