myTukar Initiates Covid-19 Vaccination Subsidy for all 600 Employees via Selangor Government’s SELangkah Application

myTukar Sdn. Bhd. (the Company), Malaysia’s fastest-growing pre-owned car buying and selling platform recently announced that the Company has conducted a survey amongst its 600 employees to initiate a subsidy programme to enable early Covid-19 Vaccination for its employees via the Selangor Government’s SELangkah application.

myTukar employees are following all SOP and would be fully vaccinated, as they strive to protect not only the frontliners, but also their customers.

Commenting on the proactive initiative, Fong Hon Sum, CEO of myTukar said, “Our employees, whom we affectionately call myTukarians, are our greatest asset and their wellbeing is our top priority. Our management has taken the proactive stance to take advantage of the recent announcement by the Selangor Government to allow employers to purchase vaccines for their employees. As a responsible corporate citizen in Malaysia, myTukar is supporting the Government’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme by encouraging all myTukar employees to be vaccinated and initiating a subsidy programme for them. A majority of employees surveyed have indicated intention to be vaccinated and are interested in this initiative.”

Fong also mentioned that myTukar’s management is following up closely on this programme and will offer a RM100 allowance as well as two (2) days of unrecorded leave for all employees who complete their vaccination. Fazrul, 29, a myTukar car inspector based in Puchong said, “I am looking forward to being vaccinated because I want to be proactive to help protect our frontliners. As car inspectors, we are meeting and interacting with people and customers daily. Being vaccinated will help protect us as well as minimise the spread of the virus in our workplace. As a myTukarian, I am grateful that the Company is participating in the SELangkah programme and offering a subsidy as this enables us to save some money and ensure we can be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The positive response towards vaccination from employees of myTukar reveals the determination of myTukar employees who strive to protect not only the frontliners, but also their customers. myTukar customers throughout Malaysia can be at ease knowing that myTukar employees are following all SOP and would be fully vaccinated.

myTukar who has been on a hyper growth trajectory in the past two years, has since created numerous job opportunities for Malaysians. This was particularly helpful during the pandemic as many livelihoods were affected. “In the span of two years, our staff strength has grown from 120 to 600 today, and we are truly grateful to be able to play a role in helping fellow Malaysians with job creation and in nation building.”

“As a responsible employer committed towards creating a safe working environment, myTukar requires all new joiners to be screened for Covid-19. This ensures peace of mind for its employees throughout the country,” added Fong.

Funding Societies partners with foodpanda to benefit local MSMEs via digital financing solutions, disbursed RM1 Million to date

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Funding Societies Malaysia, the largest SME digital financing platform in the country and Southeast Asia, and foodpanda, leading food delivery marketplace, announces strategic partnership to offer short-term digital financing solutions for registered merchants under the foodpanda network.

The collaboration which has collectively disbursed RM1 million in financing, enables local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with greater access to business financing opportunities, to facilitate common business operation needs, business expansions, as well as to help ensure sustainability of the MSMEs particularly in this uncertain pandemic-hit economy. As many as 20,000 to 30,000 merchants across multiple segments under the foodpanda network stand to benefit from tailored financing solutions offered by Funding Societies.

Wong Kah Meng

Wong Kah Meng, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Funding Societies Malaysia, commented, “Driven by our mutual aim to extend support to MSMEs who are undoubtedly one of the hardest hit segments during this prolonged challenging time, our partnership with foodpanda enables the merchants under its large network to obtain collateral-free, short-term financing solutions with the added benefits of quick and seamless online application experience. The RM1 million disbursement we have achieved thus far through this collaboration alone is a testament of the MSMEs’ confidence in digital financing as a viable financing option and further reinforces our steadfast commitment to serving the underserved and unserved businesses across all segments.”

Sayantan Das

“As a nation, we have experienced unprecedented times in the past year. We wanted to be able to provide our vendors with financing opportunities to enable them business continuity despite the challenges they face. The partnership we have established with Funding Societies has enabled us to provide our vendors with the assistance they need. The feedback received from our vendors to date has been nothing but positive and we are delighted to have been able to play a small part in their success story,” said Sayantan Das, Managing Director, foodpanda.

Abdul Rahman - Al Raudah Arabian Food
“The biggest struggle small time F&B vendors have endured throughout the Covid-19 pandemic is on keeping their business afloat - and this initiative by Funding Societies and foodpanda has combated just that. It has helped me cover some costs such as my day-to-day stocks, monthly rent and utility bills throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. During a time where our business models and marketing strategies have been badly affected, I believe that initiatives like this can help me and other vendors who are working hard just to make ends meet,” said Abdul Rahman, Al-Raudah Arabian Food.

“This initiative by foodpanda Malaysia and Funding Societies has allowed me to get a rolling capital on a daily and monthly basis throughout these hard times. It's been hard for me to acquire a daily cash flow given the current situation of the pandemic, but initiatives like this are a great chance for us to sustain and have a reserved amount of cash flow in case things worsen,” said Saiful, Seri Buluh Kitchen

Saiful - Seri Buluh Kitchen
Digital financing is becoming more prevalent in Malaysia given its ability to promote financial inclusion, particularly benefiting the MSMEs that are either unserved or underserved by traditional financing avenues by addressing common pain points revolving around traditional financing application process such as collateral requirement, arduous documentation requirement and slow processing time, therefore enabling them to obtain quick financing to grow their businesses. A unique value proposition of this partnership is the pre-approved financing offering by Funding Societies, by leveraging on foodpanda’s MSME database such as the merchants’ sales transactions in their credit assessment.

Eligible merchants under the foodpanda network will be able to enjoy the following financing benefits from Funding Societies:
  • Full online application experience
  • Minimal documentation requirement
  • Fast disbursement with approval as fast as within three (3) working days
  • Flexible tenure between of up to 18 months
  • No collateral requirement

As part of the partnership, Funding Societies is also offering one of its newest products, the Micro Credit Line, to eligible foodpanda merchants. The Micro Credit Line facility enables MSMEs to draw a short credit period of between 30 days to 90 days at any given time that can be used for a variety of business purposes such as inventory purchase, payment to suppliers, or as an emergency fund.

Yoodo RSG MLBB Bags Championship Title at MPL S7

After a legendary battle at the playoffs, Yoodo RSG MLBB - the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team backed by Yoodo, Malaysia’s first truly customisable and 100% digital mobile service, are the proud champions of Moonton’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang MPL Malaysia Season 7 (MPL S7) . The team walked away with the lion’s share of the USD 100,000 prize pool as well as a spot at the upcoming Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup.

Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo, couldn’t be prouder of the team’s achievement. “On behalf of Yoodo, congratulations to the entire Yoodo RSG MLBB team! Their hard work and persistence have paid off and lifted them to great heights. The team has surpassed our expectations and we’re excited to see what else they can achieve in the future.”

The team, which consists of Rush (Herwin Baharuddin), Logan (Abdul Wandi), Izanami (Mohammad Irwandy), Zacus (Ahmad Zaki Ibrahim) Leixia (Ahmad Ali Huzaifi), Zaraki (Jamil), Rush (Herwin), Kaizer (Isme Haqeem), Lolealz (Ealtond Rayner), and Syno (Mohamad Amir Afdhal), emerged victorious after beating out 9 other teams throughout the tournament.

“We are thrilled to have won our first national title together,” shared team captain Rush. “We put serious work and hours into our training sessions, and it means the world to see it all culminate in a victory. MPL 2021 has been a great and exciting journey, and we can’t wait to make our fans proud of us with our next venture!”

In the tournament which saw Yoodo as the Official Digital Telco, Yoodo RSG MLBB had an unbeaten streak in the playoffs. At the beginning of Grand Final match against Todak, the team were down by two games. However, they managed to turn it around to win four straight games and bring home the championship. Additionally, RSG’s Lolealz was also named Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

“This is exactly the kind of result Yoodo was gunning for when we signed on to back Yoodo RSG MLBB,” Tuck Mun continued. “Yoodo strongly believes in the potential of Malaysian esports players, and the team’s victory is further proof that we’re on the right track. Yoodo will continue to support and shine the spotlight on these talents.”

Apologies for no-shows: one in five employees have missed a call by pretending devices are updating

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21% of employees confirmed that they have pretended their devices were installing updates so they would not have to attend a call or meeting. This excuse is plausible because software updates can disrupt workdays, with one-third (35%) of employees saying they have been late to a call because of updates. These are the findings of a recent study commissioned by Kaspersky to explore workers’ attitudes and habits toward updates.

Frequent meetings are often seen as one of the most unpleasant things in the office routine. The transition to remote work and virtual meetings hasn’t helped the issue, as people experienced fatigue from video calls and felt more tired at the end of the working day. As the recent Kaspersky research shows, some employees found an excuse to skip some of their calls – they pretended that their work devices were unavailable due to updates.

Their colleagues may believe the deception, as they could relate to the experience of needing to update a device themselves. In addition to missed appointments, 37% of employees have lost part of their unsaved work or data when their PC or laptop restarted after installing updates.

All in all, some employees see this device downtime as an opportunity to procrastinate, with 27% of respondents admitting that they have installed updates to deliberately waste time at work. Nevertheless, employees mostly don’t like it when their work is interrupted, so 65% wish updates happened outside of work hours to maintain their productivity.

“Typically, updates are downloaded during working hours in silent mode and do not affect a business. However, to apply them to the system, a restart is required. Of course, some business matters can’t be postponed, so usually a user can restart within a certain timeframe. As we can see, some people either miss such notifications or do not want to do this. Therefore, the required restart may happen at the most inconvenient moment – right before an important call or when they are writing a long email,” – comments Egor Kharchenko, IT Service and Asset Group Manager at Kaspersky.

To make updates convenient for employees and IT administrators, Kaspersky recommends IT departments do the following:

  • Plan updates closer to the end of the workday, when devices are still on and can download required updates, but employees’ activity is typically lower.
  • If possible, use wake-on-LAN. This technology allows workstations to be turned on through the network, so updates can be downloaded outside of working hours.
  • Divide users into several groups, including a test one. Update them one by one, so the IT department can help everyone in a timely manner if something goes wrong.
  • Inform the staff about the AutoSave function available in some office productivity software - it will automatically save all their changes.
  • Install an endpoint protection solution with patch management features, like Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business. Additionally, behavior detection and exploit prevention technologies don’t allow malefactors to leverage unpatched security issues.

MILO Contest Returns with Peraduan MILO® Hidup Bola with More Rewards Worth RM550,000!

18x Grand Prizes of home theatre system comprising 65” smart TV, 15” laptop, one-year free subscription to fast-speed internet and Sony PlayStation 5 to upgrade your home entertainment experience!

As football fever sweeps the nation, MILO® is kicking the season off into high gear with Peraduan MILO® Hidup Bola, a football-themed contest offering more than RM550,000 worth of attractive prizes, including the ultimate prize of a total of 18 sets of state-of-the-art home theatre system complete with the highly-coveted Sony PlayStation 5.

The contest is part of MILO®’s drive to delight its consumers as they continue to stay energised with the goodness of MILO®, while drumming up the excitement for the return of football season.

“We wish to show our appreciation to our loyal shoppers for their trust and support by rewarding them through this contest. We were so deeply heartened by the overwhelming response to our contest last year in conjunction with our 70th anniversary in Malaysia that we decided to continue spreading the joy this year. We are offering more than 1,000 prizes and, in fact, giving some of them away on a daily basis. With this year’s contest, we want as many people to walk away a winner,” said Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Officer – MILO®, Nestle Malaysia Berhad.

From June 1 to August 9, 2021, consumers nationwide will be eligible to participate in the contest simply by purchasing selected MILO® products for as low as RM10 in a single receipt and sending their entry via WhatsApp. As many as 700 Malaysians will stand a chance to win daily and weekly prizes, as well as a shot at the ultimate prize.

Limited edition MILO® x Pestle & Mortar football jerseys will be given away to 10 lucky winners every day, while cash prizes worth RM888 each await 30 lucky winners every week.

A total of 18 lucky winners will be taking home the ultimate prize of a state-of-the-art home theatre system each worth more than RM12,000. Each set comprises a 65” 4K Ultra HD smart TV (Android), a 15-inch laptop (Intel i5 4GB RAM 1TB HDD), a one-year subscription to 100Mbps home fibre broadband and as the centrepiece, a Playstation 5 (Bluray Disc version) complete with PlayStation 5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller and PS5 Football Game – perfect for those looking for an immersive home entertainment experience, particularly now as we continue to spend more time at home.

Peraduan MILO® Hidup Bola welcomes all MILO® consumers aged 18 years and above who are legal residents of Malaysia with a valid identification document.

All MILO® products across Powder, Mixes, and Ready-to-Drink including UHT, Cans and PET variants are eligible for this contest. Participating retailers include major minimarkets, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, as well as e-commerce platforms such as Lazada and Shopee across Malaysia that provide official receipt as proof of purchase.

To take part, follow these three simple steps:
  • purchase a minimum of RM10 worth of MILO® products in a single receipt
  • write your name, MyKad number and email (if available) on the receipt
  • submit a clear, legible photo of the receipt via WhatsApp to 018-388 6332

There is no limit to the number of entries consumers may submit. So, submit as many entries as possible to increase your chances of being a champion with Peraduan MILO® Hidup Bola!

For the full terms and conditions, visit the contest webpage:

Peraduan MILO® Hidup Bola is among a slew of exciting events and activities lined up for the season as MILO® looks to bring back its sport initiatives – but with a twist!

Ronald McDonald House in Hospital Tunku Azizah Officially Opens its Doors to Families

This temporary ‘home away from home’ ensures families of pediatric patients remain close together

The third Ronald McDonald House in the country is officially opened and now welcomes families of pediatric patients seeking treatment at Hospital Tunku Azizah, formerly known as Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak Kuala Lumpur.

The Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home”, which aims to fulfil the needs of families of pediatric patients from outside Kuala Lumpur, while helping to alleviate families’ financial burdens by providing affordable lodging at only RM15 per night in the city. Located on the 10th floor of the hospital parking complex, the house is equipped with 20 family rooms, which can accomodate up to 80 occupants, a dining area, lounge area, kitchen, laundry room, prayer room, and playroom, and other facilities. The home is also strategically located in the heart of KL, offering beautiful night views of the city.

Most importantly, the home offers a conducive and comfortable environment for patients to recuperate in, and is located within the hospital grounds, which makes it convenient for patients to go for their treatment and still remain close with their family.

Families who are interested in staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Hospital Tunku Azizah may call 03-2692000 for further information.

Aside from the Ronald McDonald House in Hospital Tunku Azizah, the two other Ronald McDonald Houses are located at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HCTM-UKM) in Kuala Lumpur, which has been operating for more than 20 years, as well as at Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (Hospital USM) in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, which opened its doors in 2019. Currently, there are more than 370 Ronald McDonald Houses across the globe, providing a place to stay for families with hospitalised children.

“We at RMHC Malaysia would like to thank all parties who have made the construction and development of our Ronald McDonald Houses. All houses were funded via donations from McDonald’s customers who contributed through the RMHC coin box located at more than 300 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide as well as contributions from McDonald’s employees, business partners, and franchisees. Thank you for your generosity towards our mission to change the lives of Malaysian children. RMHC Malaysia will continue to champion the needs of Malaysian children through the funds we receive from generous Malaysians,” said Azmir Jaafar, President of Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia as well as Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald’s Malaysia.

“Tunku Azizah Hospital serves as a national referral hospital and is a centre of excellence for specialised services, including pediatrics. Patients referred to us come from all regions, including East Malaysia. The Ronald McDonald House within the premise of the hospital will certainly provide peace of mind to more than 20,000 families that visit the hospital yearly, especially those from the B40 group. The house alleviates the financial stress of families travelling from outside Kuala Lumpur for accommodation and transportation while accompanying their children at the hospital,” said Dr Shamsul Anuar, Director of Hospital Tunku Azizah.

“RMHC Malaysia is also committed in providing facilities that benefit the community. We hope that through continued collaborations with Ministry of Health, especially with high traffic hospitals, we will continue to maintain our promise of ‘Keeping Families Close’ through the Ronald McDonald House initiative,” Azmir added.

RMHC Malaysia conducts 4 main programmes to help Malaysian children, which are the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Sensory Room, Gift of Smile, and Back-to-School packs. These programmes encompass the 3 core pillars of RMHC Malaysia which are Health, Education, and Welfare.

In addition to the RMHC Malaysia coin box, customers can also make donations via the Self-Ordering Kiosks at McDonald’s restaurants as well as via funds transfer to RMHC Malaysia account with Maybank, PayPal payment gateway, e-commerce channel Shopee or e-wallet platform Boost and Touch ‘N Go.

Contact the Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia at 03-7843 3388 if you are interested to donate or to collaborate with RMHC Malaysia to help Malaysian children and their families. Volunteers are also welcomed to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House at Hospital Tunku Azizah or Ronald McDonald House near their area.

BigPay selected for the eBelia programme allowing its users to claim RM150 from June 1st

The initiative from the Ministry of Finance is aimed at empowering youth and students as well as drive local spending to kickstart the post Covid recovery - and BigPay, homegrown in Malaysia, is the perfect pick to help.

BigPay has been selected by the Malaysian government to be one of the official e-money players for the eBelia initiative.

Starting from June 1, Malaysian citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 or full-time students at a registered local Higher Educational Institution will be able to claim RM150 directly from the BigPay app.

Ahead of the official launch, users are encouraged to go through the simple sign up for the BigPay account and get their card as soon as possible so that they can claim their RM150 from 1 June onwards. New users can enjoy free RM20 bonus upon sign-up with the promo code: PCEBELIABP

“We’re honoured to be one of the e-money players picked by the Government to take part in the eBelia initiative. This programme will encourage young Malaysians to support local businesses and spend digitally - and giving young people more financial freedom is a core part of our mission”, said Salim Dhanani, CEO and Co-Founder of BigPay.

“Gen Z are looking for more intuitive experiences when it comes to their financial needs - one that is embedded in technology, transparent and personalised. They want to keep more of their hard earned money and plan for the future - all with simplicity. The features on BigPay - from integrated expense tracking, split bills to micro-insurance - are there to empower users to take control of their finances and foster good financial health.

The BigPay card can be used almost anywhere, with over 800,000 locations in Malaysia, in physical locations and online via e-commerce. Sign-up takes a few minutes and is all done digitally through the BigPay app with eKYC (electronic Know-Your-Customer) to unlock all the features.

On top of the RM150 stimulus and the special promo code above, BigPay will also reward its eBelia users with incredible offers. Stay tuned for the full breakdown on 1 June. Find out more and check the eligibility criteria:

AirAsia on track to become the leading Asean Super App

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Non airline digital businesses going from strength to strength

AirAsia’s goal to become the leading digital travel and lifestyle platform of choice in Asean is fast becoming a reality. The super app is now one of the top three online travel agencies (OTAs) in the region, non airline businesses are growing to meet strong consumer demand, BigPay is on track to become the first virtual bank and Teleport is going from strength to strength.

As per the AirAsia Group financial results announcement on 27 May for the first quarter of 2021, non airline digital platform revenues have improved significantly. The airasia super app recorded a 45% year on year quarterly revenue improvement to RM 10 million during the quarter boosted by solid growth of products and services available on the platform. Revenue for Teleport, the airline's e-commerce logistics venture, tripled versus the last quarter of 2020.

“Just as we created an airline for the people by revolutionising air travel 20 years ago, we are now disrupting and democratising the industry again through the development of our super app with over 17 travel and lifestyle products leveraging off one another,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO.

“As we continue to evolve, one thing we always remain true to is our promise of always delivering the best value in all that we do, serving the underserved by making it affordable to fly, stay, shop, eat, upskill and much more. Looking out for the everyday people is what we do best and our aim is to continue to support them, not only in the major cities, but also in the smaller cities we serve, where many people are struggling the most and access to products and services are more limited.

“Through our digital ecosystem, we have already created thousands of jobs and supported more than 3,500 SMEs in Malaysia. Our training centre, AirAsia Academy (currently known as Redbeat Academy), offers affordable digital and tech training courses to equip not only our own employees, but also SMEs and members of the public, with skills to bridge the technology gap in Malaysia and beyond in this ever changing digital world. As we continue to expand our digital footprint in Malaysia and other Asean countries, our contribution in the region will only increase and become more significant from here onwards.

“In just over a year we are now one of the top three leading online travel agencies (OTAs) in Asean based on website traffic, with over 100 million average page views monthly on In the future, when travel resumes in our key markets, we can guarantee best value prices for our flight and hotel packages because we own our own airline.

“Other non airline businesses including airasia food, airasia fresh, airasia shop and our Santan franchise restaurants are expanding into new markets to meet the changing needs of consumers, delivering greater value and convenience. We have recently launched airasia beauty, airasia health and airasia money - our latest consumer fintech solution, offering bite-sized low cost financial products such as credit cards, personal loans, insurance, investment, remittance, top-ups, and bill payments via our partners. We also have major plans to further develop BigPay to become the best virtual bank in the region and we are tapping into the full potential of our loyalty platform BIG Rewards, to provide the best range for rewards and redemption in Asean and beyond.

“Our plan for the airasia super app is to roll out its popular products and services to more of our Asean markets. For example, airasia food expanded into Singapore in March 2021, Penang and Kota Kinabalu in May 2021 and will soon be in Indonesia and Thailand. Airasia beauty has launched in Malaysia and Indonesia. We are working on expanding our health services in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, while offering SNAP hotel and accommodation deals in Vietnam and Singapore in the near future.

“Teleport is booming. Not only providing same day, door-to-door deliveries, but also now delivering vaccines in Malaysia and around the region, creating over 4,000 delivery driver jobs in 17 key markets. We are also looking forward to converting passenger planes into freighters in the coming months to cater for unprecedented cargo demand.”

“While many people still think of us as Asia’s leading low cost airline, what we have achieved in the past year through our digital transformation into a one stop travel and lifestyle platform is incredible, thanks to the hard work of our passionate and malleable Allstars (employees).”

“We saw the crisis as an opportunity to use the downtime in flying caused by the pandemic to leverage the strength of our database of over 60 million customers and to focus on developing new non airline revenue streams in the key areas of e-commerce, fintech and logistics.

“There are many more innovations in the pipeline including ride hailing ‘airasia ride,’ which will be launched in coming months, as well as the potential of drone delivery and even electric or hydronic airplanes in the future as we put consumers and sustainability at the forefront of all that we do.

“In the airline business, Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) is set to become one of the region's best value aircraft maintenance and overhaul providers for both short term line maintenance and longer-term base maintenance, a space previously dominated by Singapore-based maintenance and overhaul companies (MROs). I firmly believe ADE will become the leading aircraft maintenance/overhaul company in the region in the near future with significant potential growth opportunities in Asean and beyond with service excellence and the lowest cost base.

“We are launching many contactless technologies to make flying more seamless and hygienic ahead of resumption of flying in the near future including our version of a digital passport called Scan2Fly where guests can upload required medical documentation and have it verified in real time online, before heading to the airport. FACES - our biometric facial recognition technology will be launching soon from klia2 and rolled out across all key destinations in the future.

“There is a silver lining to every crisis and the best thing to come out of this pandemic is our recovery as a stronger, more resilient travel and lifestyle platform - not solely reliant on airfares alone anymore.

“People, price and accessibility underpin all that we do. We are today a ‘new look’ AirAsia – with the right focus and foundations to better meet the needs of the digital revolution as we embark on an exciting new phase of growth,” he said.

WCT Group Soars in Q1FY21

RM444 million revenue, RM65 million profit reflects resilience

WCT Holdings Berhad (“the Group”), an investment holding company with businesses in engineering and construction, property development and investment in and management of retail malls and hotels, recorded a higher revenue of RM444 million for its first quarter ended 31 March 2021 (“Q1FY21”) as compared to RM363 million in the preceding year’s corresponding quarter, 31 March 2020 (“Q1FY20”), reflecting the Group’s resilience amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Group’s profit attributable to equity holders for the period leapt to RM65 million as compared to loss attributable to equity holders of RM0.017 million registered in the preceding year’s corresponding quarter.

The Group’s Engineering and Construction Division continues to show stable performance, contributing 52% to the Group’s consolidated revenue. In Q1FY21, revenue of RM231 million (Q1FY20:RM241 million) was recorded. Its operating profit surged to RM57 million from RM7 million in the preceding year’s corresponding quarter. The higher operating profit in the current quarter was mainly due to reversal of accrual on an unfavourable arbitral award amounting to RM48 million as a result of lower final settlement of the award.

In early 2021, the division successfully secured a contract worth RM136.7 million to undertake superstructure works of a 29-storey hotel and 13-storey office at The Exchange TRX and a main contract for the proposed extension and upgrading of the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kelantan worth RM440.4 million. The recently secured new contracts have further strengthened the Group’s outstanding orderbook to approximately RM5.17 billion.

“Moving forward, we foresee the Engineering and Construction Division will continue to be the key contributor to our earnings. As we focus on project execution of our existing projects, we will continue to pursue new opportunities for engineering and construction jobs to replenish our strong outstanding order book,” said Dato’ Lee Tuck Fook, Group Managing Director.

Meanwhile, the Property Development Division and the Property Investment and Management Division, contributed 40% and 8% respectively to the Group’s revenue. The Group’s Property Development Division recorded higher revenue and operating profit of RM177 million (Q1FY20: RM74 million) and RM77 million (Q1FY20:RM24 million). The Property Investment and Management Division, however, posted a lower revenue and operating profit of RM37 million (Q1FY20: RM48 million) and RM18 million (Q1FY20: RM22 million) respectively. Property Investment and Management Division’s lower revenue and operating profit were largely due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and business disruptions during the Movement Control Order (“MCO”) implemented by the Government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Group reported basic earnings per share at 4.66 sen as compared to nil earnings per share recorded in the preceding year’s corresponding quarter.

“Forging ahead, we are cautiously optimistic as we hope the rollout of vaccines in 2021 under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, barring any unforeseen impediments, to lift market sentiments and stimulate demand for our property development offers and launches. We will persevere as the rollout of vaccines will eventually, in the near future, fuel the achievement of herd immunity, thereby underpinning the global economic recovery and supporting the safe reopening of borders. In the meantime, the surge in local infections is causing disruptions and uncertainties to the work and business volume of the Group,” added Dato’ Lee.

The expected recovery of Malaysia’s 2021 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of between 6% and 7.5% will be supported by the resumption of global and domestic activities, normalisation of labour market conditions, gradual improvement in consumer spending, continuation of large infrastructure projects, continued support from the government’s targeted support and the vaccine rollout which is expected to be completed by end of this year.

Teleport Expands Delivery Capabilities with Postal and Courier Licence

Teleport, the logistics venture of airasia digital has successfully obtained its Postal and Courier Licence from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for a tenure of three years until December 2023.

  Teleport is ready to make deliveries more seamless

The license, which is under the Non-Universal Service Licence (Class A) category allows Teleport to provide both international (inbound and outbound) as well as domestic courier services in Malaysia.

Head of Delivery Operations of Teleport Siva Indran said, “Teleport has continued to grow steadily despite the challenging operating environment, and we are very excited to finally be granted our very own Postal and Courier Licence by MCMC for three years. This also enables us to control our own supply chain and grow our capabilities in tandem with our expansion. The ability to deliver right to the doorstep will further add towards our mission to provide excellent services to our customers in Malaysia, as well as throughout Asean and beyond leveraging AirAsia’s wide route network in the region.”

As online services such as e-commerce, the gig economy and financial transaction systems have increased significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become a crucial part of Teleport’s business to be able to control and support its own infrastructure. This would allow Teleport to provide an efficient and seamless experience to our customers.

Carsome Partners with Aspirasi To Offer Data-Driven Dealer Financing Solutions

Southeast Asia’s largest integrated car e-commerce platform, Carsome, has entered a partnership with Aspirasi, the micro-financing and micro-insurance provider under Axiata Digital, to offer data-backed digital financing solutions to used car dealers in Malaysia.

Carsome Co-founder and Group CEO Eric Cheng

The collaboration aims to elevate the used car industry by providing hassle-free and seamless financing solutions to used car dealers. The underwriting process, based on Carsome’s data in credit scoring, pricing and structured financing, requires minimal documentation which shortens approval and disbursement turnaround time. This eases the pain points of conventional underwriting processes, namely cumbersome documentation and slower approval process.

According to Carsome Co-founder and Group CEO Eric Cheng, the financing solution empowers used car dealers through financial inclusion, and is estimated to benefit at least 2,500 used car dealers on Carsome’s platform. “Aspirasi’s financing scheme, coupled with our data capabilities, will see the enhancement of used car dealers’ financing needs in a viable manner. We are confident that this will be the most convenient solution for dealers who want to expand their business with ease and speed through Carsome’s platform,” said Cheng.

Since 2019, Aspirasi has been providing digital financial support to micro-enterprises, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region. The collaboration with Carsome is an expansion of quick and easy digital financing solutions in the country. Dealers on Carsome’s platform are now eligible for financing of up to 80 percent of the used car transaction value, with financing rates as low as one percent per month. This partnership is expected to enhance used car dealers’ growth potential and extend both Carsome’s and Aspirasi’s reach.

Aspirasi joins Carsome’s other financing partners such as Funding Societies and CIMB Bank in offering various financing solutions to Carsome dealers, in line with Carsome’s efforts in creating an end-to-end integrated online used car ecosystem. Besides financing solutions, Carsome has also invested more than RM10 million in Malaysia to help used car dealers through a variety of programmes, including the Dealer Alliance Support Program, Dealer Car Selling Program and Dealer VIP Program. Currently, the company is running the Dealer Reward Program, Sell & Win Kaw Kaw Program and Buy & Win Kaw Kaw Program for its used car dealers.

Dusit Thani Maldives puts guests nose-to-nose with fascinating fish as manta ray season begins

Just 15 minutes from Hanifaru Bay, the world-class resort is the perfect destination for unique underwater encounters during the summer holidays.

From May to November every year, Baa Atoll’s protected marine park, Hanifaru Bay, comes alive with plankton, attracting manta rays and whale sharks to feed and play in the turquoise waters. Just 15 minutes away by boat, Dusit Thani Maldives offers its guests gracious hospitality, five-star luxury, and front-row seats to all the aquatic action for an unforgettable summer holiday.

Part of The Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Mudhdhoo Island is home only to the resort for a truly immersive experience in the archipelago’s stunning nature. Guests can stroll barefoot on pristine white shores, cycle through lush jungle, and slip directly into the ocean from luxurious over-water villas to snorkel the vibrant 360-degree house reef.

Marine marvels are an integral part of the Maldivian experience. The resort’s Ocean Dive Centre provides access to an endless array of aquatic adventures. The centre’s expert team is on alert throughout manta season, with up-to-the-minute information on feeding conditions in Hanifaru Bay. Just a short boat ride brings guests up close and personal with mantas, whale sharks and more.

To capture the magic, Dusit Thani Maldives is offering an all-inclusive Meet The Manta Rays package featuring five nights in an overwater villa, daily meals at the resort’s restaurants with selected alcoholic beverages, and seaplane transfers. Alongside a boat trip to Hanifaru Bay for an amazing opportunity to swim with the rays, a choice of turtle safari or dolphin cruise enhances the unforgettable aquatic experience.

4 Day Work Week Works! This Malaysian Digital Agency Is Proof

Bold Initiative a Call to Action for Industry to Break Away from Crunch Culture

It’s undeniable that we Malaysians absolutely love long weekends. A new year rolls around and we whip out the calendars to mark down and plan out every long weekend there is. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if every weekend was a long weekend?

Well, that’s now a reality for the team at local digital and branding agency 4 Thirteen. In an effort to achieve better work life balance, the Agency has given its employees every Friday off – that’s 52 Fridays off!

Danny Gnaniah

“The decision to move to a four-day work week was not easy but we knew it was the right call. While it took a bit of getting used too, we now reap the rewards and can definitively say the four-day work week, works! I’ve seen first hand the positive impact it has had on the team – significantly increasing morale, momentum and overall efficiency,” said Danny Gnaniah, Co-Founder and CEO, 4 Thirteen.

“When we made this decision, we knew we wanted to take a bold stance against the crunch culture that has unfortunately become so embedded within our industry and many others as well. It may seem like a daunting task but I urge others within the industry and in-fact across the corporate landscape to join us on the journey to improve work life balance and to place greater emphasis on employee wellbeing,” he added.

The decision to have every Friday off, was part of a lengthy effort within the company to live up to its core values in terms of people and culture. The team hurdled internal trepidation and concerns over client acceptance to push through the landmark decision.

The policy has already proven to be a rousing success with staff reporting overall higher spirits and displaying a more eager attitude towards work – thanks to an additional day to rest and reflect on the preceding week.

4 Thirteen has also utilised this opportunity to invest in talent development and team building. Where for half a day every first Friday of every month professional development teams and counsellors would aid the team in creating and running programmes for us.

Jan Lee
Sharing on the additional day off every week, Jan Lee, Lead Strategist at 4 Thirteen said, “In the fast-paced world we live in today – especially in a branding agency, its truly a godsend that we can get just a little more time for ourselves. 52 Fridays off means we get 52 more days to spend with our family and friends or to rest and relax. That is invaluable time. It helps us recharge and take the next week on with a renewed spirit and momentum.

A lot of my friends in other agencies or industries are always jealous when they find out about our Friday’s off.” Established in 2008, 4 Thirteen now boasts a team of over 30 staff and serve a vast array of clients from a variety of industries including telecommunications, insurance, banking and fast-moving consumer goods. Some of the agency’s core clients include Yoodo, Allianz, OSK Property, CIMB, Hada Labo, Scismic and Panasonic.

 FedEx Extends Support and Donates Second Charter Flight to Deliver Critical Aid to India

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Thousands of oxygen concentrators and converters, over two million masks among medical supplies airlifted to India through charitable shipping

Oxygen concentrators, masks, and critical medical supplies are loaded onto a FedEx charter flight for delivery to New Delhi, India on May 15, 2021

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, earlier last week announced the arrival of a second dedicated charter flight carrying critical medical aid to India. This is part of the company’s continuous relief efforts to support India’s fight against the recent COVID-19 surge.

On May 16, more than 780 oxygen concentrators, over 1.8 million KN95 masks, and medicines and pharmaceutical supplies were unloaded from a FedEx Boeing 777F charter flight in New Delhi, India. These supplies were provided by Direct Relief and will ultimately be delivered to healthcare facilities across India. This is in addition to the first FedEx donated charter flight that arrived on May 9, which transported more than 3,400 oxygen concentrators, converters, and nearly 265,000 KN95 masks for Direct Relief to Mumbai, India. Both charters originated in Newark, New Jersey.

“Never before has our industry been so essential. In the face of the devastating crisis in India, we have an important purpose of helping to ensure our team members and their communities receive as much support as possible,” said Kawal Preet, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa Region, FedEx Express. “We are deeply committed to moving the world forward in times like this, and we are extremely grateful to be able to maximize our resources and extensive network to assist in the shipment of critical relief supplies to help communities fight against the virus.”

FedEx is also supporting the transportation of over 25,000 oxygen concentrators and converters through an initiative with the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and other multinational companies. FedEx will continue to work with customers and non-profit organizations including Direct Relief, to deliver life-saving medical supplies to the vulnerable people and communities in India in the days and weeks ahead.

FedEx is a member of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a public-private partnership organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Business Roundtable. The task force provides a unified platform for businesses to mobilize and deliver resources to assist COVID-19 efforts in areas of need around the world. FedEx president and COO Raj Subramaniam is one of 17 business leaders serving on the steering committee for the task force. FedEx has a long history of moving critical items across the globe. Since the start of the pandemic, FedEx Express has transported nearly 90 kilotons of personal protective equipment, including more than 2.2 billion masks worldwide. An integral part of the global vaccine supply chain, FedEx is currently delivering COVID-19 vaccines, related ingredients, and supplies to more than 25 countries around the world. The company has moved more than 12,000 COVID-19 humanitarian aid shipments since January 2020, and committed $4 million in cash and in-kind transportation support to help non-profits, including Direct Relief and International Medical Corps, distribute COVID-19 vaccines to under-resourced communities around the world.

The delivery of the lifesaving supplies is consistent with the company’s FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023.

BigPay selected for the eBelia programme allowing its users to claim RM150 from June 1st

The initiative from the Ministry of Finance is aimed at empowering youth and students as well as drive local spending to kickstart the post Covid recovery - and BigPay, homegrown in Malaysia, is the perfect pick to help.

BigPay has been selected by the Malaysian government to be one of the official e-money players for the eBelia initiative.

Starting from June 1, Malaysian citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 or full-time students at a registered local Higher Educational Institution will be able to claim RM150 directly from the BigPay app.

Ahead of the official launch, users are encouraged to go through the simple sign up for the BigPay account and get their card as soon as possible so that they can claim their RM150 from 1 June onwards. New users can enjoy free RM20 bonus upon sign-up with the promo code: PCEBELIABP

“We’re honoured to be one of the e-money players picked by the Government to take part in the eBelia initiative. This programme will encourage young Malaysians to support local businesses and spend digitally - and giving young people more financial freedom is a core part of our mission”, said Salim Dhanani, CEO and Co-Founder of BigPay.

“Gen Z are looking for more intuitive experiences when it comes to their financial needs - one that is embedded in technology, transparent and personalised. They want to keep more of their hard earned money and plan for the future - all with simplicity. The features on BigPay - from integrated expense tracking, split bills to micro-insurance - are there to empower users to take control of their finances and foster good financial health.

The BigPay card can be used almost anywhere, with over 800,000 locations in Malaysia, in physical locations and online via e-commerce. Sign-up takes a few minutes and is all done digitally through the BigPay app with eKYC (electronic Know-Your-Customer) to unlock all the features.

On top of the RM150 stimulus and the special promo code above, BigPay will also reward its eBelia users with incredible offers. Stay tuned for the full breakdown on 1 June.

“LifeWear: Made for All” Quality Clothing for All People and All Situations

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Global apparel retailer UNIQLO launches “LifeWear: Made for All,” a multimedia campaign featuring personal, insightful interviews with tennis legend Roger Federer, renowned NYC artist Futura, UNIQLO Team Sweden’s table-tennis champ Anna-Carin Ahlquist, Uniqlo U Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire of the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center, the company’s social mission partners, and other voices from all over the globe.

LifeWear is the unique UNIQLO philosophy regarding clothes, rooted in the belief that rational and excellent design, plus the best in modern production techniques, creates perfect high-quality and affordable clothing that meets the needs of everyone’s daily lifestyles. This practical philosophy underscores how UNIQLO views the world, and LifeWear guides the company in everything it does - from creating thoughtful, life-improving clothing to its efforts around sustainability and community engagement.

“I support the company’s LifeWear philosophy. LifeWear’s mission goes beyond creating great quality clothing - it’s about improving the lives of all people, all around the world.”
Roger Federer, UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador

Watch the short film and explore the interviews to hear individual stories and learn about what LifeWear means to UNIQLO employees and friends. Through their eyes, the company sees how LifeWear is relevant to everyone, everywhere, in everyday situations - from a spirited NYC street soccer game to the dedication of a volunteer Milanese Alpine rescue team. These and other inspiring stories show that LifeWear is a positive force helping people live better lives.

Carsome: Powering Used Car Industry With Data Innovation

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Appoints Piyush Palkar as Chief Data Officer

Southeast Asia’s largest integrated car e-commerce platform, Carsome has set up a data center of excellence (COE) to revolutionize the used car industry through digitalization and to empower decision-making in business.

The use of data allows Carsome to power its business at all stages while supporting strategic decisions. The combination of auction and market data, and machine learning (ML) model backs Carsome’s proprietary vehicle pricing optimization and inventory support system. It also helps the company in understanding different user personas and their journey as a customer, and allows for analytics-backed inventory acquisition and liquidation strategy.

Eric Cheng

Carsome Co-founder and Group CEO Eric Cheng explained that the company has amassed a wealth of data after six years in business, where data of hundreds of cars pass through Carsome’s platforms every single day. “By setting up our data COE, we are on full throttle in implementing data science solutions, along with data-driven insights to increase operational efficiency.

“Our in-house data capabilities and machine learning automations increase work efficiency and enhance timely, evidence-based decision-making abilities, which in turn helps our customers get good quality services from Carsome,” Cheng added.

Internally, data digitalizes workflows and processes by improving internal products with artificial intelligence (AI) and ML capabilities. Application of AI and ML include automating various operations tasks, such as car number plate masking and car scoring engine; these reduce the time an inspector takes to inspect a car and therefore promote better efficiency internally while providing faster car-selling process for consumers.

Piyush Palkar
To further establish the importance of a data-driven business, Carsome has appointed former Head of Data at iflix and subsequently WeTV iflix (part of Tencent Holdings which acquired iflix), Piyush Palkar as its Chief Data Officer (CDO). Palkar, a construction engineer by qualification but ventured into data since varsity days, brings along vast experience in data and analytics across banking, energy, media and entertainment, and retail.

“We are happy to have Piyush join the Carsome family to deliver successful data strategy by establishing company-wide core data principles and best practices. This forms our commitment in building a trusted used car industry and elevating consumer experience, now powered by data,” Cheng said.

Reporting directly to the Group CEO, Palkar will lead data maturity, data engineering and management, ML/AI-based data-driven innovations, business intelligence, insights and data analytics in Carsome. He will also embed data culture in the organization to support organizational efficiency and agility through data.

“I am very excited to be part of the team that digitalizes the used car industry, now further strengthened by cutting-edge data technologies, as democratizing data and providing near-real time insights to different business functions are vital in driving innovation and efficiency. We will leverage on data to improve customer experience via personalization, customer segmentation and propensity models,” Palkar added.

Data brings value to various Carsome stakeholders. For used car dealers, the most apparent is ML-powered auction optimization, which provides personalized recommendations when bidding for cars. Dealers on Carsome’s platform will find the most relevant cars curated and ready to bid on for them before they even start browsing. This allows them to make more bids that increase the likelihood of winning.

For consumers, they benefit greatly from Carsome’s pricing engine, from which car sellers can gain data-backed proposed reserve pricing when selling their cars through Carsome. Data helps them get the best selling price based on market movements and subsequently increasing the chances of their cars being sold via bidding.

Carsome’s commitment to data excellence comes at a time when the company continues to grow from strength to strength, being the largest player in the region and double the size of its closest competition. Carsome is on track to hit an annualized US$1 billion in revenue by the end of the second quarter (Q2 2021), beating forecasts by about a quarter. The company is also expected to complete a number of major merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that will further cement its market leadership position in the next six months.

Road to PMPL My/Sg S4: PUBG Mobile National Championship Returns Featuring MYR100,000 Total Prize Pool!

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The PUBG MOBILE National Championship returns featuring MYR100,000 Prize Pool and a chance to advance to the professional league, PMPL MY/SG Season 4.

PUBG MOBILE National Championship (PMNC) has always been a championship series that PUBG MOBILE players have been looking forward to participating in as a part of the Pro League circuit. As for the year 2021, PUBG MOBILE is proud to announce their partnership with Yoodo and Xiaomi for the return of PMNC as players are looking for an opportunity to get a chance to qualify for the PUBG MOBILE Pro League MY/SG Season 4 (PMPL MY/SG S4).

PMNC 2021 will be starting from 1 June until 18 July 2021 and will be featuring different tournament categories (Squad, Solo and Ladies) with a total prize pool of MYR100,000. The Qualifiers for PMNC will cater to players from across Malaysia by splitting into four different zones (Erangel Zone, Sanhok Zone, Miramar Zone and Karakin Zone) which will be divided between states:

  • Erangel Zone - Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan Miramar Zone - Perak, Penang, Perlis, Kedah
  • Karakin Zone - Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor Sanhok Zone - Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Melaka

Thereafter, qualified teams and players from both Squad and Solo categories will advance to the Zone Finals taking place across four weeks, to battle it out to secure their slot to the Grand Finals. The Grand Finals will then consist of 16 teams (Top 12 teams from Squad category and Top 16 players from Solo category to form 4 teams). Furthermore, the Grand Finals will feature the final battle of the qualified teams from the Ladies category as a part of the tournament to bring female empowerment in the esports industry. Registration for all tournament categories begins from 16 May 2021 onwards.

“Yoodo is beyond excited to continue our role as the Official Digital Telco for PUBG Mobile National Championship (PMNC), especially when our first foray into esports began with PMNC back in 2018. We have always been a champion of esports talent from across all levels and are proud that our three-year partnership with PUBG MOBILE has been fruitful in developing these talents. At the same time, it has also contributed to the growth of the local esports ecosystem in Malaysia,” said Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo.

“As our PUBG MOBILE Pro League series has been a great success over the past few seasons, we look forward to providing more opportunities and excitement to PUBG MOBILE players and fans alike. PMNC 2021 will be a significant platform for those who want to have a chance to play in PMPL MY/SG Season 4. At the same time, we are excited to be partnering with Yoodo and Xiaomi to bring PMNC 2021 to a higher level,” said Oliver Ye, Director of PUBG MOBILE SEA.

For the road to PMPL MY/SG Season 4, the Top 4 teams from the PMNC Grand Finals will be securing their slot to the league, while the 5th place - 10th place teams will still have a chance by advancing as the Wild Card teams to the PMPL MY/SG Season 4 Qualifier Playoffs, with its Top 4 teams also securing their slot to PMPL MY/SG Season 4.

Players who are looking forward to participating in PMNC can register through its official website at with registrations starting from 16 May 2021 onwards.

The Three Little Pigs and your passwords

Kaspersky reveals 25% increase of password stealers targeting SEA users in Q1 2021

May 6 is World Password Day but every day is a good day to revisit the strength of your security codes as cybercriminals are continuously trying to gatecrash into your online accounts. This is proven by fresh data from Kaspersky.

According to the global cybersecurity and digital privacy company, it has prevented 25% more password stealers in Southeast Asia (SEA) during the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2020.

Password stealers are a type of malware that steals account information. In essence, it is similar to a banking Trojan, but instead of intercepting or substituting entered data, it usually steals information already stored on the computer: usernames and passwords saved in the browser, cookies, and other files that happen to be on the hard drive of the infected device.

Overall, Kaspersky solutions have blocked 776,684 Trojans designed to steal accounts in Q1 2021, 155,942 more incidents compared with last year’s 620,742.

While Indonesia and Thailand registered a slight decrease, the remaining four SEA countries logged an uptick on password stealers detections. Singapore registered the highest increase at 79% followed by Malaysia at 61%.

Country Q1 2020 Q1 2021
Indonesia 112,255 109,932
Malaysia 111,919 180,576
Philippines 45,373 55,597
Thailand 78,186 73,268
Singapore 16,706 29,875
Vietnam 256,303 327,436
No. of Trojan password stealers detected in Southeast Asia for Q1 2020 and Q1 2021

“It is known that Southeast Asia homes the most active social media users in the world. At the same time, the region is witnessing a massive digital shift at a breakneck speed. We are now a 400-million-strong online consumers, a number predicted to happen not until 2025. Hence, it is expected that cybercriminals would be very interested to take over our virtual accounts brimming with financial and confidential data,” comments Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia.

“As we harness the power of technology and the internet, we urge everyone to strengthen their online locks regularly. Like how we improve our security systems as our houses accumulate more assets, we should also be more thorough on how we secure our online properties as we store more data in it,” adds Yeo.

Lessons from The Three Little Pigs
To show the importance of stronger passcodes and cybersecurity measures, Kaspersky reminds users of the classic tale – The Three Little Pigs. The well-known English folk tale’s seemingly simple plot explains the idea behind a brute-force attack.

The tale begins with the three pigs selecting a hardware solution to protect against cyberthreats. It appears to be some kind of Internet gateway. The first chooses a device made of straw (cheap and unreliable), the second opts for wood (more reliable, but still not great), and the third puts up a real firewall made of stones.

The wolf in the fairy tale is depicted as a fairly low-skilled hacker. His approach to the information infrastructure of each little pig is to attack it with the only tool available to him: blowing. As you surely recognize, this is analogous to brute-force hacking. In cybersecurity, brute force is usually applied to cracking passwords.

The tale shows that this technique can indeed be effective when the target doesn’t pay much attention to cybersecurity: The first two porcine huts cannot withstand the brute-force attack, and the attacker gets inside. But with the third, he encounters problems.

In other words, even storytellers two centuries ago knew that using inexpensive routers with default passwords, or practically using weak passwords in general was a recipe for disaster.

To boost your password and to secure your accounts like the third pig, Kaspersky experts provide some quick tips and tools:

  • Check the strength of your current passwords. Kaspersky has a free tool to help you on this
  • Use Have I Been Pwned, to see if your passwords have been leaked
  • Update your password regularly, at least every 90 days. A password manager can assist you in remembering them
  • Set up two-factor authentication, so even if your login and password have been stolen, they will not be enough to access your account
  • Only download apps from trusted sources
  • Use a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Total Security, which will be able to identify stealers and stop them from stealing your data

Revenue Monster and ShopeePay Collaborate To Accelerate Cashless Payments This MCO

New Partnership to enable ShopeePay at over 13,000 merchant points

Revenue Monster - a Malaysian financial technology company focused on pioneering business digitisation - has announced a new collaboration with ShopeePay Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the mobile wallet of Malaysia’s number one e-commerce platform. This collaboration sees Revenue Monster integration into ShopeePay as a payment gateway enabler bringing alternative cashless payment solutions for businesses and consumers to over 13,000 merchant points.

Revenue Monster’s unified payments solutions features payment acceptance enablement for 14 eWallets, MasterCard, Visa and FPX for online banking. With this announcement, Revenue Monster’s payment solutions are set to bring greater ease of use and a streamlined payment experience to millions of Malaysian businesses pivoting to digitalization in line with the SOPs for the current Movement Control Order (MCO).

“With ShopeePay now available through Revenue Monster, we can provide even more cashless payments options to businesses across Malaysia through our unified payments solutions. This is the next step in our continued effort for our merchant’s online store & bricks and mortar business,” said Amanda Chin, CEO of Revenue Monster.

“Going into our third MCO, cashless payments is now a critical asset for merchants to provide contactless customer experience. With this announcement, merchants will be able to utilise ShopeePay and get their customers to safely and seamlessly go contactless whether at their brick and mortar store or their online shop,” she added.

ShopeePay is now accepted as one of the checkout payment options for any in-store or online transactions, including Revenue Monster’s à la carte online super store solution – a platform that helps businesses to own an online shop on the fly and acquire more customers.

With this additional payment method, businesses under the Revenue Monster network will be able to leverage on ShopeePay’s ongoing cashback campaign where users will be receiving a daily RM3 cashback with a minimum spend of RM15, thereby adding more value to consumers.

Commenting on the announcement, Alain Yee, Head of ShopeePay Malaysia said “As one of the fastest-growing mobile wallets in Malaysia, we are committed to making ShopeePay the most convenient and viable cashless payment option for all Malaysians. This is especially so as we enter MCO 3.0. The third wave of Covid-19 infection has become critical. We have been advised to keep our guard up and avoid contact as much as possible, especially in public places. We must continue to play our part in helping break the chain of infection. Our partnership with Revenue Monster will be able to expand the reach and usability of ShopeePay, thereby providing Malaysians with a quicker, easier and safer payment method when they shop both online and offline.”

Revenue Monster’s ecosystem allows merchants to fast track digitalisation seamlessly with digital tools such as truly unified payment solutions, one click payment links via eInvoice and LivePay, and à la carte - online super store solution. Revenue Monster has thus far benefited over 13,000 merchant points in food & beverage, fashion and accessories, home appliances, beauty/personal care, automobile and more.

Sign-up for Revenue Monster now to accept ShopeePay by visiting

A Closer Look at the World’s First 11.1.4 - Channel Soundbar

Over the years, Samsung has delivered a broad range of high-fidelity audio solutions for a variety of experiences and living space set-ups. In a time when consumers have access to an endless range of content, Samsung’s devices, televisions and viewing solutions are playing a role in more and more facets of people’s lives.

Earlier this year, Samsung Electronics introduced the world’s first 11.1.4 channel soundbar, which helps bring consumers right into the midst of the action with rich, room-filling sound. And it has been Samsung’s relentless audio innovation over the years that has helped bring about the high-end technology and consumer experiences we enjoy today. This innovation is underpinned by a focus on research and development and emerging content formats, as well as a willingness to adapt to consumer feedback and behavior.

In 2016, Samsung released its HW-K950 soundbar, which transformed static sound into three-dimensional formats to allow users to enjoy sound that moves up and down and from left to right. Since then, Samsung has invested in expanding these features, which have now been enhanced to deliver technology that measures room acoustics and delivers richer auditory experiences and sleeker designs. Below, Samsung Newsroom takes a closer look at the captivating experiences delivered by the new soundbar’s upgrades and technological features.

The Inaugural 11.1.4-Channel Soundbar
The newly-released HW-Q950A soundbar delivers a more advanced 11.1.4–channel setup to provide a more vivid surround sound effect in action–packed scenes like those involving car chases and airplanes in flight. By using only four speakers (a main soundbar speaker, a subwoofer, and two rear speakers), Samsung’s 2021 HW-Q950A soundbar produces a standard of high-quality sound that other premium AV receivers would need double the power and number of inputs to match.

Just a few years ago, only high-end, multi-component home theater setups allowed for immersive sound experiences that produced 3D surround sound. But now, with the release of Samsung’s HW-Q950A soundbar and its 11.1.4–channel sound, users can enjoy realistic audio with only their soundbar.

But what exactly do these channel numbers mean? A two-channel system consists of a stereo with two speakers on the left and right, while a three-channel system adds an additional speaker to this two-channel setup for crisper audio output. 3.1–channel setups feature an additional subwoofer (the .1 channel) for low frequency sounds, while 5.1-channel systems add rear speakers to deliver enhanced sound that extends behind viewers. The 5.1.4–channel setup seen in soundbars includes two additional height channel speakers that produce three-dimensional surround sound to deliver the sound of objects moving off-screen.

In 2016, Samsung launched the HW-K950 soundbar, which was the first to deliver a 5.1.4–channel setup and three-dimensional surround sound. Then, the HW-N950 model released in 2018 delivered 7.1.4–channel sound by adding a surround channel to the side of the soundbar. Today, the HW-Q950T model delivers a 9.1.4–channel system by adding a wide surround channel that delivers sound from the front and sides of the viewer for a 360-degree audio experience.

Improving Sound Through Calibration
In typical home viewing setups, depending on the size of the room, sounds often reflect off walls, ceilings and floors, which can cause the audio to sound different than intended. In order to reduce such disparities, Samsung has developed the SpaceFit Sound feature, which harmonizes audio levels and contributes to sounds being delivered as they were originally developed in production.

Recognizing the size and reverberation characteristics of the room, select Samsung soundbars utilize the built-in microphone and DSP in QLED TVs to deliver optimal sound. This collaboration feature is available in soundbar models HW-Q700A and above and QLED TV models Q70A and above from this year.

What’s more, the Samsung soundbar models above the HW-Q900A also include the Auto EQ feature, which analyzes surrounding spaces with a built-in microphone mounted on the subwoofer instead of using the TV microphone. This offers optimized sound by calibrating excessively amplified low frequencies and sounds that are offset by other audio. This feature doesn’t require use of an active TV microphone, is available across all TV models and is an ideal fit for both older and newer televisions.

S Series Soundbars Add Central Speaker for Room-filling Sound
The new S Series Soundbar includes a central speaker and now boasts five channels compared to the four-channel systems in existing models.

This series, which is popular with consumers for its minimalist design and smooth finishes, is the perfect addition to any living room. When groups of viewers watch TV without a central speaker, those sitting near the edges of the room can often only hear the sounds closest to them. Now, with the addition of the central speaker, consumers can enjoy room-filling, immersive audio that replicates a cinema-style environment.

Going forward, Samsung Electronics is also planning to incorporate its Q-Symphony technology in an increasing number of its products. This technology provides realistic 3D sound to allow consumers to enjoy even more immersive audio across a broad range of content.
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