Malaysians abroad: Plotting a food path

By Anita Matthews

Yougeswari Subramanian literally fled her parents when she moved to New Zealand in 1991. Her husband Vijay had joined his sibling in Auckland in November 1987 when Vijay’s business venture fell through. “My five-month-old daughter Santhiya and I moved back to my parents home in Buntong,” said the 42-year-old mother of two.

Moving home brought back embittered childhood memories where Youges, the sixth of seven siblings, was forced to cook and clean in her family home. Having lost an older sister, Youges became the only daughter and indirectly burdened with housework. “Even as a 12-year-old I had learn how to budget the weekly expenses, buy groceries for the week and cook meals daily. I could not understand why my mother made me do all these things and felt that life dealt me a bitter blow at such a young age,” she recalled.
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Malaysians abroad: Helping troubled children

By Anita Matthews

PSYCHOLOGIST Lim Eng Leong remembers his late father’s advice well. “My father always said that in whatever we do, to do it to our best and pursue it to the highest,” recalled the 42-year-old former secondary school teacher.


Coming from a middle class family, the Kuala-Lumpur born Lim could have easily followed his father into the legal world but opted to teach upon receiving his bachelor degree from University Sains Malaysia in 1984. He spent 10 memorable years teaching at secondary schools in rural parts of Selangor that also included a stint at a Petaling Jaya suburb. Yet Lim felt he was not doing enough.

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Malaysians abroad: A professor’s cognitive journey

By Anita Matthews

Prof Yeap SCIENTIST Yeap Wai Kiang’s room at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) located in Penrose is trim and tidy. The lack of clutter belies the zeal and utter passion the Malaysian-born professor has dedicated in the pursuit of artificial intelligence - a subject that has consumed his entire career.

Yeap first discovered the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) as an undergraduate at the University of Essex in England. Back in 1975, AI was just emerging as a new field of study.

“I was fascinated by AI and was lucky as there was a group of people with a strong interest in the subject which led me to do research in the area,” recalled the former Anglo-Chinese School student from Kampar, Perak.
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