Help One Another

Juan with her 2006 MyVi which she had bought in 2018

A dog stranded on the rock ledge of a granite hill in Selangor captured the hearts and attention of many last Sunday.  Read the news story here.

The drama unfolded when a resident nearby heard the cries of the dog but she could not find the dog.  Then when she spotted the mongrel all alone at the edge of a cliff, she alerted her husband who posted a distress message on Facebook which soon attracted animal lovers and rescuers to the site.  Firemen had been to the Forest Hill Residences but they lacked the equipment to climb the hill which was also separated from the land by a lake.

So, a group of rescuers sprang into action as they had boats and trekking gear.  Among the unsung heroes who led the rescue team were Francis Poh, Kevan De Silva and Juanita Izudin Mohd Farouk, among others.

While Poh and Kevan abseiled down the cliff, Juanita stayed in touch with them from the ground via a walkie talkie to guide the duo to the canine.  She heaved a sigh of relief when the mongrel was brought to safety and later released after it was found to be unhurt.

Juanita, 44, had been an animal lover all her life and had been involved in rescuing cats and dogs for the past 25 years.

She is a volunteer at Puppy’s Loving Home, a non-governmental organisation.  She used to have a shelter of her own when she was in her 20s as she had a stable job then. Even though she wasn’t earning a five or six figure income, Juanita always set aside 30 per cent of her income to feed the strays that she rescued.

Juanita, better known as Juan, had operated a small food kiosk which also provided catering services. 

“When I was catering for weddings, I would charge a fee of RM5,000 so after paying all my bills and other expenses, the remainder will go to the animals that I have rescued.  At one point of time I had 250 cats and 20 dogs.

“In March 2020, I was dealt a massive blow.  It was the year that I lost everything.  When the first Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented.  I had orders for three weddings.  I had bought all the food but because of the MCO, I lost RM25,000.  And that wasn’t the only thing that I have lost.  The day before the announcement of the MCO which was on March 18, I lost my mother to cancer on March 17,” she said.

Juanita, who lost her father in 2013, has an elder sister and a younger sister, but neither of them could understand her love for animals.

“When I was a child, I would talk to cats and dogs, even ants.  So,  there is nothing that I love more than animals.  Since I don’t have a shelter anymore, I now devote my time to helping an elderly couple who runs a shelter with 600 dogs in Hulu Selangor,” she said.

“How did this kind couple end up with 600 dogs?  It is because of people who reach out to us when they see a dog which had been hit by a car, or an abused cat.  After we had picked up the animal and brought them to the vet, the people who have called us suddenly didn’t want to have anything to do with us anymore.  They’ve washed their hands of the matter.  They don’t care about the medical bills.  They don’t care what happens to the animal anymore.

“An amount of RM10,000 can buy only 100 bags of 20kg kibbles which can lasts about a week for 600 dogs.  Most shelter owners die with heavy debts. 

“I am currently driving a 2006 MyVi, which is a second-hand car that I bought in 2018.  I use it to transport children to school and also to provide pet services for clients.  This is how I earn my living now.  The Return on Investment (ROI) for me is the smile on a dog’s face when its injuries have healed, or when it is no longer living on the streets.

“There are dogs of mixed breeds and special breeds in the shelter.  How do you think these animals end up in shelters?  Because people buy them and when they no longer want them, they just discard on the streets and create social problems for others.  Is it the animal’s fault?” she said.

When flash floods hit Kajang in Selangor at the tail end of last year, Juan was among those who helped rescue 20 dogs and 120 cats.  She was also among those who responded to the plight of the abandoned dogs in Pulau Rimau in Penang last year.

Puppy’s Loving Home hopes to become a social enterprise someday, and for more private companies to pledge the contribution of kibbles or repair broken shelters under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

For those who would like to chip in, Puppy’s Loving Home is organising a “Dog Paws Charity Gala” at the Wazzup Music Bar in Kuala Lumpur on April 26 at 7pm, to raise funds for medical expenses, utilities, dog food and salaries for shelter workers.  The ticket prices are from RM100 to RM5,000.

Go to and book a ticket, if you want to lend a helping hand.

Golden Digital Class Campaign: Calls For Senior Citizens In Malaysia To Participate In Survey

Golden Digital Class Survey. Pic courtesy of AYAG

With the advent of social media and technology, it has become a must for everyone including older generations to go digital. However, research has shown that senior citizens have become more vulnerable to online misinformation and disinformation. They also have the tendency to easily share fake content in social media, and are at risk of being misinformed and later sharing misleading news.

To tackle such issues, the ASEAN Foundation has implemented the ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme (ASEAN DLP), a regional initiative that aims to combat misinformation and disinformation in ASEAN. With support from, the ASEAN Foundation will lead the implementation of the two-year programme, equipping more than 1,000 trainers across the ten ASEAN countries with digital literacy skills that they need to train over 100,000 beneficiaries in their communities.

One of the key elements of the programme is ASEAN Youth Advisory Group (ASEAN YAG), a cohort of 20 youths from ten ASEAN countries who will roll out awareness campaigns about the importance of media and information literacy to combat hoax and misleading information. The ASEAN YAG plays a crucial role in inspiring people in their communities to become the agents of change that can help detect and prevent hoax and misleading news from spreading.

In Malaysia, an awareness raising campaign called “Golden Digital Class” will be rolled out by two members of ASEAN YAG, Dr. Miko Chang and Ryan Chua.

The campaign, which runs from February to April 2023, will mainly target senior citizens and involve several key activities such as research and survey, module development, and awareness and outreach – including workshops using a Digital Literacy Toolkit for senior citizens to raise digital literacy levels for the golden class, and a microsite to host and share such materials for the benefit of everyone.

As part of the “Golden Digital Class” launch, Malaysians aged 60 and above are urged to participate in a survey to better understand digital literacy levels, which they can do so via this link or the QR code below. The survey will help the foundation to set a baseline in the module development and workshop for senior citizens in Malaysia.

AYAG Safer Internet Regional Workshop 2023. Pic courtesy of AYAG

For more information, please contact the AYAG members from Malaysia: Dr. Miko Chang at or Ryan Chua at

Hotpot Bonds In A Special Way

Foodies will always crave for new gastronomic experiences. Although hotpot meals have become popular since the 1980s in China and hotpot restaurants are sprouting in Malaysia, there’s one in Eco Botanic City, Gelang Patah which you should consider giving a try.

Why? Because it is believed to be the first in the Southern region of Malaysia that offers hotpot style which originated from Northeast China. 

What bonds people together better than food? A hotpot meal brings people together in a special way. (Image credit: Reunion Iron Pot)  

In case you didn’t know, China is known as the home of hotpot and the tradition had come from Mongol warriors who sat around a pot over a fire to keep them warm as they ate in the harsh cold winter.

Food from each Chinese region has its own distinct flavors – sweet in the South, spicy in the East, sour in the West, and salty in the North.

The restaurant, called Reunion Iron Pot, which opened for business four months ago, serves authentic Northeastern hotpot dishes which is the ideal for big families, a group of friends or colleagues to bond together over a meal.

However, the restaurant serves individual Malapot dishes on the ground floor for small families or a single diner.  For Malapot, one can choose from six soup bases from non-spicy to very spicy.

It is the same with the iron pot cuisines, which are served on the first floor. One can request the degree of spiciness in the soup, to make the dishes children-friendly and palatable for those who can’t take spicy food.

The first floor has five round tables and two private dining rooms.  On the third floor is a spacious private dining room with karaoke facilities.

The restaurant is located in Eco Botanic, Iskandar Puteri.  (Image credit: Reunion Iron Pot)  

“Diners have to book a day or preferably three hours before coming over if they want to eat iron pot dishes as we need time to simmer the main ingredients of your choice, whether it is chicken, pork ribs, seafood or mutton.

“Our menu also has various stir-fried dishes,” said Lai, a former marketing executive who quit her stable job to venture into the business.

“I like the thrill of running a business. It definitely isn’t easy but I’m prepared for this new challenge in my life,” she said.

Lai also explained that they chose the name “Reunion Iron Pot”  because the round pot in the middle of the round table symbolizes reunion. At the same time, the burning fire and rising steam denote a fulfilling life.

Bi Hai Feng, from Jilin, China, is a co-owner of the restaurant. Picture by Chuah Bee Kim

Meanwhile, Bi said that hotpot restaurants are widely found in Northeast China because of the cold seasons.

“People like eating hotpot, especially during cold weather. They would eat hotpot during an annual reunion, a family celebration, or when there’s a gathering among colleagues and friends because hotpot is a symbol of unity,” he said.

“Stewing goose, chicken, duck, oxtail and mutton in a big iron pot over a long time brings out the flavour and you get a pot of healthy soup.  A hotpot meal may look simple but the vegetables and the different types of meat and the time that you put it into the pot to simmer makes a whole lot of difference.

Savour corn cakes dipped in sauce which will go well with the soup. Image credit: Reunion Iron Pot)    

The signature dishes include 猪皮冻 (pork skin jelly), 大肠头炒尖椒 (stir-fried pepper with large intestine), 榛蘑 (Hazel mushroom), among others.

“Hazel mushrooms from the Changbai Mountains bring out the fresh flavor of the chicken,” Bi said, adding that Northeastern Chinese dishes comprise mainly wheat-based dishes, namely, corn cakes, flower rolls (steamed buns) and noodles which go well with the soup.

Reunion Iron Pot

Address: 33A, Jalan Eko Botani 3/7, 79100 Gelang Patah

For reservations please call: +6012-7719793

Opens daily 11am to 11pm

Charity That Is Sustainable And Creative

Most people perform charity by putting their own convenience first instead of thinking about what the recipients may need or desire.

As for Fancy Tan, who has been a member of the Rotarian for the past 26 years and a  member of the Rotary Club of Johor Centennial, likes to do things differently.

“There was one instance when we wanted to donate food at an orphanage. The most common type of food most donors would go for is fast food.  But one orphan came up to me and said she would like to eat “wan tan mee” (wantan noodles).

Fancy Tan (right) is seen here with a shopper (left) at MidValley Southkey megamall in Johor Bahru recently.

“What she requested for was cheaper than fast food and since it would make her happy, we decided to ask every child to let us know what they would like. It was the same at an old folks’ home. We talked to the old folks and found that they desired medicated ointment or cream for muscle pain.

“Recently we also brought 40 orphans to a shopping outlet and allocated each child some money to spend on things that they wanted. Most of them bought necessities like slippers, undergarments and toothpaste.” Tan said.

Tan is also the co-founder of Muhibbah Bersatu Resources (MBR) — a social enterprise that runs Again & Again, a charity preloved concept store that provides a platform for non-governmental organisations (NGO) to sell their products.  MBR also promotes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover.

“If we were to go around asking people for funds, people may shun us. Again & Again is a project which I started with two other friends back in 2018.

“In the old days, people of my generation would wear our clothes for a long time, but today’s generation buys clothes online and would discard them after a short while.  So, it was not too hard going around collecting old clothes from our friends.

“We would sell the clothes at funfairs, pop-up stalls and bazaars. Eventually, we started a shop at Jalan Ibrahim but the problem with having a shop was people would start dumping old curtains, bedsheets and even undergarments outside the shop without even consulting us.

“In 2020, our business was affected by flash floods and the national lockdown which made us decide to close the shop after struggling for more than two years,” she said.

However, only the shop was gone but Again & Again survived and thrived!

The Again & Again booth at MidValley Southkey was set up in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.

Again & Again now operates only during the four main festive seasons and we provide the platform for NGOs like Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) Johor Baru, Cerebral Palsy Association, Penan Women Project, Red Crescent National Committee for Community Services, Disaster Aid Malaysia and single mothers, among others.

“These NGOs’ would give their handicraft items for us to sell and the proceeds go back to the NGOs with Again & Again retaining some for expenses. In order to be self-sustainable, we need to source more things to offer to our customers and generate revenue for the Social Enterprise.  Currently, we have preloved as well as new items sourced locally and from China, Japan, France, among others.

“We also turn remnant cloths contributed by a tailor to be made into pouches and other handicrafts. We also collected some children’s story books and managed to sell them at a low price but it’s all right as we only wanted to promote a reading culture in children.

“And when a need to help others arises — such as the recent flash flood in Johor during the Chinese New Year, we chipped in with whatever we could afford for those who were affected,” she said.

“That is what a Social Enterprise does. We help the environment and people in need, but we also need to make the business and charity sustainable,” Tan added.

Some items are preloved while some are new and imported from France, China, Japan, among others.

Again & Again will be back at Midvalley Southkey megamall from 10 am to 10 pm in conjunction with the Ramadan and Raya Celebration around the end of March.

Those who would like to donate pre-loved items or NGOs which have handicrafts or products can contact Again & Again at 012-5914331 but please only donate items that are in clean and good condition.

Fostering Unity Through Cultural Activities

A cute pink lion visited the Cultural Street today. Pic courtesy of JB Heritage Walk Committee

Cheers and delightful awes filled Jalan Tan Hiok Nee aka JB Heritage Walk aka Cultural Street in Johor Bahru today as this cute pink lion appeared.

After 30 minutes of strutting and prancing to music from a YouTube channel, the two performers of the lion dance were revealed to be Millie Kek, 56, who manipulated the paper-mache head of the lion, and Rafeah Hussein, 37, who acted as its hind legs.

Millie Kek (left) and Rafeah Hussein. Pic courtesy of JB Heritage Walk Committee

Kek and Rafeah had known each other for nearly 20 years, and when Kek invited Rafeah to try out as her sidekick for the event on Saturday, Rafeah gladly agreed.

“My partner, who is a 70-year-old auntie, had something on this Saturday so I asked Fifi (as Rafeah is affectionately known) to help me out,” said Kek, who started practising for the dance only three months ago.

“We can’t do the difficult moves such as leaping from pole to pole.  Ours is just a simple routine,” she said.

Kek, who was formerly an auditor, left her job in 1993 to venture into the insurance industry.  She is a cultural enthusiasts, and has formed a group called Sitomi comprising of like-minded women.

“Sitomi is also staging several plays at the Cultural Street. One of them is about a Hainanese matriarch who is trying to get along with a Teochew daughter-in-law. The two main characters are facing difficulties due to the communication barrier. It’s not only generation gap issues but also the dialect disparity,’ she said.

Cheers and awes of delight from the crowd. Pic courtesy of JB Heritage Walk Committee

“Cultural differences should bring people together, not pry them apart.  I find time to come to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee every Saturday as all the activities here are a cultural celebration,” Kek added.

Meanwhile, Rafeah, who works as a clerk, said she was nervous throughout the performance as she had only practiced three times before the live event.

“The most difficult part of being the hind legs of the lion was that I had to keep my back bent throughout the thirty-minute-long performance,” she said.

Rafeah said she enjoyed visiting her friends’ home and eating the cookies during the Chinese New Year.

Red packets featuring the Rabbit to usher in the Water Rabbit in 2023. Pictures courtesy of JB Heritage Walk Committee

JB Heritage Walk committee outgoing chairman Jacky Lim said the Cultural Street is always abuzz with activities on weekends, since its official launch in 2009.

“Sometimes events would start as early as 7am on a Saturday. The last activity will end at 4pm. There are also events on Sundays, but most of the events are on Saturdays.

“We will invite calligraphers, artists, musicians, dancers and other performers to showcase their talents here. Making the Heritage Walk a success is a concerted effort. It is the pride of the Chinese community in Johor and a cultural celebration for all,” Lim said.

Age Is Just A Number

In 2020, when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in Malaysia, some had experienced depression and anxiety when they lost their jobs or when their businesses failed.

However, not everything was doom and gloom as it was in June 2020 that Goh Siew Mei launched her Auntie Boleh Facebook page.

Goh Siew Mei aka Auntie Boleh

To date, Auntie Boleh has conducted 137 Facebook Live interviews with people from all walks of life ranging from politicians to food hawkers, fishermen, artists and musicians, among others, in Johor. The interviews are in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin.

The vibrant 63-year-old, who always dons a hat during her interviews — she currently has more than 50 hats — decided to start the Facebook page because she loved sharing stories, having started out as a citizen journalist when she was younger.  Another reason for starting the page was because she wanted to build her legacy.

“My dear friend, Fung Lee Jean had helped me a lot, especially in setting the direction for me. We also came up with the name Auntie Boleh together as we wanted a local character whom most Malaysians could relate to.”

“True enough people do invite me to their restaurants for food reviews or to their events because they wanted an Auntie’s perspective, instead of having only the presence of pretty young influencers,” said Goh.

Goh said that her interviews or meet-ups with politicians like Tony Pua, Yeo Bee Yin, Hannah Yeoh, Teo Nie Ching and Liaw Cai Tung, among others had garnered to as many as 30,000 views.

“I was surprised but I don’t really care about the number of views.  I’m doing this for fun and it’s not for monetary gains.  Sometimes people asked me whether I have a crew to film and edit my videos.  I said how could I possibly afford to hire a crew when I don’t charge for my work.  I do everything myself — from shooting the video to editing and designing the video cover using Canva,” she said.

Asked if she ever felt fearful or anxious before each interview, Goh said that at the beginning she was.

“I left school after sitting for the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) and I have worked as an admin executive until my retirement. After my retirement, I became bored and depressed.  So I joined the Johor Baru Happy and Joyous Club where I took part in activities like clowning and laughter yoga, and all these have helped me build my self-esteem and self-confidence.

“I easily overcame my fears, especially when I meet up with politicians and celebrities. Of course I need to prepare the questions in advance.

“My Auntie Boleh moniker has also helped me widen my network. I started learning the “guzheng” (a Chinese plucked instrument) after my meet-up with Lam Zipeng,” she said.

Lam Zipeng has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Guzheng, Ruan) from the China Conservatory of Music. Here is a video of her meet-up with Lam

Goh added that she has always liked music and could play the electronic organ as well as the 24-festive drum. 

Here is another video of her meet-up with a fisherman in Kg Pendas, Gelang Patah.

“I believe consistency is the recipe for success.  Since 2020, I have yet to miss a single meet-up which I usually set on a Saturday.  There was one occasion where the person had to re-schedule the interview to a Friday.

“I believe age is just a number.  One does not have to be bogged down by grey hair  — it can always be dyed or you can wear a hat!  As long as you have good health and a growth mindset, one can explore and experience all that life has to offer,” she said.

Auntie Boleh can be reached at her Facebook page here. She is also on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.

A Self-Taught Fashionista

At the tender age of eight when most children would be doing their homework or heading to the playground after school, Lim Bee Lian would be busy helping out her father at his sundry shop.

When she was in her teens, she decided to embark on a career in the fashion industry as she loved the aesthetics of beauty and style.  But her late father had regarded her idea with scorn.

“People use soy sauce to cook meals daily.  People don’t buy clothes everyday,” her father had said to her.

After completing her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, Lim found work in several fashion houses where she became a self-taught fashionista.  Her story bears testimony to the fact that true grit and hard work — and not necessarily gender and academic achievement — are the ingredients for success.

Today, Lim, at the age of 36, is the owner of Mona Boutique House in Taman Sutera Utama in Johor Baru.  Her initial capital outlay for the Mona Boutique, which she started 11 years ago, had been RM200,000.

“The biggest challenge of this business is sourcing for fashionwear that will suit the different body shapes of women age from 25 to 70.  In the beginning I had to travel overseas to look for the right designs, but now I just order them online after selecting the designs and receiving the textile samples.

“I am very particular about the designs, and the designers I collaborate with are from Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong who have set up factories in China.  Even though my fashionwear come with a high price tag, they are durable and I have regular as well as new customers who value the fashion advice and service that my staff and I are able to provide.

“I normally order only one size, one colour for each design to create exclusivity, unless many customers request for that particular design” she said.

Lim Bee Lian, a self-taught fashionista
Lim Bee Lian, a self-taught fashionista

Mona House is open until Chinese New Year eve as some of her customers only receive their year-end bonus on the eve, so they could only come at that time.

However, success does come with a price.

Lim has to undergo Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections whenever she has excruciating pain in her ankle.  PRP treatments are normally sought after by athletes.

“In my line of work I have to be on my feet most of the time.  I can’t be sitting down while my customers are standing.  Over the years many of my customers have become my friends,” she said, adding that to date she has been in the fashion industry for 14 years.

Lim said that at one time, she also had to lodge a police report when a scammer allegedly accepted payment from a customer, which lead the customer to see Lim as an accomplice as the customer did not receive the items which she had already paid for.

“And sometimes when I do live streams on Facebook, I will receive sales as well as lewd video clips.  It’s quite scary as I’ve put myself out there because of my business but at the same time I don’t know what kind of wierdos are stalking me,” said the mother of two.

Lim said her husband had been very supportive of her business, which had survived Covid-19.

For anyone who would like to venture into the fashion business, Lim’s advice to them would be to learn everything they can about fashion such as colour combinations, how to match accessories to an outfit, and the different types of fabrics and cuts in clothing that would complement different body shapes, among others.

“And having management skills is very important for any kind of business.  Time and financial management are crucial to achieve work-life balance and success in life.

“If my father had been alive today, I believe he would be proud of me,” said Lim. Lim, who was born in Selangor, was the fourth child among six siblings. The family had moved to Taman Tun Aminah, Johor Baru when Lim was still a child. Lim’s mother, 59, is also a fan of Mona House Boutique and visits the shop regularly.





Connecting people with nature

Feeding wild monkeys is not a good deed. The intention may be good but certain food can cause gastrointestinal problems for monkeys. Even the high sugar content of bananas could cause primates to develop diabetes.

So, if you want to be kind to monkeys, don’t feed them and don’t leave food in open spaces. Don’t pat them. They’re wild creatures, no matter how cute they look. Physical contact may lead to aggression.

Make your waste bins “monkey proof”, and keep your windows and doors shut.

Dusky leaf monkeys in Malaysia face extinction due to habitat fragmentation which leads to roadkill, close interaction with humans and the wildlife pet trade.

Dr Yap Jo Leen, Head of Langur Project Penang (LPP)

These were some of the points highlighted by Wildlife Researcher and Environmental Educator, Dr Yap Jo Leen in a talk titled “Let’s Bridge to CoExist: The Story of the Dusky Leaf Monkey” at the Bursa Knowledge Centre in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Jo Leen, a certified Malaysian Regional Nature Guide, is the first Malaysian recipient of the Environmental Educator 30 award from the North American Association for Environmental Education in 2018.

She won the award via the Langur Project Penang (LPP) which studies the ecology and behaviour of the dusky leaf monkeys, an endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Jo Leen’s team has successfully installed Malaysia’s first canopy bridge to facilitate safer wildlife crossing in Teluk Bahang, Penang.

Read about the canopy bridge and her labour of love for the langurs HERE.

Jo Leen will be among the 7,280 graduates set to receive their respective degrees during Universiti Sains Malaysia’s 60th convocation ceremony which begins Saturday (Dec 3,2022). She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a PhD in Zoology from USM.

Congratulations Dr Yap Jo Leen!

Tradeview Capital Launches SRI-qualified Sustainability Fund

Neoh Jia Man
Tradeview Capital portfolio manager Neoh Jia Man

Tradeview Capital Sdn Bhd, a boutique fund management company based in Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur, has launched its maiden flagship fund.

Called the Tradeview Sustainability Fund (TSF), the wholesale equity fund is designed for sophisticated investors where the initial minimum investment is RM50,000.

TSF is qualified as a Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) fund under the guidelines issued by the Securities Commission (SC).

Interested to find out more, please click the link

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment?

Are you sceptical about stock market investment? Should one rely solely on a robo-advisory wealth management platform or personally invest in the stock market to grow one’s wealth?  If you believe in integrity, would you invest in a company that display a lack of ethics?

Read what Timothy Teoh has to say about investing in the stock market in  True Meaning Of Investing which appeared in the New Straits Times on Sept 15, 2021.

This was my first article for the NST-Tradeview collaboration, which featured Timothy, a Malaysian tech whiz who had started his career as the technical director and initial web developer of Nuffnang, which was founded in 2007.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Timothy Teoh

Since Sept 15 till to date, I have interviewed a total of 20 personalities.  In this post, I’m recalling the stories of Timothy, Muzahid and Adam.

“It’s normal to have profit and loss, ups and downs – as everything carry a certain degree of risk. It’s part of life. It’s important to understand why you’re investing in the first place and what kind of core values resonate with you. For example, if you believe in integrity, would you invest in a company that display a lack of ethics? I take these principles and embed it into my life and business endeavour,” said Muzahid Shah Abdul Rahman, the chief executive officer of a digital transformation company called SteerQuest Sdn Bhd.

His story A Corporate High-Flyer Turned Entrepreneur Believes In Malaysia’s Economic Potential appeared on Sept 22, 2021.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Muzahid Shah Abdul Rahman

After Muzahid, the third story Treat Stocks Like Business focused on small business owner Adam Yeap.

With his annual sales of RM2.5 million dwindling to zero due to the Movement Control Order restrictions, Adam Yeap was glad he had invested some money in the stock market as it was generating some passive income.

Adam grew up in a household that did not have much faith in the stock market. His relatives and friends previously had bad experiences with investing in shares.

“Hearing all the negative stories about the stock market made me sceptical, too. I tried investing in the US stock market in small quantities but I was not an avid retail investor back then. I always believed that my own business ventures would deliver the best return on investment,” he said.

However, the pandemic reshaped his perspective. Apart from business, one should have passive investments too.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Adam Yeap

Latest stats reveal that there are 801 companies listed on the Malaysian stock exchange, the Bursa Malaysia. Of these, 305 stocks are Shariah Compliant.

Stock investment lets common investors participate in the financial achievements of the companies, make profits through capital gains, and earn money through dividends—although losses are also possible.

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