Five Malaysians Doing Extraordinary Things in Malaysia

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Many local people are doing extraordinary things in this country the local home, as well as abroad. Here are just a few marvelous Malaysian’s we’d like to introduce.


Marina Mahathir

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir is a woman who needs no introduction. As the daughter of former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the former President of the Malaysian AIDS Council, a renowned novelist, and outspoken human rights activist, she has built a name for herself as a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind.


Bernard Goh

Music has always been a part of Bernard’s life, and his passion for drumming took him and his instruments all over the country before he formed, fifteen years ago, what has become Malaysia’s premier festive drumming company. Hands Percussion performs its theatrical masterpieces at home and abroad, and Bernard’s passion for the generations old art is uplifting.


Joey Yap

Whether you view it as gospel or mumbo jumbo, Chinese astrology is a mighty industry and this young man has whittled his way to the top. From an early fascination with the mystical art of predicting fortunes, Joey has created an empire and currently runs seminars and publishes books that have thousands of local people hooked.



Joe Sidek

The multitalented 53-yearold may own a textile factory, but his passion is for life, and during his years he has turned his hand to everything from owning a modeling agency to landscaping a garden in San Francisco. He has come to prominence more recently for being the man responsible for the annual George Town Festival, a fantastic month-long arts, culture, and performance festival. www.


Chan Kiat Lim

Awards and accolades have rained down on this talented music maestro, who tours the world as a soloist as well as playing with ensembles in countries as diverse as Italy, Romania, and the US. For the last 17 years he has made the US his home, where the 38-year-old works as an Associate Professor at the University of Louisiana teaching piano, piano literature, and pedagogy, the latter being the topic of a book he recently published.


Source: The Expat March 2013

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