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Amal by Malaysia Airlines set to fly up to 20,000 pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season

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Malaysia Airlines’ cabin crew at a briefing with Tabung Haji at MAB Academy, Kelana Jaya.
Amal, the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage arm of Malaysia Airlines, is set to transport up to 20,000 pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season. The first flight is scheduled to depart KL International Airport (KLIA) to Jeddah and Madinah on 4 July 2019.

To ensure comfort and a seamless journey for pilgrims, Amal will be mounting up to 40 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jeddah, as well as Madinah, on the A380-800 for the first Hajj phase from 4 July until 5 August. The airline will also be operating up to 70 feeder flights, utilizing its B737-800 aircraft, to transport pilgrims from Alor Setar, Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Terengganu to KLIA.

CEO of Amal by Malaysia Airlines, Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin giving his speech at the crew briefing at MAB Academy, Kelana Jaya.
Chief Executive Officer of Amal by Malaysia Airlines, Hazman Hilmi said, "It is an absolute privilege to be able to transport pilgrims to perform their Hajj for the upcoming season. Amal by Malaysia Airlines will be utilising the spacious A380-800 aircraft, configured with unique pilgrim centric in-flight features such as Talbiyah, Doa Musaffir, Azan on board, Tazkirah on board and Miqat announcement to ensure that the pilgrimage experience begins the moment they step into the aircraft.

Group photo of CEO of Amal by Malaysia Airlines, Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin together with the senior management team from Amal and Tabung Haji as well as the cabin crew.
Our Hajj pilgrims are usually the more senior and elderly and 70% of them are flying for the first time. We are confident that our well trained crew and ground staff will be able to serve the pilgrims with highest level of service in line with Menyantuni Dhuyufurrahman.”

The second phase of the operations will commence on 18 August and will be completed on 12 September 2019.

Tabung Haji Senior General Manager Dato’ Sri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman, giving his speech at the crew briefing at MAB Academy, Kelana Jaya.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur Marks First Anniversary with Month-Long Celebration

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After a debut year packed with excitement and accolades, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur ushers in its first anniversary with a month-long celebration featuring curated events, glamorous dining and incredible savings. It’s the perfect opportunity to return for another remarkable Four Seasons experience, or to immerse in the Hotel’s exceptional facilities for the first time.

Four Seasons has brought a brand-new energy and style into the heart of Kuala Lumpur, as evidenced by the number of awards it has received since opening in July 2018 – from being named the Top Asia Hotel Opening by Luxury Travel Adviser to taking home the Best Hotel Development title at the Asia Property Awards.

“We’ve had an incredibly strong start, and we couldn’t be more delighted,” says Tom Roelens, General Manager. “It’s very rewarding to be appreciated on such coveted global platforms.”

To celebrate its glittering debut and set the tone for an even more exciting second year, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur presents a series of celebratory offers through the month of July 2019.

Celebrate Award-Winning Cocktails at Bar Trigona: With a revolutionary approach to sourcing ingredients and formulating recipes, Bar Trigona has emerged as a superstar in its own right. Over the past year, it has garnered a place on Asia’s 50 Best Bars prestigious list as well as winning the Ketel One Sustainable Bar title at Asia’s 50 Best Bar Awards. Bar Trigona was also nominated as the Best New Cocktail Bar in Asia-Pacific by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

On the afternoon of July 10, Bar Trigona will host a masterclass celebrating its partnerships with local farmers – a core aspect of the bar’s sustainability ethos. Explore a soul-satisfying range of homegrown products including mutiara figs, cacao and madu kelulut or stingless bee honey. Cocktail aficionados can also savour a selection of specially priced award-winning drinks every evening, through the month of July.

25 Percent Savings at The Spa. 
Indulge in bespoke wellbeing rituals at The Spa, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. With every massage or treatment, guests receive 25 percent savings to celebrate the Hotel’s one-year anniversary. Relax with the Rotan Manau Herbal Tungku Massage (a deep tissue massage using KUEM Royal Heritage Oil), rediscover radiance with the 24 Carat Gold Facial (a rejuvenating treatment with precious metals) and address specific concerns with Mesotherapy (a cutting-edge face and body therapy developed by Skeyndor).

Anniversary Stay Offer. 
Perfect for travellers heading to this vibrant city, or residents in the mood for an indulgent staycation – book a value-priced getaway now at the Hotel website. In-house guests enjoy more for less through the month of July. Get 15 percent off on the room, Spa treatments and all dining, with a lavish daily breakfast at Curate. Don’t miss the All-Day Happy Hour at the Pool Bar, with an attractively priced selection of drinks and snacks.

Celebration Menus at Yun House. 
Starting on July 1, diners can sample Chef Jimmy Wong’s signature dishes crafted for the Hotel’s first anniversary. Savour a feast by the resplendent floral wall at glamorous Yun House, the place for Cantonese cuisine in the city, or book a private dining room for a party. Each dish is a delight for those who love Chinese cuisine.

Anniversary Afternoon Tea at The Lounge. 
Celebrate the afternoon with a delectable Afternoon Tea at The Lounge, an airy and inviting venue where Kuala Lumpur’s sophisticates love to see and be seen. Indulge in a curated selection of afternoon tea delights, including classic warm scones, a creative array of tea sandwiches and canapes, decadent pastries, a selection of the finest tea blends and a special surprise from the chefs to celebrate the Hotel’s first anniversary. (Priced at MYR 148 per person.)

Special Lunch and Dinner Buffet Offer at Curate. 
Enjoy an extravagant buffet at Curate, the Hotel’s chic open-kitchen restaurant where you can marvel as talented chefs sear, carve and toss their woks in effortless style. The international selection ranges from Malaysian favourites, to Western classics, to one-of-a-kind Four Seasons specialties. (Lunch on weekdays and dinner every evening, priced at MYR 125 and MYR 150 respectively.)

Prices are inclusive of all taxes. To reserve a stay, meal or spa treatment at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, chat with the Hotel on the Four Seasons App or through WhatsApp at +60-323828888.

120 Lucky Watsons Shoppers And Their Friends Rewarded With A Raya Night To Remember With Ayda Jebat

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[From Left] Foo Hwei Jiek, Head of Trading of Watsons Malaysia, Ayda Jebat, Watsons Malaysia Ambassador, and Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia.
120 lucky Watsons members and their friends were treated to a meet and greet and Raya dinner and celebration with Ayda Jebat, Watsons Ambassador & Malaysia’s top actress and singer. This event was part of the Watsons Switch.Save.Win “Meet and Greet with Ayda Jebat” contest held from 13 May to 12 June 2019 which attracted high entries. To enter the contest, a Watsons member simply needed to spend RM50 on Watsons brand product (in a single receipt) to be eligible for one entry, or two entries with a purchase of RM50 of at least one (1) of the participating Watsons brands (Nutrabliss by Watsons, Collagen by Watsons, Hair System by Watsons, Naturals by Watsons, Target Pro by Watsons). While Watsons Elite members had the advantage of submitting five entries with a purchase of RM50 on Watsons Brand product. The contest was only open exclusively to Watsons members.

Ms Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia says, “We are thrilled that Ayda Jebat is part of our Watsons family for this year and also took time off her busy schedule to meet her fans who are also Watsons ELITE members. One of the many benefits if being a Watsons ELITE member is that you get to be invited to attend Watsons exclusive events and launches in a year.”

All winners with Ayda Jebat and Watsons management team.
“Watsons brand products offers great quality and value, and is well received by our customers since the brand’s introduction to the market. This year, we decided to combine the festivities of Hari Raya and giving a special treat to our shoppers who are also Ayda Jebat fans in the Switch And Save contest campaign.” said Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia.

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During the exclusive meet and greet event with Ayda Jebat, 120 winners with their friends were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner and had the opportunity to engage with Ayda Jebat on fun activities on-stage and had personal photo sessions with the singer as well, not to mention walking away with Watsons goodies. Present at the event were also Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia and Foo Hwei Jiek, Head of Trading of Watsons Malaysia. “It was a pleasure to have met the loyal shoppers of Watsons whom are also my fans in a fun and festive setting. I truly enjoyed the time spent with them and hope they were entertained with my Raya songs”, said Ayda Jebat at the event.

For    exclusive    promotions    and    offers    on    Watsons    Brand    products,    visit www.watsons.com.my/promo-watsons-brand

AirAsia surprises young patients at Hospital Putrajaya

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Some 60 children in Hospital Putrajaya’s pediatric ward received a surprise visit yesterday from a group of Allstar volunteers led by AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, who brought them Hari Raya Aidilfitri cheer with duit raya and gifts.

The volunteers also handed fruit baskets and a cake to the medical team to thank them for taking care of their young patients during the festive month.

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Razer and Visa Announce Partnership to Transform Payments in Southeast Asia

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Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced a first of its kind partnership that will transform payments in the gaming industry by bringing the scale and reach of Visa’s global network to Razer Pay e-wallet users.

The partnership will see Razer’s financial technology arm, Razer Fintech, join Visa’s fintech fast-track program, which is designed to make it easier for fintechs to access the global Visa payments network. Here, Razer Fintech and Visa will develop a virtual Visa prepaid solution to be embedded in the Razer Pay e-wallet, that will allow up to 60 million Razer users to make payments wherever Visa is accepted at 54 million merchant locations worldwide.

Chris Clark, Regional President, Asia Pacific, Visa, said: “We are pleased to partner with such a forward-looking and innovative company that understands the value and importance of expanding access to digital payments. This announcement reaffirms Visa’s commitment to the fast-growing and digitally savvy Southeast Asia region. Together, Visa and Razer Fintech have the opportunity to transform the payments experience for not only the gaming community but many of Southeast Asia’s unbanked and underserved consumers as well.”

Min-Liang Tan, Co-Founder and CEO of Razer, said: “Razer Fintech is a core growth initiative for Razer as we continue to empower digital payments across emerging markets, starting from Southeast Asia. We are incredibly excited with the opportunities that this innovative payment solution serves to millions of consumers, connecting them to an extensive network of merchants globally. This partnership with Visa significantly extends Razer Fintech’s position as the largest offline-to-online digital payment network in the region.”

INTEGRATION OF VISA PREPAID SOLUTION INTO RAZER PAY
Razer Fintech and Visa look to roll out an exclusive Razer-branded Visa prepaid payment solution integrated into Razer Pay via a mini-app, which will cement Razer Pay’s position as one of Southeast Asia’s leading e-wallet platforms.

By leveraging Visa’s global network, Razer Pay users will be able to make payments wherever Visa is accepted. The prepaid solution will complement Razer Pay’s existing offerings, which include everyday essentials such as mobile top-ups, leading virtual credits, and entertainment purchases for music and streaming services. Users will also enjoy a slew of exciting benefits and rewards when using their prepaid cards for ecommerce transactions and when they make purchases overseas.

The integrated prepaid card solution will offer users the same convenient top-up and cash-out methods available on Razer Pay, underpinned by an advanced privacy and security framework. Razer Pay has collaborated with innovative partners to amplify its existing offerings by introducing ride-hailing, movie ticketing, and utility payments in streamlined mini-applications.

BRINGING FINANCIAL INCLUSION TO SOUTHEAST ASIA’S UNBANKED AND UNDERSERVED
Southeast Asia has a large unbanked and underserved population of over 438 million*. The partnership between Razer Fintech and Visa has the potential to extend micro-financial services to this underserved segment. Southeast Asia is also home to a massive youth and millennial population of over 213 million**.

The collaboration between Razer Fintech and Visa aims to empower this segment of early adopters and introduce interactive and straightforward financial planning capabilities with a Razer-gamified twist. These capabilities will help to enhance the financial literacy levels of the Southeast Asia population. Razer Fintech and Visa’s partnership will help meet the unmet demands of this sizeable market and provide innovative financial tools for youths and millennials to participate in the global cashless economy.

Razer Fintech and Visa anticipate rolling out these solutions progressively in selected countries across Southeast Asia in the coming months, before expanding globally. 

*KPMG Fintech: Opening the door to the unbanked and underbanked in Southeast Asia, accessed at: https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2016/04/fintech-opening-the-door-to-the-unbanked-and-underbanked-in-southeast-asia.html
**ASEAN’s First ASEAN Youth Development Index 2017

Sun Life Malaysia Names Hairul Azreen As Brand Ambassador

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(L-R) Raymond Lew, CEO & President/Country Head of Sun Life Malaysia, with Hairul Azreen at the official Sun Life Malaysia Brand Ambassador signing ceremony.
Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad (collectively Sun Life Malaysia), a life insurance and family takaful provider respectively, announced today their appointment of celebrity actor and fitness enthusiast, Hairul Azreen, as their Brand Ambassador for 2019/2020.

Commenting on the announcement, Raymond Lew, CEO & President / Country Head of Sun Life Malaysia, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Hairul onboard as Sun Life Malaysia’s Brand Ambassador. He is a natural fit to our business purpose of helping Malaysians achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives.  We look forward to working with him to positively impact Malaysians towards healthy living financially, physically and mentally.”

Hairul Azreen shared his excitement of joining the Sun Life Malaysia family, saying, “I am a firm believer in the importance of ensuring insurance and takaful protection for our loved ones especially as a husband and father of two. At the same time, staying healthy and active is vital for our overall wellness and I share Sun Life Malaysia’s commitment and mission to empower Malaysians to take charge of their lives.”

The 31 year old actor has made a mark in the Malaysian film industry starring in a string of action-packed films, most notably in the 2018 military-action film, Paskal. Hairul has received praise far and wide for his leading role as Lieutenant Commander Arman Rahmat, and has just completed filming another action flick, Wira, due for release by the end of 2019.


Hairul will be appearing across a variety of Sun Life Malaysia campaigns from August onwards. Fans and fitness enthusiasts alike can look forward to meeting Hairul at an array of community outreach events as well as the highly anticipated Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run in early 2020.

For the latest news and information on Sun Life Malaysia, visit: www.sunlifemalaysia.com or follow   Sun Life Malaysia on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sunlifemalaysia and Instagram at www.instagram.com/sunlifemalaysia_my.

Watsons Raises RM29,775 For “World Tapir Day” Pocotee & Friends and Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) Collaborates In Conservation Campaign Of Tapirs

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In conjunction with the “World Tapir Day”, which is held on 27 April annually, Naturals by Watsons, an exclusive Watsons brand, raised RM29,775 through a nationwide campaign. The “We Hug Tapir” campaign was organized by Watsons for the third year consecutively, in-collaboration with Pocotee & Friends and the Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY). With only four species of tapir left in the world, it is classified as an endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. The campaign aimed to educate the public about tapir awareness and the importance of conservation towards the environment. By supporting tapir conservation activities, it also helps in creating the awareness in the conservation of rainforest and other habitats.

A mock cheque was presented to Elena, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY), at the “Natural by Watsons We Hug Tapir Campaign”. The fund raised was derived from the sales of Natural by Watsons line, ranging from hair care to body care. It was a collective effort as Watsons contributed RM1 from every item sold under the brand towards the campaign (between 1 April to 29 April 2019). The fund will be channeled to the Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) in support of its mission of conserving Malaysian’s unique habitat, plants and wildlife as well as promoting sustainable tourism as one of the key element of conservation.

“We are excited to partner with the Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) again for this year’s “We Hug Tapir” campaign and continue our mission of conserving Malaysia’s heritage and wildlife. Through this campaign, we took the opportunity to educate our shoppers about the awareness of tapirs and how the decline of its population will affect our ecosystem. With the destruction of the forest, tapirs are forced to the brink of extinction along with countless other species. Not only would it disrupt key ecological processes such as seed dispersal and nutrient recycling, it will also compromise the biodiversity of the forest ecosystem. Hence, we chose Natural by Watsons range of products as it resonates with the advocacy of using natural ingredients and promotes environmental consciousness. We would also like to thank our shoppers for purchasing the Natural by Watsons range of products during the campaign and joining in our initiative to save the tapirs and our environment,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

NATURALS BY WATSONS PHILOSOPHY
Naturals by Watsons believes that nature has everything you need to look youthful and more beautiful every day. We search the world to discover nature’s secret ingredients to help you grow more beautiful. Each range distils the essence of where beauty meets nature, with flowers, fruits, minerals and plants that rejuvenate and regenerate in a simple yet effective way. The result is a range of hair, body and skin care products that contain certified organic ingredients from high quality sources around the world. Our cruelty-free formulas have been dermatologically tested to guarantee maximum effectiveness and complete peace of mind.

Naturals by Watsons is available at all Watsons stores and online store.

Power Cordless with Panasonic Living New line up series revealed, enhancing the total range of Panasonic Living products

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Panasonic introduced a new line up of Living series and a new range of Panasonic Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner in an event conducted in Vipod Residences Kuala Lumpur. An extensive show was put up in the hub area to showcase the extensive range of Living products that Panasonic has to offer.

The Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia, Mr. Cheng Chee Chung said, “The demand for cordless stick vacuum cleaner has been steadily growing, due to the convenience provided by the cordless feature and more sophisticated features being added to the product. The cordless stick vacuum sales volume is around 32% of the total vacuum cleaner sales volume. As running time for stick vacuum cleaner increases, many consumers are switching to cordless stick vacuum cleaner as their main vacuum cleaner for their daily usage”.

“We have successfully achieved powerful suction, long runtime, easy to use while being able to provide a clean and comfortable space with this new Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, befitting our effort in enhancing the lifestyle of Malaysian”, Cheng added.

As the trend changed, fast paced lifestyle have caused the shifting in market demand from normal household vacuum to Stick Vacuum. Many consumers are switching to stick cordless vacuum cleaner and it is Panasonic’s strength to make life easier, better.
Power Cordless with Panasonic Living New line up series revealed, enhancing the total range of Panasonic Living products

Some of the key features that were introduced:
  • Achieved 200W suction power, highest in the history of Panasonic through the newly developed high power motor.
  • Runs up to 65 mins, longest in the product category with its 8 large capacity Lithium Ion battery
  • House dust sensor that detects up to 20μm, the size of a dust mite to improve the cleanliness of living area.
  • Full Capture Nozzle that cleans up corner and edges efficiently through its unique design and capable of cleaning all types of flooring
  • First Household Appliance to use cellulose fiber resin and achieved a weight of 2.6kg only


Also present were the famous KOLs and their appearance were indeed meaningful as they shared with the public on their cleaning tips using Panasonic Living products. This indeed solidifies Panasonic products as the perfect tool for your lifestyle.

Nafalia Corporation presents Showtime 1958

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The untold stories of Jalan Ampas studio.

 
At one time, Singapore was the movie hub where many Malay movie stars were discovered. However, in the 1950s with the emergence of black and white television as an alternative source of entertainment as well as the influx of foreign films into local cinemas, the Malay film industry slowed down which resulted in the closure of Jalan Ampas Studio after it being in operation for nearly 20 years. The struggles of these film stars will be featured in a periodic film titled 'Showtime 1958'. Written and directed by Anwardi Jamil, 'Showtime 1958' is inspired by the true events shared by the late Datuk Jamil Sulong.

'Showtime 1958' features several stories that unfold during a twenty-four hour period which takes place on an important date for the movie stars at Jalan Ampas Studio at that time. 1958 was a year where tough choices had to be made for many of the artistes involved as their careers were adversely affected when Malay Film Productions was troubled with financial difficulties. Those artistes who came from Malaya left Jalan Ampas Studio and returned to join Merdeka Film Studio which was established after Malaya achieved independence. Shah Iskandar, Amai Kamaruddin, Josiah Lim, Fatin Afifah, Bell Ngasri and Mubarak Majid have been casted for the roles in 'Showtime 1958’, Nafalia’s first feature film although having years of experience in producing drama series and shows for local television stations.

'Showtime 1958' is scheduled to start filming on June 17, 2019 and is targeted for cinema release in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei in early 2020.

Get latest updates on Showtime 1958 at:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/showtime.1958
Facebook: www.facebook.com/showtime.1958

AirAsia wins 11th consecutive World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award at Skytrax

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AirAsia also claims Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline and World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier Premium Cabin awards

(Rear fifth from left: AirAsia X Group CEO Nadda Buranasiri, AirAsia X Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Deputy Group CEO (Airlines) Bo Lingam flanked by AirAsia Cabin Crew

AirAsia has won World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 11th year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019.

AirAsia was also named Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline and won the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin award for its Premium Flatbed, available on widebody long-haul AirAsia X aircraft.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered the global benchmark of airline excellence. This year’s results were decided by a survey of 21.65 million customers of 100 nationalities who reviewed over 300 airlines from September 2018 to May 2019.

AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “It’s an honour to be recognised by Skytrax for the 11th consecutive year for our commitment to providing affordable travel and guest-obsessed service. The fact that these awards are based on direct feedback is gratifying and wonderful recognition for the Allstars who put so much effort and commitment into service excellence for our guests.”

AirAsia has always been a pioneer within the industry, serving as the vanguard of low-cost travel in Asia Pacific. Today, AirAsia operates an unrivalled network of more than 140 destinations from 25 hubs in 22 markets and has picked up numerous awards for innovation, customer service, operational safety and employee and workplace excellence.

AirAsia X Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said, “We once again continue to be recognised as providing the World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier Premium Cabins on our long-haul flights. Today’s win represents nine years of being the world’s best in this category and is dedicated to our Allstars who have been steadfast in upholding our corporate culture, mission and vision. This year, we will go even one step further by introducing the best of inflight comfort on the new Airbus A330neo, an aircraft which will change the face of long-haul flying as we know it. Combined with our renowned inflight service as a long-haul low-cost carrier, AirAsia X will strive to continue to offer excellent value for money to our guests to 30 destinations in 10 markets across the AirAsia Group long-haul network.”

The awards were accepted today at the Paris International Air Show by AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia X Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia Group Deputy CEO (Airlines) Bo Lingam, AirAsia X Group CEO Nadda Buranasiri and 11 Allstar cabin crew from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

To celebrate, AirAsia will be extending its latest AirAsia BIG Sale until 23 June 2019 (2400h, GMT +8). With fares starting at just RM12* from Kuala Lumpur to various domestic destinations and from RM89* for international destinations, there's never been a better time to book your next holiday. To book, visit airasia.com or download the AirAsia mobile app. 

For the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia), Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Instagram (instagram.com/AirAsia).

* Terms and conditions of AirAsia BIG Sale

Energizer® introduces new consumer-focused brand identity fronted by iconic Mr Energizer

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Leading battery brand unveils new logo, introduces new Max Plus™ range and announces new collaboration with Booking.com
Energizer® Brand Refresh Launch featuring from left to right: Mr Tan Suang Jak, Channel Director for Modern Trade, Energizer® Holdings Inc. ; Ms Diane Lee, Business Director – Malaysia & Singapore, Energizer® Holdings Inc. ; Mr Thean Onn Kee, Channel Director for Traditional Trade, Energizer® Holdings Inc. ; Mr Aaron Abner Ang, Senior Brand Manager – Malaysia, Singapore & Indonesia, Energizer® Holdings Inc.

Looking for a partner with super strength, an upbeat outlook, quick wit, endless endurance and dedication to powering the next adventure or achievement, big or small? Look no further. Mr EnergizerTM is your answer, and he’s more vibrant than ever.

Energizer®, makers of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™, the world’s longest-lasting AA battery, earlier this week introduced the brand’s new global re-energised look in the Malaysian market. This includes new packaging, in-store displays, logo and advertising for its battery product lines, as well as an even more prominent role for Mr EnergizerTM, the brand’s beloved charismatic character. The new visual treatments, to be rolled out nationwide in Malaysia beginning June 2019, will provide a contemporary look with a lighter, brighter presentation and a helpful new approach, with distinct colours deployed to help consumers more easily and intuitively find the best product to suit their needs. Whether it’s the world’s longest-lasting Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ AA battery, a lithium coin battery or an Energizer Recharge® rechargeable battery, the new packaging and colour schemes will help consumers quickly identify the right choice and be on their way.

“We spent three years developing our new look, talking with consumers and researching their preferences to deliver an experience that’s both powerful and fun,” said Diane Lee, Business Director – Malaysia & Singapore, Energizer® Holdings Inc. “They told us they want bright, clear and helpful packaging that will stand out in a cluttered aisle. And we know they love Mr EnergizerTM, so we’ve made sure consumers will get more of him and his larger-than-life personality everywhere, from in-store to our advertising.” 

“The Energizer® brand has been trusted by Malaysians for more than 40 years. With a reenergised brand and more intuitive packaging to help consumers make the right choice every time, we are confident in growing our brand from strength to strength in Malaysia while maintaining the proven formulas that they have come to know and trust. Beyond that, we are also introducing our new Max Plus™ range today to give consumers even more of the long lasting power they want, besides announcing a collaboration with Booking.com that will take Malaysians further on exciting journeys,” she added.

Mr EnergizerTM is the embodiment of physical energy, a living Energizer® battery who’s quick with a wink and a smile and always up for a new challenge or a friendly competition. He’s an animated character who lives in the real world and marvels at it with curious enthusiasm. His lasting endurance and fun-loving personality reflect the spirit of the Energizer® brand.

The changes represent the first major update to the Energizer® look since 2008, and will come to life across the entire Energizer® portfolio, starting with batteries.

Introducing Max Plus™ – Energizer®’s No 1 Longest Lasting AA & AAA alkaline batteries

In conjunction with the reenergised brand, Energizer® also introduced the new Max Plus™ range – Energizer®’s No 1 Longest Lasting AA & AAA alkaline batteries. The new line of performance alkaline batteries is designed to have increased energy density, power storage and optimised voltage, to give Malaysian consumers even more of the performance they seek. Energizer® Max Plus™ batteries – the longest lasting alkaline batteries from Energizer® yet, have a 12-Year Shelf Life* and last up to 14% longer** during use, thus creating less waste from the disposal of drained batteries.

Energizer® Holidays campaign lets Malaysians travel more in partnership with Booking.com

Energizer® is taking Malaysians even further with the newly reenergised brand, in a global partnership with Booking.com for the Energizer® Holidays campaign. In Malaysia, customers will be able to redeem a RM95 rebate from Booking.com and be eligible for the ‘Win A Year Off’ global draw, where Malaysian residents stand a chance to win RM30,000 worth of Booking.com credits.

To participate, Malaysian residents aged 18 and above just need to purchase a new pack of Energizer® batteries, battery chargers or flashlights and register your full name, email address and the barcode from the pack at https://www.energizerholidays.com/my/. In Malaysia, registration is open within the Promotion Period of 12.01am on 1 July 2019 to 11.59pm on 30 September 2019. Following this, you will receive an email at the address provided with a unique code/link, which will entitle you to a RM95 rebate for your next Booking.com accommodation costing at least RM300. Each Booking.com accountholder is entitled to only one rebate claim.

When you register your details and the barcode on the campaign website, you will also be concurrently entered in the ‘Win A Year Off’ global draw. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on the campaign website. The prize will be delivered via a prepaid Mastercard loaded with RM30,000 issued to the winner, and is eligible for any accommodation of the winner’s choice on Booking.com.

For full details of the contest terms and conditions, please visit the Energizer® Holidays campaign website at https://www.energizerholidays.com/my/

* AA & AAA only
** Compared to Energizer® Advanced™ AA in digital audio

Samsung Electronics Remains Top Brand in Asia for Eighth Consecutive Year

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Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia in 2019 for the eighth year in a row, according to results from ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands’ annual online survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with Nielsen. The ranking – which aggregates views from across 15 major product categories including automotive, retail, F&B and consumer electronics – is based on consumer insights and offers a clear measure of the most highly regarded brand names today.

Samsung became number one across six categories, including the most mobile-friendly brand, the strongest local brand, and the brand with the values that best align with those of respondents. This year’s Top 1000 Brands survey also saw Samsung coming out top in the mobile phone, TV manufacturer and smart home technology categories.

The study explores consumer attitudes in 14 markets in Asia. To ensure an accurate representation through this study, the survey targets age, gender and monthly household income to establish a balanced survey landscape.

Survey Methodology
Asia’s Top 1000 Brands aggregates data from an online survey developed by Campaign Asia-Pacific and global information and insights provider Nielsen. The survey was conducted between March 13 and April 10, 2019. The study explores consumer attitudes in 14 markets: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Research relies on a total of 400 respondents in each market. In Japan, India and China, participants number 800, 1200 and 2000, respectively. To be representative of market populations, survey quotas target age, gender and monthly household income.

The study encompasses 15 major categories: alcohol; apparel and accessories; automotive; beverages; consumer electronics; courier services; financial services; food; home appliances; household and personal care; media and telecommunications; restaurants; retail; sports properties; and transport, travel and leisure. Within these major categories there are 81 sub-categories.  Categories and sub-categories change a bit each year. The main tweaks this year were: Removed Digital Experience sub-category under Consumer Electronics Changed Toothpaste sub-category under Household & Personal Care to “Dental Care” Added Toys & Games sub-category under Household & Personal Care.

Participants gave their response to the following questions:
  • Question 1: “When you think of the following category, which is the best brand that comes to your mind? By best, we mean the one that you trust the most or the one that has the best reputation in this category.”
  • Question 2: “Apart from the best brand that you entered, which brand do you consider to be the second best brand in the category?”

Astro GO is the #1 streaming video service* in Malaysia

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Astro GO topped the list as the most popular paid-for streaming video service in Malaysia, according to an FT Confidential Research survey. Respondents were asked “What is your most frequently used paid-for video streaming service?” during the survey and Astro, a homegrown brand was the most popular paid-for video streaming ahead of Netflix, Google Play and Unifi TV.


Astro has 77 per cent market share in Malaysian pay-TV and Astro’s streaming service, Astro GO is available to all Astro customers allowing them to access content available as per their subscription. Astro GO app has recorded 2.2 million registered users with an average viewing time of 149 minutes per week.

With Astro GO, customers can unlock an On Demand library of 48,000 titles including day-date titles from Hollywood, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, premium Sports, blockbuster movies, kids and popular local vernacular programmes anytime, anywhere on their device of choice.

In addition, customers on the Movie Pack can access all 3,000 hours of content on HBO GO, giving them access to HBO Original content such as Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Chernobyl and The Handmaid Tale as well Hollywood blockbusters and all-time favourite kids programmes on the go.

Astro customers can download the Astro GO app for Android and iOS devices and access via www.astrogo.com.my for web browsers.

* according to an FT Confidential Research survey, published in Financial Times, on Friday, 7 June 2019. Please access the full article here: https://t.co/7jUkTc0aOy (Note: Financial Times is a subscription service)

The gentle care for your child’s skin

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Your child’s skin is much thinner and more delicate than yours. It’s also more vulnerable to external elements, which explains why their skin gets irritated more easily.

Here are some tips to gently care for their skin:

1. Moisturise regularly
A child’s skin is prone to dryness and loses moisture more quickly than you think. So make it a point to moisturise often, especially after bath, to keep their skin nourished and well-hydrated. You can try Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion, as it contains shea butter that helps moisturise your child’s skin.

2. Massage them
While moisturising, do include some massages too. As children depend a lot on human touch and gentle care, massaging is a great way to connect with them. Just start with light strokes from the chest, and gradually move to the arms and tummy. All while maintaining eye contact with them.

3. Minimise bathtime
Try not to bathe your child too often, as frequent baths could remove the natural oils that nourish and protect their delicate skin. So if your child does not normally go through a highly active day, do keep their baths to a minimum.

4. Use gentle and hypoallergenic products
Choose only mild and gentle products. A product that is safe for your child should be hypoallergenic, soap-free and dermatologically-tested. That’s how you know the formulation is gentle on their skin.

10/10 mums agree that Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash gently cleans and moisturises baby’s delicate skin*

With a soap- and paraben-free formulation, Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash is truly your child’s gentle bathtime companion. It contains 1/3 moisturiser with aloe vera, and it’s hypoallergenic. Best of all, it’s recommended by paediatricians**. That’s why even Lisa Surihani, Malaysian actress and a mother of two, chooses it for her children.

Go on and try it with your little ones today!

*Survey conducted by Home Tester Club between 6/7/17 and 8/9/17, 431 members have received and home tested Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash.
**Total of 200 dermatologists and paediatricians in Germany surveyed online from Feb to March 2015.

Your 24/7 Life Tracker – Samsung Fit and Galaxy Fit e Arrive in Malaysia!

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Samsung Malaysia Electronics earlier this week announced that its new line-up of Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e has arrived in Malaysia market. Designed to get you moving swiftly, these devices are made for life balance seekers who are looking for extra motivation. With just a flick of the wrist, Galaxy Fit and Fit e make pursuing wellness goals more convenient, stylish and fun. 
Samsung Galaxy Fit
“Consumers are increasingly putting their overall wellbeing at the center of their lifestyle decisions, and they’re looking for wearables that make it easier to get active and stay balanced every day. Everyone has their preference of pursuing their goals. Whether you are looking to improve your lifestyle habit or get into a routine at the gym, the Galaxy Fit and Fit e will help you along the way.” said Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Made for all types of fitness enthusiasts, from casual runners to athletes, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e support active lifestyles. With thin, lightweight bodies, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are easy to style and comfortable to wear all week long. The Galaxy Fit enables you to see them clearly thanks to its Full Colour AMOLED Display. With just a quick turn of the wrist it’s all there in high-resolution.

The slim and fashionable Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e enable easy and intuitive tracking to help you reach your fitness goals. Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e track your activities like biking, hiking, running and more. You can also manually select from more than 90 different activities in the Samsung Health app on your smartphone, and Galaxy Fit/Galaxy Fit e will automatically start to track your chosen workout. Plus, with enhanced sleep analysis and smart stress management, you can monitor your wellbeing at any time of the day.
Samsung Galaxy Fit e
Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are easy to interact with on the go, thanks to a simple and intuitive UX and a user-friendly smart experience. Receive alerts and messages or check the widget which includes information synced straight from your smartphone — like alarm, calendar or weather—without ever needing to touch your phone. When you travel to a new time zone, your Galaxy Fit will also automatically display a dual-clock watch face to make it easier to manage your schedule. Both devices are water resistant of 5ATM , so they can easily go with you from the shower to the pool to the rest of your day.
The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are available for purchase now at Samsung Malaysia Online Store and available at Samsung Experience stores starting from 14 June 2019 onwards, with the recommended retail price of RM369 and RM139 respectively. The Galaxy Fit comes in Black and Silver colours, while Galaxy Fit e comes in Black and White colours.

  • The 90 different activities in the Samsung Health app is available in Galaxy Fit only
  • Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e have an ISO 22810:2010 certification for wristwatches for 5 ATM rating of 50 meters (165 feet) under defined conditions of pressure, time, velocity and temperature. These devices are safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the ocean. Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e should not be used for scuba diving, water skiing, or other activities involving sudden temperature changes, high-velocity water activities or submersion below shallow depth. Rinse in fresh water and dry after use in sea water.
Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e Product Specification


5 tips for healthy skin

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Don't have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:
  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

In addition, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Source: Mayo Clinic

McDonald’s Malaysia Ramps Up Drive-Thru Business to Suit Consumers’ On-the-Go Lifestyles

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McDonald’s Malaysia is placing greater focus in its Drive-Thru business across the country in response to changing trends among customers who are increasingly seeking convenience, as well as fast and friendly service to complement their on-the-go lifestyles.

A recent study revealed that McDonald’s Drive-Thru meets consumers’ expectations in providing convenience during mealtimes. The greatest motivating factors that are driving consumers to use Drive-Thru services are that they are hassle-free and efficient.

The report adds that the advantages of Drive-Thru are not only limited to functional benefits, but it also provides emotional benefits to consumers. Apart from providing convenience, consumers also have the peace of mind and assurance that they are not running out of time during a meal.


At present, McDonald’s prides itself on being the Drive-Thru market leader, identified as the most accessible and reliable brand in Malaysia. As McDonald’s continues to expand its footprint nationwide, the Drive-Thru business has become a critical component of its business strategy to elevate McDonald’s market leadership and keep its promise of delivering delicious feel-good moments to loyal customers anytime, anywhere.

According to McDonald’s Malaysia Managing Director and Local Operating Partner Azmir Jaafar, the company is targeting to open 20 new McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants this year. This will complement the existing 167 Drive-Thru restaurants already in operations today.

“The Drive-Thru segment of our business has seen significant growth since the opening of our first Drive-Thru restaurant at McDonald’s Titiwangsa in 1988.  And since then, the Drive-Thru segment has no doubt become an important key driver for the company, as Drive-Thru window sales contribute close to 50% of total sales for all 167 McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants. On top of that, we are seeing an average of 10 percent year-on-year growth in our Drive-Thru sales for 1Q 2019,” said Azmir.

“By 2021, McDonald’s Malaysia aims for 70 percent of all McDonald’s restaurants nationwide to be Drive-Thru restaurants,” added Azmir.   
The quick service restaurant’s leadership in the Drive-Thru business was further amplified during the recent Drive-Thru Weekend Challenge held from 26-28 April. Over the three days, a total of 473,860 cars zoomed off with their favourite McDonald’s meal from 167 McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants nationwide. The number of cars, if parked bumper to bumper, would be roughly equivalent to 150 times the length of the first Penang Bridge.

On top of that, McDonald’s successfully set a new record on 27 April for the highest vehicle count accessing McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants over the course of 24 hours, with a total of 164,235 vehicles. This led the company to be officially recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records for achieving the “Largest Participation for a Drive-Thru Challenge in 24 Hours”.

McDonald’s Malaysia had previously held the record for most vehicles participating in a Drive-Thru Challenge in August 2008, where 18,677 vehicles drove up to 53 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from 12pm to 3pm. A year prior, the record was 7,186 vehicles passing through 49 McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants between 12pm to 2pm. 

“We would like to thank Malaysians for being good sports and making this Drive-Thru Weekend a success. It was great to see the immense response for this challenge, especially seeing families coming to McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants nationwide to participate,” said Azmir.

“We have seen 15 years of success of the McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP loyalty programme, and we promise greater consumer activation in the future as we continue to improve our operational efficiency. We are committed to maintaining our market leadership today and confident that we will meet growing consumer needs for a wide variety of great tasting and quality food during any time of the day just by driving-thru McDonald’s,” said Azmir.

The Drive-Thru Weekend underscores McDonald’s capability to manage this fast-expanding business segment. Furthermore, McDonald’s expects a 10 to 15 percent increase in vehicle count at McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants moving forward as this segment continues to grow at an accelerated pace over the next few years.

An exciting consumer activation in conjunction with the Drive-Thru Weekend was also launched on the McDonald’s app from 17-30 April. The Drive-Thru Hero Challenge created much excitement amongst consumers as it encouraged them to drive-thru and check-in at as many McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants as possible to stand a chance of being among the Top 10 Drive-Thru Heroes. With 1 stop equalling 10 points, the Top 10 Heroes will receive cash based on their points. For others, every 5 stops at McDonald’s Drive-Thrus will unlock offers on McDonald’s menu items.

AirAsia Named One of Malaysia’s Top Employer Brands

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  L-R (from second left): AirAsia People Services Manager Mandy Pui, AirAsia People Services Executive Nur Farhana Ibrahim and AirAsia Head of Culture Renuka Kunathevan accepting the award
AirAsia has been named one of the top employer brands in the country at the Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards 2019.  

Independently selected by a panel led by former Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad dean Dr Indira Parikh, AirAsia emerged as a top employer brand in the Malaysia regional round owing to its employee benefits and work-life balance initiatives.  

The awards were hosted by the Employer Branding Institute - a virtual organisation that connects senior human resources leaders online to share global best practices - World HRD Congress and Stars of the Industry Group, and endorsed by the Asian Confederation of Business.  

AirAsia Malaysia Head of Culture Renuka Kunathevan, People Services Manager Mandy Pui and People Services Executive Nur Farhana Ibrahim accepted the award from Philip Morris International Director People & Culture - Malaysia Chinmay Sharma and Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council Chief Operating Officer Dolly Lim on behalf of AirAsia at a ceremony held in Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur last Thursday.  

AirAsia Chief People and Culture Officer Varun Bhatia said, “At AirAsia, we put people first, starting with our Allstars. We believe that if we treat our staff well, they will in turn treat our guests well. Creating an open working environment that fosters personal and professional growth, rewards innovation and encourages work-life balance is therefore at the core of our guest-obsessed culture, and I wish to thank the Employer Branding Institute for recognising AirAsia as one of Malaysia’s best.”  

The Best Employer Brand Awards recognise organisations that have used marketing communications effectively in attracting, retaining and developing talent. Its criteria include human resources strategy in support of company vision, future-proofing initiatives, work culture and diversity, employee benefits, employee engagement and equal opportunities.

Samsung and AMD Announce Strategic Partnership in Ultra Low Power, High Performance Graphics Technologies

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AMD and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. earlier this week announced a multi-year strategic partnership in ultra-low power, high performance mobile graphics IP based on AMD Radeon graphics technologies. As part of the partnership, Samsung will license AMD graphics IP and will focus on advanced graphics technologies and solutions that are critical for enhancing innovation across mobile applications, including smartphones.

“As we prepare for disruptive changes in technology and discover new opportunities, our partnership with AMD will allow us to bring ground-breaking graphics products and solutions to market for tomorrow’s mobile applications,” said Inyup Kang, president of Samsung Electronics’ S.LSI Business. “We look forward to working with AMD to accelerate innovations in mobile graphics technologies that will help take future mobile computing to the next level.”
 
“Adoption of our Radeon graphics technologies across the PC, game console, cloud and HPC markets has grown significantly and we are thrilled to now partner with industry leader Samsung to accelerate graphics innovation in the mobile market,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “This strategic partnership will extend the reach of our high-performance Radeon graphics into the mobile market, significantly expanding the Radeon user base and development ecosystem.”
 
Key terms of the partnership include:
  • AMD will license custom graphics IP based on the recently announced, highly-scalable RDNA graphics architecture to Samsung for use in mobile devices, including smartphones, and other products that complement AMD product offerings.
  • Samsung will pay AMD technology license fees and royalties.

*AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

AirAsia Travel Advisory - Hari Raya 2019

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A total of 734 AirAsia Malaysia and 60 AirAsia X Malaysia flights will depart from our hubs in Malaysia on Hari Raya Aidilfitri, 5 June 2019.

Over the course of the festive period,  an average 50,000 guests are expected to depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) each day over the festive period.

For full AirAsia Hari Raya 2019 Fact Sheet including peak travel period, total working pilots and crew, travel advisory, Hari Raya greetings from AirAsia senior management, and more, please click the download button below.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and happy holidays ahead.

AirAsia Travel Advisory for Hari Raya 2019
  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior departure time for all AirAsia flights
  • Use mobile, web or kiosk to check-in for a smoother journey
  • Mobile, web and kiosk check-in services are available 14 days and up to 1 hour prior to departure time for all AirAsia flights
  • Ensure that you arrive at the boarding gate at least 30 minutes prior to the schedule time of departure. Please note that our gates close 20 minutes prior to time of departure.
  • Guests departing from Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru, can use AirAsia Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES), for a seamless check-in to aircraft experience. Register for free on the AirAsia Mobile App.
  • Baggage Drop counters will close 60 minutes before departure time for all AirAsia flights at klia2. Besides the counters, guests may also use the Self Bag Drop machine which are available at airports across Malaysia
  • Each guest is only allowed ONE piece of cabin baggage AND 1 small bag on board. The total permitted weight for TWO pieces of cabin bags must not exceed 7kg and should fit in the overhead compartment
  • Pre-book sufficient check-in baggage allowance via ‘My Booking’ link on airasia.com or AirAsia Mobile App
  • Guests with group booking, reduced mobility or with special needs are only allowed to check-in at the counter and should allocate more time to clear all travelling formalities

Celebrating Greener Ramadan to Save Our Rivers

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The Green Ramadan Campaign (GRC) by EcoKnights in partnership with River of Life (ROL) Public Outreach Programme: Phase 3A sees a distribution of 2,500 eco-friendly bags and food containers to the Kampong Bharu Bazaar visitors. The campaign was held in the span of 2 weeks from 10th May until 24th May 2019, while River of Life Ambassador, Maya Karin had made an appearance on 31st May to help promote the campaign and encourage the public to reduce plastic waste.

During the appearance, Maya distributed reusable bags and food containers to the Bazaar Ramadan visitors at Jalan Raja Alang, Kampong Bharu while interacting with the visitors and her fans. She then joined officers from the Corporate Communication Division of Ministry of Federal Territories, members of media, and visitors on fast-breaking session at the Halaman Rumah Warisan, Kampong Bharu. Interview sessions with the media were also carried out there.

In its third consecutive year, the GRC aimed to encourage Bazaar visitors, vendors, and collaborators to reduce single-use plastics and practice a proper management of used cooking oil. Supported by Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS), Malay Agricultural Settlement (MAS), and Touch-n-Go E-Wallet, 25 volunteers and 11 Bazaar vendors had participated in this campaign actively.

“We are doing the campaign on a larger scale this year. There are two components in the campaign which are CookingOil4Cleaning and Beg2Bekas. This campaign particularly, we are targeting the top two contributors of river pollution – food waste and plastics pollutions. Our primary goal is to educate and encourage Malaysians to reduce the usage of plastics bags and practice the habit of using reusable bags as an alternative,” said Tuan Haji Md. Khairi, Director of River Basin Management, Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia.

“Ramadan is the time of reflection, spiritual, refocus, and self-improvement. We think it is the proper time for us to be disciplined, practise good deeds and also have a new set of good behaviours that can be dedicated throughout the whole year,” said Fadly Bakhtiar, EcoKnights Programme Director in a previous interview.

In addition to the distribution of reusable bags and food containers, EcoKnights carried out lucky draws to further advance the campaign by encouraging all visitors to use the given items when they purchase food at the Bazaar. 300 Bazaar visitors were actively involved in this campaign as they joined the lucky draws and even brought their own reusable bags, food containers and tumblers to pack their takeaways. In total, more than 200 litres of used cooking oil were safely collected by EcoKnights to be repurposed into soaps and biodiesel, while between 3100 - 3600 single-use plastics were successfully refused.