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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


A saviour by speaking Japanese

JOHOR BARU: Thanks to her fluency in the Japanese language, Yap Chwee Lan is one of several unsung heroes who saved hundreds of lives during the Japanese Occupation in then Malaya.

Elderly couple operate community cafe to help poor students

JOHOR BARU: While many senior citizens prefer to spend time at home and enjoy their retirement, one couple here choose to do social work by operating a community cafe.

Community service: Yap and Lee (standing) having a chat with some of the patrons at the ASA Mini Cafe in Taman Sutera, Johor Baru. Looking on is a student from the Alpha Skill Academy.

A guiding light for lepers

PETALING JAYA: Twelve years of mingling with residents of the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement has left Tan Ean Nee with a treasure trove of heartwarming – and sometimes heart-wrenching – tales.

Home for healing: The Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement comprises weatherboard chalets and a lush green nursery enclave, a place that Tan (below) hopes to preserve as heritage.

Shelter turned into a ‘green haven’

SHAH ALAM: For residents of Darul Wardah here, they are grateful to have a safe place to call it “their haven”.

Giving back: The student volunteers posing with their handiwork. With them are adviser Zalina Abdul Ghani (third from left) and Tenaga Nasional Foundation director Datuk Dr Shaari Md Noor (fifth from right).

Terrapins back in the swim, thanks to Chen

KEMAMAN: As the world steps up efforts to save the majestic sea turtles from extinction, a passionate turtle lover is dedicating her time to conserving its lesser known cousin, the river terrapin.

To shell and back: Dr Chen observing turtle specimens at the Turtle Conservation Society centre mini museum in Kemaman.

Seeing the world through new lenses

KUALA LUMPUR: It was an odd sight – some 40 children walking around town photographing random objects and scenes such as a mechanic fixing a car and a stray cat loun­ging on grass.

Picture-perfect moment: Two girls taking a photo of a cat during the workshop.

Helping urban folk connect with Mother Nature

KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Khim Joe remembers sitting on her father’s motorcycle on the way to school as a teenager in Penang, with the trees providing a cool shade.

Businessman gladly gives back to society

MELAKA: Hundreds of students will never forget businessman Chew Chert Fong for sponsoring them bicycles to go to school.

Generous man: Chew presenting back to school items to Jabesh (in blue), Jackson (third from left) and Joshua (right)as well as other children.

Help the needy by shopping

JOHOR BARU: Driven by her passion for charity, Chis Pang Hwei Sim has come out with an unconventional way for the public to lend a helping hand.

Shop for a good cause: Pang (left) and her colleague Jeslynn Chong, 24, showing some of the items available at the Momo Love Concept shop.

Donation to help centre for kids

BENTONG: For Chan Moi Chin, Persatuan Kebajikan untuk Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kampung Perting is where her 37-year-old son can learn to socialise and pick up self-care skills.

Kind gesture: Siti Aishah (fourth from right) presenting the mock cheque to Cheong. Looking on is Hoh (centre).

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