PETALING JAYA: The media has a role to play in promoting goodwill and kindness, especially in the light of recent negative incidents, says Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow.
He said it is important to shine a light on the good work of others, especially when the world is often bombarded with negative and sad news.
Fu said stories about organisations and Good Samaritans working to make a change for the better despite the negativity that surrounded them were the silver linings that inspired The Star to introduce the Star Golden Hearts Award four years ago.
“We began with the intent of recognising unsung heroes who had performed an act of bravery or goodwill.
“Now in our fourth year, we have progressed towards recognising social-focused individuals, groups and organisations that contribute sustainably towards a better society,” he said at the Star Golden Hearts Awards ceremony here on Thursday (Nov 29).
Separately, Yayasan Gamuda head Sharifah Alauyah said she was overwhelmed by the number of deserving nominees who had dedicated their time and effort to helping those in need.
"I was impressed by the two people who set up UmieAktif, which is a result of their involvement with street children in Chow Kit.
They believed that in order to change the lives of children there, they first had to empower their mothers," she said.
The 2018 winners are:
2. Efinity Social Enterprise
3. Suka Society
4.The Tuyang Initiative
5. Friends of Bukit Gasing
6. Cancerfly networks
7. Sia Siew Chin
8. Dentistry for the needy
9. Suri Inspirasi
10. Masala Wheels
All were nominated as organisations except Sia who was nominated as an individual.
The Star Golden Hearts Award is aimed at recognising everyday Malaysians who are dedicated to helping those in need irrespective of race and religion, and is supported by Yayasan Gamuda.