News – June 2017
Face of Malaysia 2017 Grand Finale
Headed over to the Mega Star Arena on 13 May 2017 for the gala night for the Face of Malaysia Grand Finale. The 2017 Face of Malaysia model search aims to look for the next face of Malaysia that embodies not just the qualities to be a supermodel, but possesses the talent and passion to be in the entertainment spotlight as well. In today’s digital age, the contestants must also be popular on social media networks, as well as possessing the natural flair to own the centre of attraction at public events.
When Amber Chia organised the Ford Supermodel of the World Model Search in 2009, her vision was to create a platform for the next generation of models to learn and gain exposure, locally and internationally. In 2010, she started Amber Chia Academy, which has graduated over 1,000 students to date. In 2011 she envisioned a new kind of model search in conjunction with the Korea Model Association to help propel young models to the global stage, the “Asia New Face Model Search”, which seeks models that not only have the potential to be the next fashion icon, but the next celebrity star. Today, this model search is simply known as the “Face Of Malaysia”.
The night saw all 18 finalists strut the runway in clothing by Guess, Gavin JW, AK, RSVP and Gene. For the swimwear round, the finalists were dressed in pieces by POP and Urban Niche. There were also performances by violinist Dennis Lau, beatbox master and student, Koujee & Sawyer; singer Arja Lee, and diva songstress, Ning Baizura.
The winners of 2017 Face Of Malaysia are:
Female Winner – Jesiey Giam
Male winner – Ooi Jin Hoon
Female 1st runner-up – Mindy Chan
Male 1st runner-up – Peter Lim Peng Khuang
Female 2nd runner-up – Sanjna Suri
The Face of Malaysia also honoured the following celebrities with the “Celebrity of the Year” awards:
1. Daphne Iking
2. Arja Lee
3. Leng Yein
4. Monika Sta. Maria
5. Ahya Rosli
6. Ning Baizura
7. Awal Ashaari
8. Scha Alyahya
9. Tong Bing Yu
10. Jordan Yeoh
Tom Cruise proves that age is just a number as he returns to star in the action adventure flick The Mummy (2017) which is a reboot of the previous movies that starred Brendan Fraser, and the beginning to Universal’s “Dark Universe” movies. Thanks to the nice folks at UIP, I was able to catch the preview of this latest movie.
Ancient princess (the hot Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) was safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, before the treasure hunting soldier Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise) decided to dig up her coffin in the search for riches and treasure. He gets cursed in the process and the princess decided to exact her revenge on humans leading to an action adventure that spans the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London,
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.
The Mummy opens in Malaysian cinemas on 8 June 2017.
Visuals courtesy of UIP Malaysia.
Suria KLCC Group Launch Ramadan Raya Programme
The Suria KLCC group of malls which consists of Alamanda, Mesra Mall and Suria KLCC, launched their Ramadan Raya programme with key a charity drive, and batik Terengganu as the main theme for the decorations and promotions. Suria KLCC itself is decked with ornaments made of batik Terengganu at the centre court as well as the main entrances located on Ramlee, Ampang and Park Mall.
I was invited to the launch of the campaign whereby Datuk Hashim Wahir Chairman of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd, Datuk Kamal Khalid Chief Executive Officer of Media Prima Television Networks, Andrew Brien Executive Director also Chief Executive Officer of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd, Annuar Marzuki Board Member of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd, Francis Tan Chief Operating Officer of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd, Ben Chong General Manager of Suria KLCC mall and Baldev Singh General Manager of Alamanda mall were the guests of honour.
Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd Chairman Datuk Haji Hashim Wahir said, “Batik is our choice for this Raya celebration because it is one of the most unique traditional handcrafts produced in Malaysia. Suria KLCC receives approximately 8.8 million foreign tourists every year as it is the country’s landmark shopping destination. Therefore, decoration is one of the methods that we use to expose and educate them about our culture and tradition. He further enthused, “Batik Terengganu was chosen as it is where batik historically started in Malaysia. The designs depict local plants and flowers which are commonly found throughout the country such as orchid, rose, fern, cloves and geometric designs such as bamboo shoots.”
The three (3) malls collaborated with Media Prima Television Networks through “Kempen Terima Kasih” and a CSR programme known as “Skuad Terima Kasih” to raise funds for Tabung Bersamamu in their cohesive efforts to assist underprivileged individuals. Donation boxes are placed at strategic locations within the malls for members of the public to channel their contributions. Apart from contributions from members of the public, the malls have also pledged to match RM1 for each RM1 received, up to a maximum amount of RM10,000.00.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of Media Prima Television Networks, Datuk Kamal Khalid, “Media Prima Television Networks are committed to ensuring campaigns initiated by us will be beneficial to the society. This year, we have introduced a new initiative known as Kempen Terima Kasih to strengthen our Ramadan Raya campaign effort. The main purpose of this campaign is to render assistance to the underprivileged people who are celebrating Hari Raya. In our effort to realise this mission, we are collaborating with Suria KLCC Group of Malls by allocating Tabung Bersamamu at Alamanda, Mesra Mall and Suria KLCC for the convenience of their shoppers to do their bit for charity while they shop for their Hari Raya preparation.”
Located just outside Suria KLCC mall, a ketupat structure measuring 21.3m in height and 14m in width was erected to add to the festive spirit and welcome local visitors and tourists alike. Ketupat was chosen as it a must have traditional cuisine during the Hari Raya celebrations and open houses. The decorative stucture has been certified by Malaysia Book of Records as the Tallest Ketupat Decoration Structure in Malaysia.
This Hari Raya, the malls will also be giving limited edition serving trays and green Hari Raya packets to shoppers who make purchases of minimum RM800 at Suria KLCC, RM1,500 at Alamanda and RM350 at Mesra Mall.
For more information, head over to http://www.suriaklcc.com.my
Photos courtesy of Suria KLCC.
Avani Organics Opens Outlet in Atria Shopping Gallery
Avani Organics opened its first brick and mortar shop at Atria Shopping Gallery, bringing to consumers a multitude of organic and natural beauty products, carefully selected to meet the different needs of customers. The company is helmed by MHB’s Adrienne Oh who aims to support natural and sustainable lifestyle by offering “genuinely green” products that are void of harmful chemicals, thereby promoting responsible and ethical living through fair trade practices and protection of animal rights.
Adrianne shared, “We only sell a product if we can fully vouch for it. From its contents right down to its packaging, we will personally test all the products to ensure that they are appealing, practical, enjoyable to use, effective and most importantly authentic. We even consider our tropical climate, ensuring that the products are suitable to be used in our often hot and humid weather. It is only after this, that we decide whether the product is worthy of being listed on our shop for your purchase!”
The products that are carried in the shop are 100% certified natural and organic by internationally recognized bodies such as BDIH and NaTrue – which means that there are no traces of toxins or chemicals in them. To help customers make informed choices, all ingredients used are listed out alongside the products for easy reference.
Products carried by Avani Organics must meet the following criteria:
- No synthetic fragrances and colours
- No petroleum derived products (Parafines, PEG, -propyl-, -alkyl-, etc.)
- No silicone oils and derivatives
- No genetically- modified ingredients (GMO)
- No animal testing or cruelty
- No animal by-products
- Follows ethical values and fair trade practices
- Follows environmentally friendly practices
- Must carry the “certified natural cosmetics” seal
- Are made with 100% recyclable packaging
Avani Organics is located at:
Lot S31, 2nd Floor, Atria Shopping Gallery,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Telephone: 03-7733 8002
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AvaniOrganics/
True Fitness Closes All Outlets in Malaysia
True Fitness suddenly shuttered all its outlets in Malaysia on 10 June 2017, leaving its staff and members in a lurch. It posted the following notice on its Facebook page (the page has been removed) and on its website:
9 June 2017
It is with deep regret that we announce the closure of our operations in Malaysia. All True Fitness and True Spa centres in Malaysia will cease operations on 10 June 2017.
Thanks to members like yourselves, we’ve been able to build a strong community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about wellness and health, and we value the support you’ve shown us. However, the past few years have proved challenging, and unfortunately the businesses are no longer financially viable due to evolving market conditions.
We know many of you will be concerned about finding another fitness centre and have been working to find alternatives for you to continue your membership months and personal training sessions. Arrangements have been made with Chi Fitness for you to continue with your fitness regime with them.
True Fitness members in Malaysia will have access to all Chi clubs except those located in Bangsar, Bangsar South (Nexus) and the Northern Clubs. Under the arrangement, True Fitness has purchased memberships for members to redeem and personal training sessions to be utilised at Chi Fitness. Redemptions can be completed online. We will be sharing further details on the mechanics for redemption at a later date. Redemptions at Chi Fitness centres will only commence on 3 July 2017. More details of this fitness provider can be found on their official website at chi-fitness.com.
The validity of these redemptions for membership months and personal training will be for 24 months from 3 July 2017 or until all membership months and personal training sessions have been utilised. We are unable to refund in cash the unused portions of your membership months or personal training sessions.
All terms of redemptions have been set by True Fitness Malaysia. We regret that Chi Fitness will not be able to facilitate service redemption queries. If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please contact our customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our customer service representatives will not be present at Chi Fitness.
As for True Spa, we are looking for a reputable service provider to service your un-utilised sessions. We will be getting in touch with our affected members when we have more details.
We apologise for any inconveniences caused as a result of the closure of the clubs and would like to thank you for your past support.
The Management of True Fitness & True Spa, Malaysia
Interestingly enough, this was the statement by Chi Fitness published on its Facebook page on 11 June 2017 regarding the matter:
In light of the recent True Fitness closure, we would like to clarify that we have no contract or arrangement to honour or takeover any commitment from True Fitness. True Fitness has approached CHi Fitness to purchase 2,000 monthly passes to CHi gyms in Klang Valley (except Nexus and Bangsar Shopping Center branches) to be passed on to their members. As of now, we have not finalised the sale.
If you are the recipient of a CHi Fitness 1 month membership that True Fitness has purchased for their existing members, we will honour them when they are sold. For any True Fitness related enquiries, we kindly ask that you reach out to them via their website atwww.truefitness.com.my. CHi Fitness bears no information on the status of True Fitness. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
While I do sympathise with the members and staff who were left without a membership or who weren’t paid, this are the symptoms of an strained economy where people don’t have enough disposable income (yes I do understand that there are other market forces at play including competitiveness however for argument’s sake let’s assume that True Fitness is on par with the other major fitness chains in the country) which in turn forces businesses to close down as there is insufficient revenue to sustain the company. Indeed a walk through Sunway Giza, Sunway Nexus and the shoplots surrounding both developments reveals a depressing sight – dozens of shuttered businesses while Sunway Nexus is only around 5% occupied by tenants. Obviously there is something very wrong indeed.
The underlying root of the problem lies with the powers that be that has mishandled the economy especially in the last decade, whereby there is blatant corruption as highlighted by the United States Department of Justice and various other authorities around the globe including Singapore which has fined and jailed bankers who were convicted of facilitating the transactions of the money stolen from the Malaysian people.
To compound matters, every single body that provides check and balance such as the “esteemed” men in blue, judiciary, AG, MACC, etc. etc. are left toothless and/ or complicit – bent and manipulated by the powers that be behind the kleptocracy. Indeed, the losers are the ignorant people of Malaysia who time and time again stupidly vote these crooks and robbers into power, allowing them to conduct daylight robbery.
Tell me honestly – do you want your children working as labourers or maids in a foreign country in the future? Because if we don’t put a stop to this, the crooks will just keep on stealing until there’s nothing left. And those who will pay for it will be us unless we make a stand and make a change for the better, as a people, and as a country. Think and vote wisely please, because your future and that of your family depends on the choice you make.