Hello there, first and foremost, we would like to say thank you for checking us out. We are thrilled that you stopped by to read some of our stuff! We wanted to tell you that your visit means everything to us. This is a short introduction to who we are and what we aim to achieve through this new site. The main aim of DailyStraits.com is to educate people on the type of careers that people do, and how to start a business from scratch. We are a small news outfit consisting of two journalists with a penchant to see more long-form pieces within the news sphere.
The site is primarily run by two former News Straits Times journalists June Ramli and Fazleena Aziz. We will be featuring stories from all over the world with a special focus on Malaysia and Australia. Because of the lack of manpower, this is not a breaking news site at the moment, probably down the road, we may become that way, who knows, right? For now, we’d like to think that we are a cross between CNBC and the Rolling Stone magazine. We welcome contributors and we look forward to seeing your piece being published on our site. As we are a new site, it is paramount that our stories get shared a lot on social media. Hence we urge you to hit the like button as often as you can, comment and engage with us from time to time. For press releases, interviews and review requests, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org! We can’t wait to hear from you. Thank you for reading.
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The Team @DailyStraits
June Ramli is a journalist, editor, author and entrepreneur who first started her career working with the oldest English mainstream newspaper in Malaysia – The New Straits Times Press Malaysia Berhad.
As a journalist, June has covered politics, business, technology, courts, entertainment, sports, crime, and Malaysian parliamentary sittings.
It was also during this time that she decided to write a research-based book titled: ‘How Millionaires Got their First Break.’
The idea behind her first book sprung when June was working on her very own fashion startup June Saira Lingerie which was inspired by Batik.
Her own entrepreneurial journey, along with six other Malaysian millionaires with self-created brands were featured in her book addressing how they started their business venture from zero to hero.
Her maiden book received great traction in South East Asia resulting in her presenting talks on entrepreneurship in Malay at Bandar Seri Begawan twice, courtesy of invites received from the Brunei Economic Development Board and Brunei Shell Petroleum in 2013.
Note: This was a one-off back to back gig and was all thanks to her maiden book.
Fast forward to 2018, June has written and illustrated a picture book titled: ‘Yaya, Ezzy and Tante June’s Trip to the Shops’ which is available worldwide through Amazon.
Besides writing and designing, June is also into coding.
Her first game app titled ‘Tapiroo’ was based on an age-old Malaysian game known as ‘Galah Panjang’.
The game was reviewed by several reputable Malaysian media companies in their respective publications after it was launched in 2013, the same year she moved to Australia from Malaysia.
June has two university degrees, a graduate diploma in creative writing from UTS in Sydney, Australia and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Universiti Putra Malaysia in Selangor, Malaysia.
Fazleena Aziz has over a decade of experience in journalism and counting.
She started her career with The New Straits Times (NST), Malaysia’s oldest newspaper then went on to work at The Star.
Her work started off with doing local news, fashion shows, social galas.
But her niche was set in feature writing whereby she highlighted issue such a housing, environment and local council.
Her dedication got her two nominations for the prestigious Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) award featuring stories on homeless people and abandoned housing issues.
She went on to pursue the next step by joining Astro Awani digital team as one of the pioneering members.
Although her stint was short-lived due to other commitments, she managed the site to reach one million views and 200,000 likes on its Facebook page in less than a year.
Fazleena went back to her love for print news by joining NST newsdesk team.
She was then transferred to the Putrajaya bureau whereby she covered the likes of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, incumbent Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed, all the cabinet members as well as top civil servants and higher officials.
She also had the opportunity to cover the tragic Malaysian Airlines MH370 and MH17 extensively.
She put her cap down for several years after her stint in Putrajaya to raise a family and now is back with the dailystraits.com.
She is currently the editor and content writer for this site while juggling between being a mom.