Monday, March 30, 2015

Malaysia Will Continue To Host F1 GP Until 2018 - Najib

photo: PelanconganKini
SEPANG, March 29 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will continue to host the World Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit until 2018 said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said Petronas would continue to be the main sponsor for the prestigious event but urged the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as the organiser to enhance promotional activities for the race to attract more fans.

"We need to develop Formula One here as an event that can receive better response from not only the international motorsport fans but also Malaysians in general.

"We have a few ideas, meaning the SIC has a few proposals. Just that they (SIC) need the support of the various government departments. To achieve the objective, we must move collectively," he said after presenting prizes to winners of the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, here Sunday.

The race was won by Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany.

Najib said ministries like the Tourism and Culture Ministry and various government departments and agencies must regard the F1 as an important event in their calendar.

While commenting whether an extra allocation would be provided for the race, Najib said the government would try to work it out and it would be more for event organising and promotion.

"We need to promote this event more aggressively," he said.

-bernama.

Vettel wins F1 Malaysian Grand Prix

German driver Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari their first win wince 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit. - S.S.KANESAN / The Star

SEPANG: Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari back on the winning trail after delivering a surprise triumph at the Petronas Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.
It was a brilliant strategy by the four-time world champion. He opted to stay on the track when the safety car emerged on lap four. Both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – pitted. It proved to be the wrong call for Mercedes as neither Hamilton nor Rosberg had the pace to catch and pass Vettel in the final stint.
The German clocked 1’41:05.793 over the 310.408km race to give Ferrari their first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton was 8.569 seconds adrift in second place while Rosberg finished third in 1’41:18.103.
With four wins in Sepang, Vettel is now the most successful driver in Malaysian GP history. He and compatriot Michael Schumacher and Spain’s Fernando Alonso, who retired half-way through the race in his McLaren car, were on three wins each.
Hamilton, however, retained the world championship lead on 43 points. Vettel is three points adrift in second while Rosberg is third with 33 points.
A jubilant Vettel, who pumped his fists in joy as he crossed the finish line, was left speechless for a brief moment as the impact of his 40th victory sank in.
“It has been a while since I’ve been on the top step. My first time with Scuderia Ferrari, I’m speechless.
“Obviously it was a big change over the winter, it’s really a great atmosphere in the team.
“I’m very happy, very proud of today, we beat them fair and square. It is a special day – that is why I am emotional,” said the 27-year-old, who also spoke of his joy of watching boyhood hero Schumacher during his days at Ferrari.
Vettel left Red Bull to join Ferrari after a trying season last year.
“Last year was not a good year for me. It was a great car but I struggled to extract performance from it. This car suits me very well.
“It was a big change last year but the team welcomed me from the very first day. When the gate opened at Maranello, it was like a dream come true.
“The last time I was there I watched Schumacher over the fence and now I’m driving that red car,” said Vettel.
Hamilton was gracious in defeat and admitted Ferrari were too quick.
“Huge congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian. They had some very good pace today. I gave it everything I could.
“We knew coming into this weekend that Ferrari had made a step but didn’t know how big. They were too quick today,” said the reigning world champion.
The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 12.
-thestar online.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Health inspectors bring conference, health checks to Kuching




 
Kuching. photo: PelanconganKini
The Health Inspector Union of Sarawak Health Department (HIUS) is organising the International Environmental Health Conference in Kuching this October.

This inaugural conference, themed Threats To Health: Uncovering Issues, Challenges and Prevention for a Healthier Environment, Safer World, is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates, both local and international, said Sabri Sahari, president of HIUS.

The two-day conference starts on October 27 and will be held at Pullman Kuching. It will include plenary sessions and symposiums only for delegates, as well as exhibitions and CSR activities that will be open to the public.

Plenary and symposium sessions will include topics on environmental health management and enforcement, critical issues pertaining to global health, pollution, climate change, trans-boundary and non-communicable diseases, genetically modified food and organisms, world environmental problems as well as best practices in occupational safety and health, among others.

Meanwhile, exhibitions will be held at both Pullman Kuching Hotel and the adjoining Hills Shopping Mall. CSR activities will include free health checks and screenings.
-TTG Asia.

Hari Berkelah di Padang Ekuestrian, Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya ( 28-29 Mac 2015 )

-Perbadanan Putrajaya.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Traditional Arts Showcase 2015 @ Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Wilayah Persekutuan


DONDANG SAYANG

Dondang Sayang is a traditional Malay performing art that involves music and singing. It is well known in the state of Malacca. “Dondang”, or “Dendang”, means songs to entertain one’s heart, while “Sayang” means love. Therefore, “Dondang Sayang” is Love Songs. It is believed to be in existence earlier than the reign of the Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century. In its early stage, Dondang Sayang was performed without a fixed musical arrangement. It was only accompanied by musical instruments such as gendang and tambur. The coming of the Portuguese in the 16th century later introduced violin into Dondang Sayang.

DRAMATARI KLASIK INDIA
Idian traditional performing arts and classical dance have been in existence for a long time, and is regarded as one of the oldest of its kind in the world. It is performed as a dance with its own storyline, accompanied by singing and music. The dancers play different characters out of legends, myth and folktales from the ancient Sanskrit Natyashastra writings. Performances can take place in temples and serve as a Hindu religious ritual. Classical Indian dance can be found in various drama versions throughout India. The most well known ones are Kathakali and Mohiniattam from Kerala, Southern India; Bharata Natyam from Tamil Nadu, also in Southern India; Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Northern India; Manipuri from Manipur, East Coast of India; Odissi from Orissa and Khatak from Northern India and Pakistan. These seven dances are also well known in Malaysia.

TEATER TRADISIONAL MAKYONG
Makyong (or Mak Yong/Makyung) is a traditional Malay play-dance. It is a play and dance performance that consists of cultural rituals, acting, dancing, singing, musical, stories and textual speech. Makyong is predominantly performed in Terengganu, Pattani, Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis and Riau, Indonesia. Makyong is performed to entertain the crowd and also as a medicinal ritual. It is believed to be in existence since before the coming of Islam in the Malay world. Makyong was performed under the patronage of the Kelantan Sultanate until the 1920’s. As a result, the tradition is intact, even though the costumes worn by the actors have seen some changes due to the influence from the palace’s custom.

GHAZAL PARTI
Ghazal Party is a performing art that combines music, singing, dance and comedy. It has a heavy Middle Eastern influence, which is reflected in the melody of the songs and its Arabic and Malay lyrics. “Ghazal” is an Arabic word that means singing dedicated to women. In the figurative sense, it means love poems. The word party refers to the jubilant mood invoked during a ghazal performance.

MAIN PUTERI
Main Puteri is one of the authentic performing arts of Kelantan. It is also pronounced as Main Teghi in the Kelantanese dialect. Main Puteri is a traditional medicinal ritual that is very popular among the Malays in Kelantan and Pattani for a long, long time. Therefore, it is difficult to separate its function between performing art and medicinal ritual as the relations between both are very close. There are many versions on the origin of Main Puteri, however, due to the absence of authoritative records, various oral sources have been widely cited instead.

OPERA CINA
Chinese Opera is also known as Beijing Opera or Peking Opera. It is a traditional Chinese performing art that combines music, dancing, singing and acrobatic skills. It is believed to be in existence since the end of the 18th century and has spread widely in the middle of the 19th century. Chinese Opera is one of the valuable heritages of the Chinese. Its origin is closely linked to the traditions and customs of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). Chinese Opera has widely influenced the local cultures in China throughout the years.

KOLEKSI TARI KLASIK MALAYSIA
Malaysia is a country rich of unique heritage and traditions, cultures and customs passed down from previous generations. The Malay, Chinese and Indian made up the three major ethnic groups in Malaysia, with a few significant ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak. In general, the variety of Malaysian cultural traditions is apparent from its unique dances that include Joget Gamelan, Layang Mas, Asyik, Terinai, Tarinai, Tarian Kuda Kepang, Tarian Dabus, Tarian Ceracap Inai, Mengadap Rebab and Gerak Timpuh. These Malay dances are usualy associated with the royal palace, the spirit, ritual and mystical elements. The dances of other ethnic groups such as the Chinese and the Indian originate from their former homelands. Since then, the aesthetically valuable dances have become an indispensable part of the Malaysian culture. They are usually performed widely in the country, to the delights of the multi-cultural audiences.

Get your tickets from:
1. Online at www.AirAsiaRedtix.com
2. Rock Corner outlets:The Gardens, Mid Valley (TEL: 03 - 2201 4893)
KLCC (TEL: 03 - 2181 5560)
Subang Parade (TEL: 03 - 5613 1139)
The Curve (TEL: 03 - 7733 1139)
3. Victoria Music outlets:Sg Wang(TEL: 03 - 2148 7208)
Amcorp (TEL: 03 - 7956 0592)
Tropicana (TEL: 03 - 7722 2955)
BSC (TEL: 03 - 2093 1093)
4. Penang outlets:Artist Gallery, Gurney Plaza
Artist Gallery, Queensbay Mall
5. Istana Budaya Jalan Tun Razak03 40265520

-AirAsia RedTix.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

iLuminate: Artist of Light

Date: 3 April - 28 June 2015

Time: 8.30 pm (75 minutes)

Venue: Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting, Malaysia

You will never have this much fun in the dark again. Be dazzled by these dancers who are all dressed in black as they fuse music, dance and technology using synchronized light displays for various effects. Be prepared to be taken into a fantastic world of rhythmic Electroluminescent Wire and LED's in a live performance of a lifetime 

Find out more at http://iluminate.com/ 

Saturday Matinee Show, 4pm
11, 18, 25 April
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May
6, 13, 20, 27 June
-www.rwgenting.com

Positive end to final preseason test for the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team

21 March 2015
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez
Circuit Length: 4.4 km
 
Bike #63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin - Best time: 2’01.019 (WET)
Bike #84 Jakub Kornfeil - Best time: 1’59.870 (WET)
 
Today the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team concluded the third and final day of the official IRTA test in high spirits, pleased with their progress made and ready to race at Qatar.
 
With rain once again forecast for the day, riders Jakub Kornfeil and Zulfahmi Khairuddin utilised the conditions to further improve their wet set up.
 
Making a solid start, Kornfeil quickly set the pace in the first of the day’s sessions. Dicing for the top spot throughout the 1 hour 10 minute practice, the Czech rider looked in good form on his 2015 Factory KTM Moto3 machine. As the chequered flag closed in, a confident Kornfeil launched himself back to the top of the leader board, where he remained until the end of the session as the only rider to break into the 1m59s lap times. As the second session came to a close the 21 year old again took the lead, concluding his testing in Jerez.
 
Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin completed the final day with renewed confidence, having made significant progress with his wet set up. Feeling more comfortable on his #63 bike, the determined Malaysian picked up the pace, finishing the first practice in P9. As the Moto3 field took to the track for the second session of the day, Khairuddin continued to show his strength, temporarily topping the timesheets and concluding his testing at the Spanish Circuit in P3.  
 
Feeling happy with their preparations for the season ahead, the team now head to Qatar where they will make their debut into the Moto3 World Championship, under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit.

 

#84 Jakub Kornfeil 
“Today we continued to work on our wet set up and improving the electronics. Sometimes the results were positive and sometimes negative, so we still have some work to do, but overall I have to be very happy; I finished the first practice first and the second practice also first. This is the best way to end the test for me and I’m so happy for this because it’s also very good for me mentally to finish so high. When I wanted to try and push today I could, which we could also see from the lap times, so this is very good. I’m feeling positive and I know that when we improve the electronics more, we will be fully prepared for the race at Qatar. It’s been a difficult three day test here at Jerez because of the weather conditions, so we could not test everything that we would have liked, but we have still achieved a lot and I must thank my team for their hard work.”

 


#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
“I felt really good with the bike today. We’ve been working on a lot of things in the wet conditions and from the start I felt more comfortable with the set up. It was again difficult with the varying track conditions but still we made progress and I am very happy about this. The changes we made worked very well and my team did a great job. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike now, so I’m ready to go racing in Qatar.”  
 
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“We have finished the final three day test here in Jerez. The weather has not been good but we have managed to work through a few of the things we wanted to try. We have done also some good work together with KTM, who have been very helpful to us here. We have also learned from them a couple of things in regards to electronics, so this is good. With these conditions it’s been very difficult to find any kind of setting for the dry; we have just had to work in the wet and make the most of the sessions to try and provide the best bike that we could for the riders and to help them to be comfortable on track.
Today we did two full sessions in the wet and we saw straight away that Jakub was really fast, he was first in both sessions which is very positive. Fahmi also improved the bike a lot and especially towards the end of the second session. In the full wet he was feeling more and more confident and was not that far off Jakub. We are leaving from here with maybe not perfect information, but we feel confident for Qatar because we tested already seven days in Sepang and now from here we have had wet sessions where we learned a lot more about the bike. I’m happy with the test here and I believe we are ready for Qatar in a weeks’ time.”

-www.sepangcircuit.com

The PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015 featuring The Jacksons

Synopsis 

Blast from the past as Malaysia welcomes the return of The Jacksons! The 70’s family group, who consist of Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Tito Jackson will be joining us here at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on the 26th of March 2015.
The Jacksons will be joining us in creating a more spectacular Formula 1 week experience. They will be performing their hit singles ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’,  ‘I’ll be There’, ‘Dancing Machine’ and many more alongside their full band all the way from the United States.
Live@Work proudly brings the Jacksons to you
Price Details
-www.ticketpro.com.my

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Kuala Rompin Pahang Billfish Packages

-Tourism Malaysia Pahang office.

M’sia now Asia’s cheapest shopping destination

1Malaysia GP Sale campaign by Tourism Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is now Asia’s cheapest shopping destination due to the weaker ringgit to the dollar, according to Nomura Research.
Nomura Asean property analyst Sai Min Chow said he expected the weak ringgit and relatively attractive pricing of goods and services in Malaysia to attract more visitors, especially for shopping in the next 12 months.
Sai, who authored the report, said prices in Kuala Lumpur were between 10% and 20% cheaper compared to other Asian cities.
He said they had surveyed 10 items ranging from accommodation to entertainment in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.
“Even if we were to take into account the impending Goods and Services Tax in Malaysia, prices still look relatively cheap. The outlook for Malaysia’s retail market therefore remains positive,” he said.
Malaysia Shopping Malls Association adviser H.C. Chan said Nomura’s findings did not come as a surprise.
He pointed out that Malaysia had been ranked fourth as a shopping destination by CNN for two consecutive years behind New York, London and Tokyo.
“The weaker ringgit only makes Malaysia more cost competitive,” he said.
He said the ringgit, currently trading at about 3.7 to the dollar, has lost about 20% of its value.
“For tourists that amounts to an additional 20% discount for goods,” he said.
Chan, who is also the CEO of Sunway Shopping Malls, said besides shopping, Malaysia offered affordable accommodation, food and travel.
-thestar online.

Zaqhwan Remains Positive After Heavy Rain Interupted Testing

image: JPMoto Racing Team facebook
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's Moto2 rookie, Zaqhwan Zaidi's preparation for his debut season was interrupted by heavy rain at Jerez Circuit in Spain, on Wednesday.

JPMoto said in a statement that the challenging weather had limited Zaqhwan's track time and did not allow him to push the Suter machine to the limit.

Despite the setback, Zaqhwan and his JPMoto team remained positive, using whatever possible sessions to the fullest in getting the rider and his bike ready for the season opener at Losail Circuit, Qatar, on March 29.

"Obviously, things did not go as planned. Heavy rain had affected the first two days of testing in Jerez. I could only manage a limited number of laps. Nevertheless, we need to always be positive and take this challenge positively.

"I am happy that I managed to do a few laps on both days. Naturally, I was quite nervous with the challenging weather and track conditions; especially as this is my first look at Jerez circuit.

"But in all, everything went well. We will continue to work hard and get ourselves ready for Qatar," said the statement.

Zaqhwan concluded his session in 22nd position clocking one minute and 49.255s.

Two other Malaysians in Moto2 class, Azlan Shah Kamaruzzaman (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) clocked 1:45.729s and 1:46.523s, respectively.



image: SIC Racing Team facebook
In the Moto3 class, the Malaysian team, Drive M7 SIC Racing Team continued to make headway at the Spanish circuit today, despite intermittent rain.

Malaysia's Moto3 ace, Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin said the wet condition was very challenging especially after a minor crash saw him lose valuable time on track to work on his set-up and better his time.

"It was raining heavily during the final session and unfortunately I had a minor crash on lap two. I was only able to do nine laps but now we know what to do with the bike. I hope the weather will be more consistent tomorrow and we can get more time on track," he said in the team's press statement.

Undeterred by the weather conditions, his teammate, Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) took to the track to test the wet set up on his KTM Moto3 machine for the first time.

"In the end (of the testing session) it was raining heavily, which was perfect as we had a full wet session...it was an ideal time to test our wet set-up properly, which was what we wanted. Finally we did a great job.

"I have to say thanks to my team; we set-up the bike for the wet very well and I felt good. Still we have to work on the electronics as we have a couple of things to improve, but when we have done this I am confident that we can again be faster," said Kornfiel.

-bernama.

Friday, March 20, 2015

KLIA Transit Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Transfer Package ( 27 - 29 March 2015 )


The hottest race in Malaysia is back! The Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2015 is happening soon at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) from 27 – 29 March 2015. Those going for F1 can now beat the traffic and catch the race with the KLIA Transit Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Transfer Package.
This complete package includes train ride (KL Sentral – KLIA) and shuttle bus service (from KLIA to SIC) for only RM150 return trip for all 3 days; RM120 return trip for Saturday and Sunday; and RM35 for a one-way trip on any day of the race.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Package includes train (KL Sentral-KLIA) & shuttle bus (KLIA – Sepang International Circuit).
-www.kliaekspres.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kuala Lumpur forms tourism bureau and MICE desk

Dataran Merdeka. photo: PelanconganKini

In line with the city's 10-year master plan for more tourists, Kuala Lumpur will upgrade the City Hall tourism unit to a tourism bureau with a dedicated MICE desk component in 2H2015.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s head of tourism, Noraza Yusof, said the bureau and MICE desk will be headed by a COO who will in turn report to Kuala Lumpur mayor, Ahmad Phesal Talib.

The MICE desk’s tasks will include the development of a MICE strategy such as branding and offering subventions, and fostering industry collaboration between associations with members of MACEOS and the travel trade, event planners, transportation and equipment suppliers, venue providers and restaurant operators in Kuala Lumpur.

So as not to overlap with Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the MICE desk will be limited to providing on-ground support to MyCEB’s bids for business events to Kuala Lumpur.

Noraza elaborated: “The idea is to bring people together three or four times a year to update all parties on what is happening in the city and to build a closer working relationship so everyone knows what’s happening.”

The 10-year Kuala Lumpur Master Plan was launched early this year, a roadmap towards achieving the city’s ambitious targets of nearly doubling tourist arrivals to 16 million between 2015 and 2025. It also aims to increase average length of stay from 3.1 nights to 5.5 nights, and raise average spend per day from RM682 (US$183.90) to RM900.
-TTG Asia.

2015 Formula 1 RapidKL Shuttle Bus Service ( 27-29 March 2015 )

-www.myrapid.com.my

Langkawi to become AirAsia's next international hub


AirAsia has named Langkawi as the airline's next international base, a move that will likely see tourist traffic to the Malaysian island take off.

Announced at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015, the airline’s group CEO, Tony Fernandes, said: “We are very excited about this announcement. We plan to put five planes in Langkawi and generate approximately one million to 1.5 million passengers through Langkawi very quickly.

“We will obviously focus on ASEAN destinations and gradually expand the connectivity to China and India, which are both very strong routes. It is exciting news for the state of Kedah and exciting news for job creation as we will base pilots and cabin crew in Langkawi.

“By making it a hub, we hope to contribute further to the growth of traffic of this airport,” he added.

The LCC currently operates three routes from Langkawi with a total of 98 flights weekly. Langkawi will become AirAsia’s sixth international hub in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Johor Bahru, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia, said: “Today is a big day for us at AirAsia. We have been campaigning for a while now, and we are pleased to know the government and the airport are beginning to see the benefits of LCCs and understand that with the right cost structure, we can grow the airport and churn new businesses.

"We have a great airport here in Langkawi but it is under-utilised. We firmly believe Langkawi have a huge potential to grow as an international hub.”
-TTG Asia.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Borneo Jazz 2015 @ Miri, Sarawak ( 8 - 9 May 2015 )

The Borneo Jazz, currently in its 10th year features Jazz musicians from the region as well as across the globe. This 2 day event held in Miri, at the Park City Everly Hotel is  in support of Miri as Sarawak’s Resort City.

Besides being a  Resort City, Miri is located near to the Sultanate of Brunei and Malaysian state of Sabah, which has a significant number of expatriate communities, and Jazz is deemed to be suitable music genre and is of interest for these communities. In attracting them into Miri, it is hoped that it will contribute in raising tourist arrivals into the State and contribute towards the expansion of socio economic activities in the city.

At this event, the local schools brass bands also feature as a prelude to the opening act as part of their exposure on the international stage.  For more details, please log on to www.jazzborneo.com
-www.ticketcharge.com.my

Selangor rolls out tour packages for Visit Selangor Year

photo: Tourism Selangor

Tourism Selangor this month unveiled a series of tour packages showcasing the Malaysian state's heritage and culture, sports, and ecotourism aspects, and is inviting the trade to spread the word.

The packages are targeted at domestic and international markets and were created by Tourism Selangor Travel & Tours, a division of Tourism Selangor. Travel consultants who sell the packages will be able to earn commissions.

Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din, Tourism Selangor’s general manager, said the packages were rolled out in conjunction with the year-long Visit Selangor Year campaign, which itself rides on the national Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 (MyFest 2015).

The state tourism body has increased its annual marketing and promotional budget by 30 per cent, with allocations for travel consultant support, fam trips to Selangor for trade and media, and advertisements.

This year, Tourism Selangor is aiming for seven million tourists, up form the 6.1 million in 2014. 
-TTG Asia.