Star Golden Hearts Award reminds us that Malaysia is never short of unsung heroes.

Featured: Sujana Rejab (2019 winner and also Gamuda Inspiration Award winner)

About Star Golden Hearts Award

Star Golden Hearts Award is an annual Award by The Star and Yayasan Gamuda that celebrates everyday Malaysians who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to social work and promote unity among Malaysians.

Introduced in 2015, each year we invite Malaysians to nominate exemplary individuals or organisations who are then reviewed by a panel of judges. Of these nominations, ten winners are selected and eligible to be awarded the coveted Gamuda Inspiration Award.

In 2023, ten winners were selected from more than 700 nominations. From reducing poverty to rehabilitating endangered species, the award recipients were chosen for their remarkable impact on Malaysia's communities and environment. Each of the winner received RM15,000 and both Gamuda Inspiration Award winners received RM150,000 each.

Our Judges

All nominations undergo a stringent selection process which includes screening, shortlisting and judging by a panel of esteemed judges who are social sector leaders in their respective fields.

For details on the judging process, visit FAQ >
Tan Sri
Lee Lam Thye
(Chief Judge)
Chairman, Alliance For A Safe Community

Expertise: Welfare, safety and health, community activism
Esther Ng
Chief Content Officer,
Star Media Group

Expertise: Media, CSR
Ts. Lim Hui Yan
Yayasan Gamuda

Expertise: Corporate foundation, digital construction
Ong Jee Lian
Group Chief Communications and ESG Officer,
Gamuda Berhad

Expertise: Sustainability, ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance), communications
Shah Redza Hussein
Director, Perak State Parks Corporation and conservationist

Expertise: Environment, wildlife
Irshad Mobarak
Naturalist, conservationist, educator

Expertise: Environment, wildlife
Muhammad Hafizul Khair
Manager, Social Entrepreneurship Unit, Institut Keusahawanan Negara (INSKEN)

Expertise: Social entrepreneurship
Syed Azmi Alhabshi
Prominent social advocate

Expertise: Welfare, community, human rights, children, education
Vijayakumari Pillai
Social work and child protection consultant
Expertise: Welfare, community, children, education

Yayasan Gamuda has been a longstanding partner and supporter of Star Golden Hearts Award (SGHA) since 2016. In line with its aspirations for impactful community investments and development, each year Yayasan Gamuda presents the coveted Gamuda Inspiration Award (GIA) to at least one winner chosen from the 10 SGHA winners.

The GIA winner is determined from a rigorous selection process by a panel of assessors within Gamuda’s group of companies. The panel is guided by four judging pillars – authenticity of social causes, sustainable use of innovative-driven solutions, societal impact and scalability of future collaborations.

Winners of the GIA receive additional grants from Yayasan Gamuda on top of their accolade as a SGHA winner.