Freestyle ventures

By KEVIN TAN WHEN four passionate Malaysian freestyle footballers heard about the Vietnam Freestyle Football Championships (VFFC), which happened in May. they saw an opportunity and signed up right away. Organised by Asian Freestyle Football Federation (AF3), the VFFC is an open competition for freestylers all across Asia. Airi Azni, 17, Ariff Karim, 21, […]

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China’s lost generation

By LARA FARRAR FOR two days, Rocky had been playing video games in the tiny apartment he shares with three other men in Shanghai, a city of 23 million. He left only once, to buy food. The games “help me relax”, he said. “It helps me escape. I feel so tired.” In June, the 32-year-old […]

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Ramadan ventures

By KEVIN TAN, CHRISTINE CHEAH and DENIELLE LEONG FOR some young Malaysians, Ramadan isn’t just a time for spiritual reflection – it’s also a time to share their food with others. More and more young people are setting up stalls at Ramadan bazaars to share their culinary creations – which range from traditional fare […]

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Prestigious fellows

By CHRISTINE CHEAH It’s not often that one gets to meet a government minister, let alone follow them around to observe how they work – but that’s exactly what 70 young Malaysians will get to do. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak introduced the Perdana Fellows Programme earlier this week, which will see […]

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Tricked and trafficked

By KEVIN TAN MANJULI* was 19 when she fell victim to human traffickers two years ago. Her female acquaintance of four years tricked her into leaving her hometown in Perak to look for part-time jobs elsewhere, and she agreed without hesitation. “She asked if I wanted to work with her at a fast food […]

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Ole BRATs!

Capital FM deejay Xandria Ooi joined the BRATs in 1999 when she was 16. She went on to become a VJ for Astro’s Hitz.TV when she won the music channel’s UVJ Search in 2005, all the while writing for The Star as a BRAT. She now has her own column in StarMetro called Sights & […]

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Upholding Traditions

By MELLY LING DENESH Ratnam has been part of the Thaipusam celebration at the Waterfall Road in Penang since he was a young boy. His father used to take him to the Lord Murugan temple atop the hill during Thaipusam. Denesh remembers the yearly pilgrimage as an event that he and his siblings would […]

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Practical living skills

SHELTER Home for Children general manager, Cheok Hoong Poh said there is a “cut-off” age for youth to remain in the shelter. “We house children from the age of four to 12. When they turn 13, we arrange for them to continue their stay at Shelter 2 in Kuala Lumpur for girls or Shelter 3 […]

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Sheltering the future

By ANGELIN YEOH When Che Rozi Azrul Che Aziz was studying for his diploma in mechanical engineering, he would pretend to pack a suitcase every Hari Raya. “My friends would leave the dorm to go home to their families, and I always pretended that I was leaving too, telling them my family would be […]

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#RAGEchat: #WorldAIDSDay

ACCORDING to Rumah Solehah (a home for women and children living with HIV) project coordinator Fathiiah Hamzah, ignorance on HIV and AIDS-related issues is still prevalent among young people. The statistics released by the Malaysian AIDS Council’s Red Ribbon Youth Club shows that for every four cases of new HIV infection in 2011, one was […]

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