ALL the stories and photos you see here today were produced by 34 talented teenagers, who worked together under one roof for four exciting – and exhausting – days in Raub, Pahang.

The 34 participants of our BRATs Raub young journalist camp were among the best young aspiring journalists we could find from across the country, so don’t be too surprised if their stories are like, y’know, totally awesome!

We really have to congratulate them for an amazing job.

They worked super hard on these stories, and if they represent the future of Malaysian journalism, our profession would be in very good hands indeed.

We also wanna give a shoutout to the journalists who ran the camp – R.AGE editor Ian Yee, R.AGE journalist Lim May Lee, Star2 entertainment journalist Kenneth Chaw and veteran Star photojournalist Samuel Ong.

Ian, May Lee and Kenneth each led a team of participants, and you’ll find each team’s stories on these pages, starting with #TeamMayLee’s right here.

Each team was supported by three “senior” BRATs – Clarissa Say, Tam Xueh Wei and Ashvin Singh Tiwana.

All the participants will now join us as BRATs teen journalists, so do watch out for their bylines and follow their progress both here and at!


Tell us what you think!


BRATs Goes to Genting!

The final BRATs camp of the year promises to be the coolest – literally!

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#TeamSatpal: Turtle-y in Trouble

The 21st century brings unseen threats to local turtle conservation efforts.

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#TeamMayLee: The Point of Being Malaysian

In a modest village situated on the sandy shores of Terengganu, the production of ikan bilis has formed the livelihoods of most families for multiple generations.

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#TeamSatpal: The Fisherwomen’s Tale

When men go out to sea, these inspiring wives stay on land to support the family fishing business. by TEAM SATPAL On the coastline of Pantai Penunjuk in Kijal, Terengganu, lies the village of Kampung Tengah. This hidden gem on the map is home to fishing families whose main commodity is ikan bilis, or anchovies. […]

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#TeamMayLee: Conservation Conversation

Resorts World Kijal serves as a pioneer within the multitudes of hotels who now offer turtle- related services

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#TeamClarissa: Scoring in a Different Kind of Net

What life is like for a small-town fisherman in Terengganu.

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#TeamClarissa: Slowly but Surely

Turtle sanctuary efforts pay off as an unprecedented number of turtles return to nest.

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#TeamSatpal: Taking the wheel

CAPTAIN Yogeswaran Gopal Krishnan first stumbled across what would turn out to be a lifelong passion for sailing when he accompanied his friend to work on a ship as a crew member.

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#TeamMayLee: From dreams to reality

CRUISING on a yacht with the sea breeze in his hair, Hamie Azuar Hamizan looks like he was born for the sea life.

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#TeamClaire: Plenty of opportunities at sea

DID you know that the first solar-powered boat in Malaysia was mostly built by local university students?

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#TeamSatpal: Racing to new heights

A FEAR of heights might have ended Muhammad Ziyad Muhammad Hamzah’s horse riding career before it even started, but growing up in a family of professional endurance horse trainers gave him the motivation to continue.

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#TeamMayLee: The trick rider’s tale

ABU Ubaidah Muhammad Hamzah is a showman on a horse. The 24-year-old specialises in trick riding, a special equestrian field that combines athletics, acrobatics and horse riding.

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