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.

Big hearted: Tan helping a resident with physiotherapy at his Peace and Harmony Home in Bukit Dumbar, Penang.

Helping the elderly recover on his own

27 April 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Tan Swee Ban made a vow eight years ago to help the elderly who are sick and with no family to look after them.

Caring: Swarn answering a call at his office in Penang.

Providing vision for the visually impaired

23 April 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Swarn Singh was a young wireman when he fell 18m from the top floor of a factory. He suffered head injuries and later developed glaucoma.

Always ready to help: Ang (left) speaking to Amirah Kamal, 60, at her home in Gat Lebuh Presgrave in George Town, Penang. Amirah is seeking help from Ang’s Foodbank Penang.

Warm glow from helping the needy

22 April 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Housewife Wendy Ang, 65, is grateful that she never had to worry about the necessities of life.

Dr Sajnani (seated, right) checking the eye of a resident while Chua looks on.

His vision for eye health awareness

21 April 2017

WORKING for eye centres makes David Chua realise how everything can change in the blink of an eye if the importance of one’s sight is overlooked.

Memorable experience: Bunkface vocalist Shamsul Annuar and actress Elfira Loy entertaining the children of Yayasan Chow Kit during a surprise party organised by KFC yesterday.

Group helps teen relive happy time she had with mum at KFC

19 April 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Seventeen-year-old Wana and her friends couldn’t believe their eyes when they were greeted by two popular Malaysian artistes at a surprise party.

Herley (second from right) handing over the proceeds from the sale of his books to SCAS&FT president Datuk Seri Lam Peng Chong (third from left). With them is Herley’s wife Nor Amaliah (right).

Driven by gratitude, not self-pity

18 April 2017

HERLEY Abdul Hamid believes that a disabled child comes with blessings, instead of being a burden.

Team effort: (Back third from left) TNLP co-founder Zul Imran Ishak and Pixel Garage teacher Amirulzaman Kamarulzaman with students of Pixel Garage.

Star Golden Hearts reach out

14 April 2017

AS the Star Golden Hearts Award enters its third year, winners from the past two years say the award has had a ripple effect, touching even more lives.

The student committee behind the UiTM‘s Suspended Meals project and their lecturer Hariyati (centre, in pink).

Hungry at the university

14 April 2017

It may seem surprising but there are quite a number of tertiary students who are so financially strapped that they have to skip meals. The problem is only now gaining attention with efforts slowly being initiated to help them.

Like, share and help: A screen capture of post by Facebook user Nur Halim who wrote about Yves Oyage (left) who left his phone in the car of a stranger he got a ride with.

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

12 April 2017

PETALING JAYA: A French tourist resorted to an ingenious way to look for his handphone after accidentally leaving it in a stranger’s car.

Screencap of Facebook photo posted by Nur Halim Ibrahim on Monday.

Hello, hello, we found your phone! Frenchman in distress told

11 April 2017

PETALING JAYA: A French tourist resorted to an ingenious way to look for his handphone after leaving it in the car of a stranger.

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