Champion of the inaugural ESL Malaysia Championship for Call of Duty: Mobile will represent Malaysia at Garena World 2020

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ESL Asia is proud to announce the inaugural season of the ESL Malaysia Championship for Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM) with Official Digital Telco, Yoodo. The tournament will feature the top 16 CODM teams in the country where they will compete for a total prize pool of RM40,000 as well as the pride of representing Malaysia at Garena World 2020.

Teams will have 2 opportunities to qualify for the ESL Malaysia Championship 2020 - Call of Duty: Mobile Season 1 through 2 separate Open Qualifiers which will be held on the 8th Feb & 15th Feb respectively. Teams can sign up for the open qualifiers here. The top 8 teams from each open qualifier will advance to the main tournament and compete in a double elimination bracket in which the best CODM team in Malaysia will be crowned.

Yoodo, Malaysia’s first fully customisable and 100% digital mobile service, is the Official Digital Telco for the ESL Malaysia Championship for Call of Duty: Mobile.

"Yoodo is proud to be at the frontline championing gamers and their passions," shared Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. "We are excited to bring the anticipated championship to the esports community and can't wait for the intense action to kick off!"

OURSHOP expands local footprint with your favourite airport retailers online with J&S Group

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OURSHOP, an e-commerce platform connecting travellers to airport retailers, high-street stores and local retailers has partnered with a new retail group, J&S Group to expand their footprint in Subang Skypark, Penang International Airport and Langkawi International Airport.

The strategic partnership allows both international and domestic passengers travelling through these airports to purchase exclusive travel retail items at their fingertips through and collect the items at the respective airports.

OURSHOP Chief Merchant Officer Raj Daswani said, “We are pleased to partner with J&S Group as OURSHOP is on a fast-growing journey to expand our footprint in the country and further strengthen our position in the travel retail market beyond our traditional AirAsia passengers to passengers from other airlines, thus expanding our current footprint to Subang Skypark. Our partnership with J&S Group proves that we can be a marketplace for all travellers and aligns with our strategies to support more local businesses by providing a platform to market their products online and provide a unique shopping experience for travellers. This partnership also comes at the right time as we are able to leverage on Visit Malaysia 2020.”

J&S Group Managing Director Suraj Menon said, “We see so much opportunity with OURSHOP as it increases the distribution and provides greater reach to our customers. Now travellers have the convenience to shop online through and at the same time experience the store offline when they collect the items. We hope this partnership will continue to grow and create added value in the long-term for travellers through these airports.”

J&S Group has the biggest retail presence in Subang Skypark with a number of stores such as Jet Set Go retailing branded luggages, Chocolate Box retailing imported chocolates and Flamenco retailing perfumes. In addition, the Group also operates Watch Stars and Chocolate Box in Penang International Airport and the Luggage store in Langkawi International Airport.

Besides the three airports in Malaysia that have been newly added into OURSHOP’s collection point, travellers who choose to buy their duty free on OURSHOP can also collect their items at ERAMAN duty free outlets in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), Aelia Duty Free at Melbourne’s Avalon Airport, Lagardère Hong Kong at Hong Kong International Airport, Plaza Bali at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta, Manila’s T3 International Terminal in the Philippines and selected Airports in India. Travellers can also shop online and collect their products onboard AirAsia flights with the inflight delivery option.

McDonald's Malaysia Ushers in Chinese New Year with the Elderly

The company continues its tradition in sharing the True Meaning of Prosperity for the fourth year by celebrating with senior citizens across the nation 

McDonald’s Malaysia visits more than 60 old folks’ homes across the nation ahead of Chinese New Year 2020
Restaurant crew members of McDonald’s Malaysia continue on the company’s tradition of visiting old folks’ homes across the nation to spread the festive cheer ahead of Chinese New Year 2020. The visits to more than 60 old folks’ homes started from 13 January 2020 and will continue up till 8 February 2020.

This initiative is in its fourth year and involves crew members from more than 290 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, with the aim of embracing the spirit of togetherness during this celebration that is rooted in tradition and family.
“At McDonald’s, we believe that Prosperity is really about giving abundantly what we can, beyond material wealth. In this case, spreading joy by spending quality time with the residents of the homes reflects the true meaning of Prosperity at McDonald’s. We are so happy to see the smiles on the residents’ faces and we sincerely hope that our efforts will make their Chinese New Year celebration even more meaningful and memorable, especially when ushering in a new decade,” said Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald’s Malaysia.

In preparation for the festive season, McDonald’s Malaysia employees cleaned and spruced up the homes and also brought meals for the residents of the homes.

“We are a big family at this home and having McDonald’s employees come over to prepare for Chinese New Year makes us really happy,” said Liu Xue Mei, one of the residents at Rumah Orang Tua Ampang.
Since the initiative was first introduced in 2017, McDonald’s Malaysia’s restaurant crew members have visited more than 250 old folks’ homes nationwide, and engaged with more than 10,000 residents of these homes.
Visits to the old folks’ homes reaffirm the company’s commitment in giving back to the communities it operates in. Additionally, the initiative emphasises the importance of care and respect towards the elderly.

Primeworks Distribution and Amazon Prime Premieres Eight Malaysian Films to US and UK Audiences

Primeworks Distribution Sdn Bhd (“Primeworks Distribution”), the content distribution arm of Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s largest media conglomerate, Media Prima Berhad (“Media Prima”), announced today that eight local film titles under their catalogue is now available on popular video-on-demand service, Amazon Prime, for its members in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The popular and award-winning titles which are available on Amazon Prime (US and UK) are Mukhsin, J Revolusi (J Revolution), Kampung Drift, Songlap, KIL, Chow Kit Balada Pencinta (A Lover’s Ballad), and Anak Jantan (The Son).

The release of these titles on Amazon Prime underscores Primeworks Distribution’s commitment to bring the best of Malaysian content to international audiences by expanding global distribution of these titles on popular digital platforms like Amazon Prime. The partnership was discussed and concluded at MIPCOM, the world’s largest entertainment content market held annually in Cannes, where Primeworks Distribution attended under the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (“FINAS”) umbrella.

Lyn Nasihin, General Manager of Primeworks Distribution, said: “Today’s announcement is a recognition of Malaysian storytelling. Our nation is home to so many great talents who have produced compelling dramas and films with global appeal, and we are extremely proud and excited to see them get the international attention they deserve. This is only the beginning of our relationship with Amazon Prime and we will see more Malaysian content on the platform.”

“We will continue to expand into new platforms and territories through our successful array of content. We would like to express our utmost gratitude to the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and FINAS for their invaluable guidance and support,” she added.

Primeworks Distribution is tireless in its efforts to showcase quality content from Malaysia. This deal not only includes its in-house productions from Primeworks Studios but also titles that Primeworks Distribution represents. Audiences can expect to see more Malaysian feature films, drama series and telemovies on Amazon Prime (US and UK) in the near future.

TITLES AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME (for US and UK territories only):

One of Yasmin Ahmad’s many gems, Mukhsin examines the most common and uncomfortable human experience. Orked is ten and her best friend, Mukhsin is twelve. The movie explores what happens when your best friend - someone with whom you've been learning to do cool things like climbing trees, flying kites and riding bicycles - starts to develop romantic feelings for you?

J Revolusi (J Revolution) 
 A box office hit co-production between Primeworks Studios and Infinitus Productions, J Revolusi tells the story of Jay Zulkarnain, an assault leader for Malaysia's elite special forces known as the UTK, every terrorist's worst nightmare. However, a mysterious terrorist has framed Jay for the murder of one of his squad members and also captures his sister Dian, an undercover agent. To save his sister, Jay is now in a race against time to unravel the reason why this terrorist is trying to destroy him.

Kampung Drift 
Combining action, comedy and sci-fi, Mico Studios’ Kampung Drift is a coming-of-age tale of Johan, a teenager in search of the meaning of life and love through drift racing. Despite his father's objection, Johan continues to find ways to unleash his passion for the sport with the help of his best friend Bojeng, his uncle Ajoi and the mad scientist Pak Idun.

Brothers Am (Shaheizy Sam) and Ad (Syafie Naswip) are involved in a baby-selling syndicate run by a woman known as Mama. As they progress, a friend's sister, Hawa (Sara Ali) gets involved too and Ad can no longer turn a blind eye. However, his moral struggle starts to shake his relationship with Am.

Akil (KIL), a quiet and depressed young man, sees suicide as a solution. A chance encounter brings him to the "Life Action Bureau" (LAB), an organization that will help him end his life. But after being bound to LAB's terms and conditions, he meets Zara and eventually falls in love. The new Akil must now race against time to undo what he has set in motion before he gets killed.

Chow Kit 
A group of abandoned teenagers living through dark times on the streets of Chow Kit make a pact to find justice after one of their own is assaulted or things will get worse and more lives are sacrificed. Meanwhile, an ex-convict wanting to start a new life is dragged back into his past to deliver one final mission. But when things become chaotic, he must choose between freedom or going back to prison.

Balada Pencinta (A Lover's Ballad) 
Balada Pencinta focuses on a forbidden love between an ex-gang member turned busker Amir and Aisyah, an art enthusiast and socialite. Their blossoming love is further complicated when Aisyah's parents have arranged for her to be married to a boy who runs several illegal businesses unbeknownst to his in-laws. Will Aisyah choose to be disowned but happy with Amir or live a loveless rich life?

Anak Jantan (The Son) 
 This action-thriller tells the story of Darin who is haunted by a past life. His negative lifestyle changes once he falls for a young lady from his village named Nara. Soon, the couple migrate to KL city to leave behind Darin's past and start a new life. They are blessed with a bright and intelligent son, Saufi. Alas, their family's happiness doesn't last long with the arrival of an old colleague.

Bank Islam Partners with Global Psytech to Implement Innovative Credit Risk Assessment Tool

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) and local financial technology (Fintech) company Global Psytech Sdn Bhd (“Global Psytech”), are currently collaborating to implement an innovative credit risk assessment solution known as General Financial Insights (GFI). GFI estimates the risk
of providing financing to an applicant, even in the absence of a traditional credit history. It will allow a financial institution to finance with confidence to aspiring entrepreneurs who might otherwise be sidelined from the financial system, particularly those in the Micro,
Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.

Sharing the goal of leveraging on non-traditional qualitative and quantitative data, the two organisations worked in partnership to provide an avenue for assessing applications even when credit history is unavailable or inadequate. GFI accurately estimates the risks associated with financing, using behavioural analytics and machine learning algorithms. Within minutes, GFI automatically generates detailed reports that will help a financier decide whether to approve or reject an application. Following the implementation of this system, Bank Islam foresees an increase in approved financing applications, especially for MSME clients, as GFI will expedite and simplify current procedures.

Bank Islam’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), Mohd Muazzam Mohamed said, “This partnership between Bank Islam and Global Psytech is aimed at addressing the credit gap for MSMEs. It further improves the existing underwriting and credit-scoring models, as well as capitalising on the advancement of digital technologies in finance. GFI will contribute to bridging the financing gap that affects MSMEs and further catalyse MSMEs contribution to Malaysia’s economy. GFI has the potential to promote more equitable economic growth, financial inclusion and increased participation of young business owners. This partnership will also make Bank Islam a leader in utilising advanced risk- assessment technologies that will benefit MSMEs.”

Mohd Muazzam added, “Bank Islam endeavours to strengthen the role and impact of Islamic finance by adopting the principles of Value-based Intermediation (“VBI”) as advocated by Bank Negara Malaysia. It is at the heart of our business model in delivering a sustainable performance with a strategic focus on supporting economic, social and environmental development, with emphasis on the MSME sector. Hence, we are always on the lookout for fresh and innovative ideas to assist our clients in those sectors”.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Global Psytech, Dr Haniza Yon, said, “Global Psytech has leveraged its extensive experience in developing digital assessment solutions by offering a technologically advanced credit risk assessment system that can benefit financiers as well as MSMEs. This method will allow financiers to provide appropriately-priced credit efficiently and securely to foster the growth of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia.”

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Garden of Prosperity in gateway@klia2 Ushers an Abundance of Blessings this Chinese New Year

Light up the firecrackers as one of Malaysia’s favourite cultural festivals is upon us! This Chinese New Year, travellers heading back to their hometown or visiting Malaysia will feel the festive spirit at gateway@klia2 as a glorious bloom of peony flowers in the ‘Garden of Prosperity’ welcomes all with wishes of good health, wealth and fortune for the year ahead.

Besides a great festive shopping experience, mall visitors will also witness a beautiful array of peonies in subtle shades of pink decorating gateway@klia2 this Chinese New Year. Shiny red lanterns signifying ‘Ong’, gorgeous multi-coloured butterflies and other decorative items in the hue of mandarin orange complete the limited-time set-up from 7 January 2020 until 9 February 2020.
“This Chinese New Year, we bring you the ‘Garden of Prosperity’ at gateway@klia2 together with the sincere wish of ‘Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái’, which brings the meaning: Wishing you wealth and prosperity,” says Ms. Selena Chua, Chief Executive Officer of WCT Malls Management. She added, “Chinese New Year is no ordinary festival. It signifies a grand yearly affair that is not just a feast, but the preservation of tradition where family and friends reunite to create memories that will be cherished for years to come. We would like wish all Malaysians and all visitors to Malaysia success, happiness and prosperity this Year of the Rat.”

In conjunction with the festival, gateway@klia2 will also be offering attractive rewards, exclusive redemption opportunities and fun-filled activities for mall visitors to enjoy.
Chinese New Year Performances
Lion Dance: January 10, 17, 24, 25, 26 & 31
Blossom Dance: January 11, 12, 18, 19 25, 26, 27 January and February 1 & 2 
5 Emperor Dance: January 12, 19, 24, 26 January and February 2 
Face Mask Changing: January 11, 18, 25, 27 January and February 1

What is Chinese New Year without its traditional performances? Head over to gateway@klia2 and witness Lion Dance, which is meant to chase away evil spirits and usher in prosperous times. That’s not all – visitors will also be able to experience the best of Chinese culture through the scheduled Blossom Dance, 5 Emperor Dance and stunt of Face Mask Changing organized exclusively for you.

God of Prosperity Walkabout: January 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 31
Fuk Luk Sao Walkabouts: January 15, 22 & 29

Come over to gateway@klia2 to meet the God of Prosperity for good luck all year through and also catch the exclusive Fuk Luk Sao Walkabouts on the dates above.

Gift with Purchase (GWP)*
What is Chinese New Year without goodies? Stand a chance to redeem exclusive Chinese New Year merchandise with your purchase.

WCT Ang Pow Packets
Mall visitors who spend RM188 and above in a combination of two (2) receipts will be able to redeem one (1) set of exclusive Ang Pow packets that come with prints of peony flowers in three different shades, namely red, orange and yellow. HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy members will get to redeem two (2) sets of Ang Pow packets.

WCT Floral Purse
Mall visitors who spend RM388 and above in a combination of three receipts will be able to redeem an exclusive floral purse that comes with prints of peony flowers in two different shades of pink and orange. HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy Members will only need to spend a minimum of RM288 and above in a maximum combination of three receipts to redeem.

Purchase with Purchase (PWP)*
Chinese New Year is incomplete without savouring the delicious Abalone as part of the reunion dinner. To add to the good fortune, we also have a sweet in-house deal for shoppers as part of our purchase-with- purchase.

Soon Thye Hang (425 Gram Abalone in Can)
Mall visitors who spend RM188 and above in a combination of two receipts will be able to purchase up to three (3) cans of Soon Thye Hang Abalone at RM28 per can (normal retail price: RM90). HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy members need only spend RM88 to enjoy this exclusive purchase-with-purchase deal. The delicious abalone is limited to three (3) cans per shopper, while stock lasts.

*Other T&Cs apply

For more information about the activities and promotions, kindly visit the mall’s website and social media platforms below: 


Elevating Ideas with Meetings in Hilton Malaysia

To kick-start the New Year, Hilton in Malaysia launches Elevating Ideas, a flexible meeting package that aims to boost productivity through sustainable practice, healthy food choices and mindful breaks. Created with meeting professionals and business travellers in mind, Elevating Ideas encourages new perspectives for a fresh start.

A New Year means new resolutions and ambitions. Hilton in Malaysia understands that in order for business to reach their goals, the right mind set is necessary. With the right environment and support, creative ideas and effective solutions are generated.

Reinforcing the Meet with Purpose concept, Hilton in Malaysia innovates how meetings are conducted in order to effectively help businesses thrive. The first of Meet with Purpose's three core pillars is Mindful Meeting, which consists of environmentally friendly practices that help planners reduce their footprint, such as going plastic-free or using energy-saving equipment. Mindful Eating includes a healthy diet and balanced-dining choices that boost energy and focus. Mindful Being is all about uplifting, engaging activities that are rewarding and reduce stress such as yoga and other recreations.

Hilton in Malaysia is able to cater to every MICE need from various industries and business sizes with its accommodating event spaces and strategic locations across the country. Enjoy great discounts and complimentary rooms plus upgrades, a complimentary delegate pass for every ten (10) paying delegates and more.

Participating hotels: Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, Hilton Kuching, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, and Hilton Garden Inn Puchong.

Book by 31 March 2020 and hold events from now until 31 June 2020. Enjoy room rates from MYR165.00 nett/per room, per night and full day meeting packages from MYR110.00 nett.

Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya Celebrates an Abundance of Luck & Prosperity this Chinese New Year

“Huat” your way through the start of Year of the Rat with blossoms of abundance this Chinese New Year! Witness peony flowers blooming beautifully at Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya, beckoning family and friends close for a great time to catch up and make memories together.

Aptly themed ‘Garden of Abundance’, mall visitors can witness an amazing decoration of beautiful peony flowers at Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya – this auspicious flower symbolises prosperity, abundance and good fortune. It will be designed to incorporate butterflies in decorative shades of sweet orange and red, swooping in to denote that Chinese New Year is upon us from 6 January 2020 until 9 February 2020.
“We are proud to present to you our Garden of Abundance; it is a tradition to welcome Chinese New Year with auspicious plants and blooms because they are believed to bring good luck and blessings. This year marks the Year of Metal Rat and as per the yearly horoscope predictions, the New Year is linked to material success, wellness, and luxury in life. With this, we wish all mall visitors an auspicious Chinese New Year and may the New Year be filled with contentment, opportunities, and peace,” says Ms. Selena Chua, Chief Executive Officer of WCT Malls Management.
She added, “Chinese New Year is a festival of giving. While we celebrate the arrival of this promising New Year, let us not forget that there are less fortunate people within our communities. To play a small part in reaching out to them, Paradigm Mall PJ is working with Kechara Soup Kitchen's Food Bank initiative by initiating a Food Bank donation drive in the mall.”
Mall visitors can be a part of this meaningful gesture by donating food (dry and canned food) to those in need – simply drop them at the designated Food Bank donation bin stationed in front of RHB Bank at Level CC from 6th January 2020 – 31 December 2020. Adding more joy to the celebration, Paradigm Mall PJ will match the food donations made by the public to the food bank in this CSR initiative.
Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya will also be offering attractive rewards, exclusive redemptions and fun-filled activities for mall visitors to enjoy.

Chinese New Year Performances
Acrobatic Lion Dance: January 11, 18, 25, and 27 & February 1 & 9 8
Prosperity Drums Performance: January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 & 8 
Chinese Peacock & Cultural Dance: January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 & 9 
Thousand Hands Performance: January 11, 18, 25, 27 and February 1 & 8 
CNY Children Dance Performance: January 11 & 18 and February 1 & 8 
Juggling and Balancing Stunt Show: January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 & 9 
CNY Flower Dance: January 25 & 27

Usher in the Chinese New Year with fun festivities and good food at Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya! Have a peek at the mall’s blossoming decorations and mark your calendars to catch these classical festive performances we’ve organized for you and your little ones.

Chinese New Year Workshops
DIY Handmade Cookies Workshop: January 12 & 19
Koi Fish Jelly Workshop: January 11, 18, 25, 27 and February 1 & 8 
Spinning Horse Lantern Workshop: January 26 & February 2 & 9

Put your fingers to work this Chinese New Year, and join us to learn how to make handmade cookies and Koi Fish Jelly with the best culinary experts. Visitors can also learn the art of spinning horse lantern with experienced sifus, who will be teaching these heritage arts in Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya.

*The workshops are limited to 20 pax per session

Appearances & Special Readings
God of Prosperity Walkabout: January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 8 & 9 8
Lions Walkabout: January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 8 & 9 
Tarot Card Reading: January 19 and February 2 
BaZi Reading: January 12 & 26 and February 9

Come over to Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya to meet the God of Prosperity for good luck all year through and also catch the exclusive 8 Lions Walkabout on the dates above. Not only that, this year we have special in- house sessions of Tarot Card reading and BaZi reading for all mall visitors!

Little God of Prosperity Costume Contest
Date: January 12

Bring your littles ones over to display their best Little God of Prosperity traditional costume for Chinese New Year and stand to win amazing prizes!
Gift with Purchase (GWP)
What is Chinese New Year without goodies? Stand a chance to redeem exclusive Chinese New Year merchandise with your purchase.

WCT Ang Pow Packets 
Mall visitors who spend RM188 and above in a combination of three receipts will be able to redeem one (1) set of exclusive Ang Pow packets that come with prints of peony flowers in three different shades, namely red, orange and yellow. HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy members will only need to spend a minimum of RM188 in a maximum combination of three receipts to redeem two (2) sets of Ang Pow packets.

WCT Floral Pouch 
Mall visitors who spend RM288 and above in a combination of three receipts will be able to redeem one (1) exclusive floral purse that comes with prints of peony flowers in two different shades of pink and yellow. HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy Members will only need to spend a minimum of RM238 and above in a maximum combination of three receipts to redeem the floral pouch.

Purchase with Purchase (PWP)
Chinese New Year is incomplete without savouring the delicious Abalone as part of the reunion dinner. To add to good fortune, we also have a sweet in-house deal for shoppers as part of our purchase-with- purchase redemption.

Soon Thye Hang (425 Gram Abalone in Can) 
Mall visitors who spend RM188 and above in a combination of two receipts will be able to purchase up to three (3) cans of Soon Thye Hang Abalone at RM28 per can (normal retail price: RM90). HSBC Credit Card holders and WCT Buddy members need only spend RM88 to enjoy this exclusive purchase-with-purchase deal. The delicious abalone is limited to three (3) cans per shopper, while stock lasts.

For more information about the activities and promotions, kindly visit the mall’s website and social media platforms below:

Discover Your Children’s Amazing Possibles with Nestlé New NANKID OPTIPRO® Exclusively on Lazada

From left to right Jasmin Estacio, Business Manager, Nestlé Nutrition Malaysia, Kenny Wong, Business Executive Officer, Nestlé Nutrition Malaysia & Singapore, Diana Boo, Chief Marketing Officer, Lazada Malaysia
Nestlé Malaysia today kickstarted the new year with the launch of its new and improved NANKID OPTIPRO® which will be exclusively available for purchase first on Lazada through the “Discover Amazing Possibles” campaign, aimed at encouraging parents to help their children realise the best possible versions of themselves.

Nestlé’s new and improved NANKID OPTIPRO® is the latest breakthrough in child nutrition and is scientifically-formulated with a Hundred Million probiotics, as well as new revolutionary ingredient – 2’-FL Oligosaccharide, a type of carbohydrate derived from lactose to help improve children’s gut function. Scientific studies show that 2’-FL Oligosaccharide helps strengthen the gut wall, increase good bacteria in the gut and removes bad bacteria.

Jasmin Estacio, Business Manager, Nestlé Nutrition Malaysia, presenting her opening speech
The new NANKID OPTIPRO® is the result of 30 years of research, which serves to encourage a desirable balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut and therefore, an ideal body defense system for lifelong wellness. “The body’s defense system is one of the most important systems in the human body, especially for children in their growing-up years. By supporting and nurturing the body defense system, children are now in position to have their full potentials unlocked; to Discover Amazing Possibles,” said Jasmin Estacio, Business Manager, Nestlé Nutrition Malaysia.

“At Nestlé, we believe that children should be given the opportunity to discover the best possible version of themselves, through the support of their loving family and sustenance of NANKID OPTIPRO®. Our Discover Amazing Possibles campaign is about parents helping children discover a world of possibilities in their journey to be the best that they can be,” added Estacio.

The new NANKID OPTIPRO® is first available exclusively on Lazada. It will also be part of the leading eCommerce platform’s Milk Formula Guarantee, which offers a 3 times Money Back Guarantee that the product is genuine and has at least a seven-months-to-expiry from delivery date*. During the upcoming Lazada Lunar New Year Sale on 13 to 15 January, 18% discount vouchers for the new NANKID OPTIPRO® will also be up for grabs while stocks last*.

From left to rightJulie Woon, Emcee and Panel Discussion Moderator, Mia Chai, Brand Ambassador, and Joe Chang, Parenting Social Influencer, Madam Mary Easaw, Consultant Dietitian, CVSKL, Ms Katyana Azman, Consultant Child Psychologist, Pantai Hospital KL
“Today, Malaysians are living in an age of speed and convenience where technology adoption permeates almost every age group, with both young and old becoming more reliant on eCommerce for their everyday needs. Parents too are turning to eCommerce as their one-stop lifestyle destination and the solution for their busy lifestyles. At Lazada, we are committed to ensuring that our customers enjoy the luxury of shopping online without having to compromise on their well-being. With Lazada’s Milk Formula Guarantee, parents can now purchase genuine milk formula products, including Nestlé’s new NANKID OPTIPRO®, wherever and whenever, with complete confidence in the products’ authenticity and quality,” said Leo Chow, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Malaysia.

NANKID OPTIPRO® comes in two variants – Stage 3 for children aged one to three and Stage 4 for children four years and above. Apart from the newly-added ingredient 2’-FL Oligosaccharide, NANKID OPTIPRO® also contains Optimized Protein, 100 million units of Probiotics, DHA & ARA, and no added sucrose to help support the overall growth and development of a toddler.

The new and improved NANKID OPTIPRO® is now available for purchase exclusively via Lazada, and will be available at retailers across Malaysia at a later date. Get a pack of Nestlé’s NANKID OPTIPRO® via Lazada today and start your children’s journey of Discovering Amazing Possibles!

*Terms and Conditions Apply

Samsung Announces the New Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51

Four cameras, Infinity-O Display and long-lasting battery offer advanced mobile experiences

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51, the latest additions to the Galaxy A series family. Built to bring meaningful innovations and awesome mobile experience to everyone, the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 are packed with enhanced features: a longer lasting battery to keep up with your busy lifestyle, a smarter camera to help capture the world as you see it and an Infinity-O display that gives an uninterrupted visual experience.
“We’re excited to build on the successful Galaxy A portfolio with the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51. Since its launch last year, the Galaxy A series has become one of the most beloved smartphone ranges. The new Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 continue to offer the essential innovations that people love,” said YeonJeong Kim, Vice President, Head of Innovative Product Planning Group Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “We know that people want a device that looks good, lasts longer and captures every experience as it happens and we’re proud to continue to deliver on those needs with the latest Galaxy A devices.”

Advanced Camera Experience
With four top-of-the-range cameras, the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 are built for capturing those moments in life that matter most. Featuring a main camera, Ultra Wide, Macro and Depth cameras, combined with intelligent features, the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 allow you to capture almost anything you experience in clear detail and stunning scale.

The main camera photographs stunning images with a 64-megapixel camera on the Galaxy A71, and 48-megapixel camera on the Galaxy A51. Taking crisp and vivid shots, this camera will let you snap the best photo possible – day or night. The Ultra Wide camera has a 123o degree angle lens, giving you the same peripheral vision as the human eye and if the shot requires it, the intelligent switch function recommends Wide Shot and automatically switch it on for you. The Macro camera brings objects into crystal-clear focus to capture every last detail while the Depth camera lets your subjects stand out using Live Focus effects.

High-Quality Video Recording
With Super Steady Video you can now shoot smooth and stable videos of any adventure. Super Steady Video removes camera shake whether you are shooting a video of a moving object or you’re moving yourself with the device in your hands. Even when you’re running, hiking or even chasing your pets, the Super Steady Video will help you capture the moment perfectly.

Uninterrupted Visual Display
Both the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 offer Super AMOLED edge-to-edge Infinity-O displays. With a screen size of 6.7-inch or 6.5-inch, the display provides an expansive and immersive experience – forget the world around you and watch your favorite show or game on one of Samsung’s largest mobile screens yet.

Stay Connected Longer
The Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 come with a large 4,500 mAh and 4,000 mAh battery respectively so you can use your phone longer throughout the day. With 25W and 15W fast charging capabilities you have come to expect from Galaxy smartphones, you won’t be without your phone long when it needs a boost to recharge.
Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 also provide access to Samsung’s ecosystem of intelligent apps and services including Bixby (Vision, Lens Mode, Routines), Samsung Pay, Samsung Health. The devices are also protected with the defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox.
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Over RM30 Million In 6 Weeks At The Box Office!

#1 Highest-Grossing Local Film Released in 2019

EJEN ALI THE MOVIE, an animated feature film from Primeworks Studios and WAU Animation about a young boy accidentally recruited as a secret agent, has crossed the RM30 million collections mark at the cinema box office today. The tremendous success of the Movie was earned through continuous support from movie-goers who thronged the cinemas repeatedly since the Movie’s release on 28 November 2019.

During the crowded year-end holiday period of the Movie’s release, EJEN ALI THE MOVIE remained steadfast against healthy competition from big-named Hollywood franchise films. Additionally, closing off what has been dubbed as the “Year of Malaysian Animation” with three blockbuster animation feature releases in 2019, EJEN ALI THE MOVIE emerged as Malaysia’s #1 local animated feature film and the #3 highest-grossing local film released of all time.

Ahmad Izham Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios mentioned, “Primeworks Studios reached a historic milestone today with the success of EJEN ALI THE MOVIE. I truly believe that this achievement speaks volumes about the calibre of our animation and film industry and the talented creators at WAU Animation, and the fact that movie-going audiences proudly support high-quality Malaysian products. Thank you to everyone for their immense support to make EJEN ALI THE MOVIE the #1 Malaysian animated film and the #3 biggest Malaysian movie of all time.”
1 January 2020 further marked a very special date for fans of EJEN ALI in Indonesia, with the Movie released at 101 locations across the country. Available at selected CGV, Flix, Platinum, Kota Cinema and Cinépolis theatres, early reviews from Indonesia on social media have also been positive, including a special mention by Tere Liye, one of Indonesia’s leading novelists.

Usamah Zaid Yasin, Chief Executive Officer of WAU Animation added, “We are beyond thrilled to experience the record-breaking success of EJEN ALI THE MOVIE because when we first conceptualized the universe of EJEN ALI and the secret agent network, we had imagined Ali’s story to be told on the silver screen. Our immense gratitude goes to every single person who filled the cinema seats, recommended the movie to all their friends and family and shared so many positive comments. Thank you very much for making our dream a reality!”

Fans can also stream EJEN ALI THE MOVIE’s atmospheric film score released on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Joox and Deezer. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album follows the release of the Movie’s hit singles Bukalah Matamu, Kita Jaga Kita, Mamak Maju and Mama (Di Hatimu).
EJEN ALI THE MOVIE is powered by Tenaga Nasional Berhad and in partnership with Mydin and PediaSure, and is still screening across Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Xiaomi Partners With Tourism Malaysia For Visit Malaysia 2020

Xiaomi partners with Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board to discover Malaysia’s beauty with Mi Note 10 as part of Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign

Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore (fifth from the right) and Datuk Musa Yusof, Director General of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (sixth from the left) with representatives from Xiaomi Malaysia and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board
Global technology leader Xiaomi has partnered with the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) to boost Malaysia’s global tourism. The partnership sees Xiaomi and MTPB jointly producing impressive photography shots in several scenic spots in Malaysia through Xiaomi's latest smartphone Mi Note 10, as well as contributing a promotional video for the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) campaign. The partnership also aims to promote Malaysia’s tourism through the Mi Note 10, the world’s first smartphone with 108MP penta camera setup.

The partnership was announced at an official joint collaboration ceremony between Xiaomi Malaysia and MTPB which was officiated by Datuk Musa Yusuf, Director General of MTPB. The ceremony was attended by several representatives from Xiaomi Malaysia including Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore. The event saw the Memorandum of Joint Collaboration signed by both Xiaomi Malaysia and MTPB.

The 3-minute promotional video, featuring Malaysia's world renowned natural and architectural wonders as well as hidden gems, is now available on Xiaomi's official social media platforms including Xiaomi Malaysia’s Facebook page, Xiaomi Malaysia’s Youtube channel, and Xiaomi’s official account in Sina weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform.

“We’ve always wanted to help showcase Malaysia’s natural beauty to the world and so we want to thank Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) for giving us the opportunity to play our part in the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. Not just tourists, but Malaysians themselves often overlook the country’s hidden gems. With the 108MP camera on the Mi Note 10, Malaysians are able to capture the unique beauty of this country into the innermost detail, bringing to life what was previously unseen. We believe Mi Note 10 will enable users and Mi Fans to enjoy mobile photography more with epic photography and videography quality.” said Allen An, Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore, Xiaomi.

Commenting on the partnership, Datuk Musa Yusof, said, “Xiaomi being a global technology leader together with their latest smartphone, Mi Note 10, is the perfect device to display Malaysia’s hidden beauty to the world. For the VM2020 campaign, we wanted to showcase the best Malaysia has to offer, whether our vibrant heritage, our diverse culture or our endless scenic spots that we have, Xiaomi is one of the most suitable partners to help us achieve these efforts and capture a truly aesthetic experience.”
Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore (left) and Datuk Musa Yusof, Director General of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (right) at the official joint collaboration ceremony
In conjunction with the partnership, Xiaomi Malaysia will be launching an online photography competition, themed #ExploreMalaysiaWithMINOTE10, on its official Facebook Page. Users are able to participate by taking photos of sceneries in Malaysia using the Mi Note 10. Participants are required to take photos and post online on either Facebook or Instagram together with the hashtag #ExploreMalaysiaWithMiNote10. Winners will be selected based on the most creative shots and will stand a chance to win attractive prizes courtesy of MPTB including tickets to scenic spots and resorts in Malaysia.

Visit Malaysia 2020 brings out the best of what Malaysia has to offer to the world in a single, event-packed year. The year 2020 holds a special place in the heart of all Malaysians as we reflect and celebrate all our successes and challenges in transforming a once colonial land, into a thriving, multi-cultural and dynamic country.

Spotlighting CES 2020 Innovation Award-Winning Technologies From Across the Samsung Ecosystem

Recently, in the leadup to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 46 of Samsung Electronics’ newest products and services were selected to receive the showcase’s coveted Innovation Awards – with three earning Best of Innovation accolades.

Samsung Malaysia Newsroom highlighted several of the company’s award-winning innovations when the winners were first announced in November of last year. While that article largely spotlighted winners from within the mobile category, here, we shift our focus to award-winning innovations from across Samsung’s wide-ranging product ecosystem.

Read on to learn more about this year’s honorees in the display, home appliance and memory categories.Samsung’s CES® 2020 Innovation Award-winning display and soundbar technologies include QLED 8K TVs’ new Q-Symphony sound feature and the lifestyle TV “The Sero” (both of which snagged Best of Innovation honors), as well as the Q950TS QLED 8K TV, and the company’s latest gaming monitors, the Odyssey G9 and G7.

  • Q-Symphony – Samsung’s revolutionary Q-Symphony feature harnesses the power of 2020 QLED 8K TVs and the HQ-Q800T soundbar – combining the former’s built-in speakers with the latter’s impressive audio capabilities – to deliver a truly immersive and powerful sound experience.
  • The Sero – Samsung’s versatile lifestyle TV, The Sero, not only provides users with a conventional horizontal TV-viewing experience, but can also be flipped 90 degrees to allow them to enjoy content created in vertical formats.
  • Q950TS – Samsung’s 85-inch Q950TS QLED 8K TV is packed with enhancements, including a groundbreaking design and next-level picture, screen and audio technologies. Standout features include the TV’s new Infinity Screen and true-to-life 8K resolution, as well as its innovative AI Quantum Processor 8K and Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+) technology.
  • G9 – A CES® 2020 Innovation Awards honoree in the Computer Peripherals and Accessories category, the Odyssey G9 features Samsung’s all-new Infinity Core Lighting on its rear. The eye-catching lighting adds a futuristic glow to the gaming monitor’s already-striking white exterior, further setting it apart from other devices on the market.
  • G7 – An honoree in the Gaming category, the 32- or 27-inch Odyssey G7 offers users a gaming experience unlike any they’ve seen before, thanks to a first-of-its-kind combination of a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, QHD (Quad High Definition) and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Winning entries in the Home Appliance category include the latest version of Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator, as well as the company’s new Cube Refrigerator Series.

  • Family Hub – The latest edition of Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator features personalized, AI-driven enhancements that help users get the most out of their kitchen. These enhancements enable families to plan meals, share video content and manage their smart home – all from their kitchen.
  • 4D-Flex BESPOKE – Samsung’s 4D-Flex BESPOKE refrigerator establishes a completely new category of customized home appliances. From materials to colors and even fridge and freezer functions, users can customize a wide range of the refrigerator’s features to make this innovative product their own.
  • Cube Refrigerator Series – Available in a versatile range of colors, including Wine, Beer and Beauty, Samsung’s Cube Refrigerator Series features three new compact models whose stackable design and innovative low-noise cooling technology make them suitable for any room – from the kitchen to the bedroom.
  • Portable Slim Double Induction – Samsung’s Portable Slim Double Induction is an innovative cooking solution designed for those who live in smaller households. It features two versatile induction burners that themselves feature nine different power levels to suit any culinary need – not just in the kitchen, but in other rooms as well.
  • Samsung Shoe Care System – The Samsung Shoe Care System is a trailblazing innovation in home shoe care that offers users an all-in-one shoe care solution, enabling them to deodorize, dehumidify and dry shoes with a single convenient device.
  • WA8500V Front Load Washer – Samsung’s latest front load washer not only offers users a laundry experience that is both personalized and powerful – thanks to its large capacity and wide range of wash cycle options, including Super Speed – it also offers advanced Wi-Fi connectivity and smart voice controls for ultimate usability.
Samsung’s memory solutions were also honored with a number of awards. This year’s winners include the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch, an external storage drive featuring significantly enhanced speed and security; the Samsung SSD 980 PRO, a consumer SSD solution that’s optimized for high-end PCs; and the PM1733 30.72TB PCle Gen4 NVMe SSD, the industry’s fastest and largest capacity storage drive, developed for next-generation datacenters and enterprise server systems.

Bank Islam Kicks Off New Year With Al-Mansor Excellence Award In Islamic Financial Services

Bank Islam’s CEO, Mohd Muazzam Mohamed poses with the Al-Mansor Excellence Award under the Islamic Financial Services category which was presented to Bank Islam at the Islamic Excellence Awards 1441H/2020 organised by Majlis Dakwah Negara yesterday.
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia’s leading Islamic bank, ushers in the New Year with winning the Al-Mansor Excellence Award in Islamic Financial Services at the Islamic Excellence Awards 1441H/2020AD.

The award recognises Bank Islam’s outstanding performance and contribution in the field of Islamic Banking and Finance in the country, compatible with the global landscape. Bank Islam’s Chief Executive Officer, Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed received the award from the Sultan of Perak, HRH Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah at the Islamic Excellence Awards 1441H/2020AD Appreciation Night held yesterday evening at Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.

Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed said, “We are proud, yet humbled, to be given this prestigious honour. Winning the Al-Mansor Excellence Award signifies a good start for Bank Islam in year 2020 and this will motivate us to work harder in achieving greater heights.”

“Since our inception in 1983, Bank Islam has grown from strength-to-strength as Malaysia’s first Islamic bank. With challenges and many potentials in the market, we are committed to innovate and offer Shariah-compliant products and services that are relevant, in-trend and fulfil customer’s needs and expectations. On behalf of Bank Islam, I would also like to express my appreciation to the staff of Bank Islam, our stakeholders and customers for their commitment, trust and loyalty in making this
achievement possible.”

Designed to showcase outstanding individuals and institutions in various fields including academics, corporate, business and social advocacy, the Islamic Excellence Awards 1441H/2020AD, organised by Majlis Dakwah Negara (MDN), is an effort to advocate and inspire progress, resilience and success, without compromising honour, heritage and history.

Samsung Electronics Debuts Expanded MicroLED, QLED 8K and Lifestyle TV Lineups Ahead of CES 2020

New TVs target both home cinema and connected lifestyle needs with upgraded picture quality, sound, and smart features

Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest lineup of MicroLED, QLED 8K and Lifestyle TVs ahead of CES 2020. With the introduction of new display sizes, 8K AI upscaling capabilities, innovative display orientation technology, and more, Samsung showcased how its 2020 lineups redefine immersion and revolutionize home integration.

“Consumers use screens every day to work from home, exercise from home, and even shop from home. As our lifestyles continue to evolve, the TV screen is evolving with them to provide consumers access to their favorite content and real-time information whenever and wherever they want it,” said Jong-hee Han, President of Visual Displays at Samsung Electronics. “As part of our vision of ‘Screens Everywhere,’ we’re thrilled to deliver a more vivid and connected at-home viewing experience by incorporating AI-enabled features and 8K technology into our displays.”

MicroLED pioneering the home entertainment market
Samsung introduced the home-ready, modular MicroLED, which combines next-generation screen technology with unprecented customization capabilities. Consumers are now able to personally experience how Samsung’s design and innovation engineering teams have reimagined the TV.

With 75 -,88-, 93- and 110-inch display sizes, MicroLED models are suited for a variety of homes and lifestyles. The new 88- and 150-inch MicroLED models introduce ultra-slim infinity designs, virtually removing all four sides of the bezels for a finish that blends right into any wall. And consumers can also connect multiple MicroLED panels together to create new combinations and adapt their TV for their specific space.

MicroLED displays offer best-in-class picture quality. They deliver greater depth, better resolution, and higher clarity as well as a peak brightness of 5,000 nits. They also leverage upscaling abilities based on deep learning to deliver the highest-quality content, regardless of the source. The result is that these MicroLED displays provide an unparalleled sense of immersion for the at-home viewing experience.
8K QLED lineup expands with strengthened AI Quantum Processor 8K and design
Samsung’s flagship Q950TS QLED 8K TV is the industry’s first 8K TV to combine a striking, ultra-thin form factor, premium 8K picture quality, and impressive surround-sound audio. Plus, the Q950TS introduces the ‘Infinity Screen,’ which produces a screen-to-body ratio of 99 percent to create an unprecedented viewing experience.

With stunning 8K resolution, the Q950TS delivers the best LCD picture quality on the market. Equipped with the AI Quantum Processor 8K, it has built-in 8K AI upscaling and deep-learning capabilities that can automatically upscale non-8K content to pristine and true-to-life 8K resolution. With a feature called Adaptive Picture, it can also optimize the screen to both ambient conditions and individual images. And the AI Quantum Processor – the powerhouse behind the flagship display – is also helping to power Samsung’s open smart home platform, Tizen, enabling users to experience everything from enhanced picture quality to heightened usability to other connected home functions.
Further supporting the picture quality and design enhancements of the QLED 8K lineup, the 8K ecosystem continues to expand to provide seamless playback for 8K content from providers like YouTube. The adoption of AV1 codec allows for better compression rates, and enables the support of HDR10+ technology, image dimensionality, brightness optimization, and contrast ratio.

And building off of the picture quality amplification are the QLED 8K’s premium sound features – Q-Symphony, Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+), and Active Voice Amplifier. These features maximize immersive sound by delivering dimensional and dynamic audio that corresponds with large screen viewing experiences. And when paired with the CTA “Best of Innovation”-winning HQ-Q800T soundbar, the TV’s speakers sync with the soundbar to serve as an additional audio channel and create a more dynamic soundscape.

Malaysia Is First Overseas Market to Introduce HUAWEI MateBook D 15 Laptop with An Irresistible Price of RM2,499

Overwhelming positive user satisfaction rating recorded in China for this revolutionary and powerful laptop

HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG) today announced that its new and highly anticipated HUAWEI MateBook D 15 laptop will hit Malaysian shores beginning 18 January. Malaysia is the first market outside of China to introduce the 15.6-inch HUAWEI laptop which has received overwhelming positive user feedback and high satisfaction ratings in China since its launch in October 2019.

Purposefully designed to suit the needs of professionals as well as consumers, the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 introduces a revolutionary cross-platform experience that allows users to seamlessly work with multiple devices through a single pane of glass. The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 inherits the DNA of HUAWEI’s PC products, which is expressed in its aesthetic design, innovative technology and the smart experience that it delivers. On top of its lightweight chassis, FullView display, powerful performance, robust build quality and chic design, the latest HUAWEI MateBook D comes with a range of new features including support for Multi-screen Collaboration. Equipped with a full array of smart capabilities, the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 stands as a powerful companion to today’s tech-savvy consumers.

Matthew Ng, Deputy Country Director, HUAWEI Malaysia, said: “For our PC products, we have stayed true to our mission to bring new experiential innovations with every iteration. With the 15.6-inch HUAWEI MateBook D 15, we focused on delivering the best user experience to consumers. Even though it’s stylish, powerful and smart, it is much more than just a productivity driver – it is the perfect all-scenario device that excels at both work and play.”

The Authentic FullView Display
The ultra-slim laptop market is experiencing rapid growth. Always pursuing design perfection, HUAWEI leaned on its expertise in smartphone technology and system integration capabilities to realise the ultra-slim bezel design on its FullView displays. This design approach lets HUAWEI pack a large display into a portable chassis and offer the best of both worlds.

In line with the rest of the HUAWEI MateBook family, the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 comes with a FullView display. Measuring at just 5.3mm thin, three ultra-thin bezels frame the display, resulting in an outstanding 87 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The lightweight chassis is accentuated by a streamlined design with curved edges to produce a sleeker look. The small enhancements – such as the thinner bezels and recessed camera – allow HUAWEI to further shrink the form factor of the laptop. With dimensions measuring at just 357.8×229.9×16.9mm, the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 is one of the smallest and lightest 15.6-inch laptops in the same price band to date, offering a wide viewing experience in a portable package.

Underneath the anti-glare coating, the 15.6-inch 16:9 IPS panel supports a Full HD (1920×1080) resolution and a maximum opening angle of 178 degrees. The premium display is perfectly suited for any content, whether it is a high-resolution image or a Blu-ray video. The panel on the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 has also been TÜV Rheinland certified for low blue light emission, allowing for better eye protection.

Powerful Processor Offers Solid Performance
Consumers see in PCs not just a tool that lets them work, but a platform that lets them have fun as well. The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 AMD Edition is powered by a 12nm AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U mobile processor to deliver a powerful performance while retaining a high level of stability and reliability. For GPU, the AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics embedded in the laptop provides outstanding graphics processing support. The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 AMD Edition also includes a new version of the HUAWEI Shark Fin Fan. With the new s-shaped fan blades, HUAWEI Shark Fin Fan 2.0 optimises air flow dynamically for improved cooling and laptop performance.

A portable, multi-purpose 65W USB-C charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable is included with the HUAWEI MateBook D 15. The charger supports all HUAWEI smartphones and tablets that are equipped with a USB-C port. It also features overheat protection, which automatically stops the charging process once the temperature crosses a threshold to ensure safety.

Equipped with up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 has enough memory to handle most high load apps on the market. The solid-state drive (SSD) in the new HUAWEI MateBook D 15 is connected to the mainboard via the high speed PCIe interface. Consumers are given two storage configuration options – the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 may either be configured with an SSD or a combination of SSD and hard disk. For users that require additional storage, capacity may be upgraded at the time of order. It also supports G-sensor, which safeguards the data saved in the hard disk in the event of a drop. The dual-antenna WLAN module effectively receives WLAN signal for enhanced connection speed and stability. On the side, a diverse selection of interfaces can support multiple I/O needs simultaneously, including data transfer, peripheral connection and battery charging.

Smart Connection Made Easy
In November 2018, HUAWEI launched HUAWEI One Tap Share, enabling users to easily transfer files including images and videos between smartphones and PCs. The solution revolutionised the way users move files between Windows and Android devices by addressing the challenges of cross-platform file transfers.

The latest HUAWEI MateBook D Series introduces a new set of cross-screen collaboration capabilities that are built upon the foundations of HUAWEI One Tap Share. The new features enable the HUAWEI MateBook and a HUAWEI smartphone to share a single display, in which users can drag files from one user interface to the other to transfer files, and view the contents saved in the smartphone directly on the laptop. Peripherals connected to the laptop can also be used to navigate the smartphone, giving the laptop users seamless access to the mobile apps without switching device.

Positioned as a series targeting to all consumers, the HUAWEI MateBook D Series is a reflection of premium aesthetic designs, innovative technologies and cutting-edge smart experiences. On one hand, it offers a quality user experience in a compact form factor. On the other, it pushes the envelope of what ultralight laptops can deliver and complements HUAWEI’s overall PC product portfolio. In the future, HUAWEI will continue to bolster its PC product lines to further democratise the all-scenario, smart digital experience for the benefit of more consumers.

AirAsia celebrates Shared Prosperity with special flights at fixed low fares for Chinese New Year

(Third from left) AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia Group President (Airlines) Bo Lingam, Minister of Transport YB Loke Siew Fook, AirAsia Group Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat flanked by AirAsia cabin crew at the announcement of AirAsia special flights at fixed low fares for Chinese New Year at AirAsia RedQ.
Malaysians traveling for the upcoming Chinese New Year are in for a festive treat as AirAsia celebrates Shared Prosperity with special late night flights at fixed low fares between Peninsula and East Malaysia from 21 to 31 January 2020.

Fly home from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu, Bintulu and Miri, as well as from Johor Bahru to Sibu at only RM149* one-way all-in-fares and from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan and Tawau at only RM199* one-way all-in-fares.

In addition to the late night flights at fixed low fares to six routes to East Malaysia, AirAsia also adds extra flights to 20 popular routes across Malaysia and to Singapore such as from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, Penang, Sibu, Tawau and Singapore, from Alor Setar to Johor Bahru, from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang and Tawau, from Ipoh to Johor Bahru and Singapore, from Johor Bahru to Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Tawau, from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur, Sibu and Singapore, as well as from Penang to Singapore.

CEO of AirAsia Malaysia Riad Asmat said, “This is all about Shared Prosperity as AirAsia has championed the commitment in line with the Government’s vision since the very beginning, not only in form but in spirit and substance. As the people’s airline, we truly value the feedback from our guests to have fixed low fares to and from East Malaysia for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

Today, we are pleased to announce the additional late night flights with 12,960 seats at fixed low fares to selected cities in East Malaysia for the upcoming festive celebration, in addition to the 65,826 additional seats to popular routes across Malaysia and Singapore. Whether it is a family reunion or a quick gateway, we hope these additional flights will help everyone to have a memorable celebration. Happy Chinese New Year to all our guests!”

Minister of Transport YB Loke Siew Fook said, “Festive season brings the opportunity for all of us to reunite with our family and friends beside strengthening our ties as Malaysians. Hence, we are pleased that AirAsia continues to support the government’s initiative to bring down fares during the festive season and increase the convenience of flying for the rakyat, especially to help the students who reside in East Malaysia. We hope everyone will take this golden opportunity to celebrate the festive season with their family and friends in their hometown.”

All Malaysian can also double up on happiness and enjoy up to 88%** off for all destinations such as from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Langkawi, Kuantan, Lake Toba, Jakarta, Singapore, Surat Thani, Bangkok and more on and AirAsia mobile app from 6 to 12 January 2020 for travel between 6 January to 31 August 2020.

In addition, get 10% off check-in baggage when you pre-book it with your flights within Malaysia; 5% discount on hotel with promo code: DOUBLE2020; up to 50% off duty free shopping and 2020 BIG Points on; festive meal from RM12 such as Prosperity tomato egg and fish stew with rice and Pineapple Tarts; as well as amazing 3D2N SNAP (flight+hotel) packages from RM122.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Lands in Malaysia

Goodyear Malaysia officially launches the Eagle Family, bolstering the variety of  Ultra High Performance (UHP)

Goodyear Malaysia has recently unveiled its latest addition to the Eagle F1 family, the SuperSport RS, SuperSport R, SuperSport, Asymmetric 5 and the Asymmetric 3 SUV.

This launch in Malaysia comes after Goodyear’s recent sponsorship of three participating teams in the World Endurance Championship (widely known as the Le Mans), namely Jota Sport, Jackie Chan DC Racing and High Class Racing.

Alex Ng, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia said: “Racing is in our DNA. Throughout the years, Goodyear has been involved in many races such as NASCAR, Le Mans and the British Touring Car Championship, therefore, it is inevitable that we will once again align ourselves with high-speed motorsports. We continue to innovate to bring cutting-edge technology and differentiated features to our tyres. The most important aspect is that motorsports allows us to test our capabilities and push our limits so that we can eventually achieve excellent technology transfer and utilise development experience from the tracks to the road.”

(from left to right) Alex Yoong, Founder and Director of Axle Motorsport and Professional Racing Driver; Alex Ng, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia; Jenner Powell, Product Director of Goodyear APAC; and Benjamin Chong, Product Manager of Goodyear Malaysia, revealing the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport that has been officially launched in Malaysia.
As part of the official launch of the Eagle F1 family, Goodyear Malaysia recently announced two additional tyres, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 and the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV.

In addition to this series, Goodyear will be announcing a brand new tyre in 2020. This is part of Goodyear’s commitment for thrill seeking drivers and this tyre will enable all enthusiasts to enjoy premium tyres at competitive prices.

Alex Ng, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia sharing his vision for Goodyear Malaysia in 2020.
Fly With the Eagles
Designed for comfort, control and superior in the wet, the Eagle F1 SuperSport was developed for better grip and handling on the road. Through the usage of an innovative U-shaped compound, the Eagle F1 SuperSport Series has specialised power zones which creates pockets of control for superior wet and dry handling. The tyre also has a thread deformation protector which helps in maintaining its shape, allowing better footprint preservation for high-speed stability. To increase grip during cornering, Goodyear applied a closed outside pattern, which allows for more agile performance. Additionally, it also has a stiffer sidewall design which improves handling and stability.

Focusing on wet conditions, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 offers luxurious comfort and superior wet breaking. The specialised thread design and Impulse Control Compound Technology, a highly refined silica compound, allow the tyre to endure the force of high-speed braking, shortening the braking distance. This compound also allows a patch extension through Goodyear’s ActiveBraking Technology, which allows the tyre to slightly expand when braking to create more grip using its walls. In addition, the tyre is not only built for wet conditions – its Power Cushion Technology (stiff coupling of carcass and pattern) produces precise power transmission, leading to excellent dry handling.

(from left to right) Goodyear Malaysia teases a new tyre that will be launched in 2020 alongside the Eagle F1 SuperSport RS, the Eagle F1 SuperSport, the Eagle F1 SuperSport R, and the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5.
For larger cars and SUVs, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV is designed to be sturdy while promoting better fuel consumption due to its low rolling resistance. It is also capable of shortening braking distance through ActiveBraking Technology, in any condition. It enforces stronger grip, which makes it easier for handling and braking. Its specialised compound known as the Grip Booster compound increases the tyre's stickiness with the road surface, allowing it to be comfortable while maintaining handling when travelling at higher speeds giving the driver to total control.

Benjamin Chong, Product Manager of Goodyear Malaysia presenting Goodyear’s product positioning for the Malaysian market.
Expanding the family
At the launch, Goodyear Malaysia also reacquainted the market with its other tyre families, namely the Assurance, EfficientGrip and the Wrangler series.

For the Assurance range, Goodyear offers a comfortable, quiet and safe drive of one’s vehicle by highlighting the Goodyear Assurance TripleMax 2, as well as the Assurance DuraPlus 2. The Assurance TripleMax 2 is equipped with the latest HydroTred technology for enhanced wet braking performance, while its asymmetric threads allows for better handling, and comfort performance for a quieter and safer drive. The Assurance DuraPlus 2, on the other hand, is equipped with TredLife technology and a specialised compound to reduce exterior noise, increase overall comfort, and at the same time allow for further milleage.

Jenner Powell, Product Director of Goodyear APAC presenting Goodyear’s global product positioning.
The EfficientGrip Performance is a tyre equipped with higher gripping compounds that enables shorter braking distances on wet roads. Infused with ActiveBraking Technology, the EfficientGrip Performance increases contact between the tyre and the roads increasing the braking distance performance for up to two meters on wet roads. This has allowed the tyres to be A-rated by european regulations. In addition to that, it also comes with FuelSaving Technology that reduces rolling resistance by up to 18% in comparison to its predecessor, Goodyear EfficientGrip. The inclusion QuietTred Technology also ensures that the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance is able to provide a quieter drive.

Aside from the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, Goodyear also showcased the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance SUV. Similar to the EfficientGrip Performance, the EfficientGrip Performance SUV is designed to be quiet and comfortable to fit luxury highway SUVs. In addition to that, with reinforced and robust construction, the EfficientGrip Performance is equipped to match all driving conditions. Its QuietTred Technology reduces exterior and interior noise levels to provide luxury SUV drivers with a quieter ride. Goodyear’s FlexContact technology uses heavier gauge under thread and barrier cushion that reduces vibration and increases tire insulation for improved ride comfort.

Alex Yoong, Founder and Director of Axle Motorsport and Professional Racing Driver shares his experience as a professional racer as well as motorsports team manager.