16 Aug 2014 — Chinese opera is a popular form of drama and musical theatre with roots going back to ancient China. It is a composite performance art that is an amalgamation of various art forms that evolved gradually over more than a millennium. It reached its mature form in the 13th century during the Song Dynasty. Early forms of Chinese drama are simple, but over time, they incorporated various art forms, such as music, song and dance, martial arts, acrobatics, as well as literary art forms to become Chinese opera. Chinese opera is seldom publicly staged in the 21st century, except in formal Chinese opera houses and during the lunar seventh month Chinese Ghost Festival in Asia as a form of entertainment to the spirits and audience. The masks are based on the ancient face-painting tradition where warriors decorated themselves to scare the enemy.
04 Aug 2014 — Rohingya refugees have been living in Malaysia for more than two decades without proper access to basic healthcare and education. This means a generation of children having no formal education. Many adult Rohingya refugees are illiterate, with some able to read and write Jawi and after years of living in Malaysia, Bahasa Melayu. The Rohingya refugee children attend learning centres operated by community and faith-based organisations with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. For the Rohingya, education is their way out of poverty.
26 Jul 2014 — Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr or better known as Hari Raya to mark the end of Ramadan, the holiest and ninth month in the Islamic calendar. The temporary Raya Bazaar along Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur has long been a shopping haven for many when it comes to buying essentials for Raya. People from all walks of life come here as they are likely to find almost everything that meets their Hari Raya needs. Traditional food is also aplenty to cater for busy city folk. Traditional delicacies, including lemang, ketupat, dodol and serunding, are sold at here.
20 Jul 2014 — Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, carrying 298 passengers and crew, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it was shot down over the restive region of eastern Ukraine. 43 passengers, including the 15 crew and two infants, were Malaysians. These photographs remember their lives before their untimely deaths which shocked the world.
18 Jul 2014 — Malaysians are in shock over the MH17 crash, the second MAS tragedy this year. The Ukraine government believes Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down at the village of Grabovo, about 40km from the Russian border in an area where pro-Russian rebels have been active, but the cause is still unknown. There were 298 people on board the plane including three infants.
15 Jul 2014 — Muslims throughout the world fast for the entire month of Ramadan, refraining from food and sexual intercourse from dusk to dawn. This fourth pillar of Islam serves to remind Muslims of the less fortunate, as well as to train them in self-control. Ramadan ends with the Eid, or Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and the final days of Ramadan are sometimes spent on shopping, although many feel spending excessively is unnecessary and against the spirit of the holy month.
05 Jul 2014 — Tough life in the city has forced many to live on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. While the elderly find it hard to land a job to feed themselves, those with jobs but paltry wages find it difficult to keep a roof over their heads, and depend on the kind-hearted groups which feed them regularly. Adding to their predicament is the announcement by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, that soup kitchens in Kuala Lumpur have to move out of the city centre.
29 Jun 2014 — During Ramadan, Muslims perform the Tarawih prayer, which could last till late evening. Tarawih literally means "to rest" in Arabic, but it is hardly as its name suggests. Long portions of the Quran are recited during which time one stands upright, and performs many cycles of movement such as standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting. After each two cycles, one sits for a brief period of rest, and this is why the prayer is called "rest prayer".
26 Jun 2014 — The smoke blanketing the country is an almost annual event. The worst-hit areas are the west coast of the peninsula, including the Klang Valley. Among the sources of the smoke are open burning in central Sumatra, Indonesia, dry weather, forest burning, peat fires, emissions from vehicles and industries. The smoke is a health hazard and affects tourism numbers, too.