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Retail sector smitten by big bug

As the year draws to a close, one thing that may have caught many people's attention is the Malaysian fetish for 'superlatives'. You know, things like the tallest, biggest, fastest, longest, and what have you. The same 'big bug' seems to have hit our property market.


Never too young to learn about caring and giving

When five-year-old Michael 'Junior' Kelvyn Chan Thien Hong visited the Shelter Home in Petaling Jaya last year, he was moved by the sight of children who were deprived of the things he enjoyed.


Wilfully blind to their plight

In the second of our two-part series to look at how caring Malaysians are towards the blind, M. KRISHNAMOORTHY, who took to the streets posing as a blind man, and JASON SUNDRAM, talk to affected individuals and groups to find out more about their plight.


Siblings abandoned at babysitter’s

When three-year-old Nur Azura Roslizan quietly watched her parents walk out of her babysitter's home a month ago, she did not know she would not be seeing them for a long while.


Company revoked charge card

The Gripe Box is a fortnightly collaboration between StarWeekend and the Consmumers Association of Penang.


Powered by love for yoga

Manoj Kaimal incorporated a company called White Lotus Sdn Bhd with his wife Sandhya, 26, and then started Yoga Life Centre in 2001 to promote alternative health, yoga, ayurveda and other Indian sciences. Every month, the centre records about 250 to 300 students, 80% of whom are Chinese. Since they started the centre, close to 1,000 people have walked through their door.


Where to get The Star’s Collector’s Issue

A 16 page special on the last day of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister and the handing over of leadership to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Printed on special paper, it is RM1 a copy and all proceeds will be donated to People Living With HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Scheme.


Clerk in cheque scam case claims trial to 30 charges

A clerk claimed trial yesterday to 30 charges of assisting in disposing of cheques totalling more than RM182,000, the latest case in connection with the siphoning of RM3mil from the Penang government's coffers via a cheque scam last month.


Cleansing the body for health

At a fasting and detoxification weekend, BOEY PING PING learns that it is better to eat to live than to live to eat.


Coffee, cakes and words of comfort

An organisation that provides counselling and support to young people, Asian Youth Ambassador was started by a young man who himself had experienced some tragedy in his life. K.S. USHA DEVI reports.