Friendi Mobile launch in Malaysia

Friendi Mobile Malaysia

Friendi Mobile launch in Malaysia

Virgin Mobile MEA Group teams up with Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad to launch FRiENDi mobile prepaid service. On the 12th September 2013, Virgin Mobile MEA (Middle East & Africa), an associate company of the UK-based Virgin Group, led by global entrepreneur icon Richard Branson, and Malaysian partner Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad, have launched the FRiENDi mobile prepaid service to help Malaysians communicate better and more frequently with their local and global circle of friends and loved ones.

Quoting data released by Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission that the mobile penetration rate at 143.4% in the second quarter of 2013, FRiENDi mobile Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jonathan Marchbank has the view that while Malaysia is undisputably a mature market for basic voice and messaging services, there are still many things that can be done to give the customers a better and more fair mobile experience.

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Good Vibes Festival 2013 Malaysia

Good Vibes Festival 2013

Good Vibes Festival 2013 Malaysia

The Good Vibes Festival 2013 in Malaysia, which makes its debut at the Sepang International Kart Circuit in Selangor on Aug 17, will showcase Grammy-award winning alternative rock group Smashing Pumpkins, led by pioneer member Billy Corgan, holds down the headlining slot at the outdoor festival, while Northern Irish pop punk outfit Ash will also be performing.  American indie outfit Modest Mouse alongside Canadian garage rock duo Japandroids complete the main stage line-up. Much to the delight of local music fans, all four international bands have not played in Malaysia before.

Regional highlights include Dudesweet (Thailand), Dipha (Indonesia), and Poptart (Singapore) while local deejay crews Twilight Actiongirl, Deer Society and dance music maverick Goldfish will be on the decks. In terms of local bands, Good Vibes Festival has picked the cream of the scene, including MonoloQue, Pitahati, Pesawat, OJ Law, Pastel Lite, Liyana Fizi, Kyoto Protocol, Tenderfist, They Will Kill Us All and Impatient Sisters.

Good Vibes Concert 2013

Organised by Future Sound Asia, with support from Malaysia Major Events, the festival also promises a user-friendly layout, facilities and food and drink. It will run across three stages, and feature a food village, art installations by local artist Nini Ramlan, the ancillary fashion/beauty hub called Chic Vibes and more.

Good Vibes Festival 2013 Malaysia

  • Venue: Sepang International Kart Circuit (SIKC)
  • Date: 17th August 2013
  • Time: 4 pm to 12 midnight

Tickets, ranging from RM128 (early bird, limited), RM158 (pre-sale), RM188 (door) and RM258 (VIP), are available from June 17 at MyTicket Website or all Rock Corner outlets in the Klang Valley. For more info, visit the Good Vibes Website. IF you have been waiting to catch the Smashing Pumpkins and the many other international acts, make sure you have the 17th of August free and head over to the Good Vibes Festival 2013 in Malaysia.

Borneo Eco Film Festival

Borneo Eco Film Festival partners with WWF

Borneo Eco Film Festival

WWF joins the party at Borneo Eco Film Festival

This year’s Borneo Eco Film Festival 2013 is set to be more exciting with the coming on board of WWF-Malaysia as its official partner in Boleh Bah Filem Kita! The festival, which will be held from Sept 27 to 29, aims to highlight the relationship between local people and Borneo’s natural heritage through the showcasing of environmental films.

The “Boleh Bah Filem Kita!”, which is one of the core events of the festival, is an eco-film competition where local film-makers show how people relate to their environment through a short-film. WWF-Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma described the partnership as synergistic.”The annual film festival aims to celebrate Borneo’s bio-cultural diversity and WWF-Malaysia has the mission to achieve a future where people live in harmony with nature.

“We are pleased to support this event as their goals are very much in line with ours. The relationship between people and their natural environment has never been so vulnerable,” he said in a statement, yesterday.WWF-Malaysia believes that a better future can be achieved with awareness and education and the BEFF is an exemplary platform for this, he added.

To encourage more participation, WWF-Malaysia will present a special award for the best video theme on the proposed Tun Mustapha Park, the largest marine protected area in Malaysia once it is gazetted. The film must be under 10 minutes, shot in Borneo by people who live in Borneo, and the submission date has been extended from Aug 15 to Aug 31, while admission to the three-day film festival is free.

Besides that, the festival also aims to nurture film-making among local communities through a series of workshops named SUARA Komuniti where the local communities will have the chance to tell their own stories with their own voices. WWF-Malaysia is supporting community members from Semporna Priority Conservation Area and the proposed Tun Mustapha Park to participate and benefit from the film-making workshops. For information, visit the official website for the Borneo Eco Film Festival 2013.

135 Volunteers selected for RWMF 2013

RWMF 2013 Volunteers

135 Volunteers selected for RWMF 2013

The 16th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival 2-13 (RWMF) are welcoming 135 volunteers among the public. The volunteers will get an opportunity to gain experience, working at this annual music festival that ranked among the best 25 international festivals in the world.

The festival Secretariat received more than 400 applicants from 5 countries worldwide over the last few months. 50 will work in the Schleppers unit who will actively involve executing the logistics, technical and operational aspects on stage. The remaining volunteers will work at the Secretariat, Media Centre, Merchandise stalls, Access Control, Survey and other smaller festival segments.

“It has been a tradition of the festival, providing this platform to the volunteers among the public to gain experience in managing the event”, said Director of Corporate Communications – Sarawak Tourism Board, Madam Angelina Bateman. Adding to that, most of the applicants were received from those who highly qualified. Thus the festival depends much on their expertise and interest, she added.

Every year, RWMF is like a family ‘get-together’ when most of them return to volunteer at the festival. The commitments from the volunteers are wonderful and they are ready to help while enjoying their job at the festival. The RWMF Artistic Director, Ms Jun Lin said, “Working on a big many-layered production like the Rainforest fest is complex, hard work and 600% concentration. Having a strong and supportive team is essential. Then we all have a great festival”.

The festival provides the volunteers with complimentary entry to the festival, accommodation as well as Festival’s T-Shirt which to be worn while on duty. They will also receive a certificate of volunteering, which will make an additional reference in their biographies. The volunteers will work on shifts during 3-days event over the weekend from 28-30 June.

135 volunteers will be assigned to look after 21 bands confirmed for the RWMF this year. The bands are Rafly Wa Saja (Acheh, Indonesia), Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band (Iran), Nunukul Yuggera (Australia), Habadekuk (Denmark), Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa), Spiritual Seasons (Ukraine), Pine Leaf Boys (USA), Chet Nuneta (France), Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica (Columbia), Kries (Croatia), Kila (Ireland), Alp Bora (Austria) and Palsandae : Korean Performing Arts (Korea).

The international bands will be joined by Sarawak and Malaysian bands like Madeeh (Bidayuh traditional root), Juk Wan Emang (nose flute of Kayan), Native Chanting (oral blessings from the various indigenous tribes of Borneo), Maya Green (Sape), Rhythm in Bronze (Gong and Gamelan), Lan E’ Tuyang (Sape and Orang Ulu dance), Sarawak Drums (percussion instruments of Sarawak) and Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble (Chinese traditional interwoven with Sarawak flavour).

Before the RWMF, there will be the Borneo World Music Expo 2013 which is being held at Kuching’s Pullman Hotel from the 24-26 June 2013 as a build up to the main event. This is also the first time the event is being held  here where it includes conferences, workshops, networking sessions, trade fair and musical showcases. The event is targeted for musician and artists to develop new contacts and global reach.

RWMF Tickets are priced at: RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at www.ticketcharge.com.my. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available. For last minute attendees, please double check your accommodations as usually all the hotels would be sold out. More details available on website at www.rwmf.net. See you at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2013 in Sarawak, Borneo.

Rainforest World Music Festival Sarawak

RWMF 2013

Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak

Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is happening on this June 28-30 at the Sarawak Cultural Village which is just out of Kuching city. YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg – Minister of Housing & Minister of Tourism, Sarawak announced this today at a press conference held at Plaza Merdeka, Kuching.

The Minister also proudly announced the ‘BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2012-2013’ awarded to the festival in a glittering ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently. The BrandLaureate Awards is the Grammy Awards for branding and the No.1 branding awards in the Asia Pacific and is endorsed by the King of Malaysia.

Once again this year, the Festival was voted for the 4th consecutive year as the top 25 best International Festivals by the renowned world music magazine, Songlines, in UK. The winning award and recognition has elevated its status in the international music scene as a festival which has well and truly put Sarawak on the world tourism map. It also extends its appeal to shores further from neighbouring countries.

rwmf

Through Sarawak Tourism Board’s promotional and marketing effort overseas, RWMF packages are promoted from as far as London and the regions nearby like Brunei and also Peninsula Malaysia. These travel packages enable visitors to come and visit Sarawak not only for the festival but also to explore and experience the adventure in Sarawak.

This year will be another exciting year and the organizer has promised the best line-up on stage from 21 bands which consist of 13 international and 8 Malaysian bands playing a diverse range of world music genres. The festival will continue its unique formula of having the afternoon informative musical workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming session and mini concerts held in the ethnic houses within the village. This session precedes the evening performances on two main stages outdoor with the jungle ambience.

The festival will showcase more of Sarawak’s local talent compared to the previous years. This is in line with the feedback received from the festival-goers from the previous festivals. The chances of sharing the same stage with international acts will enable our local musicians to be exposed to the international music scene. Amongst the wide range of traditional music from Sarawak to be featured this time will be the rare and dying art of the nose flute as well as Sarawak and Malaysian folk music interwoven with Chinese traditional instruments.

RWMF Malaysia

The exciting and eclectic line-up for this year’s RWMF has now been finalized. To date, the organizers have confirmed performers from Indonesia (Rafly Wa Saja), Iran (Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band), Australia (Nunukul Yuggera), Denmark (Habadekuk), South Africa (Dizu Plaatzies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble), Ukraine (Spiritual Seasons), USA (Pine Leaf Boys), France (Chet Nuneta), Columbia (Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica), Croatia (Kries), Ireland (Kila), Austria (Alp Bora) and Korea (Palsandae). They will be joined by Sarawak and Malaysian bands like Madeeh (Bidayuh traditional root), Juk Wan Emang (nose flute of Kayan), Native Chanting (oral blessings from the various indigenous tribes of Borneo), Maya Green (Sape), Rhythm in Bronze (Gong and Gamelan), Lan E Tuyang (Sape and Orang Ulu dance), Sarawak Drums (percussion instruments of Sarawak) and Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble (Chinese traditional interwoven with Sarawak flavour).

For most visitors to the state, the Rainforest World Music Festival is a not-to-be-missed occasion, guaranteeing a smashing time of a visit to Malaysia. RWMF is where people from different culture, backgrounds and music interests will come together to have the time of their lives.

Daily tickets priced at RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at http://www.ticketcharge.com.my. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.

For 2013, the Organizers hope to attract a crowd of 23,000 for the 3 nights against the 22,290 festival attendees in 2012. Out of this, the Board hopes to attract 80% visitors from outside Sarawak. This will thus augur well for the local business community and also contribute to a significant number of visitors’ arrivals into Sarawak as a whole. For more information, log on to http://www.rwmf.net

Walking for Charity with Malaysia Airlines

Walk For Charity 2013

Walking for Charity with Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is organising a walkathon and carnival at the Malaysia Airlines Academy in collaboration with MERCY Malaysia on the 12th of May 2013. Aptly named the MH Walk-A-Fund, this initiative is an extension to the on-going fund raising campaign called “Change For Charity” where contributions are sought from Malaysia Airlines’ guests both on-board and at the national carrier’s ticketing counters.

The MH Walk-A-Fund will be graced by the Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya who will deliver his welcome speech and greet the guests. The flag off for the MH Walk-A-Fund will be as early as 8am and is expected to end an hour later. The 6km walk will be around the Kelana Jaya area.

The campaign highlights the plight of vulnerable communities and gives Malaysia Airlines’ guests an opportunity to do good for a very worthy and needy cause. Funds collected are then channelled directly and wholly to MERCY Malaysia’s Humanitarian Fund which is used for various MERCY Malaysia projects around the world.

Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah, Malaysia Airlines, Head of Strategic Communications said, “We are expecting a large turnout of at least 2000 participants and visitors to the Walk-A-Fund and carnival. Apart from the walkathon, the car park area of the Malaysia Airlines Academy will be transformed into a carnival ground. Many exciting booths will be opened to entertain the guests that come. Amongst others, we have a booth for celebrity items auction, lucky draws, dance performances and lots of food and drinks. We urge the public to come together to support this charity event and have a fun-filled weekend with their families at the same time. All divisions in Malaysia Airlines are working together to make this event a success. The team is very focused in raising funds for this noble cause and spirits are high,” he added.

Performers from MASenidaya will also be entertaining guests at the Malaysia Airlines Academy. MASenidaya consists of full-time Malaysia Airlines employees who are talented in performing arts. The MASenidaya group is renowned for the many performances they have done locally and internationally by the invitation of Tourism Malaysia. Apart from MASenidaya, Malaysia Airlines Cabin Crew will also be performing. The organisers have also prepared a flash mob that will be staged towards the culmination of the event.

The national carrier will also open its Heritage Museum for the public on the 12th of May. This Heritage Museum displays various articles such as old cabin crew uniforms, old aircraft engines and many more historical items of Malaysia Airlines from yesteryears. Photos of the first cadet pilot group and the first set of Golden Girls (MAS Cabin Crew) are also on display.

Malaysia Airlines and MERCY Malaysia have been in partnership since 2004 to provide support and relief to victims of natural disasters. It was agreed that MERCY Malaysia implements volunteer opportunity programmes for Malaysia Airlines staff in order to train them for possible participation in relief missions within Malaysia and beyond.

The Change for Charity campaign is a part of Malaysia Airlines’ Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and allows both Malaysia Airlines and MERCY Malaysia to establish a framework for strategic collaboration for humanitarian assistance.

Lazada turns one in Malaysia

Lazada 1st anniversary party Malaysia

Lazada turns one in Malaysia

Lazada, Southeast Asia’s fastest growing online department store, celebrated its first year in Malaysia with a big bash during which the media and its business partners got an exclusive look into the business, its accomplishments in 2012, and what the future looks like.

With more than 12 categories to choose from, Lazada makes shopping online a breeze in Malaysia. From tablets, cameras, home appliances, health & beauty products, sports, books to baby items, there is something for everyone.

“We are proud to say that Lazada Malaysia is currently the number one online shopping mall site in Malaysia. Almost 70 per cent of Malaysians are actively online, and more than half do their shopping on the web. Being in the e-Commerce industry we have one great advantage, and that is our access to immense data where we can analyze what the audience is looking for and present them with their desired products via online marketing channels. From this point onwards online shopping will be the way forward because of it’s the dynamic experience and massive product assortment that Lazada.com.my will continue to provide,” said Igor Pezzilli, CEO of Lazada Malaysia.

Igor Pezzilli

Igor Pezzilli, the CEO of Lazada Malaysia

“Based on these three key elements – offering a great range of products, providing an excellent shopping experience, and ensuring exceptional customer service, Lazada will inevitably attract more savvy online shoppers” commented Max Bittner, CEO of Lazada Southeast Asia at Lazada’s first birthday bash.

Maximilian Bittner, CEO of Lazada: “For a long time, the e-commerce market has been underestimated in SEA, but we did not. With a broad range of products – from consumer electronics, household goods, toys to sports equipment –, secure payment options, quick deliveries and free returns, we convince more people every day of Lazada.”

In celebration of the first anniversary, Lazada will be launching some of their key business expansion initiatives, such as the Lazada Smartphone App and other e-Commerce initiatives. Other efforts include Lazada’s partnership with Digi, one of Malaysia’s premier companies, as well as MasterCard Worldwide, which gave Lazada the opportunity to reward their base here in Malaysia and the region. The 6-month long partnership has allowed Lazada to reach out to MasterCard’s base with exceptional results.

Lazada Malaysia

Crowd at Lazada Malaysia’s 1st anniversary party

Central to its success has been the Lazada Promise campaign, which includes a commitment to deliver goods to buyers within 48 hours to 78 hours, a best price guarantee when comparing to other key retailers, and a 14-day hassle-free return policy.

What is unique about the organization is the vast bank of knowledge and learning’s that are shared across the globe. Weekly calls are organized for each team to share latest findings or best practices. This factor has also been critical for the company to gain young energetic employees who are eager to gain the ultimate ecommerce experience.

Lazada is a part of Rocket Internet, one of the world’s largest online retail groups, which has more than 10 years of experience in the e-commerce business. Rocket Internet has been credited for founding more than 100 market leading companies.

Jump on the e-commerce bandwagon and enjoy these offers now. Lazada Malaysia provides convenience for all your purchases such as free delivery, cash on delivery payment mode, varying payment methods, free return or exchange for free and most importantly, warranty from the manufacturer itself.