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KUALA LUMPUR – Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) menganjurkan konvoi AIM Merdeka Ride 2019 melalui Program Semarak Merdeka AIM 2019 sempena sambutan Hari Kebangsaan 2019 hari ini.

Pengarah Urusan AIM, Mohamed Shamir Abdul Aziz berkata, program dianjurkan ini adalah untuk menerapkan nilai-nilai kemerdekaan dan rasa cinta terhadap negara khusus dalam kalangan kakitangan.

Menurutnya, program ini juga diadakan bagi menyahut saranan kerajaan dalam memeriahkan lagi sambutan Hari Merdeka dan Hari Malaysia di seluruh negara.

“Program ini melibatkan seluruh warga kerja AIM dan ekosistemnya. Acara kemuncak program dilaksanakan dengan pelepasan konvoi AIM Merdeka Ride 2019 oleh Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah AIM, Datuk Junaidah Kiting.

“Konvoi tersebut disertai 62 kakitangan AIM yang menunggang motosikal berkuasa 100CC dan ke atas sebagai simbolik 62 tahun kemerdekaan negara,” katanya melalui kenyataan hari ini.

Mohamed Shamir berkata, pergerakan konvoi bermula dari pekarangan Menara AIM di Bandar Sri Damansara menuju ke dua destinasi persinggahan iaitu Bentong dan Temerloh, Pahang.

Katanya, program ini juga merupakan kolaborasi kelab permotoran AIM Rider Ibu Pejabat bersama AIM Rider Wilayah Pahang Barat dan Wilayah Pahang Timur.

Tambahnya, ekspedisi yang turut disertai oleh pengarah urusan, pengurusan dan kakitangan AIM ini akan membuat penyerahan barangan keperluan asas kepada Sahabat AIM yang terpilih di Bentong dan Sahabat AIM di Temerloh.

“Program ini bukan sahaja dapat menyemarakkan bulan kemerdekaan negara, bahkan sejajar dengan matlamat AIM untuk menyebarluaskan peranan AIM dalam membantu pihak kerajaan bagi memperkasakan sosioekonomi isi rumah berpendapatan rendah di negara ini.

“Penyerahan sumbangan barangan asas ini juga akan memberi pengalaman sebenar kepada peserta ekspedisi mendekati masyarakat yang kurang bernasib baik,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, AIM menyemarakkan lagi sambutan merdeka tahun ini dengan pemasangan Jalur Gemilang gergasi setinggi tujuh tingkat di Menara AIM dan pelbagai saiz bendera yang menghiasi sekitar menara tersebut.

“Bagi menunjukkan semangat kemerdekaan ini, Menara AIM yang merupakan bangunan Ibu Pejabat AIM ini juga telah diperkemas dan dihiasi dengan pelbagai jenis pokok bunga dan pokok hiasan,” katanya.

-sinarharian

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PUTRAJAYA – Karakter animasi kegemaran kanak-kanak, ‘Ejen Ali’, ‘Didi’ dan ‘Yaya’, merupakan antara tarikan yang ditampilkan pada perarakan sambutan Hari Kebangsaan 2019 di sini pada Sabtu ini.

Penampilan ketiga-ketiga belon gergasi karakter tersebut merupakan inisiatif Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia (Finas) untuk menyerikan lagi sambutan hari kebangsaan.

“Mereka memang terkenal, dan kami di Finas percaya ia akan menjadi daya penarik kepada semua hadirin nanti,” kata Ketua Unit Media dan Dokumentasi Finas Jamaludin Bakar ketika dihubungi Bernama hari ini.

Jamaludin berkata Finas menjangka karakter-karakter itu akan ‘popular’ dalam kalangan pengunjung untuk bergambar.

Perarakan belon gergasi berukuran antara 30 kaki hingga 40 kaki itu akan bermula dari bangunan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan dan berakhir di Kementerian Kewangan.

“Pasukan kami akan berhenti di bangunan Kementerian Kewangan, jadi orang ramai boleh berjumpa dan mengambil foto kenangan,” kata Jamaludin.

Perarakan itu juga akan disertai dengan penampilan pelbagai maskot animasi negara.

Ejen Ali merupakan siri animasi terbitan Primeworks Studios bersama Wau Animation yang mengisahkan seorang pelajar bernama Ali, yang menjadi perisik untuk sebuah pertubuhan rahsia.

Yaya pula seorang gadis bertudung ‘pink’ dalam animasi Boboiboy, dan mempunyai kuasa manipulasi graviti manakala Didi, salah seorang karakter Didi &Friends.

-sinarharian

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PETALING JAYA: Tickets for popular Indian artiste S.P. Balasubrahmanyam’s (pix) performance on the night of the Merdeka celebrations went on sale long before approval was obtained from the authorities, and this almost left the organizer in a jam.

Fortunately, cool heads prevailed and the Central Agency for Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal), the approving authority, and the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), which raised objections, agreed that the concert could proceed four hours earlier than scheduled.

Puspal denied ever issuing a support letter to the organiser – Raaghav Productions – for the performance to be held from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday.

“We were notified only recently that there should not be any performance after sunset (7.30pm) as it would clash with the Awal Muharram celebrations.

Raaghav Productions has taken to social media to inform fans on the change.

“Puspal and Jakim have raised concerns that holding the show at 7.30pm might cause uneasiness among Muslims, which could lead to racial controversies,” the organiser said.

“As a mark of respect for Awal Muharram celebrations and to get approval for the show, we had to bring the show time forward to prevent any untoward incident,” it added.

Puspal has said that based on information provided by the organiser to Jakim dated Aug 13, it was noted that ticket sales commenced in March, before an application to host the concert was made.

It initially rejected the application based on Jakim’s advice and view that the a more appropriate date should be picked but agreed to allow the event to be held with adjustment to the timing.

-thesundaily

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia hopes to have an audience reach of between two million and four million in its tourism push using social media.

The Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board has invited 25 social media influencers and key opinion leaders from nine Asean countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – to write about tourism destinations in the country.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said on Monday night 70.1% of tourist arrivals in 2018 are from Asean countries.

“Being in the same Southeast Asia region, we are all naturally each other’s largest source of tourist arrivals,” Mohamaddin said at the Malaysia-Asean Tourism Influencers Key Opinion Leaders Programme dinner.

He said the programme is to leverage on regional social media influencers and their fanbase to promote tourist destinations in Malaysia, especially as a build-up to the Visit Malaysia 2020 promotion campaign.

“We are excited to follow the participants’ adventures and experiences throughout the programme on their social media platforms from the sharing and reposting of their entries,” Mohamaddin said.

His speech was read out by the Malaysia Tourism deputy director-general (planning) Zulkifly Md Said.

Mohamaddin said the participants are expected to generate 30 to 40 stories consisting of feature articles, postings, live feeds and stories on Facebook, lnstagram, YouTube, Twitter and blogs.

They will travel in separate groups to explore all attractions in all 13 states in Malaysia.

They will also witness Merdeka Day celebrations in Putrajaya on Aug 31.

The programme is a mix of sightseeing, hands-on activities and self-exploration by the influencers to provide a well-rounded experience of Malaysia.

-thesundaily

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Wonderful treat for nature lovers

August 21, 2019 | Event, Living, News | No Comments

LUCKY participants of Penang Starwalk 2019 stand to enjoy a wondrous time getting close to nature at Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm.

The award-winning attraction in Teluk Bahang has generously sponsored 100 sets of entry tickets worth RM15,600 for the event’s prize pool.

Its chief of sales and marketing May Ang said each set comprises two adult and two children’s passes worth RM156, with a validity period of six months.

“Entopia is a magical place for adults and children to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

“Come experience the wonders of nature in exciting ways.

“Leave your electronic gadgets behind when you visit us. Rejuvenate and de-stress at Entopia,” Ang said after handing over the tickets to Star Media Group client brand marketing senior representative Sandy Kow recently.

Entopia and its predecessor the Penang Butterfly Farm has a long-standing partnership with Starwalk.

Entopia’s lush 100,000sq ft space is home to around 150 species of butterflies, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

At any one time, there can be up to 15,000 beautiful butterflies from 60 different species fluttering about its cavernous enclosure.

Around 1,000 newly hatched butterflies are released each day.

Penang Starwalk 2019 will be held at Gurney Drive on Sept 22. It is organised by Star Media Group Bhd.

The official venue provider is Gurney Paragon Mall while F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd is the official beverage.

The event’s platinum sponsor is YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Wiitrac Elevator Sdn Bhd, Health4U Solutions Sdn Bhd, Penang Turf Club and Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd are the silver sponsors.

The 7km non-competitive walk is expected to be flagged off by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas from Gurney Paragon Mall.

-thestar

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Last month, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said those protesting against the staging of live concerts and events in Malaysia were only a small group of people.

“The people who protest are a minority. I think we should cater to the majority,” the prime minister told journalists during the launch of the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign.

“But the majority must make their voices heard so that it doesn’t look like we are rejecting the people’s voices. It is not the people’s voices at all. It is just a group of activists who try to show that they are the majority in Malaysia. They are not.”

In response, an online petition on change.org (titled, Voice of Malaysian Arts, Live Festival and Events Community) has seen some 15,000 signatures collected so far, standing in solidarity with Dr Mahathir’s views on the issue.

Over the years, a number of live concerts featuring international acts were called into question by some quarters.

For instance, American pop star Selena Gomez’s maiden performance in Malaysia in 2016 faced opposition due to her sexy appearance initially. But the show went on smoothly eventually.

In 2013, American singer Kesha made headlines internationally when her Malaysian show was banned, saying it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said those protesting against the staging of live events are in the minority. Photo: Bernama

R Para, the president of Arts, Live, International Festivals and Events Association (Alife) – a non-profit organisation representing companies managing, presenting and promoting live events in Malaysia – also shares Dr Mahathir’s sentiments.

He tells StarLifestyle that music events, for instance, have the ability to draw tourists to the country.

“Besides visiting tourist spots, the new generation of travellers want to be immersed in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like seeing Ed Sheeran live in concert, for example. We see more countries in our region using music to boost tourism.

“The power of music is more effective than ever.”

Para adds live events contribute an estimated RM400mil to the local economy annually.

“When there is a live event happening in Malaysia, it doesn’t only benefit the artistes and the promoters. It benefits various industries like security companies, sound and light vendors, people selling merchandise, F&B operators, hotels and so forth.”

Despite some quarters calling for Gomez’s 2016 Malaysian concert to be cancelled, the show went on smoothly. Photo: Universal Music

Apart from bringing in revenue to the country, Para says holding live events have also helped groomed local talents in the process.

“There has been a lot of transfer of knowledge happening between our local production crew and the international team they’ve worked with over the years.”

Para hopes to see more live events in Malaysia. And for content that may not be suitable for younger audiences, instead of imposing a blanket ban, Para suggests authorities can introduce an age-based rating system.

“There may be material more suited for mature audiences featured in some events. Instead of a blanket disapproval on the foreign act, perhaps the event could be limited to audiences above the age of 18 or 21, for example.”

-msn

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Calling all Doraemon fans! Head over to Pavilion KL today as the robotic blue cat has invaded the award-winning shopping mall from now until 23rd July 2019!

Held in conjunction with Tokyo Street’s 8th Anniversary, the Doraemon Fair will be filling the 6th floor of Pavilion mall with plenty of pop-up stores selling various exclusive and limited edition merchandise.

So time to relive your childhood and get your hands on a variety of original Doraemon goodies ranging from plushies to pillows, bags, notebooks, t-shirts, mugs, key chains, and more – it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

This will be the third time Pavilion holds a Doraemon fair. The first one was in 2012 in celebration of Doraemon’s 100th anniversary, and the second one was in 2015 for the merchandise fair.

During the same week, Pavilion will also host the third edition of Japan Expo Malaysia from 26th until 28th July, featuring huge Japanese stars like AKB48, DJ Hello Kitty, Kousuke Atari, Riona Hamamatsu, The Sixth Lie, and others.

-hype

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The biggest pet exhibition in Malaysia is back and this time they brought something interesting with them – an alpaca. That’s right, you read it right the first time!

Pet World Malaysia 2019 Exhibition is bringing that fuzzy-forever-smiling, llama-like animal just for us, and we are excited AF.

We know that the thought of seeing an alpaca has already got you excited, so you should know that you can find this cute animal lounging in the Petting Zoo of the exhibition.

In addition to that, here are some other things you can see and do during the three-day-long exhibition:

  • Pet World Malaysia X Shopee Activity Zone. There will be amazing games, photo booth etc.
  • 1st SuperGroom Barkleigh Grooming Competition.
  • Pet World Malaysia 2019 Talent Competition. Animals Got Talent…too! 😛 
  • Pet Club Gatherings. 
  • Celebrity & Influencer Appearance. 
  • Petting Zoo. See the Alpaca here! 
  • Reptile & Small Animal Exhibition. 

If you didn’t know, this year’s (2019) pet exhibition will include exhibitors from the pet industry like pet food suppliers, NGOs (non-profitable organisations), pet associations, pet clubs, etc. In a statement which was shared with WORLD OF BUZZ, Jonathan Kan said,

“Our goal is to create greater awareness for pet adoption through our #ilovemypet campaign. With support from various local celebrities and influencers, we hope to highlight the benefits of pet adoption by encouraging them to share their own pet adoption stories using the hashtag #adoptdontshop and #noanimalcruelty.”

FYI, Jonathan Kan is the managing director of Fair & Events Management Sdn Bhd. They are the organiser of Pet World Malaysia 2019.

Here’s a video of last year’s (2018) exhibition:

Pet World Malaysia 2018-2019 | Malaysia's Largest Pet Exhibition returns~

Are you guys ready for the most anticipated pet event of the year?Pet World Malaysia is back! The country’s largest pet exhibition returns to celebrate 12 amazing years! Visit us this weekend from 28 to 30 June 2019 at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre to join in the fun filled activities with your pets, enjoy great bargains and freebies up for grab! See you there~#throwback #petworldmalaysia2018 #comingsoon #petworldmalaysia2019 #petworld #petworldmalaysia #ilovemypet #ilovemypets #adoptdontshop #notoanimalcruelty #dog #dogs #puppy #cat #cats #kitten #petwellbeing #pethealth #petcare #petlover

Posted by Pet World Malaysia on Selasa, 25 Jun 2019

Besides that, 2019 is the first year where Pet Malaysia will be joining hands with M-Cash and Shopee to “integrate the digitalisation of the expo”. In addition to that, they have decided that MCash E-Wallet will be the “Official E-Wallet” for Pet World Malaysia 2019. Nice! 

Like any other E-Wallet, MCash can be used for bill payments, airtime reload, e-parking and others. As of now, they have more than 200,000 community members. Wowda!

What’s even more exciting is that you can use the official e-wallet to donate to your favourite animal shelter. This is great news! 

We know that you can’t wait to go to the pet exhibition, but before you make your way there, here are some important deets that you should know:

  • Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Time & Date: 10am to 9pm; 28th to 30th June 2019

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Malaysia and Singapore are finally going to battle it out in what can only be described as a night of comedic grandiose as Malaysia’s king of comedy, Douglas Lim takes on Singapore’s comedian cum drag queen Kumar in a hilarious verbal battle of ‘King vs Queen’!

Lim who is known for keenly observing his subjects and the political climate of his kingdom to curate comedic content is set to face rival Kumar, who is known for trumpeting comical proclamations relating to gender and politics.

The two comedians will be settling the score between the two feuding nations in a prolonged battle of who will claim originality so be prepared to expect provocative, captivating, scandalous, clever, and witty humor aimed at everything and anything related to the two rivaling countries!

For one-night only, join the war of words between comedy king Douglas and comedian (drag) queen Kumar with opening performance from another Malaysian comedy king, Kavin Jay.

Organised by Popcorn Studio Sdn Bhd, the royal take-down of ‘King vs Queen’ will take place at HGH Convention Center KL on 23rd August, 8PM.

Tickets are sold at RM500 (Royal Box), RM300 (VIP), RM250 (Gold) and RM200 (Silver) at ProTicket. Enjoy a 15% early bird discount until 30 June.

-hype

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It is a Pokemon paradise in Singapore with the newly opened Pokemon Centre at Jewel Changi Airport, the first ever Pokemon Go Safari event which just ended last month, and the recently released “Detective Pikachu” movie!

But the Poke party doesn’t stop there. Now, the Pokemon Company has announced that Singapore will be hosting its first ever Pokemon Carnival in Sentosa from 15th to 30th June 2019.

According to the official website, this will be the first time in Asia that Pokemon fans get to see all 403 Pokemon from the Alola region gathered in one place.

“For the first time in Asia, see all 403 Pokémon from the Pokémon region of Alola around Sentosa Cove Village as you complete the Pokémon Adventure to win Pokémon plushies. The Carnival will also feature the return of the hugely popular Pikachu Meet and Greet sessions, and the Pikachu Parade too!”

Visitors can also join the Carnival Games to win some exclusive Pokemon merchandise, take some memorable photos with the various Pokemon inflatables around the area which include a 5-meter-tall Pikachu and a Pokemon-themed inflatable slide and a ball pit, or watch movie under the stars with the family at Sentosa Cove Village.

However, the Pikachu Parade, Meet & Greet sessions and Movies by the Bay will take place at certain time slots, so be sure to check out the official website for more information.

-hype


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