Starchild: Malaysian children share what's special about their hometowns


Ashvini Jeyakanthan, 8

What are some attractions in your hometown? Are there nature parks, historical buildings or lakes?

All towns have their own charms and some have attractions that many people travel to see.

In Taiping, Perak, apart from the food that the town is famous for, a popular attraction is the Taiping Lake Gardens which was the country’s first public garden!

If you are ever in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, check out tourist sites like the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, the cultural villages and also the Kinabalu National Park, an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu. Let’s hear what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, My Hometown.

Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 9Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 9

“My hometown is Subang Jaya in Selangor. I was born in Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang and now, I study at SK Seri Selangor.

“Subang Jaya has many shopping centres like Subang Parade, Empire Gallery, Summit and Sunway Pyramid. In Subang, there’s a nice park with a lake where people can go jogging, ” writes Ashvini Jeyakanthan, eight.

Zara Elizabeth Rimbu, 11Zara Elizabeth Rimbu, 11

Zara Elizabeth Rimbu, 11, says: “There are many attractions in my hometown Kuching. These include the Sarawak Museum, Mount Santubong and Sarawak Cultural Village. Sarawak is well known for our rich culture. I am proud of my Iban heritage.”

Mabel Loo Jia Ting, 10Mabel Loo Jia Ting, 10

“My hometown is a city where there are many shopping malls. There is a big park where we can play basketball with all my friends, ” says Mabel Loo Jia Ting, 10.

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, fiveBethany Wang Qi Syuen, five

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, five, lives in Kajang. She thinks Kajang is a wonderful township to live in. “It is a bustling town with its own football stadium.

Many tourists visit Kajang to try our satay, a delicious barbequed meat-on-a-stick that is eaten with peanut sauce and ketupat.”

 Asher Wang Qi Chuen, threeAsher Wang Qi Chuen, three

Younger sibling Asher Wang Qi Chuen, three, writes: “Kajang is a well connected town because it has both KTM and MRT trains. It is very convenient to take a ride to Kajang to enjoy satay.”

Mandy Tang, fourMandy Tang, four

“Penang has nice beaches. In the evenings, my parents take me to the beach for a walk. I like to pick up seashells, ” says Mandy Tang, four. – Compiled by Sheela Chandran

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ITEM: Let’s All Eat Right Day is celebrated on Feb 25 to honour American nutritionist Adelle Davis who was born on Feb 25,1904. Adelle championed eating well and tried to encourage people to eat fresh vegetables, fruits and grains.

Eating healthily – that means no junk food, sugary snacks and fizzy drinks – is beneficial for you in the long run.

Send us your drawing and letter on the importance of eating clean food. E-mail your contributions to

lifestyle@thestar.com.my by Feb 19. Please put “STARCHILD: Nutritious Food” in the subject line of your e-mail. Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi.

Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address.

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