Batek-Lah was established in the 1980’s and specializes in 100% genuine Malaysian Batik.
Batek-Lah produce hand made batik with unique designs in their own workshop.
Good quality products at competitive prices are made possible by having their own manufacturing and production line.
More than 50 years ago, before there were supermarkets or 7-11s ― the “ottokedai” played an important role as the neighbourhood convenience stall around the inner city of George Town. The “ottokedai” is a tiny little store, usually a small extension to a building or found under a tree, that sells newspapers, sweets, snacks and toys.
For graphic designer Goh Hun Meng, growing up in the inner city meant all his happy memories of getting treats and the latest gasing (top) are tied to the “ottokedai” down the street from his house. So as a tribute to the “ottokedai” of George Town, Goh and his business partner, Go Ka Wei, opened their own Ottokedai ― a space for local designers, artists and crafters to display and sell their products.
“I hope to recapture the seemingly nostalgic days where beauty is the simplicity of life”
Kuen Stephanie (1967) graduated in Commercial Art, M.I.A in 1987. Venture into fine art painting (oils and acyrlic medium) in the year 2000. Her art explores the rich textures of the multi-ethnic Malaysia that she grew up in. She’s particularly interested in the rural facets of Malaysian life. Bold, vibrant colours capture the bedrock of family, friends and relationships that are the nostalgic memories of Malaysia’s early years.
A collection of vintage, classic architectures, all captured by the hands of Kate, a Malaysian artist. Kate draws in her tiny island home. She sometimes walks the old streets in town to get a dose of nostalgia.
Cheang Wood Art
A DURIAN opener, tai chi swords and key holders are just a few of the many things that Cheang Kok Choy can carve out of wood. A former English language teacher, Cheang developed an interest in crafting objects out of wood when he took on woodcraft as his optional subject during his student days in Kirkby, Liverpool.
Being an environmentalist himself, he carves most of his items out of recycle wood. “Instead of discarding the un-wanted wood, I recycled the pieces and turned them into nice and usable items”, said Chang on an interview with The Star.
The Star Newspaper
The daily newspaper was first published on 9 September 1971 as a regional newspaper based in Penang. The STAR went into national circulation on 3 January 1976 when it set up its new office in Kuala Lumpur. In 1978, the newspaper headquarters was relocated to Kuala Lumpur. The Star continues to expand its wings over the years. In 1981, it moved its headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya which is also its current premise to accommodate a growing number of staff and technology devices.