1,165,879 miles achieved in NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS’ first Walk A Million Miles virtual event

Over 16,000 Malaysians walked a total of 1,165,879 miles this World Heart Month for the NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS Walk A Million Miles event. The success of the month-long virtual event saw NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS fulfil its pledge to donate RM100,000 to Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) and Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Foundation. 
 
NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS Walk A Million Miles cheque giving ceremony. From left to right: Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Dr. Hajjah Aishah Ong, Chairman, Institut Jantung Negara Foundation; Encik Fakhrulrazi Muhthar, Senior Executive, Institut Jantung Negara Foundation; Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad; Lam Pui Yuee, Business Executive Officer, Milks Business Unit, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad; Dato Dr. Aljafri bin Abdul Majid, HON. Treasurer, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia; Puan Hjh Ainon Kuntom, Director, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia.

Sharing the same vision of creating a heart-healthy nation, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS has been working closely with YJM and IJN Foundation to raise awareness on the importance of heart health and on the issues affecting it, for the past 20 years. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and affects 8 million adults in Malaysia. Fast-paced lives, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diet choices lead to high cholesterol levels.

“The success of our Walk A Million Miles event makes us very happy,” said Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad. “This is such a meaningful way to mark the 20th anniversary of our heart health campaign. At NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS, we’re extremely proud of this result, which reflects our commitment to have an impact on the health of Malaysians. The event has helped increased awareness on heart health. Through the entire month of September, Malaysians from all walks of life and all over the country have walked together to support heart health associations while helping their own health.”

“We are now honored to present the donations to our partners YJM and IJN Foundation. I want to wholeheartedly thank all those who participated.”

Adapting to the “new normal”, Nestlé revamped its plans for its annual Walk-A-Mile initiative, introducing the Walk A Million Miles movement in conjunction with the campaign’s 20th anniversary. Aimed at encouraging Malaysians to walk daily and practising a healthy lifestyle to care for their heart health and to support heart patients in need, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS pledged to donate RM100,000 to long-standing health partners YJM and IJN Foundation when Malaysians cumulatively achieve the one million miles goal together throughout September, brought together in a safe virtual event.
 
NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS aims to combat high cholesterol and help to make Malaysia a heart healthier nation. To complement a heart healthy active lifestyle, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS also encourages Malaysians to eat heart-healthy meals to manage their cholesterol levels. This includes drinking two servings of NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS daily because it contains ActiCol®, 1.2g plant sterol, which is proven effective to lower cholesterol.

Shopee: E-commerce Providing New Opportunities for Malaysians

Survey reveals optimism ahead of Shopee 11.11 Big Sale, as sellers anticipate store sales to climb 100% at the shopping festival

A recent survey conducted by e-commerce platform Shopee amongst 11,850 Malaysian sellers show that e-commerce is creating new livelihoods and opportunities amid rising economic challenges, with 70% citing that they have up to six dependants.

As such, despite being fully employed, 35.4% of the overall respondents reveal that they have turned to e-commerce for a second and even third, source of household income. These sellers were found to be making an average of RM2,750* per month selling on Shopee alone.

Additionally, the survey also indicates that e-commerce appears to be creating opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs, regardless of gender, geography and age. Of the 11,850 sellers surveyed, 5,406 are new entrepreneurs enabled by e-commerce, who cited that their businesses are operated 100% online.

Interestingly, of these new entrepreneurs created by e-commerce:

  • 72% are women entrepreneurs. They offer mainly health and beauty products, women’s clothing as well as fashion accessories and are able to generate RM3,950* on average a month.
  • Meanwhile, 70.7% are aged between 18 and 35, of which, one in three are Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate holders. Despite this, these individuals are enterprising and able to generate an average of RM6,000* a month on Shopee, selling a huge variety of things such as children and Muslim fashion, groceries, babies and kids-related products amongst others. They also appear to be more reactive to current trends by building their assortment with in-demand items such as face masks, hand sanitizers, wet wipes and more.
  • While the contribution of rural entrepreneurs only constitutes 13.3%, it is worthy to note that penetration is as far and wide as Pontian, Johor; Kuala Nerus, Terengganu and Kabong, Sarawak, and driven primarily by younger women. As a result, Shopee finds that e-commerce, too, is facilitating the nationwide supply of hometown specialties such as keropok lekor, kek lapis, ikan bilis Pangkor, belacan, cencaluk and more, giving consumers better variety online. These rural sellers are able to generate an average of RM3,200* in sales monthly.

Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee said, “The survey findings show that e-commerce provides equal opportunity for all to make a mark online. While e-commerce helps to better livelihoods, this also goes to show that e-commerce can play a larger role in shaping the modern workforce. This is made easy as platforms like Shopee offer a holistic e-commerce ecosystem which includes integrated payment and logistics solutions, as well as marketing and operational support to bring high traffic to our platform, which in turn means more sales for our sellers. With the strong infrastructure in place, we can empower Malaysians to gainfully run an online store be it full-time or part-time, regardless of who they are and where they are from.”

Ian Ho
Additionally, while e-commerce is still in early stages of growth, it is gradually creating a socio-economic ripple effect where over 1,700 of the 11,850 sellers surveyed shared that they employ full-time and part-time employees to cope with the overall rising demand from e-commerce.

Sellers anticipating surge in sales this 11.11: From the survey, 66.7% of respondents said they were doubling their inventory in preparation for the 11.11 shopping festival. Meanwhile, 70.2% of the sellers project at least 100% growth in sales on their Shopee stores this 11.11 Big Sale as compared to 2019, with some anticipating a five-fold increase.

Commenting on this, Ho said that the sellers’ optimism is a sneak peek into how massive the largest global online shopping festival will be for consumers. “Working closely with brands, retailers and sellers, we have put together great bargains and unmissable deals for Malaysians to enjoy till 11 November. They can look forward to daily free shipping with a minimum spend of RM11, get more value for money with daily 50% discount vouchers as well as 11 sen and RM1 Shocking Sale deals and more.”

Recognising that the support of the community is integral to the success of brands and sellers, Shopee is dedicating 11.11 towards creating stronger shared experiences. Consumers across the country will be connected and inspired through deals, enhanced features and entertainment such as the 11.11 Big Show on 11 November from 9PM - 11PM via Shopee Live, TV3, Tonton and YouTube.

Shopee will also deepen its commitment in uplifting local communities through its 11.11 Big Charity, its first regional charity drive. In Malaysia, it will partner charity organisations like the Malaysian AIDS Foundation in raising awareness and donations for people living with HIV including underprivileged children.

"E-commerce has made a profound impact on Malaysians, especially so this year. As we remain at the forefront of digital transformation, we are focused on making e-commerce for everyone by creating opportunities and meaningful shared experiences for sellers and buyers. We want every person and business to be able to benefit from the growth of e-commerce and participate in the future digital economy. 11.11 Big Sale, as with all our shopping festivals, reflects our commitment to transform the lives of communities we serve. We look forward to a fruitful 11.11 Big Sale,” Ho concluded. 
 

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [27 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 674 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 18,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.6% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 835 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 28,640 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 9,903 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 835 additional cases reported today, five (5) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 89 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 32 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, two (2) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 238 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.8% of total cumulative cases).

Top ICT Students to Represent Asia Pacific in Huawei ICT Competition Finals



The 2019-2020 Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Competition, under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future," successfully concluded on Wednesday. Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from Indonesia won champions of both the Network and Cloud tracks in this regional finals, and will represent the Asia Pacific region in the global finals.

This year, the Huawei ICT competition in Asia Pacific attracted 4051 participants from 65 ICT Academies of six countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, India and Thailand; to compete in two technological tracks of Network and Cloud.

“We strive to develop a healthy ICT Talent Ecosystem where we shall work with our Partners, our Customers and the society, altogether to produce ICT engineering talents – quality people with ICT skill, with engineering capability for now, and for the future,” said Tony Cao, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Enterprise Business Group.

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from Indonesia won Champions of both the Network and Cloud tracks in this regional finals. From Malaysia, Universiti Malaya (UM), the former Network champion, won the first runner-up spot, while Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnics (NYP) was the second runner-up. All winners will proceed to the Global Finals which will be held in Shenzhen, China in November.

“The competition is very helpful for the students. It motivates students to study harder and understand a lot of key technologies such as cloud computing, storage, AI and services that run on top of it,” said Abdul Latif, coach of the Cloud winning team from the Institut Teknologi Bandung.

The Huawei ICT competition aims to develop a platform for government organizations, higher education institutions, training partners, enterprises and students to support ICT education. The competition not only recognises and rewards student achievements in technology, but also provides guidance for future career development.

“Thanks to Huawei for being able to organize this amazing competition amid the pandemic. The competition is not all about winning or losing. You should never give up especially during these hard times and it’s not over until you want it to be,” said Afif Tri Farhan, student from the Network track champion team.

The Huawei ICT Competition – as one of the initiatives from Huawei ICT Academy program operates across the Asia Pacific region with more than 160 ICT Academies.

The Huawei ICT Academy program is an industry and academy collaboration initiative aims to promote ICT industry technology certification to address gap of local universities and colleges to nurture and develop talented individuals to be industry-ready for the future digital, fully connected and intelligent world.

The tech company aims to develop at least 200,000 ICT professionals over the next five years in the Asia Pacific region through Huawei ICT Academy and various programs.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [26 October 2020]

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 691 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 17,825 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.1% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 1,240 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 27,805 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 9,744 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 1,240 additional cases reported today, two (2) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 94 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 31 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, seven (7) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 236 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [25 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 579 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 17,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.5% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 823 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 26,565 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 9,202 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
All 823 additional cases today are local transmission COVID-19 cases
 
Currently, 99 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 30 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, eight (8) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 229 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.86% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [24 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 617 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 16,555 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.3% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 1,228 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 25,742 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 8,966 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 1,228 additional cases reported today, eleven (11) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 92 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 31 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, seven (7) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 221 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.87% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [23 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 467 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 15,884 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.8% of total cumulative cases). The breakdown of cases that have recovered by state is as follows:
 
A total of 710 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 24,514 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 8,416 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 710 additional cases reported today, one (1) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 90 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 28 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, ten (10) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 214 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

Viu and Primeworks Studios Collaborate to Announce Two Hit Malay Titles Airing On 15 October Onwards

Exciting news for all Malay-Drama lovers as award-winning content producer and distributor, Primeworks Studios and popular over-the-top video streaming provider Viu, have signed a content partnership deal that will see two (2) of TV3’s top Malay drama series on the leading video streaming platform.

The 15 episode hit drama series Hati Yang Tersakiti, from TV3’s Samarinda slot, will make its debut, free and exclusive from 15 October until 10 November 2020. Lelaki Lingkungan Cinta from TV3’s Lestary slot will be the other title premiering on Viu’s platform. All 13 episodes will be made available on 21 October onwards.

“This is definitely another success story for us. Partnerships such as this are vital for us in order to keep up with changing viewership trends and allow us to evolve and reach out to potential new audiences,” said Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, Group Managing Director of Media Prima Berhad.

Below are details of the two titles that will be available for free and exclusive on Viu: 
 

Samarinda: Hati Yang Tersakiti (15 episodes)
15 October 2020 - 10 November 2020

Cast
Remy Ishak
Nad Zainal
Mimi Lana



Mona and Haris’ happy marriage becomes rocky when Mona's best friend Farah comes to stay with the couple. Recently divorced, Farah becomes increasingly jealous of her friend's happiness and begins to 'seduce' Haris. Can Haris resist Farah’s advances? Will Mona uncover what is happening behind her back?



Lestary: Lelaki Lingkungan Cinta (13 episodes)
21 October 2020 - 19 November 2020

Cast
Naim Daniel
Shasha Abedul
Ismail Izzani
Shalma Eliana
Ruhainies
Rozita Che Wan



Esya and Adib got married whilst still in college. Initially, Esya was apprehensive about proceeding with the marriage, but Adib wooed and assured her he'd change his ways. Zamri, a mutual friend, starts to envy the lovebirds and decides to hatch a plan to break them up. He starts vicious rumours about Esya that makes Adib question his wife and their relationship.

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Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [22 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 486 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 15,417 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.8% of total cumulative cases). The breakdown of cases that have recovered by state is as follows:
 
A total of 847 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 23,804 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 8,183 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 847 additional cases reported today, five (5) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 90 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 29 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, five (5) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 199 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

It’s Game on For Campus Gamers With 2020 Season of Yoodo's PUBG Mobile Campus Championship

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Premier Collegiate Tournament Now Set to Spur Grassroots Talent in Casting With PMCC Caster Search 
 


Yoodo - Malaysia’s first truly customisable and 100% digital mobile service is partnering with global gaming giant PUBG MOBILE to bring back Malaysia’s premier collegiate tournament – the PUBG Mobile Campus Championship (PMCC).

This announcement sets the battleground for more than 1,000 colleges and universities students from all over Malaysia as they go head-to-head for a shot at a total prize pool of RM60,000.

“As champions of grassroots gaming, Yoodo is always looking for more ways to empower young talented gamers with opportunities to grow and showcase their talent,” said Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. “The inaugural season of PMCC last year received overwhelming response and was a great success in catapulting the winners of the tournament to the professional leagues. We are proud to be bringing PMCC back again, this time bigger and better than before.”

Looking to further enhance their support for grassroots talent, this year’s tournament features a special Caster Search. This will allow PUBG Mobile fans looking to get into the casting game an excellent opportunity and platform to kick-start their careers. The Caster Search, which will kick-off in tandem with the tournament will see selected applicants being chosen to commentate during the highly popular tournament to huge nationwide audience.

Commenting on the partnership, Oliver Ye, Director of PUBG MOBILE SEA said, “We’re proud to be partnering with Yoodo to bring this exciting tournament to college shores once more. We have always been dedicated to bringing the best action to gamers all over the world. Given how well received PMCC in 2019 was, we’re confident that the gamers this year will bring their A game for another successful championship this year.”

With the call to arms for the tournament made, teams of battle hardy young gamers will be able to test their mettle against fellow PUBG Mobile enthusiasts when the first round of qualifiers for PMCC 2020 begin between 31 October and 5 November 2020. Five qualifiers will be held across five different regions/zones across the country: 
 
  • Central (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya) 
  • South (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor) 
  • North (Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perlis, Perak) 
  • East (Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang) 
  • Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan)
 
The teams that emerge at the top of the battlefield will march on to their respective regional finals from 7 through 15 November 2020. From there, the nation’s 20 best collegiate teams will step into the ultimate battleground – the PMCC 2020 Grand Finals scheduled to air digitally between 27 and 29 November 2020.

The winning team will then walk away with a share of the RM20,000 and automatic wildcard entry into the PUBG Mobile National Championship 2021. The winners will also be presented with RM200 Yoodo credit per person plus exclusive Yoodo merchandise.

“While this year’s PMCC will have to be fully digital due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we still have plenty of exciting ways that the public can get involved in the tournament. We know fans are passionate about PUBG Mobile and we want to deliver unique experiences that resonate with their love for the game,” added Tuck Mun. 
 
The Grand Finals will also feature a showmatch that will allow 48 lucky members of the public to team up with top-tier influencers, professional players and representatives from the participating universities for an epic showdown with bragging rights on the line. 
 
Registrations for PMCC 2020 are now open. Registration at each zone closes two days before their qualifiers begin. To sign up for the tournament, students can head to www.yoodo.com.my/pmcc2020/

TNS Leverages Fortinet Secure SD-WAN To Help Retailers Embrace Digital Transformation And Cloud Adoption With New Solution

Michael Johnson, Managing Director, Asia Pacific,
TNS Payments Market business
Transaction Network Services (TNS), a leader in fintech payment services, announces the launch of TNS Secure SD-WAN which leverages Fortinet’s leading Secure SD-WAN solution. In partnership with Fortinet, TNS Secure SD-WAN combines proven managed payment services with next generation network security. 
 
The new service can help businesses seeking a solution in a secure SD-WAN environment achieve digital transformation, embrace cloud adoption and maximise technology budgets.

TNS Secure SD-WAN is a fully integrated, end-to-end managed solution that can simplify a retailers’ operations by centrally managing their network and addressing the complexity that always-connected commerce presents for merchants. With TNS, retailers can securely connect, among other things, online e-commerce gateways, Automatic Teller Machines, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, cash registers, printers, back office computing, forecourt tank gauges, CCTV cameras, number plate recognition technology, and even guest customer Wi-Fi.

“SD-WAN is already widely available to businesses, but TNS brings PCI DSS compliant security credentials and global payments experience as a managed service,” said Michael Johnson, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, TNS Payments Market business. “Our SD-WAN solution enables merchants to prioritise their data usage centrally to secure their payments and business-critical systems.”

As store environments become more complex and expensive, working with a managed service provider like TNS simplifies the modernisation of payment acceptance, further helping our clients realise better total cost of ownership. TNS’ SD-WAN solution uses hardware from Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions and a named leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. 
 
To help prevent data breaches, TNS Secure SD-WAN includes next generation stateful firewalls (including IP SEC VPN tunnels), anti-virus features, URL filtering and SSL packet inspection to increase safety across retail estates.

“Our partnership with Fortinet focuses on the unique requirements of merchants needing to manage retail systems, protect sensitive card data and complete digital transformation sooner rather than later,” added Johnson. “If coronavirus has taught us anything, it is that omnichannel is more paramount than ever. It is a lifeline that enables delivery, curbside, and onsite, but it adds complexity and increased risk to payment transaction processing.”

As a trusted partner to the payments industry, TNS offers a broad portfolio of secure commerce solutions that include parking reservations, unattended payments, POS services, ATM connectivity and managed processing. In 2020, TNS celebrates 30 years of being a worldwide provider to companies in mission critical industries. Many of the most prestigious financial institutions, POS ISOs, ATM deployers and transaction processors rely on TNS for secure and resilient infrastructure services, including managed connectivity. TNS’ secure infrastructure services are supported 24x7x365 from Network Operating Centres in the US, UK and Australia.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [21 October 2020]

 
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is pleased to inform that today Malaysia reported 580 COVID-19 recovery cases. Therefore, cumulatively 14,931 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (65% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 732 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 22,957 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 7,827 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 732 additional cases reported today, eight (8) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 102 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 31 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, six (6) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 199 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.87% of total cumulative cases).

British Council relaunches arts grant to seed online cultural exchanges between the UK and Malaysia

Applications for the latest round of the British Council’s Connections Through Culture (CTC) opens 16 October to 08 November 2020.


The programme is a bilateral grants programme designed to seed exciting cultural exchanges between artists and arts organisations, and nurture cooperation and long-lasting relationships between the United Kingdom, and for 2020-2021, five Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Connections Through Culture was created in Southeast Asia in August 2019 to promote arts and cultural exchange between the UK and Southeast Asia. This British Council arts grant is a first-of-its kind project to spark innovative ways for participants from five Southeast Asian countries and the UK to collaborate through the arts.

The primary objective is to support exchanges and collaborations between the UK and Southeast Asia. Prior to Covid-19, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the CTC grants will be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Southeast Asia, by providing funding to allow conversations to happen and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored.

Alongside similar initiatives across East Asia, artists, arts professionals and art group/collective representatives from the five the Southeast Asia countries and the UK are eligible to apply for the online grants valued from £2,500 to £7,500. Grantees from Southeast Asia and the UK may use the fund for platforms and conversations to meet with specialists, peers in the field, and other participants based in the UK and in Southeast Asia between January to June 2021.

Successful grantees of the 2020-2021 round will be announced in late November 2020.

Coursera Announces Free ‘Coursera for Campus’ Options and Academic Integrity Upgrades for Malaysian Students and Academic Institutions

New updates to benefit over 9,000 local undergraduates in Malaysia, across 70,000 programmes in leading local tertiary institutions 
 


Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform, announced free versions of its Coursera for Campus programme, with upgraded features, that will enable universities in Malaysia to deliver academic integrity for credit-bearing online learning and improve student employability.

This effort will benefit Coursera for Campus’s 9,000 students who are currently enrolled in over 70,000 courses, offered by leading institutions including BAC Education Group. To date, Coursera has over 321,000 learners in Malaysia including independent students, corporate professionals and civil servants.

The announcement builds on the momentum of its global Campus Response Initiative to give students and faculty free access to Coursera for Campus during pandemic-related closures. Currently, more than 3,700 institutions worldwide use Coursera for Campus to deliver online learning to over 2.4 million students.

Coursera for Campus is available to students and academic institutions in these offerings: -
  • The Student plan – Offers every university student free access to unlimited Guided Projects for hands-on learning and one course annually*
  • The Basic plan – Offers up to 20,000 free student licenses to every university. Every license includes access to unlimited Guided Projects and one course annually*
  • The Institution plan - Provides unlimited Guided Projects and unlimited course enrollments for each student license. It also enables universities to manage for-credit online learning programs with enhanced academic integrity.

“The pandemic has been a catalyst for universities to make online learning the core of their student experience,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO. “We’ve grown from 30 universities using Coursera for Campus to over 3,700 in just seven months, and these upgrades will help them better deliver for-credit online learning and job-relevant skills for their students.”

Commenting on this, Raja Singham Sukumaran, Chairman and founder of BAC Education shared, “We are committed to transforming lives through education, producing globally employable graduates. Our partnership with Coursera is a result of our commitment to providing our students with quality content mapped to their ambitions. The new features on Coursera for Campus platform will further help deliver more robust learning."

In addition to 4,200 ready-made online courses from leading universities and companies, faculty can now build custom courses and assessments using the same powerful authoring platform as Coursera’s university content partners. The platform also includes digital-first engagement tools like bite-size videos, in-browser programming assignments, and Guided Projects – all optimized for low data consumption and downloadable for offline learning.

To support universities in delivering credit-bearing online learning with advanced academic integrity features, the platform enables faculty to author and administer custom, high-stakes exams at scale with online proctoring. For assignments, it disables URL sharing and copying of peer reviews, and auto-detects plagiarism for both students and graders.

As students ready themselves to enter the job market, faculty can look to improve their student’s employability with job-relevant learning and in-demand skills. Coursera for Campus offers Professional Certificates from industry educators including Google, Facebook, and Amazon in addition to hands-on experience with tools like Python, SQL, HTML, and Google Analytics. Students can learn these skills in under two hours and apply them in interviews and on-the-job.

With this announcement, Coursera for Campus is now ready to meet the enduring needs of higher education institutions worldwide.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [20 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 634 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 14,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.6% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 862 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 22,225 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 7,681 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 862 cases reported today, two (2) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Currently, 95 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 29 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, three (3) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 193 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.87% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [19 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 455 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 13,717 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.2% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 865 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 21,363 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 7,456 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 865 cases reported today, seven (7) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Of the 858 local transmission cases, 767 cases are Malaysians and 91 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 99 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 32 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, three (3) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 190 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

ACCA Malaysia Champions Power of Sustainability in Conjunction with Global Ethics Day

ACCA #MyGoZero campaign supports ‘Ethics in Action’ theme, advocating sustainable business practices for long-term survival 

ACCA Malaysia, an ardent and long-time champion of sustainability, kicks off the ACCA #MyGoZero campaign in conjunction with Global Ethics Day to remind organisations as well as individuals that sustainable business practices are rooted in the ethical actions taken to promote zero waste across three key areas - the environment (Planet), society (People) and the economy (Profit). Together, these three pillars of sustainability pave the way forward for a balanced existence between economic prosperity and a healthy, balanced ecosystem.

“The relationship between economic growth and environmental degradation is often fraught with tension, hence one of the core methods to help conserve global societal and ecological ecosystems is waste reduction. For the sake of our future, and for the generations that will come, we must take action to break this cycle and I would like to call upon all Malaysians to make a positive impact to their lives, businesses and the world by beginning their journey in sustainability with the ACCA #MyGoZero Campaign,” said Edward Ling, Country Head of ACCA.

This 3-month long ACCA #MyGoZero campaign is a multi-pronged effort in contributing to the community in three areas:
  • Adding VALUE in reducing waste through a collaboration with NGOs such as Conscious Goods and Dignity for Children to encourage the use of reusable face masks during this pandemic;
  • Building KNOWLEDGE in sustainability with free educational webinars, featured articles and Professional Insights reports;
  • Rallying social SHARING via multiple digital platforms with local business leaders and entertainment personalities - to spread messages, tips and experiences on embracing a zero-waste lifestyle.

The partnership with Conscious Goods and Dignity for Children in this campaign aims to provide support to the women and children from the B40, Orang Asli and refugee communities in Malaysia, especially during this time of need.

Recognizing that sustainability is important for every individual, ACCA #MyGoZero campaign aims to engage with ACCA students, members, businesses, stakeholders as well as the public at large. ACCA invites Malaysians at every level to take action by sharing, discussing and practising sustainability with friends, families and colleagues. To check out the exciting updates about ACCA #MyGoZero Campaign, follow www.bit.ly/MyGoZero
 


“Sustainability must become part of every company’s DNA; as the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated, it is important to build sustainable organisations that can withstand global upheavals. For businesses, this encompasses a wide range of initiatives, from investing in green technologies and enforcing policies that protect our collective resources, to nurturing employee development and implementing guidelines that prize efficiency and prevent waste, and more,” he added.

“While fiscal matters such as recovery are a necessary focus during this time, we must remember that accountancy as a profession has a clear purpose in helping organisations navigate challenging times and competitive environments. As we become increasingly aware of socio-political and environmental matters, we must also expect organisations to conduct themselves with transparency and integrity. As financial professionals, we are well-placed to support organisations in this area, which includes environmental stewardship, creating value in a responsible and ethical way, and providing stakeholders with the relevant counsel for them to make informed decisions. In essence, the ACCA #MyGoZero campaign is ultimately a call for organisations to lead by example and instil a corporate culture of sustainability today, in order to secure a better future,” added Ling.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [18 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 701 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 13,262 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64.7% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 871 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 20,498 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 7,049 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 871 cases reported today, five (5) is an imported case who was infected overseas.

Currently, 86 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 28 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, seven (7) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 187 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [17 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 302 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 12,561 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (64% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 869 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today, all local transmission cases. Cumulatively there are 19,627 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 6,886 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 869 local transmission cases, 745 cases are Malaysians and 124 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 91 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 30 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, four (4) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 180 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (1.0% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [16 October 2020]

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 245 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 12,259 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (65.4% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 629 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 18,758 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 6,323 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 629 cases reported today, two (2) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Of the 627 local transmission cases, 577 cases are Malaysians and 50 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 99 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 31 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, six (6) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 176 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [15 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 409 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 12,014 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (66.3% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 589 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 18,129 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 5,945 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 589 cases reported today, three (3) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Of the 586 local transmission cases, 453 cases are Malaysians and 133 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 31 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, three (3) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 170 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (0.9% of total cumulative cases).

Citrine One Is Now Citrine One Malaysia

Appoints Cynthia Lee as Acting Managing Director

Citrine One Sdn Bhd, a homegrown communications agency is now known as Citrine One Malaysia Sdn Bhd (COMY) following realignment of the company’s structure for next level of business growth.
“The name change is part of the agency’s intent to position Citrine One as a group of companies, identifying Citrine One Malaysia, which will now focus on deliverables within Malaysia only, as a separate entity from Citrine One Global (COG), an agency that offers cross border communications management and services globally,” said Founder and Strategic Advisor of Citrine One Group, Ivlynn Yap.

Leading Citrine One Malaysia is Cynthia Lee who has been appointed as Acting Managing Director. Cynthia is a seasoned communications practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field. She will now oversee business development, marketing, client servicing and day-to-day operations of the local agency.

Cynthia Lee
Cynthia Lee joined Citrine One as an Associate Partner in mid-2019 and became a full-time Managing Partner in January 2020.

“It has been a challenging journey of crisis management and business survival for Citrine One with the Covid-19 pandemic and MCO. Cynthia has proven her mettle in her role in business development and marketing, opening up new markets for the company amidst the challenging business environment. Hence, the decision to groom her to lead the local outfit of the agency is most fitting and timely. Moreover, the core intent of the company is to nurture communications practitioners to be communications entrepreneurs,” Ivlynn added.

The announcement also marks a shift in role for another Managing Partner, Sharves Bala who has been with the agency for the last 13 years. Sharves, who rose up through the rank and file from a Marcomm Executive position, Senior Marcomm Executive, Consultant, PR Director and Managing Partner, will now take on the role as Employee Relations Director for Citrine One Group to gain the flexibility to spend more time with her young family.

"It has been a great journey with Citrine One. The Management has provided me roles over the years that have challenged my capabilities, pushed me to new heights in operations, management and people skills and afforded me the chance to work remotely. I wish Cynthia the best in her new role and building Citrine One Malaysia and the team to the next level of growth,” said Sharves Bala, Director, Employee Relations Citrine One Group.

“It has been a tense and exciting year so far. I am looking forward to yet another new experience in my career. My strength in lifestyle, fintech and healthcare communications, PR, socmed and media relations will serve to expand the current portfolio of the agency. 
 
“To date, we have already secured lifestyle clients like OxWhite and tech clients such as HID, Hitachi Vantara and Nutanix. We are looking forward to an exciting fourth quarter to wrap up this year profitably,” Cynthia Lee, Acting Managing Director, Citrine One Malaysia enthused.

airasia.com is the Asean super app for everyone

  [Fourth from right] CEO of airasia.com, Karen Chan with the airasia.com management team.
airasia.com earlier this month revealed its brand new identity online as Asean’s super app, completing AirAsia’s transformation from a digital airline into a comprehensive lifestyle platform for everyone.

Marking a new era for AirAsia Group, the airasia.com Asean super app provides a simpler, faster and more convenient user experience with over 15 types of products and services under three main pillars, which are travel, e-commerce and fintech.

To celebrate the milestone, airasia.com is introducing the first ever airasia.com Super Sale that will now supersede our hugely popular legacy of AirAsia Free Seats. The biggest sales in the region will take place from 12 October (10AM, GMT +8) to 18 October 2020 with storewide discounts of up to 90% across all product offerings on airasia.com super app and the airasia.com site.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group said, “AirAsia is always about the people. We democratised flying 19 years ago and enabled millions to travel, to explore. We pride ourselves in being a disruptive leader, connecting the Asean region, providing value, simplicity and inclusivity, for everyone. Now with airasia.com, we are enabling everyone to fly, to stay, to shop, to eat, all at the convenience of one super app. We have not wasted the crisis, in fact we’ve been using the lockdown period to finetune our platform, unify the user experience and simplify our payment to a one-click checkout. We have accelerated our digital business and expanded airasia.com’s product offering from travel to everyday life. Just like how we built AirAsia as a brand, airasia.com will emerge as the Asean super app, your best travel and lifestyle companion. I can’t wait for everyone to experience airasia.com and all that it offers when the world is ready to travel again.”

Karen Chan, CEO of airasia.com
Karen Chan, CEO of airasia.com said: “The launch of airasia.com super app is a testimony of airasia’s continuous innovation culture and our drive to deliver value to our customers. In this new era of post-COVID-19, we do understand customers’ need for travel flexibility and therefore launched the uniquely innovative AirAsia Unlimited Pass, a buy-now-fly-later model which has now become a blueprint and trendsetter for other carriers. We understand customers’ pent-up desire to travel, so we launched SNAP, our best-price guaranteed flight and hotel bundle. We understand consumers’ want to shop in the comfort of their own home, so we offered home delivery for duty free, fresh food and meals.

“airasia.com is not only about connecting people to destinations, more than that it’s about connecting people to people, creating communities among like-minded travellers, sharing best-eats tips and fostering social-based commerce. Our super app now offers a seamless user experience enabling customers to pay with BIG Points across our diverse range of products through a one-click checkout.”  

As part of the airasia.com Super Sale, customers can look forward to countless amazing deals - there’s something for everyone. Enjoy up to 90% off SNAP (flight+hotel) combo (starting from RM88 per person); 90% off on airasia shop; 50% off on airasia food (formerly known as OURFOOD) and airasia fresh (formerly known as OURSHOP); 50% off all Malaysia domestic flights and 10% off flights of any other airlines to over 3,000 destinations worldwide; up to 30% off on activities; up to 20% off hotels; 20% off Unlimited Deals and many more. Especially for Muslim customers, enjoy a special 10% off on Aqiqah Abroad and Aqiqah Makkah from IKHLAS.

Users can also earn twice as much BIG Points* during the airasia.com Super Sale period, and pay using BIG Points* for their purchases made on airasia.com. BigPay users can perform an easy and secure ‘One-Click’ immediate checkout using the BigPay card. Visa cardholders will also enjoy more savings as airasia.com’s partner during the Super Sale.

Now, everyone can travel, experience, shop, eat, enjoy rewards and more with the new airasia.com super app. From travel needs to everyday lifestyle essentials, there is always something for everyone.

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

*BIG Points are not applicable for purchase of Insurance, Health and non-AirAsia flights.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [14 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 233 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 11,605 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (66.2% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 660 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 17,540 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 5,768 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 660 cases reported today, six (6) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Of the 654 local transmission cases, 608 cases are Malaysians and 46 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 108 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 35 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, four (4) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 167 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (1.0% of total cumulative cases).

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [13 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 350 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 11,372 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (67.4% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 660 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 16,880 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 5,345 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 660 cases reported today, two (2) is an imported case who was infected overseas.
 
Of the 658 local transmission cases, 618 cases are Malaysians and 40 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 101 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 32 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, four (4) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 163 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (1.0% of total cumulative cases).

HUAWEI MateBook 14 Soon Joins the HUAWEI MateBook Family in Malaysia


HUAWEI has continuously brought in a series of laptops tailored to every kind of consumer in Malaysia. The range includes the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, MateBook 13 and MateBook D 14 and D 15. At HUAWEI, there is always one for you. And at the end of this month, HUAWEI will be bringing in the HUAWEI MateBook 14, where you can expect nothing short of powerful performance packed in a sleek ultra-thin body.

Want to know why you should not miss the upcoming MateBook 14? We have narrowed it down for you. Here are four reasons that makes the MateBook 14 a desirable laptop:

Level up your efficiency with AMD Ryzen™ 4000H Series Mobile Processor
Consumers that have been looking for an ultra-thin laptop fitted with gaming-level processor will find the HUAWEI MateBook 14 ideal. Equipped with the 7nm AMD Ryzen™ 4000 H-Series mobile processor, the MateBook 14 will be able to deliver impeccable performance when multitasking or using heavy duty software and games. If your laptop is laggy, it’s probably time to reconsider your options. The MateBook 14 even allows you to tune up its performance by switching over to the Performance mode to make heavy tasks run smoother!

To cater for various types of users, there are two variants of chipsets available for MateBook 14 namely the AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H and AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H. With these chipsets, the MateBook 14 will provide ultra-fast responsiveness such that it can run quietly with maximum agility to allow you to run complex software more efficiently.

Looks to match the performance and a lean machine
Typically with high performance laptops, they weigh a lot and there comes a point when you are done lugging it around everywhere you go. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 weighs only 1.49 kg with the thickest point of 15.9mm for a 14-inch laptop. Now, it won’t feel much on your back and you don’t have to sacrifice performance for aesthetics. The laptop comes in an edgy Space Grey complementing your style no matter what. 
 

Fulfill your needs for entertainment and work with the FullView Display 
Given a choice, many of us will choose to have a bigger screen, whether you work from home or you’re always on-the-go. Be it for work or entertainment, the HUAWEI MateBook 14 features a 2K HUAWEI FullView Display that delivers an immersive experience with incredible detail, brightness and accurate colours. Innovative features include the three-finger swipe gesture and with these and more in place, the laptop is given a touch screen experience just like a smartphone. Beyond that, the 3:2 screen aspect ratio will impress you with 15 lines at a glance instead of 10 lines when it comes to preparing or reviewing an endless report!

If your eyes are always tired due to long working hours in front of a laptop, then this would come with some peace of mind. The screen in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 is certified by TÜV Rheinland which  means it reduces harmful blue light effectively to protect your eyes. With so many features, the screen of HUAWEI MateBook 14 is a screen that comes with real benefits. 
 
Be a trend-setter and experience these innovative 2-in-1 functions
If ever you thought about what could make laptops better, it might be one of these three innovations. First off, while it might not seem obvious, many of us may be reluctant to carry the laptop charger everywhere we go because of its additional weight. The good news is that the HUAWEI MateBook 14 comes with a 2-in-1 charger. You can now use it to charge your laptop and your smartphone! 
 
Besides that, the next 2-in-1 innovation might be a dream come true for those who are bad at remembering passwords. With the amount of login details we have for each platform we interact with; it comes as no surprise that some of us end up forgetting passwords all the time. Well, the power on button on the MateBook 14 is also a fingerprint scanner. Not only can you now switch on and login at the same time, but this feature also adds an enhanced level of security for your important data. 
The last 2-in-1 experience is no stranger for those who have been immersed in the HUAWEI ecosystem. HUAWEI Share allows you to mirror your HUAWEI smartphone’s screen onto your HUAWEI laptop through Multi-screen collaboration. Users get to control their smartphone on their laptops and perform actions like replying to texts, answering calls and even playing games. It also is a medium for easy transfer of large files – you simply need to drag and drop the file and voila, it’s done.

There is always one for you!
Feel like this might not be it for you? You can always check out the HUAWEI MateBook series for other options as there is always one for you.

If you are a business elite, feel free to check out the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro that provides you a higher quality performance with a more secure and efficient working experience. If the flagship laptop is not what you are looking for, then perhaps you can opt for the MateBook 13, perfect for those who know what they want but don’t intend to spend the extra buck. If that still doesn’t fit the bill then perhaps the HUAWEI MateBook D 14 and D 15 will fulfil your basic needs and is your key to the HUAWEI ecosystem.

Among the HUAWEI MateBook series, there is always one for you! Click on the link here to check out the full range of laptops available. 

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok opens and marks the debut of Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants in South East Asia


IHG® Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, brings Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ signature heartfelt service and distinctive design to the heart of Thailand with the opening of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.

Located in Bangkok’s Langsuan area, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok offers convenient access to prime districts such as Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam and Chidlom, and serene views of the tranquil Lumphini Park – one of the city’s largest green spaces.

The hotel takes its name after Maa-lai, the traditional Thai floral garland symbolic of welcome, good health and respect to honour guests, families and loved ones. This art form has inspired many contemporary interpretations and resonates perfectly with Kimpton in Bangkok, where age- old traditions take on a modern edge.

Kimpton spaces and experiences centre on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity, to forward-thinking flavours that feed the soul. The hotel’s design narrative was brought to life by P49 Deesign and fuses storied Thai history with the urban intensity of the city, by mirroring the relentless tempo of life in the old capital through hand woven Thai textiles and echoing the edgy eclecticism of modern Bangkok. This resonates through raw concrete, oversized furnishings and metallic touches, and translates into inspired design from the hotel public areas to restaurants and bars, and the artfully designed guest rooms and private residences.

All 362 of the hotel’s rooms and suites – including 131 serviced residences – are the epitome of design-led luxury, each thoughtfully designed with bespoke amenities and inspiring décor, promising an immersive experience for all who stay. Whether guests are looking to relax in the comfortable 48sqm Deluxe Room after sightseeing and shopping or enjoy the whirlpool jacuzzi in the spacious 320sqm Celebrity Suite for an anniversary treat, there are layers of detail at every turn. 
 


Bespoke HARNN bathroom amenities, a VIFA Helsinki sound system, robes by Christian Develter for Tube Gallery and a curated personal bar stocked with bottled cocktails by LAIBA and artisanal local snacks are just a few highlights of the luxuriously appointed rooms. Suite occupants also enjoy access to the Maa-Lai Lounge on the 30th floor, where they can savour the sight of lush Lumphini Park and Bangkok’s characteristic skyscrapers from dawn to dusk.

First-class food and beverage programmes play a big part in Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants across the world. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok boasts four distinct and immersive dining venues. CRAFT is a haven for brew lovers with a unique selection of local and international single origin coffee and coffee blends, beer and cocktails, while Stock.Room elevates the neighbourhood grocerant concept with seasonal pop-up kitchens serving Thai street eats to have on site or take home. Sophisticated cocktail bar, Ms.Jigger, presents narrative-driven cocktails while Bar.Yard hosts a rooftop barbecue with tropical drinks, farm-to-plate comfort grills, DJs and stunning city skyline views.

The hotel’s lifestyle programming – part of Kimpton’s DNA – delivers memorable experiences; starting with a morning kickstart coffee and tea, to yoga lessons with breathtaking views from level 41 and Kimpton’s Social Hour, where the brand’s vision to enable human connection comes to life as guests mingle with locals. The hotel adopts Kimpton’s industry-leading pet-friendly attitude, and provides all four-legged friends their own amenities and menu. 
 


With connection and wellness top of mind, the GYM provides professional-led nutrition consultation, high-intensity workout classes and zen stretches, while the amaranth spa byHARNN is a sanctuary of serenity with nature-inspired spa treatments, manicures and pedicures. Guests can also enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool which overlooks the sprawling green park.

“Bringing Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok to life has been a true labour of love for many, With our doors now open, we are excited to introduce an approachable luxury experience fuelled by my team championing heartfelt, human connections. Whether it is modern rooms with bespoke amenities, immersive dining destinations or curated events, or simply our heartfelt service and dedication, we have everything we need to deliver the first Kimpton hotel in South East Asia.” said Patrick Both, General Manager, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.

Current Updates on COVID-19 in Malaysia [12 October 2020]



The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that 109 cases have fully recovered and discharged today. Cumulatively, 11,022 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been discharged (67.9% of total cumulative cases).
 
A total of 563 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) MOH today. Cumulatively there are 16,220 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. Therefore, there are currently 5,039 active and infective COVID-19 cases. They have all been isolated and given treatment.
 
Of the 563 cases reported today, one (1) is an imported case who was infected overseas, a traveller from Indonesia, reported in Kuala Lumpur, a Malaysian.
 
Of the 562 local transmission cases, 498 cases are Malaysians and 64 cases are non-Malaysians.
 
Currently, 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 29 patients on ventilation support.
 
Regretfully, two (2) additional COVID-19 deaths were reported to the National CPRC MOH today. Cumulatively, there are now 159 COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia (1.0% of total cumulative cases).

Bank Islam Temporarily Shuts Lahad Datu Branch

Thorough sterilization and disinfection of the branch were conducted to protect the wellbeing of customers and employees

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) is temporarily closing its Lahad Datu Branch in Sabah, including its self-service terminals effective immediately until further notice. The branch closure is part of the precautionary steps taken after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The staff is currently undergoing treatment at a government hospital.

The employee and her immediate family underwent home quarantine since 28 September 2020 after a recent trip to Tawau. The step is taken in accordance with Bank Islam’s safety and health guidelines on COVID-19.

Bank Islam has conducted thorough sterilisation and disinfection of the branch, including its common facilities today. The Bank has also undertaken contact tracing measure to identify and inform individuals who had direct contact with the employee and advising them to undergo medical screening and home quarantine.

Bank Islam’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohd Muazzam Mohamed said, “Bank Islam wishes to assure its employees and customers that their safety and health is paramount, and the Bank is undertaking strict measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus. We have a sound business continuity plan to ensure that operations are not affected by this outcome. All necessary precautions and awareness have been done consistently by the Bank since the outbreak. We will continue to monitor the situation and committed to continuing the preventive measures until a cure found.”

“I would also like to assure our customers that all our premises are clean and safe following the sanitation works and sincerely regret any inconvenience caused in the course of undertaking these necessary precautions,” he added.

In the meantime, Bank Islam encourages customers to use our digital banking services platforms, including GO by Bank Islam mobile app or Bank Islam Internet Banking (https://www.bankislam.biz). Considering the current situation in Sabah, the Bank will waive the MEPS fee so that customers are free to conduct their withdrawals at the ATMs of any banks closest to their homes during this Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) period. Customers are also advised to refer our social media platforms for updates.