Be Strong, Be Fear­less

Malaysia Tatler - - EDITOR’S NOTE - — El­iz­a­beth Soong Man­ag­ing Edi­tor

This is­sue prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing read as we fea­ture three gen­er­a­tions of strong, in­de­pen­dent women in our cover story. De­scen­dants from our found­ing fa­ther, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man, his fight­ing spirit lives on in Tunku Khadi­jah, Shar­i­fah Menyalara Hus­sein and Natasha Idris (see page 166). Re­cently, Lara to­gether with IDEAS spear­headed an am­bi­tious project, an an­thol­ogy on Tunku, and in­vited con­trib­u­tors who are peo­ple from all walks of life and vary­ing ages, to give their take on Tunku’s beloved quotes—shar­ing what it means to them. Look­ing at the peo­ple in­volved in this project (a labour of love, re­ally) one can see how his words still res­onate with peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to­day. At the Di­a­log book launch, Tri­cia Yeoh the COO of IDEAS said that “democ­racy is messy and chal­leng­ing. You must be will­ing to go through the messy pe­riod first be­fore things change. Suc­cess can only hap­pen if we rely on each

other’s strengths.” Mean­while, co­me­dian Harith Iskan­der likens it to work­ing on a gar­den—cul­ti­vat­ing and grow­ing in­di­vid­u­als. In­deed, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one, if you’re a proud and staunch Malaysian, to pick up this book and let the pas­sion­ate and pa­tri­otic words of our coun­try­men stir up the fire in your belly, and to fight for a Malaysia that is fair, just, and pro­motes equal­ity for all. Fur­ther­more, Tunku once said this fa­mous line: “We are all Malaysians which is the bond that unites us.” Don’t you agree? Oc­to­ber is also Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month, re­mind­ing us to do our yearly mam­mo­gram to scan for signs of this dreaded dis­ease. De­spite her best ef­forts to take care of her­self by eat­ing whole­some foods and sup­ple­ments, my mother-in-law suc­cumbed to breast can­cer when she was 44. While I can­not be­gin to un­der­stand the depth of her pain and suf­fer­ing, I saw how it was for my hus­band, who was still 22 at the time, and had to take lots of un­paid leave in or­der to care for her. It was a dif­fi­cult time; not only for the one fight­ing breast can­cer but also for those tak­ing care of them—need­ing to be strong in the face of ad­ver­sity. Yet many don’t re­alise that it takes a toll on care­givers too. This is why we de­cided to high­light the is­sue in Stay­ing Abreast of the Sit­u­a­tion (page 178). We’d like to thank those who agreed to share their in­ti­mate story with us. We reached out to a num­ber of peo­ple but most of them turned us down, not want­ing to re­call the trauma they have un­der­gone. So, thank you, Al­iza and Hiba, Redza and Fara as well as Dr Azura for your per­sonal ac­counts, which I hope will serve to en­lighten and en­cour­age oth­ers who are fight­ing the same bat­tle.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY kimk mun STYLISTS an­dreaa kee HAIR & MAKEUP kayk tuan and irena adam JEWELLERYJ degemd archt col­lec­tion OUT­FITS:O ono shar­i­fah menyalara: fen­dif dress, dior boots. tunkut khadi­jah: michael ko­rsk shirt. natasha: em­po­rioe ar­mani jacket MALAYSIAM TATLER OC­TO­BER 2017

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