Prominent Johor story-teller, Peggy Loh published her book for the second time under the same book series she launched last year – My Johor Stories
Johor Bahru born writer Peggy Loh has once again taken writing as a career to the next level. She launched her second book – My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People after successfully launching her first book last year under the same name series titled, My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage.
Peggy started her writing career early on in life like any other individual with a passion for writing would, which is to just start writing stories with a personal touch. She has been attached with numerous publications including The Iskandarian where her narrations on the stories of Johor take spotlight on page 10 every month. Now, she advocates writing as a career as an alternative source of income or an outlet for expression and sharing stories.
The essays in the first book, which recount life stories of real people and their rich heritage has provided fascinating glimpses of Peggy’s family connection to Malaysia’s badminton royalty of the 1960s and 70s, insights into personalities, both past and present, snippets of Johor’s history and how it developed, and heritage landmarks, ranging from palaces and movie theatres to markets and food courts.
In the follow up book, My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People, the authoress shares more memories of growing up in post-independence Johor Bahru along with exclusive stories about inspirational people in various Johor towns. Peggy shares how her family is linked to Johor pioneer Wong Ah Fook, honours personalities whose lives and achievements are inspirational to others, and highlights on certain heritage trades.
“I remember when I gave a manuscript for Think City to read, Dr. Neil Khor was the man who read it and thereafter, he wrote me an email with three paragraphs. When I read those three paragraphs, I was simply stunned!” Peggy Loh shared her expression upon receiving praises from Think City Programme Director, Dr Neil Khor.
“Peggy Loh, through her charismatic narrative, has managed to bridge her first book with her second, proving that heritage and community history can be resilient and dynamic. This is really what we hope to achieve by supporting this publication. This book will encourage more Johoreans to share their stories and, I am sure, it will be a catalyst for the making of the Johor Story,” he said.
Those three paragraphs in the email was also what sealed the deal for the sequel to My Johor Stories, as MPH Group Publishing Sdn Bhd (MPH) General Manager decided to plaster that sincere genuine praise on the back of the book.
For many Johor families, the collection of stories, documented as lasting legacies immortalised by traditional print and new-age digital medium provide a vivid flashback to their own personal recollection on the history of Johor. Catch more stories on Peggy’s blog at www.peggyloh.com where she still writes and shares her story under the same title, My Johor Stories.