Sunday, October 26, 2014

First Day of Sepang International Circuit’s Mega MotoGP Carnival draws large crowds

25 October 2014, SEPANG The popular Mega MotoGP Carnival, held here from 24 to 26 October 2014 in conjunction with this year’s Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix 2014, drew a large crowd of local and international motorsports fans and family members of all ages in its opening day yesterday.

“The Mega MotoGP Carnival has grown from strength to strength, from more than 60 booths in 2012 to more than 70 in 2013 and this year, the number of booths has further increased, registering more than 80. This year, this two-wheel auto fiesta is seeing 65 vendors from a variety of categories serving up real treats for motorcycling fans with great discounts and promotions up to 70%, some of which are offered exclusively at the Mega MotoGP Carnival,” said Dato’ RazlanRazali, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit (SIC). 

With free entry, motorsports fans had the opportunity to experience everything related to two-wheel motorsports. Fans had the opportunity to meet up with popular MotoGP riders like NiklasAjo, KarelHanika, Danny Kent, HafiqAzmiand many more. Undoubtedly, one of the main attractionsthat drew most of the crowd’s attentionduring the carnival was the Public Pit Lane Walk where motorsports fans grabbed the chance of a lifetime to see their favouriteMotoGP riders.They braved the rain and heat just to catch a glimpse of their  heroes. 

Singaporean fan Kenneth Cheok who came with a group of 5, was a repeat visitor to the MotoGP, while some of his friends were experiencing the race for the first time. While queuing patiently for the pit walk, he said he is a follower of MotoGP, and is glad that Malaysia is hosting one of theraces as he has not yet been able to go to a race in any other part of the world due to the distance and cost.

Hairul Annuar from Johor managed to persuade his wife and daughter - both first timers, to attend the MotoGP Carnival, due to the many things that they couldexperience, such as the pit walk, face painting, shopping and more. On his part, this is Hairul's 4th visit to the Sepang Circuit to witness the race, and he has not failed to check out the carnival each year. 

Meanwhile, visitors did not forget to take advantage of the exciting promotions from vendors, some of which are only available during the Mega MotoGP Carnival. It was a fun day out for all ages, with activities including a live band, fun games and quizzes, face painting and photo booths.

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has also launched 2015tickets for its three international racing events - the Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix 2015 (27 to 29 March 2015), the eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2015 (31 July to 2 August 2015) and the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 (23 to 25 October 2015). They are offering Super Early Bird advance ticket sales for these three major races at discounts as high as 60%. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Super Early Bird prices during the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2014 weekend from 24 to 26 October 2014.  

Major brands and companies participating in the The Mega MotoGP Carnival 2014 include Shell, Dorna, Repsol, Petronas, Eneos, Motul, BenelliKeeway, Kawasaki Ducati, Naza, Boon Siew Honda, BMW Motorrad, KTM CBU, Chear Motor, Hong Leong Yamaha, Suzuki, Modenas, Red Bull and Tourism Malaysia.

For more information on the Mega MotoGP Carnival 2014, please visit www.sepang or follow the action at

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia - Deepavali 2014 @ Bandar Hilir Melaka ( 1 November 2014 )

-MOTAC facebook.

DRIVE M7 presents new carbonated energy drink in Sepang

Malaysian multinational energy drinks company DRIVE M7 is experiencing one of its most important weeks of the year. DRIVE M7 is a true patron of motorsport, but even more so this year with the move to sponsor its own MotoGP team. Coinciding with the Malaysian MotoGP round and taking advantage of the presence of its two riders, Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama, it has launched a new product: The carbonated version of DRIVE M7.

The presentation took place today, at 3:30pm, in the commercial area (Welcome Center Foyer) of the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The owners and Directors of DRIVE M7, riders Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama and Team Manager Jorge Martínez 'Aspar' unveiled the new DRIVE M7 drink. It is a lightly carbonated energy drink, with chlorophyll to give an all-new flavour and colour and also a more healthy character. All fans attending the presentation were able to try the new product.

Synergistic Public-Private Partnership Strategy Key To MyFest 2015 Success

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 October 2014 - Following the momentum of Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, has designated next year as Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015, or MyFest 2015.  

Theme: Endless celebrations
MyFest 2015 heralds the country's biggest ever fiesta of celebrations, events and happenings all year long; encompassing all genre including culture, shopping, festivals, destination marketing, food and other themed events.

MyFest 2015 branding
MyFest 2015's logo was launched in Kelantan on 18 September 2014 by YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

The logo personifies the elements of 1Malaysia with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 logo and festivals, to depict an amalgamation of colours, flavours, sounds and sights of Asia, all in 1Malaysia, the result of its multi-racial heritage. This new branding showcases Malaysian warmth and hospitality; echoing the "We are the host" philosophy. The iconic Rebana Ubi drum in the logo, represents the common use of drums during festivals by the various races in Malaysia.

New events, new attractions, new insights
Working together with industry players and stakeholders, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia has identified key events, attractions, focus products and marketing strategies.

Destination marketing strategies include Putrajaya's upcoming year-long Skyride Festival which is a hot air balloon theme park and Marina Putrajaya's musical fountain. New events include Asian Symphonies, International Festival of Shadow Plays, Truly Asian Street Food Festival, Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens Festival, BBKLCC World Fiesta MYOF 2015 and the 1st Craft International Festival. Other strategies include participation in the World Travel Mart London in November 2014, MyFest travel packages and the Countdown to MyFest 2015 and the Grand Launch event.

A national mission
MyFest 2015 is a key driver and national mission to achieve the National Key Economic Areas goal of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in tourist receipts by 2020. The target set for MyFest 2015 is 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts.

The success of this tourism campaign banks upon an integrated public-private partnership strategy that nurtures stakeholder engagement, support and participation. The symbiosis empowers market competitive strengths while enabling industry players to generate jobs and revenue. Opportunities can be found in domestic industries such as hospitality services, food and beverage industries, transportation services, handicrafts and tourism support services.

The YB Minister has urged, "It is my sincere hope that industry players and stakeholders can all work together with the ministry to make MyFest 2015 a success. This is part of the government's National Blue Ocean Strategy to create value innovation through public-private partnership collaboration".

Moving forward
Budget 2015's RM316 million allocation for various tourism promotion programmes has set a positive outlook for the industry. Malaysia's strong positioning as the 10th Most Visited Country in the world in 2012, 2nd Most Visited Country in Asia Pacific and listing by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 destinations to visit in 2014 are all factors that add value to MyFest 2015.

To promote MyFest 2015 and create strong engagement with industry players and stakeholders, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia is organising a series of nationwide meeting sessions from October 2014 to January 2015. The events will disseminate the vision, targets and branding guidelines of MyFest 2015 for effective implementation; while providing the opportunity to meet up to share ideas and garner feedback.

With so many strategies, partnerships and incentives in place, it is envisaged that government agencies, the private sector, non-government agencies and industry players are in for a great start to MyFest 2015.

For more information, please visit or today.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SIC Racing Team Compete In 2015 MotoGP World Championship For The First Time

photo: Sepang Circuit facebook
SEPANG, Oct 23 (Bernama) -- Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for the first time will be competing in the MotoGP world championship next year with a team named as SIC Racing Team, said SIC's Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Razlan Razali.

Razlan said SIC decided to sign up Zulfahmi Khairuddin to become the first rider for the team in the Moto3 category. Zulfahmi, 23, most recently from the Ongetta-Air Asia team, will be competing on a 2015 KTM Moto3 250 GPR motorcycle. The bike is fitted with the KTM 250cc engine.

"This registration by SIC brings our commitment to growing the two-wheel racing ecosystem in Malaysia to the next level, a step up from our initiatives in the last five years, since 2010.

"This move marks the next phase for our investment into developing motorsports in the nation. We can now test extensively at the circuit in November this year and February, March next year ahead of the 2015 season's opening race in Qatar," he told to reporters here Thursday.

Razlan said the testing phase was the ideal time to build a strong supporting team of skilled talents including race engineers, mechanics and crew which would SIC added advantages of an experienced team that worked seamlessly as a single entity for better performances during the season.

"The entries also pave the way for our own brand rider development, team management, long term talent development, sponsorship and brand assets management. "Currently, we are starting by creating value opportunities for other Malaysian companies to associate with our team," he said.

Razlan said Zulfahmi is still relevant to Malaysian motorsports and MotoGP, particularly having held on to his record as the fastest Southeast Asian Rider in the Moto3 category.

"We believe in the importance of starting a new competitive season in our first year with a target of breaking into the top 10 (next year), if not the top five," he said. However, Razlan urged Zulfahmi to strive for greater success with the new team, next season.


Malaysia welcomes 2015 with new tourism campaign

With the end of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 in sight, Malaysia has prepared a new tourism campaign, Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 (MyFest 2015).

“Themed Endless Celebrations, the year-long calendar offers more than 200 events related to cultural festivals, arts and music showcases, food promotions, shopping, and sports,” said Azizan Noordin, deputy director general (promotion) of Tourism Malaysia.

Events will include the KL Light Festival in January, Mah-Meri Festival and Formula One Festival, both in March, the Penang World Music Festival in April, Magic of the Night in May, the Rainforest World Music Festival in August, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October, and Malaysia Year End Sale in November and December.

MyFest 2015 will be promoted by Tourism Malaysia to travel consultants overseas with the World Travel Market in London next month and to consumers through advertisements on London’s buses and taxis.

The campaign is expected to help Malaysia secure the targeted 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion (US$27.3 billion) in tourist receipts for 2015.

These figures are one milestone in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan, which aims to achieve 36 million tourist arrivals with RM168 billion tourist receipts by 2020.
-TTG Asia.

Malaysia’s JAN-JULY 2014 Tourist Arrivals Grow 9.7%

PUTRAJAYA, 23 October 2014: With aggressive promotional efforts by Tourism Malaysia and commitment from industry players, tourist arrivals to Malaysia continue to grow despite a challenging year and we are a step closer to achieving the 28 million tourist arrivals target in line with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.  

From January to July 2014, Malaysia welcomed a total of 16.1 million (16,104,966) tourists, registering a hike of 9.7% compared to 14.7 million (14,682,124) tourists for the same period last year.

The top 10 tourist generating markets to Malaysia from January to July 2014 were Singapore (8,236,079), Indonesia (1,583,786), China (997,370), Brunei (699,763), Thailand (773,160), India (445,431), Australia (347,355), the Philippines (362,139), Japan (308,418) and Taiwan (168,962).

The month of July alone registered a total of 2,229,920 tourist arrivals, with the ASEAN region contributing a 74.0% share (1.7 million). Among ASEAN countries, Vietnam registered the highest growth of 40.0%, followed by Indonesia (+23.3%), Brunei (+10.0%), Cambodia (+10.0%) the Philippines (+8.5%) and Thailand (+3.6%).

Besides the school holiday in Vietnam and Indonesia in July, low fares promotion from the Philippines to Malaysia offered by Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia Zest, and AirAsia Indonesia also contributed to the upsurge of arrivals from these Asean countries.

The increase in arrivals from the Philippines were also contributed by the ‘Luv U Malaysia’ and ‘Juan For Fun Backpackers Challenge’ programme beamed on TV stations in the Philippines, which provided  great publicity to Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

The interest among Bruneian tourists to visit Malaysia was stimulated following the joint promotional efforts between Tourism Malaysia Brunei and local tourism agencies, as well as shopping complexes in Malaysia, especially during grand events like the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. 

The medium-haul markets contributed 19.0% or 422,934 tourists to Malaysia’s total arrivals in July. Tourists from the Middle Eastern countries showed tremendous increase in July due to the arrival of summer (10 June to 30 August 2014) in their homeland and most of the local travel agencies took the opportunity to sell tour packages with attractive prices. During this period, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq registered an increase of 379.2%, 77.4% and 69.0% respectively.

Countries that registered double-digit growth in July were Japan (+28.1%), New Zealand (+23.0%), Australia (+17.6%), India (+16.2%) and South Korea (+12.8%).

A hike in July arrivals from South Korea was due to the additional Asiana Airlines flights from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu, as well as new AirAsia flights from Incheon to Kuala Lumpur. The promotion of edutourism like “Manaberu (Learning) Travel Malaysia” in Japan aslo attracted many families to send their children to join these learning tour packages.

A total of 155,984 tourists or 7.0% of Malaysia’s total arrivals were contributed by the long-haul markets during the month of July. The markets that posted double-digit growth were Spain (+47.8%), France (+45.8%), the Netherlands (45.2%), Italy (28.7%), Sweden (+27.0%), Germany (22.7%), the United Kingdom (+19.7%), Russia (+16.3%), and the United States (+11.5%).

The rise of tourist arrivals from most of the European countries and the United States was mainly due to the beginning of summer holidays in these countries. Wide publicity through social media also brought positive impacts on long-haul markets. Facebook and Twitter have been used to distribute information in relation to Tourism Malaysia’s programmes, interesting destinations and tourist hotspots.

Note: Data on tourist arrivals is supplied by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Airport meetings gain hold at KLIA and klia2

Plaza Premium Lounge is seeing its meeting spaces at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) lounge and the recently opened klia2 terminal increasingly used for quick meetings by the airline industry and corporate clients.

Kellyn Ching, sales and marketing manager at Plaza Premium Lounge, which provides lounge, meeting, and rest and relaxation facilities at airports around the world, said the meeting facilities are popular with local and foreign airlines looking for a quiet space to conduct interviews for staff recruitment.

Corporate companies who want to hold short face-to-face meetings with overseas delegates also use the spaces. “It is a convenient location for overseas delegates to fly in, have their meeting, and then return to their home country,” said Ching.

Both KLIA and klia2 have a Plaza Premium Lounge meeting room that fits up to 20 people each. Free Wi-Fi is provided, while other equipment such as a business projector and high-definition TV are available upon request though subject to additional charges. Delegates can also enjoy the buffet spread available or request a special menu, as catering options are provided by the in-house F&B team.

Plaza Premium Lounge also offers Meet and Greet services that are popular with MICE and event organisers, and corporate clients from the banking, airline and multi-level marketing industries.

Ching said: “We provide personalised escort services for clients from touchdown right up to the awaiting transport service provider. For departures, our services start from the drop-off point at the airport until the boarding gate.”

For those on transit or with long flight delays, there are rest and recreation facilities available at Plaza Premium Lounge. Plaza Premium Lounge recently introduced the Wellness Spa and Salon last month (in September) at both KLIA and klia2, offering services including massages and foot reflexology treatments, hair, manicure and pedicure services. 

At the new lounge located at Gateway@klia2, individual napping areas were opened and there are 24 bedrooms with attached shower facilities, which customers can rent for as short as three hours.
-TTG Asia.

MotoGP Demo Run - Photo Album

Press Conference

All Riders
Dato Ahmad Kemin - CEO of Mutiara Motors with Dato Razlan - CEO of SIC
Jorge Martinez - Principal of Aspar Team with guests
Nicky Hayden on #69
Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Ongetta-AirAsia
Azlan Shah of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
Hafiq Azmi of SIC-AJO
Hafiza Rofa - a wildcard rider

Nicky Hayden #69 machine
Drive M7 Fan Club members
Interview by Malaysia TV stations
Photo session with Malaysian fans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hayden is hoping to get back on top

Nicky Hayden (centre) alongside Malaysian riders who will feature in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend: (L-R) Hafiza Rofa, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Amirul Hafiq Azmi during a demo run at Dataran Putrajaya. - ART CHEN/The Star.

SEPANG: A rejuvenated Nicky Hayden is upbeat about his chances of putting up a good show for the Malaysian-backed Drive M7 Aspar Team in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend.
The former MotoGP world champion from the United States took a risk by having his right wrist operated on half-way through the season in July to get his career back on track.
The 33-year-old missed his home race in Indianapolis and in the Czech Republic after that but showed signs of returning to form with a top-10 finish at the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island last week. His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama of Japan was eighth in Phillip Island and Hayden hopes they can both score good results in front of the local support.
“Sepang has a lot of different corners, so you need a good set-up to be able to ride fast and safe. But it’s a great track and an interesting challenge for us,” said Hayden, who won the world title in 2006.
“We consider the Malaysian Grand Prix out home race for our main sponsor, so I am sure we will have a lot of support. “Hopefully, we can pay them back with a strong weekend.”
Hayden also feels that the weather could be a determining factor on the outcome of the race. “The weather plays a big part. It is unpredictable and it tends to pour towards the afternoon.
”But I like this track,” said Hayden, who has notched six fourth-placed finishes – including a top-four result in wet conditions when he was riding for Ducati in the Malaysian GP in 2012. He, however, did not finish the race last year due to engine troubles.
Hayden, who is currently 15th in the championship standings with 44 points, explained the decision to opt for surgery was to get back to his best. “Surgery is not usually a positive thing because you lose a lot of time. Sometimes it is difficult, but we know that injuries are part of our sport and we must learn to manage them. Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially in recent races,” he said.
“I’ve been riding with a lot of discomfort and been unable to perform at my best. We made the decision to undergo a larger operation to treat an injury that I first suffered three years ago –when I broke my scaphoid and did not heal well.”
-thestar online.

MyFEST 2015 Targets 29.4 Million Visitors

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia Year of Festival (MyFEST) 2015 targets the arrival of 29.4 million tourists with revenue of RM89 billion expected.

Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general Rashidi Hasbullah said the target was achievable if the tourism and culture industry players cooperated with the government for the success of the MyFEST 2015 campaign. He said the ministry had outlined several specific national missions in efforts to make the campaign a success.

"The missions include displaying the MyFEST 2015 logo in events and programmes, holding marketing and promotional drives, innovative offerings from the hoteliers, enhancing quality and services, maintaining cleanliness of tourism destinations, and upgrading and developing innovative tourism products."

Rashidi said this at the MyFEST 2015 briefing session with tourism industry players, here, Tuesday. He said so far, more than 50 main events had been planned, out of the total of almost 200 events nationwide for 2015.

The festival, themed 'Endless Celebrations', showcases the unique facets of Malaysia including its ethnicity, culture, heritage, beauty of its cities and gastronomic delights.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DRIVE M7 Aspar Team excited ahead of hectic home round for main sponsors

Spanish team and its riders Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama looking forward to home round for Malaysian energy drink manufacturer DRIVE M7

It may not be the longest track on the MotoGP calendar since the return of Silverstone but its 5.543km of tarmac certainly presents one of the most difficult challenges for the teams and riders. The Sepang International Circuit this weekend plays host to the seventeenth and penultimate round of the 2014 season and with the title already wrapped up in favour of Honda's Marc Marquez the chase is on for second place between Yamaha team-mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. After two straight wins for the Spaniard it was the Italian who triumphed last time out in Australia and there are just eight points between them with 50 still up for grabs. 

Excitement has been building for this race in the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team garage for some weeks now, as the Spanish outfit prepare to represent main sponsor DRIVE M7 in their home round. The riders could hardly be in better shape coming into this race having both scored top ten finishes at Phillip Island a few days ago, with Hiroshi Aoyama confirming his form as one of the most consistent performers in MotoGP at the moment and Nicky Hayden reaching something like peak fitness after his long recovery from wrist surgery. The target for both riders is to score strong results again on Sunday in front of the local support.
Nicky Hayden: “Sepang is an awesome circuit – long, wide and with some really interesting sections. I like it a lot but the weather always plays a big part and it can vary dramatically from one session to another. That makes it hard to find the limit of the grip, plus Sepang has a lot of different kinds of corners so you need a good set-up to be able to ride fast and safe. But it's a great track and an interesting challenge for us. The Malaysian Grand Prix is also the home race for our main sponsor so I am sure we will have a lot of support there and hopefully we can pay them back with a strong weekend.” 
Hiroshi Aoyama: “It was be a special Grand Prix for us this weekend at Sepang because our main sponsor is Malaysian so it will be like a home race. The first two races of the flyaways have been very productive for us so we go to Malaysia in good spirits and with high hopes for the race. Sepang is a very demanding circuit, both for its characteristics and for the suffocating conditions we usually get there, but it is also my favourite track so I am looking forward to riding this weekend. We have been doing a great job in this last part of the season and we have reached a very high level of performance now so I am sure we can continue this with another strong showing on Sunday. We finished eighth in Australia and I would love to do even better in Malaysia.”

Asian Tour Cast for CIMB Classic Revealed

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (20 October 2014) - Asian Tour hotshots David Lipsky of the United States and India’s Anirban Lahiri will spearhead a strong line-up of Asian Tour stars at the US$7 million CIMB Classic from October 30 to November 2, 2014.

Lipsky and Lahiri, who currently occupy the top-two spots on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be amongst the leading 10 players from the region’s premier Tour who will go head-to-head with the PGA TOUR stars at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC). 

Korean-American Lipsky, the current Merit leader, won his second Asian Tour title in Switzerland in September and he is now setting his sights on the prestigious CIMB Classic trophy, which was won by Ryan Moore of the United States last year. 

A victory at the CIMB Classic, which comes with a handsome winner’s purse of US$1.26 million, will put the 26-year-old in prime position to be crowned as the newest Asian Tour number one. 

“I think anyone in my position will look forward to the CIMB Classic. If I do win the CIMB Classic, it will be impossible for anyone to catch me on the Order of Merit,” smiled Lipsky, who finished tied 44th in his CIMB Classic debut in 2012. 

“It is a good week to compete against some of the best players in the world. Two years ago I didn’t play as well as I wanted to but I’m pretty comfortable playing at the KLGCC. Every year you are trying to be better and I’ve been trying to improve and build my game,” he said. 

For Lahiri, the CIMB Classic will be an opportunity to give Lipsky a run for his money on the Order of Merit. He is also aiming for a CIMB double after winning his fourth Asian Tour title at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April courtesy of an eagle on the 72nd hole. 

“The CIMB Classic is obviously one event which is very important because the money counts towards the Order of Merit. It was nice to finish top-10 at KLGCC earlier this year. Obviously that will help with my confidence. I’m going to feel a bit more comfortable there,” said Lahiri. 

A string of solid performances by the 27-year-old Lahiri has put him in good stead to challenge for the CIMB Classic title and fulfil his ambitions of playing on the PGA TOUR. 

“The CIMB Classic is a great opportunity and a door which you must try to push open if you want to play on the PGA TOUR. I think I’m playing well enough to threaten and challenge for the title. I have to focus and keep playing well,” said Lahiri. 

The other Asian Tour qualifiers, based on the leading available 10 players from the Order of Merit, include Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna, Jason Knutzon of the United States, Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and Englishman Steve Lewton. 

Filipino Angelo Que earned a prized spot in the fifth edition of the CIMB Classic after finishing second in the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. Two-time Asian Tour winner Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, exciting Korean talent Baek Seuk-hyun and Cameron Smith of Australia will also feature in the elite field. 

Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, surprised even himself after securing a spot in the CIMB Classic. He was in 40th position on the Merit rankings but made a huge leap to sixth place courtesy of his runner-up result last week. 

“I wasn’t even thinking about getting into the CIMB Classic because I was so low on the Order of Merit. Then suddenly I’m in the CIMB Classic and that’s great. Now I get to keep my Asian Tour card and play in this great event,” said Que. 

The bubbly 43-year-old Lascuna was delighted to be part of the exciting line-up in the CIMB Classic. He has enjoyed a superb season so far where he has three runner-up results and missed only one cut in 10 appearances on the Asian Tour. 

“I’m very happy because it was my goal to try and qualify for the CIMB Classic. I’ve played in two World Cups of Golf before and now I’m playing in another big event. I’m excited and I hope that I can do well,” said ever-smiling Lascuna. 

This year, CIMB Classic will again feature a top-class field which includes Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia and current FedExCup champion Billy Horschel. 

MotoGP Demo Run @ Putra Square, Putrajaya, Malaysia ( 22 October 2014 )

-Aspar Team facebook.

Follow The TTA During Deepavali & Awal Muharram Holidays

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) expects traffic on the North-South Expressway (NSE) to increase due to the Deepavali and Awal Muharram holiday. As such, those planning to use the NSE during the upcoming holiday and weekend are advised to follow the PLUS Travel Time Advisory (TTA) schedule for a smoother journey.
The TTA, which was issued during the previous festive seasons and peak days has helped to facilitate smoother traffic flow on the highways. As such, those planning to travel on the NSE starting today until 26 October are advised to follow the TTA.
TTA is a staggered travelling schedule for various destinations along the North-South Expressway. It is part of PLUS’ strategies to distribute the traffic and reduce traffic congestion on the mainline, rest areas and toll plazas.
PLUS also advises the public to contact the toll free PLUSLine 1800 88 0000, follow the PLUSTrafik Twitter service or downloaded PLUS Mobile Application through their smartphones or tablets for the latest traffic updates on the highways.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top-tier PGA TOUR line-up for CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 19, 2014) - CIMB Group announced today the confirmed list of PGA TOUR players who will tee off at this year’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from 30 October – 2 November.

The list includes 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, 20-time PGA TOUR winner Davis Love III, as well as six other Major winners. Along with Dufner and Love, other Major winners in the field are Mike Weir (2003 Masters), Stewart Cink (2009 Open Championship), and South Africans Retief Goosen (2004 & 2009 US Opens), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Louis Oosthuizen (2010 Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters).

Also included in the field are up and coming players who have recently broken through the global scene – newly named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Chesson Hadley from USA and Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz from Mexico. They join a previously announced cast of international stars including reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel, World No. 3 Sergio Garcia, US Ryder Cup team top scorer Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa from Japan, Chinese teenage phenom Guan Tianlang, as well as Lee Westood from England.

In total, the field includes 42 players who have won a total of 142 PGA TOUR events including nine Major championships and five PLAYERS Championships. In addition, 23 players have won 148 other events worldwide.

“Five years on, the CIMB Classic has matured into a staple event in the global golf calendar. We're happy with the tournament’s sustainable appeal and the depth and diversity of this year’s field,” said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of CIMB Group.

“This is wonderful news for Malaysia and speaks volumes about the country's ability to stage world class sporting events. We now look forward to a great tournament at the end of the month,” added Effendy.

Well-known for winning the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill and his light hearted off-course demeanor, Jason Dufner qualified for the 2013-14 FedExCup Playoffs, but a neck injury caused him to miss the end of the season. Sidelined for most of the year, Dufner still managed four top-10 finishes and is currently ranked No. 31 in the world. This will be Dufner’s third CIMB Classic, he finished T10 and T16 in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Since his rookie year in 2007, Brandt Snedeker has posted at least five top-10s a season on the PGA TOUR before 2013-14. Snedeker has 6 PGA TOUR victories including the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca Cola which earned him the FedExCup that year. This will mark Snedeker’s second time competing in the CIMB Classic, the Tennessee native finished T13 in 2011.

20-time PGA TOUR winner Davis Love III will be making his CIMB Classic debut and teeing off in Malaysia for the first time. With an illustrious career spanning almost three decades, Love has played six Ryder Cups, six Presidents Cups and spent 457 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Love has won THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass twice, along with one Major title via the 1997 PGA Championship.

The CIMB Classic, which is also co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia is part of the season-long PGA TOUR FedExCup competition. The top-10 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit as at 20 October 2014 will qualify for the tournament, along with the highest world-ranked Malaysian.

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix @ Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia ( 24~26 October 2014 )

The 2014 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix will be the 24th consecutive year motorcycle racing’s premier class competes in Malaysia. It will be held from 24-26 October 2014.

Malaysia and motorcycle racing have a long connection. As far back as the 1960’s we were already hosting events with world-class machinery and riders.
Throughout the years, there have been numerous winners in Malaysia across the various classes of bikes (Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP) but they have all shared a common trait, being among the best riders in their classes. The list is studded with multiple world champions and some of them have completed a triple crown of wins in all categories.
With bigger impact this year, Malaysia will be having five (5) national riders competing in MotoGP. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia Racing Team), Amirul Hafiq Azmi (SIC-Ajo Racing Team) and Hafiza Rofa (Wildcard Rider) are rivals for Moto3 category while Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) are contenders in Moto2 category.
Don’t miss out to watch the battle of champions racing their way to Sepang this 24~26 October.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Japanese Runner Wins 28th International Mount Kinabalu Climbathon
KUNDASANG, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Last year's first runner-up in the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon - Summit Race of the men's category, Dai Matsumoto of Japan emerged victorious in this year's 28th edition of the race.

The 31-year-old professional runner clocked 4'11:25 seconds to beat last year's champion Daved Simpat, 32, from Malaysia who had to settle in second place after finishing the race in 4'19:53s seconds. Matsumoto said he used Daved's winning time of 4'12:29s last year as his bench mark and motivation to prepare for this year's Climbathon.

"I tested myself to run faster than Daved's finish time last year. I trained at Mount Fuji but the trail here is the toughest compared to other tracks in the world," he said when met by reporters after reaching the finish line here today.

He also clocked 2'17:29s to reach the summit behind Nepal's Hom Lal Shrestha (2'14:06s), but ahead of Daved (2'18:50s)

Meanwhile, Daved said he did not train enough for this year's race due to exhaustion after clinching gold in the Suunto Lantau 2 Peaks 21km race in Hong Kong on Oct 5. "I only trained twice after the race in Hong Kong. Although I'm a bit disappointed with my finish time, I'm still happy that I finished among the top," said the Mount Kinabalu porter.

First time participant Shrestha, 33, who finished the race third exactly three minutes behind Daved, dubbed the trail "dangerous", but was happy with his achievement. The Nepalese army personnel who took part in the Climbathon at his own expense said he hoped to take part in the competition next year.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Ruth Charlotte Croft, 25, clinched her second win in the women's category and improved her time of 5'24:28s set last year by clocking 5:01.39s to win the race. Claire Louise Milsom Price, 45, from Great Britain finished second in 5'37:52s ahead of Malaysia's Danny @ Kuilin Gongot, 47, who finished the race in 6'00:20s.

The summit race, which covers 33km, was introduced last year when the summit course was revived due to popular demand by elite runners after the trail to the summit was scrapped in 2012.

The summit race also introduced a new trail that started from the Kinabalu Park to Low's Peak, the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095.2 metres, and descend 1,334.9 metres midway of the mountain at Layang-Layang Hut, passing Mesilau Nature Resort and ending at Kundasang town.

The champion bagged RM8,000 in cash, while first and second runner-up were awarded RM6,000 and RM4,000 respectively.