Author: Ying Shan Khoo

Journalist at Sector

Dig into one of these piping hot pies and you’ll be rewarded with a satisfying, buttery crust and savory fillings. These gourmet pies are skilfully made by a team of young adults with learning disabilities in Persatuan STAND, a social enterprise specialising in hearty pies. Image by Sara Lam (Instagram: @saralam7). What does Persatuan STAND do? Mr Lee Hock Cheng (Far Left) with Trainees at STAND’s Shop.STAND was founded by Mr Lee Hock Cheng with a mission to equip and train persons with learning disabilities (PLDs) to obtain work readiness. STAND’s services started off 10 years ago with packing F&B…

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Left to Right: Heywood and Geoffrey, Co-founders of myFITBOXPerhaps you long for potato chips when watching your favourite K-drama on Netflix. Perhaps, after a good meal, you crave for an ice cold can of Coca-Cola. Whatever your vice may be, everyone snacks.  “Craving for a snack? We’ve got your back!” That’s the tagline of myFITBOX, Malaysia’s first branded vending machine for healthy snacks. Geoffrey Yeow and Heywood Cheung, co-founders of myFITBOX, are here to prove that snacking does not need to be sugar-loaded nor carby. The Mission: Healthy Snacking for Everyone! myFITBOX aims to make it guilt-free and hassle-free to enjoy…

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In 2019, COCOdry debuted as Malaysia’s one and only blow-dry bar. It is the place to pamper your hair with a natural scalp treatment and a range of hairstyles. With a second branch opening in June this year, it’s a testament to the success of COCOdry. The founder, Kim May Chee (28) has checked all the right boxes: a niche business, a solid marketing plan, and a strong team, to name some. Behind the curtains is a heartwarming story of Kim and her father, a veteran hairstylist. Pitching the COCOdry Idea: How It Went Simon Kim (middle) at The September…

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Janine Chacko | Founder of RE:HEALTHNow that COVID-19 has been around for more than a year, wearing face masks, contact tracing, and physical distancing have all become the new normal. In the beginning, countless industries were put to the test and many businesses had to close. In this article, we find out how a new small business passed the test and what COVID-19 meant for the wellness industry. What is RE:HEALTH? A Sanctuary of Wellness Products (Photo from: https://www.publika.com.my/)RE:HEALTH is a multi-brand retailer of health and wellness products in Kuala Lumpur. Walk in to the brightly-lit, minimalist shop and you’ll…

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Left to Right: Hany Cheng and Ivan Eng | Co-Founders of Havan ClothingAs their 4-year-old goes for class in the next room, Hany Cheng and Ivan Eng spend some time with me to chat about their Malalaysia-based soci enterprise, Havan Clothing where children at risk design minimalist t-shirts showing their skill. It’s a regular Tuesday morning that’s fueled with coffee and large doses of inspiration. Sticking it out Before Havan Clothing was founded, Hany, a professional counsellor, had actively volunteered in shelter homes. She regularly conducted lessons on emotional intelligence (EQ) to the children-at-risk.Occasionally, these shelter homes would have volunteers who came…

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