Peggy Loh

Peggy is a resident writer for The Iskandarian and actively writes in her blog about matters that are close to her heart. She can be reached at [email protected]

Book Talk with Student Leaders 4

“A leader who reads widely expresses opinions clearly,” said Teacher-in-charge of Book Talk in SMK Dato Jaafar Johor Bahru, as she shared with me, how it aims to inculcate the reading habit among student leaders. Teacher Navinder Kaur d/o Dhiraj Singh said that students from Forms Two to Six, who are keen to develop leadership skills, may opt to join the student leader group. I met Navinder several years ago

Team Panthera, Wins National Pride in International Challenge 4

A team of teenagers from SMK Seri Perling did their school, state and nation very proud when they emerged as First Runner-up in an engineering competition held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, last December. Organised by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the Four-by-Four (4×4) In Schools Technology Challenge aimed to introduce students the world over to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and get them interested in an engineering career.

Han SuYin in Malaya, The ‘Missing Period’ 1952 to 1964 4

Early last December, Ina Zhang Xing Hong, a researcher with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Centre for Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC) Singapore, sent an email to introduce herself and said that she enjoys reading my blog, My Johor Stories, especially the stories on Han SuYin. She explained that she is involved in the study of doctor and author, Han SuYin, and had completed her academic thesis on Han SuYin when

Pinewood Iskandar Hosts the Inaugural T2APAC 4

Since June 2017, table-tennis legends, champions and rising stars were in Iskandar Puteri over a six-month period for the Asia Pacific Table-Tennis League (T2APAC) that culminated in a nail-biting, final showdown on 10th December 2017. In its inaugural season on the professional table-tennis calendar, T2APAC saw world-class players battling for an unprecedented prize purse of more than USD 1.5 million. While I was aware of this event earlier on, my

Towards More Caring and Inclusive Communities 4

On a recent road trip around Johor with stops and overnight stays to explore and experience several towns, I saw how less developed, smaller towns and municipalities like Muar and Batu Pahat, Johor were compared with our state capital city, Johor Bahru. With its well preserved heritage buildings and pre-war shophouses, Muar, the historic town of Bandar Maharani, struck me as a laid-back and charming destination. As in Kluang and

Room for Improving Public Services

The Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) which provides a host of public services conveniently in a one-stop centre in the heart of the city is truly a boon to the public. The RTD had regulated the expiry dates of driving licenses to fall on the holder’s birthday to remind them that it was time for its renewal and with my birthday just a few days away, I went to Jabatan Pengangkutan

The Johor Pineapple – Inspiration for Invention

Five students in the Research & Development Team of the Science & Mathematics Society at SMK I.J. Convent Johor Bahru, has done the nation and Johor proud for their invention of an Infinity Spoon. The Convent Johor Bahru team, comprising Alicia Dixon, Kok Jie Yi, M. Krisharani, Christine Ling and Janarnii Ramesh Kumar, was among four teams that represented Malaysia at the prestigious Euroinvent 2017, an international science competition held

A Major Milestone for My Johor Stories 4

When I started my book project in February 2017, I did not know that it was the start of an eventful journey where my book, My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage, would end up at the No. 1 spot on the MPH Publishing, Non-Fiction Best-sellers list, for the week 14th July to 20th July 2017. This was achieved only because readers were keen to have copies of

Gambier Planting Revival in Johor 3

From text books, Chinese primary school students are learning that Johor was the world’s largest producer of gambier (gambir) from the 1830s to 1850s. The important link between the Chinese and Malay communities in the pioneering era and how pepper and gambier earned its place of honour in Johor for its role in boosting the state’s economy are in their school syllabus. But what is gambier? While students may have a

Unity through Lat Cartoons 3

I recently received a message from reader, Yuvitra Jeyaraman, which said: “I stumbled across your blog as I was hunting for Lat books. I noticed that you have several Lat books and would like to know if you are interested in selling them?” I replied asking for more information because I wanted to know more about this reader who claims to be obsessed with Lat cartoons! Then I learnt she