PERSONALITIES

  • Hafizudin Nasarudin

    Hafizudin Nasarudin

    As the saying goes, “Do what you love and the rest will follow”, Hafizudin Nasarudin decided to leave the corporate world and his stable job for the sake of fighting fo...read more

  • Asir, Ipoh-born Olympian

    Asir, Ipoh-born Olympian

    Ipoh Echo had a one-on-one with Ipoh-born athlete, Dato’ Asir Victor who ran the 400m sprint in three Olympics namely, Tokyo (1964), Mexico (1968) and Munich (1972). To date...read more

  • Unstoppable Syuhaida

    Unstoppable Syuhaida

    “Disability isn't a hindrance, but a blessing to drive us to work harder to succeed,” said owner of SCW Cakes, who has been suffering from scoliosis and Tarlov cysts si...read more

  • Vimala: The Hardworking Single Mother

    Vimala: The Hardworking Single Mother

    It takes a lot for parents these days to provide for their family. It is twice as hard for Vimala Dedi, 54, as she is a single mot...read more

  • Personality: Shahirah Mohd Nasir

    Personality: Shahirah Mohd Nasir

    She may look like your typical girl next door, but make no mistake. Thanks to her accidental meeting with Projek Rabak 5 years ago...read more

  • Nur Amisha, A Muay Thai Boxer

    Nur Amisha, A Muay Thai Boxer

    Bullying was the reason why Nur Amisha Azril Rizal took up Muay Thai (Thai-boxing). She excelled in the sport and went on to win a gold medal at the Muay Thai World Junior Champion...read more

  • Khairuldin, the Blind Masseur

    Khairuldin, The Blind Masseur

    A few months after sitting for his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, Khairuldin Mazli, 26, was found to suffer from glaucoma. It began with him having blurry vision accompanied...read more

  • Jonathan Thong Jia Ren

    Jonathan Thong Jia Ren

    What is the expression when you are doing the thing you love for a living? The dream job! And that is what Jonathan Thong Jia Ren, 29, gets to do daily. Currently working as a Fitn...read more

  • Firdaus, the Kuey Teow Seller

    Firdaus, The Kuey Teow Seller

    From a distance Mohd Firdaus Mohamed Nor looks like any run-of-the-mill char kuey teow seller by the roadside. But looks can be deceiving. The 34-year-old entrepreneur from Manjoi...read more

  • Twinning in Brains and Beauty

    Twinning In Brains And Beauty

    It was double joy as 25-year-old identical twins, Olivia Constance Nicholas and Olinda Josephine Nicholas, were called to the Bar at the High Court in Ipoh on Wednesday, March 29. ...read more

  • A Charming and Compassionate Lady

    A Charming And Compassionate Lady

    The biography of Malaysia’s first lady dermatologist, Dato’ Dr Madhuri Majumder, was launched on Monday, March 13 duri...read more

  • Tasha Jalani

    Tasha Jalani

    It all started when she rediscovered her connection to Islam, something that used to be a struggle for her to understand but has now become close and personal. She wanted to bring ...read more

  • Abdullah Nazir Harith Fadzilah

    Abdullah Nazir Harith Fadzilah

    In support of local businesses, Ipoh Echo met Abdullah Nazir Harith Fadzilah, 29, the brains behind Tintabudi; a bookshop filled with books about literature, philosophy and arts fo...read more

  • Mike Chu Chin Hong

    Mike Chu Chin Hong

    Entering the Echo Personality alumni, Ipoh Echo met a hard working lad, Mike Chu Chin Hong, 27, who has been making money since he was 17 years old and is still hungry for more. Th...read more

  • Centenarian's Health Secrets

    Centenarian's Health Secrets

    Among Dollah Endut’s secrets of staying healthy at the age of one hundred are a good diet and a healthy lifestyle. Born on October 26, 1916 Dollah has 11 children from his s...read more

  • Rising Above Adversity: Jenny Pong

    Rising Above Adversity: Jenny Pong

    Double amputee Jenny Pong is a woman who inspires. Life has dealt her some harsh blows but she remains undaunted.

  • A Self-Made Millionaire

    A Self-Made Millionaire

    “Success doesn’t come easy. We’ve to work hard to achieve our goals. The ingredients are positive thinking and confidence.” These are the principles 39-year...read more

  • Zulfadli Lod

    Zulfadli Lod

    For this issue, Ipoh Echo meets a man who loved his toys and childhood so much, he opened a shop filled with exclusive toys and figura (model figures) for people who share the same...read more

  • Olivia Nicholas

    Olivia Nicholas

    This issue, Ipoh Echo met Olivia Constance Nicholas, an Ipohite who is making waves in the world of beauty pageants. Despite being a relative newcomer to the world of pageants, Ol...read more

  • Hussein's Hard Work Pays Off!

    Hussein's Hard Work Pays Off!

    For this issue, Ipoh Echo met the hardworking and dedicated lad, Muhammad Hussein Bin Abdullah who was selected as one of the representatives from Malaysia for the Young Southeast ...read more

  • Henna Art by Fay

    Henna Art By Fay

    When a friend brought her to Little India in Ipoh for a shopping spree, Cheah Suet Fay, 21, was introduced to henna art. She was 15 then and it was love at first sight. “My ...read more

  • The Last of the Fishnet Weavers

    The Last Of The Fishnet Weavers

    One of the highlights from the previous cover story on Kuala Sepetang is my exclusive one-on-one with 71-year-old Song Lian Kow, a...read more

  • Oldest Malaysian Heads to Everest

    Oldest Malaysian Heads To Everest

    Try to picture a 68-year-old Malaysian sipping coffee during breakfast or walking in the mall. Now, try imagining them climbing th...read more

  • Sheila Jamal

    Sheila Jamal

    x For this issue, Ipoh Echo met Sheila Jamal, 31, an ESL teacher who decided to ditch the usual scene and teaching to become a creative make-up artist. Ipoh-born Sheila, who is c...read more

  • A Life Unknown

    A Life Unknown

    Memoriam By Liew Suet Fun TJ Tan, author of “Travels in the Malaysian Rainforest”, died in July last year. In this remembrance, friend and fellow writer, Liew Suet Fu...read more

  • A Well-Deserved Commendation

    A Well-Deserved Commendation

    A gentleman with a strong sense of community, Dato’ Tomiyasu Ushiama has been playing a leading role in strengthening ties between Malaysia and Japan for the past four decade...read more

  • Ngdawiyah's Art

    Ngdawiyah's Art

    Born in 1975 in Grik, Ngdawiyah Ismail (known as Gie), knew that when she grew up she wanted to be a painter and a storyteller. It all started when she saw her mom’s handwrit...read more

  • Humbled by Lu's Concern

    Humbled By Lu's Concern

    As I sat in the playground swing at The Tambun (Woodlands) Park at Bandar Baru Tambun one evening, the sight of a lone man hard at work sweeping dry leaves caught my eye. Born and...read more

  • A Key Figure against Communist Insurgence in Perak

    A Key Figure Against Communist Insurgence In Perak

    The late Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng was ‘handpicked’ to be the Chief Police Officer of Perak after his predecessor Tan Sri...read more

  • Historian with a Passion

    Historian With A Passion

    Did you know that a rubber estate in Sungai Siput was the site that witnessed the beginning of the Malayan Emergency? And sometime in 1936 the first Perak caveman, with its complet...read more

  • Mior and Abu

    Mior And Abu

    Personalities for this  issue are two talented artists from Ipoh. Meet Mior Abdul Muneer Mior Muhammad and Abu Huzaifah Saharuddin who won the PopConAsia held in Jakarta recen...read more

  • Malay Proverbs by Hyrul Anuar

    Malay Proverbs By Hyrul Anuar

    An exhibition entitled, ‘The Visual Series of Malay Proverbs’ was held at Yasmin, Sekeping Kong Heng from August 15 to 16. The exhibition was the first for Hyrul Anuar,...read more

  • Anis Starts Young

    Anis Starts Young

    Meet Anis Afiqah, an inspiring young entrepreneur who started her own brand of clothing at the tender age of 17. Born and bred in Ipoh, Anis found it hard to find T-shirts with un...read more

  • Kareem's Forte is Painting

    Kareem's Forte Is Painting

    Ipoh Echo’s personality for this issue is Kareem Kai, a talented painter who is currently residing in Ipoh. The odd thing about Kareem is he views the world by his own defini...read more

  • One Aspiring Young Dancer

    One Aspiring Young Dancer

    Ipoh Echo is on the look out for Ipohites who have worked hard to continue chasing their dreams even after encountering many pitfalls and difficulties. These “unsung heroes&r...read more

  • Roger\'s Fondness for Ipoh

    Roger\'s Fondness For Ipoh

    “I love Malaysia and I have very fond memories of Ipoh and Penang. People here are friendly and the foods are fantastic,” says Roger Ogle, son of former principal of An...read more

  • Jeyaratnam Celebrates 90 Years

    Jeyaratnam Celebrates 90 Years

    It was a joyous occasion as old friends gathered to celebrate Tan Sri Jeyaratnam’s 90th birthday. Tan Sri was in a jocular mood as he cut his birthday cake surrounded by old ...read more

  • Writing is Maniam's Love

    Writing Is Maniam's Love

    “I’ll continue to write and contribute to the media fraternity till the end of my life,” declared T. Subramaniam, 49, despite the fact that he had his right leg a...read more

  • Jenny Pong, a Model of Inspiration

    Jenny Pong, A Model Of Inspiration

    Jenny Pong Seow Chin, 48, may be a tiny woman without her limbs yet she is anything but tiny. Jenny is on a mission to inspire and...read more

  • Iron Lady Award

    Iron Lady Award

      Yip Siew Keen, Co-Founder of Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) & an active member of Soroptimist International Ipoh, has done Perak proud. She was awarded the prestig...read more

  • An Old Boy Reminisces

    An Old Boy Reminisces

    Two classes of Upper 6 (Arts Stream) students of SMK Anderson, Ipoh, received an hour-long prep talk from “old boy” Dato’ Mohamad Nor Khalid recently. Celebrating...read more

  • Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian  Corporate Giant  and Gentleman Extraordinaire

    Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian Corporate Giant And Gentleman Extraordinaire

    Musings on Fascinating People By SeeFoon Chan-Koppen For a giant in the corporate world, the CEO of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (...read more

  • Ipoh's Unheralded Poet

    Ipoh's Unheralded Poet

    Writing poetry again after a hiatus of ten years seemed to be a good move for Raj Dronamraju. His third volume of poetry, “Travels With The Anti-Johnny Appleseed (2012)&rdquo...read more

  • Sharing Anna's Dream

    Sharing Anna's Dream

      On Friday, January 3, SMJK Yuk Choy welcomed Anna Grechishkina, 34, a Ukrainian woman who is embarking on a 2-year solo world tour on her KTM Superbike. Her tour is being s...read more