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Education brings promise to Malaysia’s remote interior
LONG LUTENG, 20 November 2009 – Meriam Anyie was born in the rainforest of Borneo. As members of the Penan ethnic group, a nomadic indigenous people, she and her family spent most of their life in the jungle, never living in a permanent home.

Malaysian teens reveal their lives and concerns through sixty-second videos
BANDARAYA MELAKA, 1 March 2009 – Qusyairi Zazili, 15, is a budding environmentalist with a concern he recently revealed at the first ‘OneMinutesJr’ video workshop hosted in Malaysia by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education.

My planet earth
GEORGETOWN, September 2008 - In celebration of International Literacy Day 2008, UNICEF is proud to share the words and hopes of 9-year old Malaysian Shanelle Alayna.

Reaching out to Orang Asli and indigenous pre-schoolers in Malaysia's remote regions
KAMPUNG PETA, Malaysia, 2 September 2008 – The ancient jungle of Endau-Rompin National Park, deep in Peninsular Malaysia, is home to rare species of birds, butterflies and rhinoceros, as well as a diverse range of plant life.

Using folklore to promote and enrich education for Orang Asli children
TASIK CINI, 31 August 2008 – Assembled around a village elder, members of the younger generation listen to tales of their ancestors. Clad in a traditional headpiece made of dried leaves, Awang Bin Alok, 67, shares his stories with young students.

Advocates pursue breastfeeding protection for Malaysia’s women
KUALA LUMPUR, 31 July 2008 - Breastfeeding is a serious affair to Malaysian Breastfeeding Association founder and president, Siti Norjinah Moin. Three decades of hard work, she is far from pleased with the decline in breastfeeding levels in the country.

A father embraces breastfeeding
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 July 2008 – For actor, former radio deejay and now blogger Patrick Teoh, the inherent benefits of mother’s milk were solid reasons enough for him to support wife Chan Hui Min in breastfeeding their two kids Adam (5) and Laura (8).

From mom with love
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 July 2008 - Breastfeeding is all about love, affirms Malaysian celebrity mother Wardina Safiyyah Fadlullah (29) who believes that mom’s milk is the only choice for mothers to nourish their babies.

A chance for disabled children to stand tall
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 April 2008 – Nineteen year old Zahidah has been confined to a wheelchair for much of her childhood years. He mother, Dr. Aminah, drives her from their home in Shah Alam to the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) in Brickfields.

Promoting a passion for reading on remote Malaysian islands
TIMBANG ISLAND Sabah, 29 February 2008 – As bursts of pink and orange peek through the cloudy morning sky, two young boys hop into a long wooden motorboat with their mothers. They are heading for Timbang Island, a half-hour journey away, to attend school.

Pilot effort provides an early warning system for autistic children in Malaysia
GELANG PATAH, Malaysia, 2 April 2008 – Three-year-old Mohamad kneels on the floor, winding and unwinding an electrical cord around his arms. Every few cycles, he turns slightly clockwise, but always with his back to his mother and father.

Breastfeeding benefits twelve years later
KUALA LUMPUR, August 2007 – Jennifer Thompson, 44, is such a strong advocate of breastfeeding she got upset when the doctors told her she couldn’t breastfeed her first child due to an appendicitis operation.

Breastfeeding works for working mum
KUALA LUMPUR, August 2007 - No time to breastfeed? “You just have to juggle your time,” says Amanda Sun, 32, Operations Manager at IBM. Amanda has chosen to breastfeed despite juggling a hectic schedule.

Giving an early boost to the next generation of Malaysia’s ‘Orang Asli’
GERIK, Malaysia, 1 May 2007 – Simah Asir holds a job that many of her neighbours feel is unnecessary. She is a preschool teacher in a small village two hours by jeep from the nearest sizeable town.

Empowering girls with information
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2007 - Fate had decided that Celina Khor would join a vocation that would straddle the passions close to her heart. As co-host of the TV series 3R, she continues to bring difficult issues to the public’s attention.

Realising women’s rights in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2007 - In the spacious office of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hassan Shahabuddin is an inspiring message penned in 1995 from the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Secrets of a successful mum
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2007 – Behind every successful man, is a successful woman. The same goes for children. Kam Su Sze, 7, with the support of her mother, Kim Tho, has achieved what some grown-ups have not managed to in a lifetime.

Village Health Promoters bringing care to rural communities in Malaysia
SARAWAK, 26 May 2006 – Rudy anak Dugu, 9, experiences life as most boys his age do: He goes to school, enjoys sports and does his chores. But unlike most other young boys in Malaysia, if Rudy gets sick, he may have to travel an hour or more for help.

Four-year-old Su-Sze raises $8,800 for children in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 August 2005 – Four-year-old Kam Su-Sze from Malaysia has done her parents and her country proud by raising more than RM 33,000 (about $8,800) for UNICEF, through the sale of postcards showcasing her art.

 

 
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