Peggy Loh is a published author of books in the My Johor Stories series, published in partnership with Think City and MPH Publishing.
Her books are MPH Non-Fiction Bestseller, My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage published in 2017 and its sequel, My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People published in 2018.
She is a prolific storyteller with a passion to share her stories with locals in search of their roots and visitors eager to know more about Johor. Her stories focus on balancing valuable historical details with vivid nostalgic memories that readers easily identify with.
For more than 10 years, she was a Johor-based writer for Travel Times, a lifestyle section of The New Straits Times, rebranded as Life & Times Jom. Her articles have also appeared in the now defunct section of The New Straits Times, first called Johor Buzz and later renamed Johor Streets.
She also contributes Johor culture and heritage stories for a page dedicated to My Johor Stories in monthly issues of the official newspaper of Iskandar Malaysia, The Iskandarian.
Her personal blog, My Johor Stories (www.peggyloh.com), was launched in 2011 as a medium to store published stories and for hotel, food and other stories that are exclusive to this blog.
A week after the launch of My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage in July 2017, her book went to the No. One spot in the MPH Non-Fiction Bestsellers list.
Here is a video memento of the book launch event.
It was significant that the book review of My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage was done by Putri Zanina Megat Zainuddin, her former editor in Travel Times, the New Straits Times. It was published on Sept 16, Malaysia Day, in NST Life & Times Pulse.
This book remained in the MPH Non-Fiction Bestsellers list for consecutive weeks and months and at the end of the year, her book was counted among the Best of MPH Non-Fiction 2017.
As a successful local author, Peggy was invited to introduce her book to both adults and students at various events.
These included clubs like the Rotary Club of Johor Baru, the oldest Rotary Club in Johor, and the International Women’s Association, Johor Baru.
She was also invited to speak at events organized by local and international schools and colleges including a Book Talk event at SMK Dato Jaafar Johor Baru, a Book Week event at Crescendo HELP International School and as a Sunday Speaker at Marlborough College Malaysia.
Her book sequel, My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People was launched in December 2018 with a community-centered celebration.
Besides her own family stories, this book shared more stories about inspirational people located, not only in Johor Baru but in various Johor towns, and documented important stories as a written legacy for their families.
A book review on My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People by The Malay Mail, was published on Jan 2, 2019.
In March, Peggy will be participating as a speaker in TEDx UoSM, an event organized by the University of Southampton Malaysia and in April, she will be speaking to student leaders from eight schools at a District Level event organized by the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Panel.