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A.S. Watson and L’Oréal’s ModiFace drive retail innovation with the launch of virtual makeup try-on service #ColourMe

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L’Oréal’s AI and AR company ModiFace and A.S. Watson Group (“ASW”) announce the launch of the virtual makeup try-on #ColourMe, making ModiFace’s industry-leading AR technology available to consumers across Asia on mobile.


#ColourMe is a virtual try-on service which will be available on Watsons mobile apps providing shoppers with the opportunity to virtually try on 300 makeup products including lipsticks, mascara, eyeshadow, brow colouring, and foundation. Users will also be able to try on recommended trend looks, create and save their own look creations, as well as capture photos and videos of their makeup. Products associated with each look can be delivered to the shopper’s home or collected from a local Watsons store in as quickly as four hours.

The technology will roll out with L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline brands in the first phase of the launch, and it will be available exclusively in e-commerce mobile apps of Watsons Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. ASW will consider extending the collaboration to other brands and markets across its portfolio in Asia and Europe in the future.

Alexis Perakis-Valat, President of L’Oréal’s Consumer Products Division, says: “Digital technologies are about to revolutionize retail, making shopping more entertaining, easy and personalized. We want to be a driving force of this transformation and so does A.S. Watson who is a long-standing and trusted retail partner for us. This is why we are thrilled to launch the virtual makeup try-on #ColourMe powered by our own beauty AR and AI company Modiface. This technology offers consumers a unique way to discover and enjoy makeup and will allow us to further reinvent the beauty experience in the future”.



Malina  Ngai,  A.S.  Watson  Group  Chief  Operating  Officer  is   excited   about   the   new   digital experience created with the support of L’Oréal: “Customers are at the heart of all our innovations. We strive to create bespoke online and offline experiences that add value for their lifestyle. We have a shared vision with L’Oréal in driving digital leadership in beauty, and we discussed about creating the exclusive experience since the second half of last year utilizing ModiFace’s technology. Together we will transform the way beauty lovers discover and experience makeup and a one-stop shopping experience on our mobile app.”

In Malaysia, Watsons and L’Oreal Malaysia joined forces to launch #ColourMe x Modiface on 30th May 2019. Download the Watsons app and experience Digital Beauty with #ColourMe now.


‘The customer buying and decision-making has changed over the years where customers are more tech-savvy. Hence, at Watsons we would like to understand our shoppers better, constantly engage with them and innovate ourselves to cater to their needs. Digitalisation in the customer journey experience with our partnership with L’Oréal’s #ColourMe, is a perfect example of how we let our customers feel better connected with the L’Oréal brand that empower them to make better purchasing decisions.’ - Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

Johnson & Johnson Malaysia Champions The Importance Of Mental Health This Ramadhan

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Healthcare company spreads cheer by distributing Raya cookies and dates to patients in UMMC
 Mental health is fast becoming a national concern. By 2020, one in three Malaysians are expected to suffer some form of mental health problem[1]. Seeing this, Johnson & Johnson Malaysia, in collaboration with the Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (MIASA) and Malaysia Mental Health Association (MMHA), is spreading cheer this Ramadhan by baking and distributing cookies to patients in the psychiatric ward in University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). This collaboration also aims to start the conversation going among Malaysians in discussing mental health, including lifting the stigma attached to it.

As a leading healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson is focused on supporting mental health issues and opportunities. Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Malaysia Chin Keat Chyuan said, "The statistics are troubling; mental health is expected to be the second biggest health problem for Malaysians by 2020 after heart disease[1]."

"We are proud of this collaboration, in touching the lives of patients and advocating mental health awareness. Campaigns like this will help educate the public to maintain their mental health in ensuring all-around wellbeing in the long run," said Chin.

Volunteers from Johnson & Johnson Malaysia, MIASA and MMHA gathered to bake and pack cookies before distributing the packages at UMMC. The visit was joined by Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah, Royal Patron of MIASA; Jan Meurer, President of Johnson & Johnson Southeast Asia; Chin Keat Chyuan, Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Malaysia; Puan Anita Abu Bakar, President of MIASA; Dato Dr Andrew Mohanraj, president of MMHA and Prof Dr Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman, Head of Psychiatry Department, UMMC. Together, they handed out jars of goodies to patients, doctors, nurses and caretakers in the psychiatric wards at UMMC.

"Psychiatric patients tend to feel loneliest and isolated during festive seasons. As such, I am heartened by this collaboration which represents an important recognition to a cause I believe in," said Tengku Puteri Iman, Royal Patron at MIASA. 

"At Johnson & Johnson, we champion the people on the frontlines delivering important care. This visit is important appreciation to the caregivers and nurses, in conjunction with International Nurses Day," elaborated Meurer during the event.

[1] MOH National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015: www.moh.gov.my/moh/resources/nhmsreport2015vol2.pdf

AirAsia celebrates Hari Gawai, Kaamatan and Raya with festive videos

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AirAsia celebrates Hari Gawai and Kaamatan, and Hari Raya Aidilfitri with festive videos to highlight the importance of family ties and tradition.

Titled ‘The Girl Who Loves Rice’, the new Hari Gawai and Kaamatan video follows Kadazan cabin crew member Solius Ingrid Gangkangon and her heartfelt story and love of rice growing up. Today, when she is away travelling, especially during the harvest festival, she is reminded of home and family with a bowl of rice in her hands.
 


The new Hari Raya Aidilfitri video also celebrates the excitement of Hari Raya with family and friends including how our guests and crew prepare food, outfits and travel plans for the festive season.
 


AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw said, “From sharing the joy of the harvest festival to bringing people home to their family and friends, AirAsia looks forward to celebrating the festive season with our guests. I’d like to wish everyone Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan, Selamat Ngintu Ari Gawai and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.”

Special Disney and Pixar Wallpapers Released for the Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O Display

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The Galaxy S10 line’s camera plays a unique role across the range’s devices; not only does it take top quality photos and videos, but it also provides users with the opportunity to be creative with their background wallpapers thanks to the placement of the front camera punch hole.

Harnessing the creativity this display characteristic unlocks, Samsung Electronics and Disney recently launched a new range of background wallpaper options. Following on from the Disney AR Emojis released last year, Samsung and Disney have brought fan-favorite characters from Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Zootopia right to the home screens of the Galaxy S10.

One of the groundbreaking innovations the Galaxy S10 line features is its full-screen experience, made possible by the Infinity-O Display that covers, bar the camera punch hole, the entire front side of the device. Thanks to precise laser cutting techniques, the camera has been tucked away into the right hand side of the display to eliminate distractions for a cinematic viewing experience.

Since the launch of the Galaxy S10 line, many eye-catching and creative wallpaper designs have emerged. Users themselves have been creating and sharing their own background wallpapers custom-designed for the Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O Display, taking advantage of its unique design, camera punch hole placement and the impressive screen real estate on offer.

Samsung wallpapers are available to purchase on the Galaxy Store, and the special Disney collaboration range of wallpapers are downloadable free of charge for Galaxy S10 users.1 Samsung plans to expand the options for Infinity-O background wallpapers further through various collaborations in the near future.

Disney wallpapers are available for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e. Wallpaper availability may vary by region and device model.

Sea Life Malaysia, An Up-close Ocean Experience, Through Magical Storytelling, Interactive Displays And Hands-on Encounters

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On the 25th May, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort marked its second week of operations for SEA LIFE Malaysia, the country’s first interactive LEGO® themed aquarium. Now a new marine sanctuary comprising of 13,000 marine life of 120 species from 11 different habitat zones, this highly awaited double-storey aquarium is the latest attraction at the resort.

“We are thrilled with the amazing response we have received upon unveiling this new attraction earlier this month. The interactive aquarium at SEA LIFE Malaysia provides a fun and exciting learning experience that combines education and conservation. With a blend of LEGO®’s approach of building imagination through play, SEA LIFE Malaysia promises a great day out for the entire family,” said Kurt Stocks, General Manager at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort.

LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort has been attracting locals and tourists to state, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and China being amongst the top markets for the resort. In line with this, the recent opening and hype around SEA LIFE Malaysia is expected to provide an added boost in driving tourism in Johor, further supporting the state’s ambition of becoming a high-value regional tourism destination by 2023, as outlined in the Johor Tourism Master Plan.

“SEA LIFE Malaysia has been a hit and we look forward to mesmerizing even more visitors while inspiring kids to learn, love and care for the ocean through edutainment,” added Stocks.

Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are Stingrays, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Shark, Seahorses, and more. Other amazing discoveries include magical storytelling, interactive displays, hands-on encounters at the Rock Pool zone, special habitat zones which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay and a fascinating Ocean Tank, the largest tank that is filled with 400,000 litres of water.


Spanning 6-metres long and over 2-metres wide, the Ocean Tank features fun and interactive experiences that introduces visitors to the marine life and marine conservation. On top of this, guests can keep a lookout for special LEGO® Mini-Figures and other LEGO® sea creatures as they embark on their educational journey at SEA LIFE Malaysia.

Fonterra celebrates Ramadan by distributing Iftar packs filled with dairy goodness to communities in need

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In the spirit of Ramadan and in the lead up to World Milk Day on 1 June, Fonterra Brands Malaysia carried out its annual tradition of sharing the goodness of dairy with the public and underprivileged communities at Masjid Seksyen 7, Shah Alam.

The dairy nutrition company from New Zealand distributed over 500 packs of bubur lambuk enriched with Fernleaf UHT milk and Iftar packs filled with dairy products to the public, as well as beneficiaries from the surrounding PKNS flats. The Iftar packs include Fernleaf CalciYum, Fernleaf Family milk powder, Fernleaf UHT milk and Anlene Café Latte.

Megawati Suzari, Fonterra Brands Malaysia’s New Product Development, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director said the company is privileged to be able to bring the best of New Zealand dairy to support the health and nutrition of Malaysians during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Pn. Megawati Suzari
“At Fonterra we believe in enriching the lives of the people and communities where we operate. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to celebrate Ramadan by sharing dairy nutrition with the public and communities in need in the surrounding Masjid Seksyen 7 areas, including the poor, orphans, single mothers and asnaf,” said Ms Megawati.

Ms Megawati added that it is important to have a balanced and wholesome diet, especially during fasting when key nutrients might be lost, and part of that would include dairy.

“Milk, for example, is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available and contains essential nutrients that can keep one energised throughout the day, and more importantly, replenish the nutrients and fluids lost during fasting,” said Ms Megawati.

Ustaz Burhanuddin Ahmad, manager of Masjid Seksyen 7, said, “Ramadan is a special month of giving – it reminds us to give back to those less fortunate. We are grateful that Fonterra is here with us today to help nourish families and children with bubur lambuk and other nutritious dairy products.

As part of the Ramadan initiative, Fonterra also organised a Tadarus Al-Quran and Iftar session with its employees in conjunction with the Nuzul Al-Quran that falls during Ramadan month.

Over the past few years, Fonterra Brands Malaysia has worked with various local mosques and communities to celebrate Ramadan, handing out bubur lambuk enriched with Fernleaf milk and Iftar packs loaded with our products to support healthy fasting.

All of Fonterra Brands Malaysia’s products are Halal certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), and follows a stringent Halal assurance system and food safety and quality process from grass to glass, from the farms in New Zealand to the end product that reaches the consumers.

Samsung Doubles the Happiness with Prizes worth up to RM332,400 this Raya!

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The cornerstone of any festive season would be the reunion of families and loved ones, and as the Raya month approaches, family and friends from all over are planning their travels home in anticipation. Now what if there was a chance to double the celebration with the best mobile devices in town? Making this very possible is Samsung’s Raya Bersama, Lagi Gembira campaign, where consumers and fans of the brand stand a chance to walk home with Samsung Galaxy devices worth up to RM332,400!

This year, Samsung Malaysia Electronics aims to double the winnings with the Raya Bersama, Lagi Gembira campaign to make the festive season and gift-giving a more meaningful and rewarding experience! The campaign entails a contest spanning from 15th May until 16th June 2019, where only a single purchase of selected Samsung Galaxy device gives buyers a chance to walk home with double the gifts they came for!

“In the modern day Raya celebration, confectionaries like cakes, cookies, and kuihs are no longer the only gifts you can present your loved ones. The gift of technology is the perfect gift that covers any age and style, perfect for the whole family. This year, Samsung wishes to bless our consumers with the gift of connectivity; and with the help of our Galaxy devices, staying connected will be as easy as ever. We hope that with this campaign, we can successfully place connectivity at your fingertips, making this Raya season a time of rekindling and preserving relationships,” said Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

With every purchase of selected Samsung Galaxy device, buyers gain an entry in the Raya Bersama, Lagi Gembira contest. In other words, treat mum to a new phone and you might just win a free phone for dad, too! And if lady luck is on your side, you may just walk home with the coveted grand prize of Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem consisting of a brand new Samsung Galaxy S10+ 512GB, a Galaxy Tab S5e, a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, a pair of Galaxy Buds, a Wireless Charger Duo Pad and a 10,000mAh battery pack. What a way to celebrate!

But the blessings don’t just stop there. There will also be weekly prizes up for grabs, where buyers could win a smartphone from Samsung’s Galaxy A series. With the weekly prizes and a total of 10 grand prizes up for grabs, there will be plenty of blessings to go around this Raya season.

Entering the contest is simple – just head over to participating Samsung Brand Stores or authorised dealers and purchase any of the selected Samsung Galaxy devices. After filling in the relevant details and answering one simple question on samsung.com/my/2019raya, upload the proof of purchase to secure a slot in the contest. Weekly prize winners will be announced at the end of every following week and grand prize will be announced on 29 June 2019.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to possibly own Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem of innovative devices! For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com/my/

Carsome, Southeast Asia's Largest Used Car Trading Platform, Expands Nationwide In Malaysia

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The home grown used car trading platform picks Penang, Johor Bahru and Melaka for its first Malaysian expansion outside of Kuala Lumpur
Southeast Asia’s largest used car trading platform, Carsome, has launched its first Penang and Johor Bahru inspection centres early this year, with their new addition in Melaka which opened this May, followed by Ipoh and Batu Pahat this coming June. With the aim to provide nationwide coverage for their car selling service, Carsome aims to setup a total of 15 inspection centres by the end of the year.

Carsome prides itself as a one-stop solution for car sellers - from inspection to ownership transfer - promising a hassle-free process with instant payment and zero paperwork. Since its inception in 2015, over 31,000 cars were transacted on Carsome platform across the four countries that they are present.

Customers can schedule a free car valuation at any of their 8 inspection centres located in KL, Selangor, Johor, Penang and Melaka, where Carsome’s  inspectors will appraise the car and provide an offer on the spot. Customers will have the option to choose for nationwide bidding, where the car will be put up for a 3-hour bidding session for all used car dealers in Carsome network to purchase. Upon offer accepted by customer, all paperwork will be handled by Carsome and payment is done via online bank transfer instantly during ownership transfer.

"We're focusing on expanding not just to first tier cities in the markets we are in, but also on widening the coverage to second tier cities - we will be covering Ipoh, Seremban and Kuantan soon. We’ve currently obtained 5,000 dealers onboard across the four markets we're in, and with the vast dealer network that we have, we're looking to offer our services to benefit more people and get better car selling prices for our customers," said Eric Cheng, Co-Founder and CEO of Carsome

Those who are looking to sell their car in Penang, Johor and Melaka can now  head over to the newly launch inspection centres in the following cities:

Penang
Unit G-19 Medan Perniagaan Pauh Jaya, Jalan Baru, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang

Johor Bahru
34, Jalan Beringin, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru

Melaka
11, Jalan PS3, Plaza Semabok, 75050 Melaka

For more information on Carsome , visit the website at www.carsome.my

Samsung Becomes First TV Manufacturer to Launch The Apple TV App and AirPlay 2

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Beginning today, the new Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 are available on all 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 models.
Samsung Electronics announced that beginning today, all 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 TV models with a firmware update will feature the all-new Apple TV app in more than 100 countries and offer AirPlay 2 support in 176 countries. Samsung customers are now able to enjoy Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows on Samsung Smart TVs.

“For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform.” said Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today.”

Fully integrated into Samsung’s Smart TV platform, users can simply select the Apple TV app icon to access all of their iTunes movies and TV show purchases and browse more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to buy or rent, including titles available in 4K HDR, in pristine picture quality. Customers around the world can also subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app — paying for only the ones they want — and watch on demand directly in the app. Samsung Smart TV users will be able to enjoy Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, in the Apple TV app across the same model lines when the service launches this fall. With AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung Smart TVs, customers can now also effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their Samsung Smart TV.

The Apple TV app will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform.

Celebrate Raya In Red With SimplySiti Only At Watsons

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Launch of new range of cosmetics using Korean Red Ginseng Extract

Have you ever wondered how Korean beauties obtain flawless complexion, with an ever-youthful appearance? The secret is Korean Red Ginseng Extract! Thankfully, this “original superfood” for beautifying your skin is now available in SimplySiti’s new Red Collection Exclusive Edition make-up range. Exclusively launched for the up-coming celebration of Hari Raya, the Red Collection Exclusive Edition, consisting of Cushion Foundation, Compact Powder, Blusher and Matte Lip Cream are now available at selected Watsons stores nationwide and Watsons online store.

Korean Red Ginseng provides skin benefits such as anti-aging prevention, improves complexion and tones the skin. Recently, 20 Watsons shoppers who bought any SimplySiti product items for RM120 and above in a single receipt at Watsons Central i-City Mall had the opportunity to meet and greet with Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza. Present at the Meet and Greet session were also Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Azuddin Rahman, Group CEO of SimplySiti, Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia and Thoren Tan, Trading Director of Watsons Malaysia.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza yet again as her new make-up range aims to offer something different to our Watsons shoppers. At Watsons, we keep up with the latest trends and cater to the ever-changing demands and needs of our customers. Using Korean Red Ginseng Extract in SimplySiti’s new make-up range is an innovation itself as ginseng is known to increase the production of collagen, making the skin firmer and youthful which is what our Watsons customers are seeking in improving their skincare,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

The Red Collection Cushion Foundation is part of the Red Collection Exclusive Edition. An innovative foundation formula that combines Korean Red Ginseng Extract, Fruit Extracts and Cushion Technology for firmer-looking appearance with effortless application. Offers buildable coverage to smooth out early signs of aging, covering fine lines and wrinkles with SPF 35 PA++, priced at RM72.90.

While the Red Collection Compact Powder is a remarkable compact powder formulated with Korean Red Ginseng Extract to revitalize skin, help to cover fine lines and wrinkles for a younger-looking appearance. Infused with Macadamia Seed Oil that controls oil balance and smoothens complexion all day long, giving a perfect flawless finish with SPF 30 protection, priced at RM58.90.
The Red Collection Blusher enhance cheeks with this amazing soft matte anti-aging blusher, formulated with Korean Red Ginseng Extract, containing high anti-oxidants to revitalize skin. A quick dab over cheekbones will lift overall complexions with its amazing longevity, giving a soft matte finish, with SPF 30 protection, priced at RM45.90.

Lastly, the Red Collection Matte Lip Cream is a richly pigmented anti-aging matte lip cream glide on effortlessly and set for a perfect matte finish. Infused with Korean Red Ginseng extract that moisturises lips for long-wearing comfort, priced at RM42.90.

Customers can enjoy 24/7 shopping on the Watsons Mobile App and at Watsons’ website at www.watsons.com.my. For more details, please follow Watsons Malaysia on both Facebook and Instagram.

Samsung’s First and Biggest QLED 8K TV Set to Mesmerise Malaysians

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Samsung Malaysia Electronics has unveiled its 98” QLED 8K TV – its largest yet – adding to its 2019 TV lineup, officially giving Malaysians the largest 8K screen experience of unrivalled picture quality and clarity. The new Samsung QLED 8K TVs come equipped with Samsung’s propriety Quantum Processor, an AI-powered picture and sound processing semiconductor technology which enables a significantly improved entertainment experience.

“Samsung has been the global leader in TV for 13 consecutive years. Throughout the years we are committed to delivering quality and innovative products through the understanding of our consumers’ need today. With the unveiling of our QLED 8K TV today, we are bringing a new dimension of reality through our 98” display. Our proprietary technology in Quantum Processor 8K once again raised the bar by upscaling the lower resolution content you watch to near 8K quality. We couldn’t be more excited to bring you one giant leap for reality with our Samsung QLED 8K TV,” said Jimmy Tan, Head of Consumer Electronics of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Unveiled by Samsung as an industry first, the machine-learning Quantum Processor employs its AI capabilities to learn and compare millions of images that help it to calibrate lower-resolution sources and optimize them into 8K-quality content regardless of the original format. With that, the issue of currently-limited native 8K content is a non-issue for Samsung’s 2019 QLED TVs, therefore earning the TVs a prestigious Innovation Award at CES 2019. This is Samsung’s smartest and most powerful TV yet.

The key products in the 2019 QLED line-up include a suite of 8K and 4K TVs, such as the 8K Q900R that ranges from 65-inch to 98-inch in size, as well as the 4K Q90R,  Q75R and Q60R that range from 49-inch to 82-inch in size. In total, the expanded 2019 QLED line-up features more than 20 models and includes more large-screen models.

The Best Picture Quality with Significantly Improved Viewing Angles and Black Levels
Equipped with an upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, Samsung’s 2019 QLED TVs will allow for backlight to pass through the TV’s panels more evenly onto the screen, thanks to the improved panel structure and new screen calibration algorithms which enhance the TV’s viewing angles. It delivers consistently stunning picture quality from every viewing angle without glare or reflections in the daytime or in brightly-lit rooms.

Along with several picture quality upgrades in 2019, the adoption of Direct Full Array models1 has nearly doubled from last year. Direct Full Array technology puts backlit LEDs behind the panel for precise brightness control, allowing the light to be adjusted individually to create deeper blacks. Algorithms that recognize and adjust black colors more precisely analyse the characteristics of each scene in real-time for brightness distribution and black ratios to control the backlight and help the 2019 QLED TVs deliver superb black color reproduction.
   
In addition, all Samsung 2019 QLED TVs will feature HDR10+, a premium picture processing format. The HDR10+ standard makes bright scenes brighter and dark scenes darker by optimising the contrast for each scene, so that users can enjoy a detail-rich picture. The QLED 8K TVs will also support HDMI 2.1 (8K 60P) transmission.


Magic Screen Offers an even greater Variety of Decoration and Art
Through Magic Screen, Samsung’s QLED TVs elevate the home setting by displaying decorative content, useful information, your own photos, and can even mimic the texture of the wall behind it2. In addition, an even wider variety of themes are now available, which allows users to further customise Magic Screen to complement the décor of their homes. Customers can also sync their ambient screens with music when the TV is not in active use.

Samsung QLED TVs come with an automatic light control sensor as well, allowing it to adapt its brightness levels to give users the optimal viewing experience, regardless of whether you’re watching TV late at night or in the bright morning sunshine.

Samsung 2019 QLED TV Lineup   
To celebrate the arrival of its 2019 QLED TVs, Samsung will be having a roadshow at Centre Court, Mid Valley with limited-time and exciting promotions, starting from the 8th till 12th May 2019:


Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV Lineup is now available for purchase at all local Samsung Brand Stores and authorised dealers nationwide.

Wipro acquires largest Filipino personal care company Splash Corporation

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(L-R) Andy Manotok, Deepak Chandran, Rhodette Y Gamba, Kumar Chander, Wendy Yeh and Marco Manuel B Nieto
Wipro Consumer Care, the number two Personal Care company in Malaysia and owner of the number one Halal facial care brand Safi, has announced the acquisition of Splash Corporation (Splash), a leading Philippine Personal Care company.

This acquisition, the 11th by Wipro Consumer Care and the largest since its acquisition of Malaysian-born company Unza in 2007, is part of the company’s vision to becoming one of the top three players in the Personal Care category across Asia.

Acquiring Splash will strengthen its portfolio of leading brands and completes its footprint across South East Asia. It will also see the Malaysia based business, Wipro Unza, play an even greater role as a regional innovation and manufacturing hub with the company predicting that exports from Malaysia will increase by double digits.

Commenting on the transaction, Mr. Kumar Chander, President – South East Asia and MENA region, Wipro Consumer Care said, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Splash Corporation today which further strengthens our position in the Philippines, the third largest beauty and personal care market in the region, valued at over USD 4 billion.

Mr Deepak Chandran, Chief Financial Officer – International Business, Wipro Consumer Care, said, “The acquisition is in line with our vision of becoming one of the top three players in the personal care market in Asia and our strategy of investing in market-leading local brands in emerging markets. We see significant opportunity to leverage both companies’ established manufacturing, world-class R&D sourcing capabilities, sales and marketing to drive growth in the Philippines and across the region where we both have strong brand equity.”

Kumar Chander President - South East Asia and MENA
Region Wipro giving his speech
The acquisition enables Wipro to further establish its presence in the attractive and growing Philippine market by leveraging Splash’s distribution capabilities across key categories, as well as in other countries where Splash has a strong presence, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and across the Middle East.

“We look forward to bringing Splash’s market leading and innovative products to Malaysian consumers and sharing our own leading personal care brands with more people across the region. We’re to achieve this alongside Splash’s passionate and experienced team who have successfully built a leading business over the last 30 years,” said Mr Wendy Yeh, Merger & Acquisitions, Wipro Unza.

Wipro will look at opportunities to share its market leading brands like men’s toiletries range Romano, skin replenishing brand Bio Essence and body lotion brand Enchanteur with more consumers across the region. Similarly, they will look at expanding Splash’s brands to other international markets where Wipro has a footprint, including Malaysia.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dr. Rolando B. Hortaleza, CEO and founder of Splash Corporation, said, “I am pleased that Splash is now part of the Wipro family, giving us immediate access to resources and markets that will fuel faster growth and enable us to unlock the true potential of our products.

Mr Marco Manuel Nieto, General Manager – International Sales & Marketing, Splash Corporation, said, “Wipro shares our approach to building strong brands based on local consumer insights and achieving this with operational efficiency. With Wipro’s marketing expertise and international distribution network, we can share our brands with more people in the Philippines, Malaysia and across the region.”

Splash is the largest Filipino owned personal care player in the market, holding a top five position with well-known and iconic brands across four key categories – whitening, exfoliants, hair care and germicidal. Splash’s brands include SkinWhite, a leading brand in body lotions, Maxi-peel, the number one brand of exfoliants in the market, and Vitress, a leave-on hair conditioner.

Watsons Brings Cheer To 30 Welfare Homes Across Malaysia This Ramadan

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The month of Ramadan is the time of giving and caring, which brings out the spirit of togetherness. It is important to have gratitude for the blessings received and to give back to the community during the holy month. Watsons Malaysia has taken the opportunity to contribute to 30 welfare homes nationwide this year through its “Ada Hati Raya Menjadi-jadi” CSR campaign in-line with the upcoming festivities of Hari Raya. The campaigns aim to remind Malaysians to be thoughtful and caring to those our community. A total of RM100,000 worth of Watsons brand product include health, personal and skin care products were donated to the 30 welfare homes across Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak.

Watsons has continuously embarked on a yearly CSR initiative and believes that giving back in any form, shape or manner will give a positive impact to the society. It is Watsons' tradition as a brand to encourage shoppers to "Feel Great" by encouraging actions of good deeds with pure and honest intentions.
“We are very honoured to initiate Watsons “Ada Hati Raya Menjadi-Jadi”, which is our very own community outreach programme in-line with observing the holy practices of the month of Ramadan. Giving has always brought out the best in people. We at Watsons are taking the opportunity to give back to the community during the month of Ramadan, it is common to practice compassion for others in need and gratitude for all that we have received. In this day and age, where we are always rushed for time. We must never forget to repay our gratitude for what we have in the form of giving back to those who are in need and we hope this campaign will help spread the word to our loyal Watsons customers too where we hope they can perform random acts of kindness. At Watsons we advocate our customers to “Look Good, Feel Great” and feeling great does not refer to the material things that we possess but rather an emotionally fulfilling experience for you and your loved ones,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

“We feel very grateful and thankful for the generosity of Watsons in their contribution of products which are much needed by the kids in the home especially for coming Raya preparations,” said Puan Rohana of Pertubuhan Rumah Kasih Harmoni.

“It is important during the preparation for Raya for individuals or companies to take the kids of our shelter home for some shopping as they won’t feel left out and alone for they were abandoned by their parents. As such, we thank Watsons for its contribution of products which makes it a real Raya celebration for all,” said Mak Pah of Rumah Titian Kaseh.

The 30 underprivileged homes that collaborated with Watsons in its “Ada Hati Raya Menjadi-jadi” campaign are Care Heaven (Sabah), Pusat Penjagaan Anak-anak Yatim & Miskin Nurul Iman (Perak), Rumah Seri Kenangan Kanga (Perlis), Amitabha Old Folks Shelter (Kuala Lumpur), Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah (Selangor), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Orang Tua dan Kanak-kanak Cacat Shan Ai (Selangor), Pusat Jagaan Orang Kurang Upaya Si Putih (Negeri Sembilan), Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Harapan (Melaka), Darul Hanan- Rumah Anak Yatim dan Miskin Kelab Balkis (Kelantan), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Seri Cahaya (Pulau Pinang), Rumah Intan (Pulau Pinang), Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged (Pulau Pinang), House of Love (Pertubuhan Rumah Anak Yatim Berkat Kasih) (Selangor), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim/ Anak Miskin Kelang (Selangor), Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kesayangan (Selangor), Rumah Nur Iman (Pahang), Good Samaritan Home (Selangor), Wealth Creation for Orphanage Children (Kedah), Rumah Sejahtera Taman Bahagia (Terengganu), Pusat Jagaan Wargatua Sherun (Johor), Comfort Nursing Home (Sarawak), Pusat Jagaan Titian OKU Nur (Selangor), Pusat Jagaan Warga Tua Maimunah (Johor), Johor Cheshire Home (Johor), The Sarawak Cheshire Home (Sarawak), The Salvation Army Children’s Home (Sarawak), Pusat Jagaan Nurhidayu (Selangor), Ractar Orphanage (Selangor), Rumah Titian Kasih (Kuala Lumpur) and Rumah Kasih Harmoni (Kuala Lumpur).

During this Ramadan, customers can enjoy savings up to 50% in-store and online. Customers can shop 24/7 on the Watsons Mobile App and at Watsons’ website at www.watsons.com.my too. For more details, please follow Watsons Malaysia on both Facebook and Instagram.

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Introducing the New Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab A (2019) Models: Perfect for Everyone & Ready for All Your Different Needs

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A tablet is the combination of laptop and smartphone, making it a highly versatile companion that you can rely on to do a variety of tasks. Today, thanks to companies like Samsung who revolutionised the tablet technology, the tablet is an absolute power work tool. It exists in almost every household either as a note-taking machine, an entertainment centre and sometimes even as a remote control.

The tablet journey is far from over and to continue serving us in this tech-driven world, Samsung is introducing its three newest tablets – the Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab A10.1, and Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen – where each variant has been thoughtfully put together to accommodate the needs of tablet users, be it for work, leisure, or family.

“Samsung has continued to evolve together with the world and we are glad to introduce our latest tablets, the Galaxy Tab S5e and new Galaxy Tab As to support people who are increasingly mobile. Through the Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung’s flagship tablet, users are given a premium option that will cater to those looking for a “one-fits-all” device. The Galaxy Tab A10.1 and Tab A with S Pen, on the other hand, are the optimal devices for home and family entertainment, perfect for the millennial parent who is also price-savvy. With the effort put into creating these devices, we believe that you will find our new generation of tablets most rewarding,” said Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Galaxy Tab S5e
Ask around for the quality that is most appreciated among millennials in the workplace and you’d often get these two responses: efficiency and multitasking. Catered to the confident achievers in Malaysia who are always on the lookout for the absolute best, the Galaxy Tab S5e was designed to keep up with their hectic professional and personal lives, ultimately giving its users the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.

Its reinvented design is further proof of that. Samsung trimmed away a significant amount of bulk while ensuring that the tablet’s power and productivity remains better than ever. This gave birth to the thinnest and lightest tablet in the world within the 10” segment: the Galaxy Tab S5e. At 5.5mm thin and weighing at about 400g, this allows users to complete their million daily tasks without feeling tied down by one bulky device. With the Galaxy Tab S5e, less is truly more.

Apart from work, the Galaxy Tab S5e boasts a gorgeous Super AMOLED display and four stereo speakers tuned by AKG. With these features, users are able to bring a portable cinematic experience with them wherever they go. Moreover, with a 7,040 mAh powerhouse battery along with up to 15 hours of video playback and up to 512GB of expandable storage via microSD card, getting through a day of heavy usage and storage of lots of heavy content will be the least of your worries.

Galaxy Tab A (2019)
Keeping millennial parents and families in mind, Samsung is also introducing two new devices in the Galaxy Tab A (2019) series. Arriving in two variants, the Galaxy Tab A10.1 and Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, these tablets will not only keep parents and their children entertained for hours at a time, but will also provide parents with a notable tool for productivity.

The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has an enhanced design with a thin and compact sleek metal body. Its improved user interface allows for more work to be done more efficiently and its upgraded high-resolution display makes for a great immersive leisurely viewing experience. Its improved user interface also allows preview details of all browsing pages in one screen, presenting a highly-efficient tablet experience.

The Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen, like the Galaxy Tab A10.1, takes children’s modern-day education into account. Recognising that tech devices should not only be for entertainment, the tablets in the Galaxy Tab A series come pre-loaded with educational apps that may play a significant role in a child’s development. Furthermore, the Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen comes with an embedded S-Pen for added portability and productivity.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Tab A10.1, and Tab A with S-Pen are now available at all Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealers with starting prices from RM1,999, RM1,299, RM899, and RM1,099 respectively. The Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab A10.1 are available in Gold and Black, while the Tab A with S-Pen is available in Gray and Black so users are free to choose the colour that best suits their style.

For more information about the Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab A (2019) models, please visit www.samsung.com/my/tablets/galaxy-tab-s5e-t725/SM-T725NZDAXME/ and www.samsung.com/my/tablets/galaxy-tab-a/.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Product Specifications


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Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen Product Specifications

AirAsia officiates newest hub in Lombok

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AirAsia recently officiated its newest hub on the island of Lombok in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province.

AirAsia’s new Lombok hub is part of ongoing efforts to support the Indonesian government and Ministry of Tourism’s initiative to develop Lombok as one of “10 New Balis”.

At the officiating ceremony, AirAsia unveiled a specially designed livery featuring Lombok’s tourism icons, such as the majestic Mount Rinjani and the underwater charm of the Gili islands, which are located to the northwest of Lombok.

The Airbus A320 aircraft with registration code PK-AXU will operate the recently announced flights from Lombok’s Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport to Perth, Australia beginning 9 June 2019, as well as connect domestic destinations such as Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali in the near future.

Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said, “Thank you, AirAsia, for making Lombok a hub and also supporting the Wonderful Indonesia campaign with this amazing aircraft livery. In developing tourism destinations, I always use the 3As formula: Attractions, Access, Amenities. What AirAsia has done is aligned with this, especially Access.

“AirAsia has made the right choice by picking Lombok as Mandalika has been selected one of the 10 New Balis. Backed by its natural beauty and cultural heritage, the number of international visitors to Lombok has been rapidly growing, and we truly appreciate AirAsia’s cooperation in helping us to develop Indonesian tourism.”

Indonesian Director General of Air Transport Polana B Pramesti said, “The officiating of AirAsia’s Lombok hub is a positive move, especially in growing the number of international visitors. Nonetheless, airlines are required to continue ensuring safety, security, service and compliance to aviation regulations.”

AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan said, "We are very pleased to inaugurate our newest hub here in Lombok, a destination with rich tourism charms, and one that holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Today’s announcement will not only enhance international and domestic connectivity, but also create local job opportunities, stimulate tourism growth, and contribute to Lombok’s vitally important visitor economy.”

AirAsia will also launch a number of sustainability initiatives following relief efforts by its philanthropic arm, AirAsia Foundation, which has worked with Yayasan Arkom Indonesia to build temporary shelters and residential areas on the island following a series of earthquakes in 2018.

Kurniawan added: "Data from Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism shows that AirAsia continues to be the largest contributor of international visitors to the country, accounting for around 3.2 million foreign arrivals or 25% of all international visitors to Indonesia last year. With two aircraft being based in Lombok, today’s announcement affirms AirAsia's commitment to support tourism here in Indonesia by helping to develop Lombok into one of the 10 New Balis, and we hope our new livery slogan ‘I Love Lombok’ will encourage more people to visit our new home."

Lombok is AirAsia's fifth hub in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bali. Since commencing flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lombok in 2012, AirAsia has carried more than one million international visitors to the island.

Bank Islam Facilitates Implementation Of Green Technology Project

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(From left) Bank Islam’s CEO, Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Encik Ahmad Haliman Abdul Halim, Head of Commercial Banking, Bank Islam, Tuan Haji Omar Khalid, CEO, TiME Marine Services his Executive Director Encik Hamidon Md Khayon
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) recently signed a financing facility agreement with TiME Marine Services Sdn Bhd to part finance its green technology project known as ‘Onshore Hydrocarbon Recovery from Sludge’ in collaboration with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

Time Marine Services, a multi-services company for the oil and gas industry, is the winner of the third PETRONAS Technology Challenge announced in September 2018. The PETRONAS Technology Challenge is a technology crowdsourcing initiative which aims to seek innovative solutions to address PETRONAS operational pain-points. TiME Marine Services Sdn Bhd proposed a solution consisting of a biodegradable chemical and mechanical technologies that can effectively recover hydrocarbon, water and other solids from the oily sludge. The proposed solution will also see to the reduction of cost and minimisation of original disposal to the third party waste management body.

At the ceremony, Head of Commercial Banking, Encik Ahmad Haliman Abdul Halim signed the agreement on behalf of Bank Islam together with Tuan Haji Omar Khalid, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TiME Marine Services.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, CEO of Bank Islam and Encik Hamidon Md Khayon, Executive Director of TiME Marine Services.

Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed said, “Bank Islam is pleased to provide financing that will support ethical and green solutions to the petroleum industry. Providing this facility exemplifies our value-based intermediation initiatives to serve the real economy as well as to support the government’s initiative for the advancement and implementation of green technology solutions in this country.”

Bank Islam is also one of PETRONAS’ financing partners in the national oil & gas company’s Vendor Financing Programme, which aims to provide the local oil & gas services & equipment (OGSE) sector easier access to project funding. Since the collaboration started in 2018, Bank Islam has already approved more than RM180 million of banking facilities to 45 vendors.

Jordan Asia Pacific Kick starts Green Clean Campaign To Raise Awareness on 3R

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Jordan’s first recycled plastic toothbrush introduced as part of 3R campaign
(From left) Mr. William Koong, CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, Professor Dr. P. Agamuthu, Professor, University of Malaya, Mr. Eric Yong, Country Manager of Malaysia for Jordan Asia Pacific, Her Excellency Ms. Gunn Jorid Rose
Jordan Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. launched their Green Clean campaign at Me.reka Makerspace, Publika Shopping Gallery recently, as part of their efforts to raise the awareness on the 3R concept: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Norway to Malaysia, Her Excellency Ms. Gunn Jorid Roset, and officiated by the Director General of the Department of Environment (DOE), Malaysia, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Kamarulnajuib bin Che Ibrahim. The event also saw the attendance of environmental non-governmental organisations as a show of support for Jordan’s Green Clean initiative.

The Green Clean campaign is expected to run from April to December in different phases, expected to be revealed later. Eric Yong, Country Manager of Jordan Asia Pacific said, “Recognising the need to raise the awareness on the 3Rs in Malaysia, we aim to work with our eco-partners to share as much information to the public through the help of our media colleagues over the course of this campaign.” Sharing a ‘sneak preview’ of what is to come in the next phase, Eric said, “We will be rolling out an old toothbrush collection drive and when that takes place, we hope to get as much support from the Malaysian public as possible.”

Speaking at the event were Professor Dr. P. Agamuthu, a Professor at the University of Malaya, as well as International Advisory Board Member of the Society of Solid Waste Management Experts in Asia and Pacific Islands, and William Koong, the Chief Executive Officer of Biji-Biji Initiative, a leading social enterprise which champions sustainable living, reusing wastes creatively, and collaborative production using discarded materials.

According to Professor Dr. P. Agamuthu, there were approximately 14 million tonnes of municipal solid wastes generated in Malaysia in 2019, or 40,000 tonnes a day, and the overall recycling rate that year was 17.5 per cent. He also shared that plastic was the second highest household waste at 13.2 per cent, behind food waste which comprised of 44.5 per cent household waste composition in 2017.

Professor Dr. P. Agamuthu said, “Malaysia aims to become a zero-waste nation and that is where 3R comes in. In order to reduce the generation of wastes, we need to reuse, recycle and compost most of what is thrown away. Unfortunately, the current uptake of 3R is minimal as a majority of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills.” He continued, “3R is important to avoid the mining and extraction of new materials, to reduce demands on natural resources, to reduce carbon and other emissions, for waste reduction, and to reduce the usage of non-renewable energies. In order to successfully implement 3R in Malaysia, participation of all stakeholders is crucial.”

Sharing his knowledge on plastic recycling, William added, “Plastics are classified into seven different categories and not all of them are recyclable. In fact, some plastics produce hazardous materials after being reused multiple times or if being put under extreme conditions. It is therefore important to reduce plastic usage and to avoid single-use plastics.” He continued, “Plastic recycling plays a part in providing a source of sustainable raw materials while reducing the impact to the environment and landfill problems.”

Her Excellency Ms. Gunn Jorid Roset also shared information on Norway’s efforts in plastic recycling. She said, “97 per cent of plastic bottles in Norway are recycled. This being the outcome of our nationwide bottle deposit scheme.” She added, “Plastic producers also play a part in improving plastic recycling in Norway. They are incentivised with zero taxation on Environmental Tax if they achieve a collective recycling target of 95 per cent.”

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Kamarulnajuib said, “The 3Rs are the cornerstone to becoming a zero-waste nation and this cannot be achieved overnight. Everyone plays a part in the efforts to becoming a sustainable nation. From separating your household wastes, to manufacturing fully recycled products for consumption, it is crucial for us to start being ‘Eco at Heart’.”

“It is also important for us to look at another R, which is “Replace”. Manufacturers and importers need to look into alternatives which are friendly to the environment and safe to use. Consumers also need to be discerning when purchasing consumables and equip themselves with the knowledge on which products are eco-friendlier as compared to others.” he continued.

During the launch, Jordan introduced the Green Clean Toothbrush, which Jordan says is their greenest toothbrush ever. Sandee Chai, Jordan Asia Pacific’s Regional Brand Manager said, “At our core, we are 100 per cent Eco at Heart. Designed by renowed interior designer, Andreas Engesvik, the product’s functional design combined both beauty and sustainability in one eco-friendly Green Clean toothbrush.” She continued, “Made of 100 per cent recycled plastic, with 100 per cent bio-based bristles, and packaged in a 100 per cent green packaging, the Green Clean toothbrush has given materials a new life and has enabled the minimising of resource use, which is in line with our 3R philosophy.”