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Royal award for top UM students

Excelling both academically and in extra-curricular activities can be overwhelming to many students but not for 23-year-old Nur Aini Ong Maliki Ong, who was awarded the Royal Academic Award (Anugerah Pelajaran DiRaja) at Universiti Malaya recently.

Crash course for guides

A crash course to train some 300 tourist guides is being organised to cater for an anticipated 60,000 Chinese tourists heading for Malaysia during the Chinese New Year season.

Portrait of an artist and teacher

Budding artists, unlike tomorrow#8217;s scientists, are often left untended until someone like respected artist-art educator Choong Kam Kow comes along. He tells VERONICA SHUNMUGAM of the long path of learning and discovery he took to become an artist and teacher.

Envoy: Sabah pretty safe

US ambassador to Malaysia Marie T. Huhtala described Sabah as #8220;pretty safe#8221; after a four-day official visit and gave an assurance that the travel advisory to American citizens to avoid Sipadan is under constant review.

Star journalist wins Sabah tourism award

i>The Star/i>chalked up another achievement when journalist Andrew Sia was declared the Best Malaysian Writer for Sabah Tourism Articles during the glittering Sabah Tourism Awards 2003 ceremony graced by Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat in Kota Kinabalu recently.

Fulfilling a Ruler's destiny

The nation will witness Selangor's new Ruler, its ninth Sultan crowned Saturday, according to traditional rites and customs of the state's Sultanate, one of Malaysia's oldest. Proclaimed Sultan of Selangor on Nov 22,2001, upon the demise of his father, then the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, the Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Idris Shah became Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. KEE HUA CHEE details the fascinating life of a man destines to be Sultan.

Journalist wins prize

I>The Star/Ichalked up another achievement when I>StarWeekend /I>journalist, Andrew Sia, was declared the Best Malaysian Writer for Sabah Tourism Articles during the glittering Sabah Tourism Awards 2003 ceremony graced by Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat in Kota Kinabalu recently.

Going with the flow

DR ONG HEAN-TATT claims that the principles of the ancient Water Dragon Classic can be explained by modern science.

Beauty of the forest

Thai-born artist Lalita Rochanakorn loves to paint flowers i>in situ/ideep in the jungle to capture the shimmer of natural lighting and right shades of colour. Her paintings of orchids are so detailed, delicate and life-like that the beauty she sees in the blooms are immortalised. Her labour of love is part of a plant conservation project by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Catch an exhibition

Compiled by LEE SIEW PENG.