Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sarawak minister confident state may defer tourism tax

On Sunday, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg had said the tourism tax
will not be implemented in the state on July 1 — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, June 27 ― Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah today expressed belief the prime minister will give the state dispensation to delay collecting a federal tourism tax next month.

He was responding to questions on the Sarawak chief minister's announcement last week that the state will not implement the tax on the same schedule as the rest of the country.

Karim today said Datuk Seri Najib Razak was wise and willing to listen to feedback from the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak that are under Barisan Nasional's rule.

“Najib is also the finance minister, and as such, he has the full power to determine when the  tourism tax implementation would be,” he told Malay Mail Online today.

“(Therefore), with or without applying for exemption, it is immaterial,” he added.

On Sunday, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg had said the tourism tax will not be implemented in the state on July 1 and for as long as negotiation on its methodology between state and federal government was ongoing.

Today, Karim noted that the “minister” mentioned in the Tourism Tax Act was the finance minister, and not federal Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

He said this meant the introduction, timing and enforcement of the tax came entirely under Najib's purview rather than Nazri.

Malay Mail Online previously reported lawyers as saying that Sarawak must apply for exemption from the Finance Ministry if the state refuses to collect the tourism tax.

The federal tourism tax rates scheduled to take effect July 1 are between RM2.50 per room each night for unrated accommodation and RM20 per room each night for five-star hotels.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Barney's Greatest Hits Live In Malaysia @ Putrajaya International Convention Centre ( 8 ~ 9 July 2017 )

Hey Barney fans! It’s time to sing and dance with the purple dinosaur, Barney and his friends Baby Bop, BJ and Riff, in this high-energy song and dance live on stage. To celebrate Barney’s love and care over 25 years, a brand new musical with many of Barney’s popular and favorite songs all in one show. Kids, let’s raise up your hands, shake your body, move your feet and sing-along with Barney in this super-dee-duper musical show.

Barney leads the little audiences to the imaginative adventure tour. They go to the Musical Castle and meet the King; then they travel to outer space to visit the purple planet. Finally Barney, BJ, Baby Bop and Riff present the top hits and there will be plenty of fun for everyone!

Barney's Greatest Hits will start performing at Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Malaysia on July 7, 2017 until July 9, 2017
See you soon.


We are regret announce that due to unforeseen technical difficulties, our Friday's 5pm & 8pm shows have to be cancelled. Kindly be informed however that all tickets purchased for the said shows will be automatically upgraded to Sat/Sun show under a better seat category. Our Customer Service personnel will contact the respective customers soonest possible to arrange for the said upgrade or refund (if necessary). Whereas, All shows scheduled for Saturday and Sunday remains unchanged. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
-AirAsia RedTix.

Animation park draws the crowd

Young visitors braving it out on the Whirling Wizard, a child-friendly drop tower
at the Fantasy Forest Zone of Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)
in Ipoh on June 26, the first day of its soft opening. 

IPOH: Fans of local hero BoboiBoy, Smurfs and Dreamworks Animation Studio can now relive their dreams and enjoy their company right here in Malaysia.

More than 7,000 excited visitors thronged the much anticipated Movie Animation Park Studios’ (MAPS) soft opening at Bandar Meru Raya here yesterday.

They were among the first to experience the country and Asia’s first animation-centred theme park, costing RM520mil.

Adults converged at the Stunt Legends Arena where South-East Asia’s first thrilling car and bike live stunt shows were performed. And the children joined BoboiBoy and friends in an exciting 4D motion adventure on the Floating Island.

The “action-packed” 15-minute show left many, including forklift driver Wun Chee Seng, in awe.

“It was my first experience in a 4D theatre. I must say it was pretty intense,” said the 40-year-old, who was with his wife and two children. “We were sprayed by water and felt jolts of lightning.”

At the Fantasy Forest Zone, one of six themed zones offering over 40 attractions within the 21ha theme park, K’ng Wen Fei, six, braved the Whirling Wizard, a child-friendly drop tower with her brothers Yu Hai, 10, and Yu Shien, nine.

“I wasn’t scared at all. I can’t wait to grow up and ride on the Megamind Megadrop,” she said of the country’s tallest drop tower that descends 52m within three seconds at the Dream Zone.

Teacher Norfazilatun Mohd Zin, 45, who came with her husband Mohd Faris Othman, 44, and daughter Farahusna, 14, said: “It’s really impressive, much more than we expected.
“We’re spending a really special Hari Raya together this year.”

Animation Theme Park Sdn Bhd director Ramelle Ramli said they received “very positive feedback” from visitors. “We are very satisfied with the overall operations, including aspects of safety and security. “Some minor hiccups will be addressed promptly so that the people can enjoy themselves thoroughly in the park,” he said.

Ramelle said plans were in the pipeline for more new attractions, including a roller coaster ride, while The Dream Zone and a few more rides were under “technical rehearsals”.

He expressed confidence that MAPS would receive about one million visitors a year. “May be, even 1.2 million,” he said. “We’ve been actively promoting MAPS on roadshows in India, Nepal, China, Indonesia and Singapore.

“In addition, we are also working closely with local and foreign tour agents, Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Perak to promote MAPS,” he said.

In conjunction with the soft opening, those who purchase Day Passes at RM131 (adults) and RM104 (children and senior citizens) via until Friday will receive complimentary entry tickets for a second visit.

-thestar online.

Tourism tax unlikely to roll out July 1, says Sabah minister

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — Putrajaya is unlikely to implement its Tourism Tax nationwide from July 1 as scheduled, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said today.

The Sabah minister who has been critical of the new tax indicated that he will be meeting his Sarawakian counterpart to find a common ground on its collection and division among other issues after July 4, The Star Online reported.

“To my understanding, hotels haven't even registered yet, so how is the government going to collect these taxes?” Masidi was quoted telling reporters during the state-level Hari Raya open house at the Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu.

He reportedly pointed out that other logistical preparations were still incomplete, but added that “only the Customs Department can tell us whether there is going to be a delay in the collection of the tax”.

The Tourism Tax was passed by the Senate in April and expected to be rolled out on July 1, as previously announced by federal Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

However, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said Sunday that the state would not implement the federal tourism tax next month as negotiations between the state and federal governments were still ongoing.

He also claimed that tourism was under state, not federal, jurisdiction.
Separately, The Borneo Post reported on its website an unverified claim that 3,000 tourists from China have cancelled their trips to Malaysia amid news of the tourism tax that would see them charged an estimated RM100,000.

The allegation was raised Sunday in Miri by Malaysian Association of Convention Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers’ acting vice president for conventions and a professional conference management trainer Gracie Geikie, citing hearsay from a travel agent friend.

The Sarawak chief minister had been asked to comment on the mass cancellation but reportedly declined, saying it would be unfair for him to say anything when he was unaware of the details.

The federal tourism tax rates are between RM2.50 per room each night for unrated accommodation and RM20 per room each night for five-star hotels.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Ipoh's much-awaited Movie Animation Park Studios opens its doors

After several delays, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), touted as Asia’s first animation theme park, has finally opened its door to visitors. Pix by Abdullah Yusof

IPOH: After several delays, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), touted as Asia’s first animation theme park, has finally opened its door to visitors.

The public were seen lining up at the ticket counters as early as 8am during its soft opening today to check out rides and attractions based on movies by Dreamworks Animation, and special live-action stunt shows.

Dah Hock Phiao, 44, from Sitiawan said he was excited when he heard about the park and had planned to come on opening day to experience the thrills that the rides have to offer.

"I wanted to be among the first to check out the attractions here. The theme park will be another tourist attraction in the state and I would recommend everyone to come here with their families," he said.

Another visitor, who wished to be known as Kamila, 20, from Johor Baru said: "This place gave me a sense of nostalgia, as I grew up watching animated movies like Mega Mind, as well as the popular local series BoBoiBoy, which inspired the construction of the park."

Built on 20.8ha of land, the theme park was originally slated to begin operations in October last year, but for unspecified reasons, the opening was postponed to December, and pushed back again to this year.

As a special promotion until July 2, tickets can be purchased at RM131 each for MyKad holders and RM104 for MyKid holders.

-nst online.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Movie Animation Park Studios Soft-Opening

Counting down to Movie Animation Park Studios' soft-opening. Its an awesome deal for Annual and Perak Pass Holders!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Malaysia National Open House - Aidil Fitri 2017 @ Kluang, Johor ( 15 July 2017 )

Date: 15 July 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 10.30 am ~ 11.30 pm

Venue: Stadium Mini Taman Sri Lambak, Sembrong, Kluang, Johor

Interesting Activities
- music
- dance
- exhibitions
- demonstation
- performances by popular artists
> Shiro
> Ayai
> Haziq
> Mohar
> Cassidy Anderson
> Noraniza Idris
> Ihab
> Gambus Orchestra
> Multiracial Music Ensemble and more...

Free variety of local and traditional delicacies (From 6.00 pm onwards)

Everyone is invited.


Sabah seeks Sarawak’s input for joint memorandum on tourism tax

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Sabah and Sarawak are expected to prepare a joint memorandum seeking improvement to Putrajaya’s tourism tax plan.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said while the new tax have merits, the state government felt that more clarity and fine-tuning were needed to ensure both states benefited from it.
“In the spirit of cooperation with Sarawak and consistent with the previous understanding to come up with a joint stand on the tourism tax, Sabah is inviting the Sarawak tourism ministry to discuss and deliberate on some pertinent issues of the tourism act,” Masidi was reported saying in a statement by New Straits Times on its website today.
Masidi said his ministry was entrusted to deliberate on the matter and to report back to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and the state Cabinet on their findings and proposals.
“The outcome of the discussion and deliberation would then be submitted to the respective chief minister/state cabinet in a form of a draft memorandum to the federal government for its consideration.
“The joint memorandum will be handed by both chief ministers to the prime minister, who is also the finance minister,” Masidi said.
Both Sabah and Sarawak had previously voiced their opposition against the new tax.
Sarawak had also discussed the tourism tax issue at its state Cabinet meeting yesterday.
The Borneo Post reported Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah saying the state accepted the implementation of the tax but wanted its share of tax collected to be channelled directly to the state government.
“This will be a win-win formula, since the allocation will hopefully bring benefit to Sarawak in terms of promoting tourism.
“As long as the tax collection is not for other purposes, such as paying off debts, then it is a good thing,” he was quoted as saying.


PM, Cabinet to hold open house on first day of Hari Raya


PUTRAJAYA: An open house will be held at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister’s official residence, on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Cabinet will take place tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.

The public are advised to park their vehicles at several predetermined locations before boarding buses to Seri Perdana, which leave every 15 minutes, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Department yesterday.

Motorists can park their vehicles at the Terminal Putrajaya Sentral, Park Ride and Putrajaya Hospital’s open parking space and board buses with the red sign on their windscreens.

They can also park at the Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin parking space, Monumen Alaf Baru, Laman 1 Malaysia in Precint 2 and Masjid Putra and board buses with blue signs.

Motorists are reminded to remember the colour of the signs to avoid any confusion when they depart Seri Perdana.

-thestar online.

Against The Current "In Our Bones" World Tour Live in Malaysia 2017 @ The Bee, Publika ( 28 September 2017 )

IME Malaysia is thrilled to announce the return of the American pop rock band, AGAINST THE CURRENT, in Malaysia for their world tour. The concert will be held on 28th September 2017 (8PM), at The Bee, Publika. 

Ticket price for the concert is RM138 (All standing). All ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST, but exclude RM4 processing fee.

Tickets are available starting from 19th June 2017 (Monday), 12 P.M. onwards via Ticketcharge online at or the hotline +603-92228811. Walk-in purchases are available at Speedy Video, Rock Corner, TicketCharge KL office, PJ Live Arts, as well as at the information counter of The Mines shopping mall and 1 Shamelin. Interstate ticket locations are as follows: Eden Ultimate(Kuantan), Blonde Brunette(Penang) and TicketCharge office Penang.

For further information, please visit our Facebook page (IME Asia), Twitter (IMEproduction), Instagram (IME_Asia) or find us on Wechat (IMEProductions).

More About Against The Current
The American pop rock band was formed in the early 2011 by Dan Gow, Will Ferri, Joe Simmons and Jeremy Rompala. In the summer of 2011, Chrissy Costanza, current lead singer, then joined the band after being introduced through a mutual friend. Beginning their music venture with a serious of YouTube covers of various hit songs, the band quickly built up an impressive following base. Their second EP, Gravity, was then released on February 17, 2015. Gravity was charted in four Billboard magazine charts and peaked on several album charts. Shortly afterwards, the band proudly announced their signing with Fueled By Ramen under Atlantic Records. 

The band later released their very first studio album, “In Our Bones” in May 2016 and kick started their world tour in Korea, continuing to a number of countries in Europe, North America and Asia. With a catchiness attributed to their upbeat rhythms and Costanza’s powerful vocal presence, the band’s music truly embraces the definition of pop-rock, playing around with levels of pop-ness and rock-ness across each of their tracks.

Friday, June 23, 2017

KL's oldest mosque renamed Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

Masjid Jamek.

KUALA LUMPUR: The oldest mosque in the city, Masjid Jamek has been renamed Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad.

Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah renamed it after his ancestor — the fourth Sultan of Selangor Sultan Abdul Samad — as the mosque was originally built on Selangor land.

In a statement Friday, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the renaming of the mosque was part of an initiative to preserve national heritage.

He said the mosque had been refurbished as part of the River of Life project, and could now host up to 1,000 people for prayers.

"The jemaah (congregation) praying here need no longer face the heat, thanks to the giant shades installed outside the building," he said, adding that they were inspired by the giant hydraulic shades at Masjid Nabawi in Madinah.

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad opened in 1909 and is an iconic part of the city centre. It shares its original name with the nearby LRT station.

-thestar online.

Istana Negara Open House On First Day Of Aidilfitri


KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) -- The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, will join the people at an Aidilfitri open house at Istana Negara on the first day of Aidilfitri.

Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz said in a statement today that the open house will be from 10 am to 2 pm.

"His Majesty will exchange greetings with the people from noon to 1 pm. Istana Negara is pleased to invite the people to attend the Aidilfitri celebration," he said.

Guests are advised to use the Main Gate and Gate 3 of Istana Negara and to be in the national attire and decently dressed.

This is the first Aidilfitri for Sultan Muhammad V as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. His Majesty ascended the throne on Dec 13 last year.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Govt may exempt locals from paying tourism tax at hotels rated 3-star and below

PETALING JAYA: There are plans to exempt locals staying at three-star hotels and below from the new tourism tax, said Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

“There are certain categories of people, such as locals, staying at three-star hotels and below who may be exempted. We are studying this and will be making an announcement soon,” he told reporters after launching the Global Entrepreneurship Competition here Wednesday.

He said that collection of the tourism tax would be handled by the Customs Department, which has a system in place with regard to the classification of hotels.

The tourism tax is set to be enforced on July 1, with hotel guests charged between RM2.50 and RM20 for overnight stays depending on the type of hotel.
The tax is RM2.50 for non-rated hotels, RM5 for two-star, RM10 for three-star, RM15 for four-star, and RM20 for five-star hotels.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the revenue collected would be used to promote Malaysia overseas and refurbish tourism facilities.

The tax is expected to bring in RM654.62mil, assuming a 60 per cent occupancy rate at over 11 million hotel rooms in the country.

-thestar online.

Malaysia to host this year's ICGN conference


From July 11-13, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will play host to the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) annual conference.

Milly Sheehan, ICGN’s communications manager, explained that the three-day conference will be “very valuable” as it offers ICGN’s members and interested non-members the opportunity to meet face to face, share knowledge, extend their professional networks, and learn from one another.

Sheehan added: “It aims to promote a meaningful dialogue between companies and investors with a series of engagement sessions, company site visits and plenary debates.”

The ICGN conference was last held in Malaysia in 2011, and this year’s edition is expected to attract about 500 capital market senior professionals. It is hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Retirement Fund and in partnership with The Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group Malaysia.

The event is important to Malaysia as it will shine a spotlight on the country’s initiatives taken in the areas of corporate governance and stewardship developments, many of which have been promoted through a mix of government-driven reforms. As a result, the annual conference will help to attract inward investment by helping to instil investor confidence.

-TTG Asia.