Abdulrashade, Graffiti Artist

Abdulrashade is a contemporary graffiti artist brought up in a small town in Penang – Balik Pulau. He is also one of the members in Eightyfourcube Collective, since 2003. After 10 years serving in several design agencies, he is now a full-time graffiti artist. He’s also one of eight local artists who paint 24 buildings at Dubai in mid of 2016. In creating a new style of graffiti and painting, he mixes a hint of spice from the Nusantara culture with lots of floral design, local mergastua and making these components of his own. His basic style is more to…

Thilaga Sulathireh, Community Organizer and Researcher for “Justice for Sisters”

Thilaga’s activism began when she began volunteering with the Malaysian Aids Council (MAC) as a teenager. Thilaga and her colleagues at Justice for Sisters offer legal referrals for transgenders who face arrests or encounter any other problems. Her activism takes up a lot of her time but Thilaga also works as a freelance researcher and on various projects that promote equality, human rights and gender. She came into gender-based activism largely from her own exploration of gender and sexuality. She also hopes to see a world that is safe and welcoming for all types of people.…

Dr S. Madhusudhan (Teddy Bear Doctor): founder of Teddy Mobile Clinic

He was nicknamed the teddy bear doctor by the street children who often received a teddy bear from him during his visits. “Homeless people feel they do not deserve medical attention, but for me, they should at the very least be given basic treatment,” said Dr Madhusudhan. Starting off as a volunteer with the Kechara Soup Kitchen, which provides free food and medical care, Dr Madhusudhan felt the need to dedicate another day for the people and decided to start the Teddy Mobile Clinic in September. The clinic on Wednesdays started with 10 volunteers. Initially, Dr Madhusudhan was the only…

Sean Ghazi: Actor, Singer and Art Director

Trained for the musical theater, Malaysian Sean Ghazi (born in Kuala Lumpur on April 4, 1969) became a household name when he appeared alongside Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat in the 1999 movie Anna and the King. From there he appeared — in the same role, that of Balat — in the London West End stage version of the King and I. From there roles came fast and furious, including further West End appearances in Miss Saigon, Thuy, and Rent. In 2001, Ghazi returned to his home country, and appeared in a number of local productions. In 2006, he…

Datin Paduka Khatijah Sulieman, President of Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor

THE desire to see the disabled leading a better life prompted Datin Paduka Khatijah Sulieman to help them. She started volunteering at the Selangor Cheshire Home about 40 years ago — a time when the number of locals doing such work was very low. “I realised that these expatriates would leave the country after a few years and it was our responsibility to take care of fellow Malaysians,” said Khatijah, who is the home’s president. Established in 1963, the home located in Selayang, provides residential care for those who are permanently disabled and without means or resources. Currently, there are…