Bank Islam Perkukuh Kerjasama Dengan Jabatan Bomba Dan Penyelamat Malaysia

(Dari kiri) Puan Siti Rohani Nadir, Pengarah Bahagian Pengurusan Korporat JBPM, Dato’ Mohammad Hamdan Hj. Wahid, Ketua Pengarah JBPM, Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Bank Islam dan Encik Zamree Mohamed, Ketua Perbankan Pengguna bergambar bersama di Majlis Menandatangani Nota Kolaborasi antara Bank Islam dan JBPM di Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) awal bulan ini menandatangani nota kolaborasi dengan Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (“JBPM”) untuk perkongsian ilmu terutamanya dalam bidang perbankan dan pengurusan kewangan Islam serta keselamatan kebakaran melalui program-program anjuran bersama serta aktiviti bersepadu ke arah meningkatkan lagi kerjasama di antara kedua-dua pihak. 

Menandatangani nota kolaborasi tersebut bagi pihak Bank Islam ialah Encik Zamree Mohamed, Ketua Perbankan Pengguna, manakala JBPM diwakili oleh Puan Siti Rohani Nadir, Pengarah Bahagian Pengurusan Korporat. Majlis ringkas tersebut telah turut disaksikan Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Bank Islam dan Dato’ Mohammad Hamdan Hj. Wahid, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia.

Encik Mohd Muazzam berkata “Kerjasama ini merangkumi persetujuan berhubung peranan dan aktiviti dua hala antara Bank Islam dan JBPM yang meliputi perkongsian ilmu mengenai bidang pengurusan kewangan Islam; latihan keselamatan kebakaran; kerjasama menjayakan Sambutan Hari Anggota Bomba; serta menganjurkan program-program yang relevan ke arah memperkukuhkan kerjasama strategik demi manfaat bersama.”

“Bank Islam amat berbesar hati kerana diberi peluang untuk menjadi rakan strategik JPBM kerana ia mencerminkan penghargaan kami di atas jasa dan khidmat yang diberikan oleh anggota keselamatan dan penyelamat dalam memastikan kesejahteraan rakyat dan negara ini. Kerjasama ini juga turut membolehkan kami meningkatkan akses penyelesaian kewangan yang bersesuaian dengan keperluan anggota JBPM, selain membantu mereka dalam aspek pengurusan tunai yang mampan,” tambah Encik Mohd Muazzam.

EJEN ALI: Be Ready. New Mission Received.


 Malaysia’s third animation feature film of the year, EJEN ALI THE MOVIE will be theatrically released in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei on 28 November 2019 in conjunction with the upcoming school holidays. The gala premiere was held tonight at Golden Screen Cinemas, Mid Valley Megamall and this marks the first feature film from Malaysia’s award-winning animated series, produced by Primeworks Studios and Wau Animation.

With 2 million eyeballs tuned in weekly on TV3, Malaysia’s largest free-to-air channel and over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, EJEN ALI is one of Asia’s fastest-growing animation brands. Debuting on Malaysian television screens in 2016, the animated series has been broadcasted in over 50 countries, including on regional networks Disney Asia, Nickelodeon India, MNCTV in Indonesia and AlMajeed TV in the Middle East and North Africa.

EJEN ALI THE MOVIE follows 12-year-old Ejen Ali, who after being accidentally recruited as a spy has now grown to embrace his role in secret agency Meta Advance Tactical Agency (MATA) to protect the futuristic city of Cyberaya from outside threats. Ali is surprised to discover that he is no longer the only master of the Infinity Retinal Intelligence System (IRIS) gadget, since MATA has now upgraded to IRIS Neo for all MATA agents. When the new invention leads Ali to question his place and usefulness to MATA, he is approached by a rogue figure who claims to know about a surprising personal connection to Ali. Risking his loyalty to MATA, Ejen Ali embarks on a thrilling chase to unravel these mysterious links.
Speaking during the gala premiere of the film, Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios said, “We hope to end 2019 with a bang following the domination of Malaysian animation at the local box office. Congratulations to Usamah & team at Wau Animation for their outstanding craftsmanship and contribution in taking Malaysian cinema to a whole new level. We hope fans and movie-goers alike will thoroughly enjoy Ejen Ali The Movie this school holiday season.”

Usamah Zaid Yasin, Chief Executive Officer of Wau Animation, adds, “We are always grateful towards the incredible support from Ejen Ali’s die-hard fans, who inspire and drive us to push the boundaries in producing the first feature film. We hope our efforts to polish and perfect the film will exceed all the hard-won fans’ expectations.”
Leading up to the film’s release, the first single from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bukalah Matamu” by Aisyah Aziz and rising rapper Bunga was released on 20 September 2019 on all major music streaming platforms and performed live for the first time tonight at the gala. The lyric video for the catchy single was also released on YouTube and has chalked up over 940,000 views to date. The second single, “Kita Jaga Kita” by hip-hop maestro Altimet with Cuurley and Malik Abdullah was released on Friday, 25 October 2019 on all major music streaming platforms. A lyric video accompanied the single release and has now garnered over 600,000 views. Additionally, the film score is composed by Azri Yunus and Hakim Kamal, both key members of the Ejen Ali production team since its inception.
Primeworks Studios and Wau Animation also announced multiple collaborations in line with the film’s release; namely with Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Mydin and Pediasure for exciting joint marketing campaigns. A series of roadshows in the Klang Valley, Penang, Kedah, Perak, Terengganu, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and East Malaysia will also be announced soon for fans of Ejen Ali to meet the character mascots in person and to win exclusive movie merchandise.

In line with the film’s release, new Ejen Ali branded consumer products are set for release too, such as kids’ body wash Carrie BacBuster, revamped Back-To-School range, toys, confectionery and many more. These products will be made available nationwide through retail stores like Mydin, Parkson, AEON and the like.
In conjunction with the film’s release, Ejen Ali: Misi Trivia is a trivia-styled game that will be hosted daily on www.xtra.com.my/ejenali, starting 29 November 2019 from 12.30pm to 12.45pm. Players will stand a chance to win daily prizes and be in the running to win 3 grand prizes, including a Huawei smartphone.

EJEN ALI also has a mobile application game called Ejen Ali Emergency, available on both Play Store and Apple App Store. The game will be upgraded with a new level called Misi: The Movie and will be released in early December. The game depicts that the Mayor of Cyberaya is in danger therefore it enables players to embark on a 4-level mission and take on different roles as Ali, Alicia or Bakar in each level, to defeat the enemies and rescue the mayor. Also in collaboration with Media Prima Digital, Ejen Ali: Agents’ Arena is a new game that will be released in Q2, 2020. It is the first MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) based on the award-winning animation series. The game allows players to challenge and co-operate with other agents head-on in a 3v3 multiplayer game with the objective of capturing multiple bases by using each character’s designated weapon in the series.
EJEN ALI THE MOVIE, powered by Tenaga Nasional Berhad, invades at 160 cinema locations in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei starting 28 November 2019.

#EjenAliTheMovie #EjenAli #AniMY

A Sparkling 2019 Year End Sale With Its First Time Ever Habib Colourful Gem Festival

Now until the 1st December 2019, fans of gemstones are in for a colourful treat as Habib is showcasing for the first time ever, its biggest gemstone jewellery collection, with more than 1000 pieces of precious gemstones jewellery up for grabs at the Centre Court of IOI City Mall, Putrajaya in conjunction with Malaysia’s annual Year End Sale celebration. Habib Year End Sale campaign is celebrated nationwide at 28 of Habib outlets offering Malaysians unbelievable discounts until 1st January 2020.

The Gem Festival ushers in the festive holiday season with a beautifully orchestrate jewellery exhibition. Being the first time Habib celebrates the festivity with a big bang, the brand offers a wide range of jewellery selections which includes diamonds of multiple shapes, cuts and carat weight, 916 gold jewellery featuring the most sought after Oro Italia 916 exclusive collection, gold bars, precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearls strands and pearl jewellery at affordable prices.
To give way to the new 2020 collections, a special collection called the Export Collections where the designs are unique and exclusive with specially chosen diamonds on each of the pieces. Offered only every end of the year, this collection is another big thing at HABIB this Year End Sale and the most awaited event.

Staying true to the brand’s tagline ‘Gift of Happiness’, this is the happiest time of the year worldwide. With the school holidays season which have begun, wedding seasons upon us, gift exchanging for Christmas soon and the New Year celebration, we definitely have to make more of our customers happy not only with the prices offered but to also give them something different that is colourful, fun and fresh for this Year End Sale.

The Global fashion have changed, jewellery has become simple, modern, elegant and classy. The colourful gems are becoming a big trend and HABIB following the Global trends, this year’s Year End Sale has decided to incorporate that kind of European fashion, which our gemstone normally don’t go on sale as they are our precious jewellery. This is the 1st time ever, we are bringing our gemstone on sale at this Year End Sale.
As one of the leaders in the Malaysian jewellery market, Habib is bringing in the global trend of coloured gemstones jewellery here in Malaysia. Whether you want to buy a ring for yourself, or choose an ideal gift for your best friend’s wedding, the choice is now endless. The demand for coloured gemstones, like emeralds, rubies and sapphires, is increasingly high in the fashion industry. 
Themed ‘Magical Holiday Festivity’, Habib hosted a media launch in conjunction of the Year End Sale showcasing its Gem Festival in a jewellery fashion showcase, featuring Habib’s best 12 precious gemstone collections, paraded by models in mesmerising fairy tale gowns.

The event began with a beautiful welcome note by Fly FM’s very own deejay, Miss Ili Ruzana who is the emcee of the day. Ili donned an exquisite emeralds and diamonds collection.
The afternoon turned to be a more sparkling with the special appearance by Cassidy Le Crème perfectly gorgeous with HABIB latest exclusive diamonds and gemstones collection complimenting her beautiful fair skin.

Keeping the theme and concept of holiday and happiness, all guests were served with a beautifully customised design Magnum Ice Cream studded with colourful gemstones designs and jewellery pieces on the ice -creams. Plus, they taste fabulous too.

This jewellery exhibition is the perfect platform and a great opportunity for everyone to learn more of their own birthstones and its unique properties. With the official return of the gemstone trend, this exhibition aims to share with the customers on how to determine and identify a high-quality gemstone besides showing the latest trendy designs.
Our customers can expect some great piece of gemstones come in multiple shapes, colours and carats set in pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings priced for as low as RM330, perfect for gifts.

Fantastic deals await from today until the 1st December at Habib's Gem Festival at IOI City Mall Putrajaya and throughout the duration of Habib’s Year End Sale in 28 outlets nationwide until 1st January 2020, which includes: 
  • Up to 70% discount on diamond and gemstone jewellery 
  • Free gift with any purchase of RM1000 and above in a single receipt (while stocks last) 
  • RM10-RM20 off per gram on 916 gold

AirAsia takes out coveted Airline Treasury Team of the Year

AirAsia has been awarded Airline Treasury Team of the Year at the Asia Pacific Aviation 100 awards.
(From left) Airline Economics Managing Director Philip Tozer-Pennington, AirAsia Head of Aircraft Finance Farhan Zainul and Asia Aviation Capital Senior Counsel Aaron Gomez at the Airline Economics Asia Pacific Aviation 100 awards
The Airline Economics Magazine Aviation 100 awards recognise the air travel industry’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months.

AirAsia won the Airline Treasury Team of the Year based on the company’s efficient fundraising deals that translated to strong financial performance as well as impressive fleet expansion activities.

In the 2018-2019 year, AirAsia sealed two major aircraft portfolio deals with BBAM and Castlelake LP for a combined US$3.6 billion. The completion of the two transactions involved more than 100 aircraft and proved the team was not only efficient in their fundraising efforts, but also able to design financing structures which were not prevalent in typical aircraft financing transactions.

This year, AirAsia also made global headlines with two significant commitments for new aircraft. At the 2019 Paris International Airshow, the company announced it would upsize its future Airbus single-aisle fleet, by converting orders for 253 Airbus A320neo to the larger Airbus A321neo.

In August 2019, its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X expanded its order book with Airbus by signing a US$5 billion agreement for 12 Airbus A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft.

AirAsia Head of Aircraft Finance Farhan Zainul and Asia Aviation Capital Senior Counsel Aaron Gomez accepted the awards on behalf of AirAsia at a gala ceremony here in Hong Kong last night.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “The sale of our aircraft leasing operations was the culmination of a long-running strategy to dispose of our physical assets, and by doing so, we were able to monetise the aircraft at high prices and reduce residual risk. This strategy has allowed us to invest that cash into a fleet expansion program and our many digital ventures, while at the same time provide shareholder returns and accelerate our vision to become Asia Pacific’s leading travel and financial platform company.

"This would not have been possible without my incredible aircraft finance team, and I can’t think of anyone else more deserving to win Airline Treasury Team of the Year."

The Winners of the Aviation 100 awards were decided on by an industry-wide survey, a rigorous vetting process and editorial considerations.

A new camouflaged Maserati spotted on the streets of Modena

The engine is 100% Maserati.

The first “mule” for the development of the new Maserati engine was driven out of the Viale Ciro Menotti gates, in Modena today.

The “mules” - as they are known in the automotive industry - of a new Maserati model have a special livery that echoes the “Save the Date” teaser sent out ahead of the event scheduled for May 2020.
 
The experimental vehicles are equipped with a new engine installed in the rear central position.
The powertrain – defined by an innovative combustion system – is entirely developed and built in Maserati and will be the forefather of a new family of engines integrated exclusively on the vehicles of the Brand. 

The data acquired through the kilometres covered by the mules will be integrated with the experience gathered in the Maserati Innovation Lab driving simulators, the most advanced in the world. This working methodology will then be used to fine-tune and develop the prototypes with final bodywork and mechanics.

Malaysian Children’s Diet May Lack Nutrition

New survey to unlock further insights into combating malnutrition in the region

Representing FrieslandCampina (FC), parent company of Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad (DLMI) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)Faculty of Health Sciences (FSK) at the SEANUTS (Southeast Asian Nutrition Surveys) II MOU signing were (L to R) Professor Poh Bee Koon, Chair of Centre for Community Health, FSK, UKM and Principal Investigator for SEANUTS I & II; Professor Dr. Hidayatul Fathi Othman, Deputy Dean of Networking and Income Generation, UKM; Professor Dr. Suzana Shahar, Dean, FSK, UKM; Dr. Panam Parikh, Dr. Panam Parikh, Principal Expert, Global Development and Nutrition, FC & Program Coordinator SEANUTS I & II; Tarang Gupta, Managing Director, DLMI; and Professor Dr. Siti Balkis Budin, Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation, UKM.
The principal investigator of the Southeast Asia Nutrition Survey I (SEANUTS I) in Malaysia, Professor Dr. Poh Bee Koon of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Faculty of Health Science, believes that children within the region, especially Malaysian kids, continue to carry the burden of malnutrition.

Despite SEANUTS I having been concluded in 2011, speaking on the sidelines of the signing ceremony between Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad’s (DLMI) parent company FrieslandCampina and UKM to formalise the start of SEANUTS II, Professor Poh said children in Malaysia and in the region were still not getting appropriate nutrition in their diet. 

She said that the survey in Malaysia showed one in five children were overweight or obese,1 almost one in 10 children were stunted for their age2 and one in 20 children underweight,3 nearly half of the children had Vitamin D insufficiency and inadequate calcium in their diet,4 and a high proportion of children aged 7 to 12 years old were physically inactive.5

“More worrying is the finding that Malaysian children drink on average only half a serving of milk a day, and that only a mere 5% of children actually meet the recommended 2 servings of milk daily,6 which could have helped them meet their daily calcium and vitamin D needs,” she added.
Professor Poh stressed on the importance of breakfast for all. “It should provide 20 to 25% of our daily nutritional needs.7 Studies have shown that children and adolescents who habitually consume breakfast are more likely to have better micro and macronutrient intake, less likely to be overweight or obese, and more likely to have higher physical activity levels,8 ” she said. 

She also recommended drinking milk as part of breakfast as one of the ways to improve Malaysian children’s nutrition status.

SEANUTS I was a landmark survey that helped shape DLMI’s focus here in Malaysia. DLMI Managing Director, Tarang Gupta said the insights gleamed from this research led to reformulating many of its dairy products to address the nutritional gaps found in Malaysian children. This includes increasing the fortification of Vitamin D and reducing or removal of sucrose or added sugar.

“Results of SEANUTS I were also successfully translated into nutrition and healthy lifestyle programmes for school children like DrinkMoveBeStrong, which advocates two glasses of milk and an hour of physical activity a day under the government’s school awards programme,” he added.

Tarang said awareness of the nutritional gaps have also led DLMI to conduct breakfast campaigns annually since 2016. These were done to encourage Malaysian families to consume more milk. 
“Breakfast is the first nourishment our body gets after 8 to 12 hours of fasting from the last meal. It fuels our body and brains by providing the nutrients we need for the day ahead. The United Nations’ recognition of milk as being a sustainable food source or complete food, helps prevent the transmission of non-communicable diseases amongst adults and children.” 

“This is why as Malaysia’s leading dairy company, we continuously encourage our consumers to pair milk with their daily Malaysian breakfast, for example nasi goreng, sandwiches or even nasi lemak to make it a complete breakfast meal.” 

As milk contains a number of micronutrients including calcium and vitamin D, eating a nutritious breakfast that includes milk helps both adults and children meet their daily micronutrients requirements” he said. 

Touching on breakfast for school children, Tarang said: “Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad supplied milk to children in Terengganu and Kelantan under the Ministry of Education’s School Milk Programme from 2010 to 2017; and we want to continue to nourish school children through the Breakfast Programme (Program Sarapan Pagi) slated to begin next year.” 

“A healthy breakfast that includes milk not only help to address the triple malnutrition problem as reported in SEANUTS I, it will also supplement other essential nutrients that Malaysian children are not getting enough from their dietary intake,” he added. 

SEANUTS I’s findings were crucial in identifying the nutritional gaps existing within this region. However, more data is needed to assist all stakeholders in formulating strategies to combat these issues. To that extent, FrieslandCampina and UKM today inked the agreement that paves the way for a second survey to be conducted, SEANUTS II. 

Aside from Tarang and Professor Poh, the ceremony was also graced by Professor Dr. Suzana Shahar, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM, Professor Dr. Hidayatul Fathi Othman, Deputy Dean (Networking & Income Generation), UKM, and Professor Dr Siti Balkis Budin, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation), UKM and Dr. Panam Parikh, Principal Expert, Global Development Nutrition, FrieslandCampina & Programme Coordinator, Southeast Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS I & II). 

According to Panam, SEANUTS I was one of the largest and most extensive nutrition and health study done in Southeast Asia, wherein a total of 16,744 children between the ages of six months and 12 years were surveyed. She said FrieslandCampina worked closely with reputed institutes and universities in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and with UKM in Malaysia to complete the study in 2011. 
“We are pleased to collaborate with UKM again for SEANUTS II Malaysia. The second edition of this regional survey will study more than 18,000 children out of which close to 4000 are from Malaysia,” she added.

Panam said good nutrition is a crucial factor in the growth, health and development of children. “FrieslandCampina has worked with governments, NGOs and nutrition and healthcare professionals to educate and inspire families about good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to support children’s development. We look forward to continuing this dialogue and extend collaborations with SEANUTS II as well” she said. 

“This survey will give us the knowledge on the nutritional gaps of children in this part of world and help us to further develop dairy products and lifestyle programmes that address their needs,” Panam added. 

For SEANUTS II, information will be gathered on nutritional status, growth, dietary intake, physical activity and biochemical parameters of children aged six months to 12 years. Due to the extent and severity of malnutrition in the region, the survey will put extra focus on gaining insights on protein consumption and nutrition, as protein is a critical building block for children’s growth and development. Results are expected in the year 2021 and will be used to develop country-specific interventions, strengthen scientific knowledge and support government policy. 

Reference: 
1-4 Nutritional status and dietary intakes of children ages six months to 12 years: findings of the Nutrition Survey of Malaysian Children (SEANUTS Malaysia), British Journal of Nutrition (2013), 110, S21–S35. 
5 Lee et al. 2015 (IJERPH). Daily Physical Activity and Screen Time, but Not Other Sedentary Activities, Are Associated with Measures of Obesity during Childhood, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2015, 12, 146-161. 
6 Koo et al. 2016 (APJPH). Are Malaysian Children Achieving Dietary Guideline Recommendations? Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 2016, Vol. 28(5S) 8S–20S. 
7 Grovenor & Smolin, 2002 
8 Adolphus, K., Lawton, C. L., Champ, C. L., & Dye, L. (2016). The Effects of Breakfast and Breakfast Composition on Cognition in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Advances in Nutrition, 7(3). doi:10.3945/an.115.010256 

Bank Islam Signs Strategic MOU With Sarawak Energy And SJPP

Allocates RM300 million to support Sarawak Energy’s Vendor Financing Programme
(seated from left) Sarawak Energy Group Chief Operating Officer, Lu Yew Hung; Bank Islam Head of Commercial, Ahmad Haliman Abdul Halim and Azlan Mohd Agel, SJPP General Manager signing a strategic memorandum to provide RM300 million worth of financing solutions to vendors listed under the Sarawak Energy Vendor Financing Programme in Kuching, Sarawak recently.
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad ("Bank Islam") today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Sarawak Energy Berhad (“Sarawak Energy”) and Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (“SJPP”) to provide financing solutions for vendors listed under Sarawak Energy’s Vendor Financing Programme.

With a total allocation of RM300 million, the programme aims at improving access to financing and liquidity to vendors with secured contracts from Sarawak Energy and are in compliance with Bank Islam’s credit assessment and SJPP’s eligibility and criteria.

Head of Commercial Banking, Encik Ahmad Haliman Abdul Halim signed the MoU on behalf of Bank Islam, while Sarawak Energy was represented by Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr Lu Yew Hung and SJPP by its General Manager, Encik Azlan Mohd Agel.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Head, East Malaysia Region of Bank Islam, Encik Abdul Malek Abdullah; Ms Stephanie Gae Chin, General Manager, Legal, Sarawak Energy and Puan Juanita Rusmini Abdul Jalil, Senior Manager of SJPP.

Encik Ahmad Haliman said, “Bank Islam has been taking an aggressive approach in encouraging projects that exemplifies our value-based intermediation (VBI) mission, including providing financing with a positive impact on the economy, community and the environment. In supporting Sarawak Energy’s Vendor Financing Programme, Bank Islam can assist vendors with small contracts to gain access to financing that will help them execute projects awarded by Sarawak Energy or its subsidiaries according to schedules.”

As part of the initiative, SJPP, a wholly-owned agency under the Ministry of Finance; will act as the credit guarantee provider. SJPP will support the programme by providing up to 70 percent credit guarantee to eligible vendors.
(second from left) Sarawak Energy Group Chief Operating Officer, Lu Yew Hung; Bank Islam Head of Commercial, Ahmad Haliman Abdul Halim and Azlan Mohd Agel, SJPP General Manager pictured together at the MoU signing ceremony to provide RM300 million worth of financing solutions to vendors listed under the Sarawak Energy Vendor Financing Programme in Kuching, Sarawak recently.
Encik Ahmad Haliman said, “This exciting collaboration will broaden the Bank’s business market as the contracts awarded by Sarawak Energy will be financed under the Vendor Financing Programme. With total contracts awarded by Sarawak Energy of more than RM500 million a year, Bank Islam is in a better position to help the vendors access the capital they need to strengthen their business capacity and capabilities.”

He adds, “Bank Islam is proud to be partnering with Sarawak Energy and SJPP in embracing Government’s initiative in promoting greater energy sustainability in the country, at the same time contributing to Sarawak’s need for reliable and renewal energy in achieving sustainable growth and prosperity.”

Bank Islam is committed to being part of the financial ecosystem in providing business solutions and adds value to Sarawak Energy’s Vendor Financing Programme vendors. The Bank also takes great pride in its innovative approach towards client servicing by offering the most extensive network coverage and capabilities in meeting the energy sector requirements. The partnership with Sarawak Energy and SJPP is hoped to further catalyse Malaysia’s green technology initiatives for a sustainable future.

Massive Turnout Of Over Eight Thousand At This Year’s Watsons #Getactive Fest 2019

Zumba Lovers & Health Enthusiasts Celebrated Fitness With Zumba At Sunway Lagoon
Participants of all ages thronged the Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon at the Watsons #GETACTIVE FEST 2019. Back by popular demand, and in its 6th consecutive year, #GETACTIVE FEST 2019 is Watsons largest fitness festival. The festival highlights the iconic Zumba fitness moves and introducing new high intensity workout - Strong By Zumba. The Zumba party started at 4pm, where after participants registered themselves at the Surf Beach, they were treated to entertaining games and activities conducted by our emcee and Watsons ambassador Jinnyboy, participated in wellness workshops, feasted themselves with delicious food at food trucks and discovered interesting health and wellness products in the health and fitness bazaar and fitness arcade.

This year’s Watsons #GETACTIVE FEST 2019 was supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sport and attended by Yang Berhormat, Encik Steven Sim Chee Keong, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports Malaysia and Yang Berhormat Encik Sabran Bin Abd Bahar, Director of Selangor State Department of Youth & Sports Malaysia.

The fitness festival was open to all, including kids, adults, families, teenagers and senior citizens. This year introduces Strong by Zumba which is a revolutionary high-intensity workout using the tempo of the music to get your body into high gear. Think burpees, push-ups, and other high-impact moves – that’s synced to specific music. After all, Zumba is all about the music.

Leveraging on “Be Strong”, Watsons encourages everyone to give importance to physical activity, along with proper nutrition, that benefits people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. And it is important that everyone gets active! There are just so many immediate and long-term benefits in moving your body and engaging in any form of exercise such as preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, reduces fat, relieves stress, increase your energy and self-esteem. Watsons has always encouraged looking good, feel great and most importantly for us to promote a healthy lifestyle to the community

“This year, Strong by Zumba event is one of Watsons’ main drive to support the on-going Watsons #GETACTIVE campaign, it aims to further promote healthy living and positioning Watsons as the ideal health and beauty shopping destination. Zumba not only is a total workout for the body, but a social activity which brings people closer together in a community and has remained its popularity globally in all parts of the world. It is a well-loved fitness experience and today, we bring only the best to our participants and this year we have flown in Natalie Constanti, International Presenter for Strong by Zumba supported alongside with Sunny Cheong, Strong by Zumba’s Malaysia representative,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

The participants of #GETACTIVE FEST 2019 started off with Zumba fitness moves with Zumba jammers Alex Phang and Deno Au, before they tested their physical limits with Natalie Constanti, International Presenter for Strong by Zumba. A former Tae kwon-do champion, ex-professional dancer and physique fitness competitor, Natalie’s interest in fitness has allowed her to explore many styles & disciplines, from dance, martial arts, bodyweight & movement training to bodybuilding where she placed top 4 at the European WBFF Diva Fitness Model competition. All forms of movement are her passion. At #GETACTIVE FEST 2019, Natalie was supported alongside with Sunny Cheong, Strong by Zumba’s Malaysia representative. There were health workshops organized by Watsons Brand – Nutrabliss, Flavettes, Kkirabe and Derma Health Skin Labs. Participants can challenge themselves at the rock climbing structure, savour sumptuous foods at the food trucks area and even check out what’s in and hot at the bazaar section.

The spectacular event has not only highlighted the Zumba Fitness & Strong By Zumba, participants got the chance to experience the wholesome fun and goodness from the activities offered during the event.

#GETACTIVE Fest 2019 Participating Brands:
  • AMMELTZ 
  • FLAVETTES 
  • 3LEGS 
  • THURSDAY PLANTATION 
  • BEROCCA 
  • GAVISCON 
  • EPRO 
  • KITSUI 
  • BIOLIFE 
  • KORDELS  
  • CETAPHIL 
  • SURYA 
  • BLACKMORES 
  • PHARMATON 
  • NH
  • QV 
  • BYE BYE FEVER 
  • PROVITON 
  • KINO 
  • BIO OIL 
  • CEBION 
  • REDOXON 
  • BRANDS 
  • SUU BALM 
  • CHAMPS 
  • SALONPAS 
  • TOTAL IMAGE 
  • HIRUSCAR 
  • CHEWIES 
  • SCHOLL 
  • LENNOX 
  • PHYSIOGEL 
  • EBENE 
  • SCOTTS 
  • HIRUSCAR 
  • OPTIFREE 
  • ESSENTIALE 
  • WATSONS BRAND 
  • T3 
  • J&J VISION 
  • BAUSCH & LOMB 
  • VANTELIN  
  • SURBEX 
  • DUREX
  • WATSONS NUTRABLISS
  • HORLEY’S
  • NATURE’S BOUNTY
#GetActiveFest2019 #GetActiveGetResults #GetActiveWatsonsMalaysia #WatsonsMalaysia

Grabpay Partners With Paynet To Adopt Duitnow Qr - Malaysia's National Qr Standard

(Left) Mr Peter Schiesser, Group Chief Executive Officer, PayNet. (Right) Ms Ooi Huey Tyng, Managing Director of GrabPay Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
On 1 November 2019, Payments Network Malaysia (PayNet) and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading everyday app, announced a landmark collaboration that will make GrabPay the first e-Wallet to adopt DuitNow QR, Malaysia’s National QR Standard.

DuitNow QR is established under Bank Negara Malaysia’s Interoperable Credit Transfer Framework (ICTF). ICTF mandates that PayNet, as the country’s shared payment infrastructure provider, implement an interoperable and common QR standard for Malaysia. 4 Banks are already offering DuitNow QR in their mobile banking apps, with 25 Banks expected to implement DuitNow QR over the next 6 months.

DuitNow QR will foster an efficient, competitive and innovative payment landscape in Malaysia by enabling interoperability, promoting collaborative competition and providing fair and open access to the shared payment infrastructure. Through DuitNow QR, users can make payments from any participating Banks or e-Wallets’ mobile apps. Merchants would only need to display one QR Code, the DuitNow QR, to accept payments.

“At the moment, e-Wallet providers are incurring substantial acquiring costs for merchants since they are each signing up the same set of merchants for their respective proprietary networks. With DuitNow QR, a merchant needs to sign up with only one Bank or e-Wallet acquirer, and customers of all participating Banks and e-Wallets would be able to make DuitNow QR payments to the merchant using their respective mobile apps,” said Mr Peter Schiesser, Group Chief Executive Officer, PayNet.

Grab reimagined the future of digital payments with their vision to be the everyday e-Wallet, meeting the daily needs of users through GrabPay. Since the launch of GrabPay, new features have been introduced along with a rapidly growing partner network of both Banks and local merchants. This has significantly increased the adoption of virtual payments innovatively, which is in line with the Government’s push to move Malaysia forward in the digital economy and cultivating a cashless society. With its admission to the DuitNow QR scheme, Grab will add DuitNow QR support in the Grab app by the first half of 2020.

“We are honoured to be the first e-Wallet to adopt DuitNow QR. This partnership will propel GrabPay further to provide a seamless and safe payment method for customers and merchants. DuitNow QR’s interoperability simplifies and provides consumers with a frictionless and rewarding payment method, whilst providing our merchants a safe and cost-effective way to collect payments.

Our strategy has always been focused on being hyperlocal, and our partnership with PayNet is yet another example of being customer-centric to grow Malaysia’s cashless society as it makes it even more affordable and accessible for all Malaysians to do so,” said Ooi Huey Tyng, Managing Director of GrabPay Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

DuitNow QR is an extension of the DuitNow service launched in December 2018, which allows Bank customers to transfer money instantly and securely on a 24/7 basis at Banks’ Internet or mobile banking channels. DuitNow fund transfers can be directed using the recipients’ mobile numbers, MyKad or business registration numbers.

Following the path set by Grab, another 15 e-Wallet providers and non-bank merchant acquirers have also applied to participate in DuitNow. “Potential participants undergo a rigorous assessment and due diligence process before admission into the DuitNow scheme as we place great emphasis on the safety, security and stability of our payment eco-systems,” added Mr Schiesser.

Grab’s entry into the DuitNow eco-system coupled with the upcoming participation of all retail Banks and major e-Wallets in Malaysia will cement DuitNow QR as the QR payment solution for Malaysia, providing a convenient, cost-effective, and ubiquitous payment option for all merchants and consumers in the country.

Samsung Electronics Commemorates Its 50th Anniversary

Executive team shares message for employees, sets sight on becoming a Centennial company 
Samsung Electronics this month marked the 50th anniversary of its founding, with an event at Samsung Digital City, the Company’s headquarters in Suwon.

More than 400 employees were present to commemorate the milestone, together with the Company’s executive team including Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO of Device Solutions (DS) Division, Hyunsuk Kim, President & CEO of Consumer Electronics (CE) Division, Dongjin Koh, President & CEO of IT & Mobile Communications (IM) Division.

Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, through a video message, extended his gratitude to all Samsung employees for their dedication over the past 50 years and emphasized the Company’s commitment to build upon its legacy and become a Centennial company.

“The past 50 years were only possible thanks to the dedication and hard work of each and every one of you,” said Vice Chairman Lee. “Looking to the next 50 years, let's free our imaginations and dream of an extraordinary future.”

Underscoring Samsung’s pledge to contribute to the global society through innovative technologies, Vice Chairman Lee said, “Applying our new technologies, let’s build a healthier and happier future. By sharing and growing together we will become the very best in the world."

Executives and Employees Look Forward to Building a Worthy Legacy
At the anniversary event, executives and employees marked the achievements over the past half-century and pledged to embark on a new journey toward a leading Centennial company.

Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO of DS Division, shared three key goals towards Samsung’s continued growth in the next chapter of the Company’s life.

“Unpredictable change, driven by material shifts in demographics and consumer behavior, will be a hallmark of the next era of the technology industry,” he noted. “So to ensure our survival in the new era, we must pursue relentless self-innovation. We must never cease to learn, be bold and fearless in our pursuits and execute thoroughly when undertaking all our tasks.”

The second goal reflects the Company’s philosophy of always putting the customer at the heart of its business. “By staying ahead of their needs and expectations and by finding ways to thrive in evolving markets, we can continue to ensure that customers are at the center of our business,” stressed Vice Chairman Kim.

Finally, “Let us all work together to help Samsung continue to evolve into a company that contributes to a better world and stay a respected and beloved company for future generations,” he said. “I ask that all of us not forget our responsibilities as good corporate citizens in the journey.”

Samsung executives and workers around the world have been engaging in volunteer work in recent weeks to give back to their communities, in a more meaningful way to mark the Company’s anniversary and show appreciation. The activities include donation campaigns and education projects for young students.

AirAsia wraps 2019 with BIG Sale

With only two months left in 2019, AirAsia is sending off the year with one final BIG Sale and 6 million promotional seats up for grabs.

Enjoy promotional all-in AirAsia BIG Member fares from as low as RM20* for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Johor, Kuantan, Penang, Kuching, Miri and Sandakan, from RM44* for flights to Belitung, Surabaya, Surat Thani, Krabi, Can Tho, Nha Trang and many more.

Fly AirAsia X from as low as RM199* from Kuala Lumpur to Xi'an, Jeju, Jaipur, Taipei, Melbourne, Fukuoka and other exciting long-haul destinations. For extra comfort and perks, try our award-winning Premium Flatbed from Kuala Lumpur to Lanzhou, Osaka, Gold Coast and Seoul from only RM699*. Enjoy zero processing fee for all flights within, to and from Malaysia.

The last AirAsia BIG Sale of the year will not only see flights on sale but also hotels, activity deals, holiday packages and everything else you need, all on airasia.com.

Enjoy more comfort and up to 20% savings with Value Pack, our popular bundle that includes meal and seat selections, insurance and 20kg baggage. Need to carry more things on your travels? Now you can upgrade to 25kg baggage or more at a special discount. Value Pack and baggage promo are available for purchase during flight bookings only. Guests can also enjoy a 10% off any activities with the promo code FREE10.

Book on airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app from 4 November 2019 (0001h GMT +8) to 10 November 2019 (2400 GMT +8) for travel between 27 April 2020 and 1 March 2021.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Karen Chan said, “We are pleased to announce our final BIG Sale for 2019, giving guests one last opportunity to book a trip for next year up until early 2021. As a travel and lifestyle company, we have expanded our offering for this sale beyond just flights to include exclusive deals on selected hotels, activities and holiday packages. We’re confident that guests will be sure to find everything they need at airasia.com.”

AirAsia BIG Members, BigPay users and AirAsia Credit Card holders will be able to take advantage of 24-hour priority access to the sale from 3 November 2019 (0001h GMT +8). Simply log in as a BIG Member on airasia.com to access seats, hotels and activities at the lowest fares. BIG Members will also be able to redeem promotional seats from as little as 500 BIG Points one way on airasiabig.com and the AirAsia BIG mobile app.

Guests who wish to make changes to their booking or purchase additional add-ons such as pre-booked Santan meals may do so via the My Bookings page in just three simple steps - Enter, Select and Pay!

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

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Ejen Ali Gears Up For His Next Big Mission In Ejen Ali The Movie!

The Most Anticipated Malaysian Animated Feature Film Is Ready For The Big Screen
Primeworks Studios and Wau Animation announced that EJEN ALI THE MOVIE is set for theatrical release on 28 November 2019, simultaneously in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. This marks the first feature film from Malaysia’s most beloved animated series.

With 2 million eyeballs tuned in weekly on TV3, Malaysia’s largest free-to-air channel and over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, Ejen Ali is one of Asia’s fastest-growing animation brands. Debuting on Malaysian television screens in 2016, the animated series has been broadcasted in over 50 countries, including on regional networks Disney Asia, Nickelodeon India, MNCTV in Indonesia and AlMajeed TV in the Middle East and North Africa.
EJEN ALI THE MOVIE follows 12-year-old Ejen Ali, who after being accidentally recruited as a spy has now grown to embrace his role in secret agency Meta Advance Tactical Agency (MATA) to protect the futuristic city of Cyberaya from outside threats. Ali is surprised to discover that he is no longer the only master of the Infinity Retinal Intelligence System (IRIS) gadget, since MATA has now upgraded to IRIS Neo for all MATA agents. When the new invention leads Ali to question his place and usefulness to MATA, he is approached by a rogue figure who claims to know about a surprising personal connection to Ali. Risking his loyalty to MATA, Ejen Ali embarks on a thrilling chase to unravel these mysterious links.

Speaking during the press conference, Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios said, “2019 is fast becoming the year Malaysian animation dominates at the local box office. Kudos to Wau Animation for their ingenious craftsmanship and contribution in bringing Malaysian cinema to a whole other level. We hope fans and movie-goers alike will show their support for Ejen Ali this coming school holiday season.”

Usamah Zaid Yasin, Chief Executive Officer of Wau Animation, adds, “We truly appreciate the unyielding support from Ejen Ali’s die-hard fans, who motivate us to continue reaching for new heights in producing the first feature film. We hope our efforts to polish and perfect the film will exceed all the hard-won fans’ expectations.”

Running up to the film’s release, the first single from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bukalah Matamu” by Aisyah Aziz and rising rapper Bunga was released on 20 September 2019 on all major music streaming platforms. The lyric video for the catchy single was also released on YouTube and has chalked up over 700,000 views to date. The second single, “Kita Jaga Kita” by hip-hop maestro Altimet with Cuurley and Malik Abdullah will be released this Friday, 25 October 2019 on all major music streaming platforms. A lyric video will also be launched on Ejen Ali’s YouTube channel at 12 noon on the same day. Additionally, the film score is composed by Azri Yunus and Hakim Kamal, both key members of the Ejen Ali production team since its inception.

Primeworks Studios and Wau Animation also announced multiple collaborations in line with the film’s release; namely with Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Mydin and Pediasure for exciting joint marketing campaigns. A series of roadshows will also be announced soon for fans of Ejen Ali to meet the character mascots in person and to win exclusive movie merchandise.

In line with the film’s release, new Ejen Ali branded consumer products are set for release too, such as kids’ body wash Carrie BacBuster, revamped Back-To-School range, toys, confectionery and many more. These products will be made available nationwide through retail stores like Mydin, Parkson, AEON and the like.

EJEN ALI THE MOVIE, powered by Tenaga Nasional Berhad, invades cinemas in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei starting 28 November 2019.

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