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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.

Nominations for the Star Golden Hearts Award 2017, supported by Yayasan Gamuda, closed on August 31. Thanks to all who nominated persons or groups for this award. The winners will be announced in November.

*All nominations will be reviewed by the Award committee and the Judges' decision is final.

Star Golden Hearts Award


Going all out to help the orang asli

PETALING JAYA: Soo Hooi Fen made it her mission to help improve the lives of the orang asli community after her first visit to a settlement near Raub, Pahang, in 2014.

Doing their part: Volunteers posing for a picture with the children after presenting school kits to them at Kampung Sg Ruai Tengah in Raub.

Ex-lecturer gives her all, takes little

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Education is priceless but worthless if it doesn’t reach those who need it.

Educator: Malini helping her charges with their studies at the tuition centre in Taman Bukit Minyak Indah, Bukit Mertajam.

The ups and downs of helping others

GEORGE TOWN: It seems like there is not a single group of people that Lee Thuan Chye hasn’t helped in Penang.

A serving of kindness: Lee making sure the triplets are well fed at the Macallum Street Flats in Penang.

A project to educate refugee kids

KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh from getting their social enterprise The Picha Project off the ground, the same founders are now focusing on helping refugees’ kids get educated under Project E-lluminate.

Giving a helping hand: Volunteers also give vocational training to students at the refugee education centres to ensure they pick up some basic life skills. (Inset from left) Teoh and Kim.

Our unsung heroes need support

A letter from DATUK WEE BENG EE of Tumpat, Kelantan

Transporter who helps elderly patients for free

KLANG: Transporting his late grandmother, who was a heart patient, for her medical check-ups at the National Heart Institute inspired M. Sashitharaan to provide a shuttle service for elderly patients in his neighbourhood.

Social service: Sashitharaan (in green shirt) and Chandrasegaran (in brown shirt) assisting a patient into the van following a dialysis session at a private medical centre in Klang.
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Finding beauty in helping others

KOTA KINABALU: Former beauty queen Datin Jeanette Tambakau exudes confidence and success.

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Anja deserves a big pat on the back

SHAH ALAM: Anja Juliah Abu Bakar has faced failures and setbacks. Her experiences inspired her to set up Blubear Holdings – a social enterprise selling eco-friendly, reusable sanitary products, which ploughs over half its profits into programmes teaching life skills to girls aged nine to 17.

Empower broker: Anja saw a lack of programmes to empower young girls and decided to fill the gap.
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Connecting communities through volunteerism

KUALA LUMPUR: To walk the talk, Yayasan Gamuda volunteers have stepped in to help run Kedai Jalanan, the street store for the homeless and urban poor which won the Star-Gamuda Inspiration Award and the Star Golden Hearts Award last year.

Helping hand: The homeless and urban poor browsing through the clothes at Kedai Jalanan, assisted by Yayasan Gamuda volunteers.
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More than just feeding the homeless

A DECADE ago, Justin Cheah was living a contented life with a steady job, good career prospects and no commitments to tie him down.

Cheah also helps the homeless and underprivileged by getting them to sew quilts and blankets and upcycle old T-shirts into rugs and handbags. These items are then sold to help supplement their income. — Art Chen/The Star

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