Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lexus Malaysia Roadshow Goes Nationwide

The Lexus roadshows are part of the outreach programme that aims to introduce the Lexus brand and models to a wider audience. The roadshows will take place at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, from 1st - 5th September, Sutera Mall, Johor Bharu, from the 21st - 23rd September and Gurney Plaza Mall, Penang, from 27th - 30th September.

It will showcase the historical perspective of Lexus as well as an insight into the brand’s success and model line-ups. In line with our commitment to superior customer service, this roadshows will also incorporate some intresting activities to ensure that our guests and their family have a 360 degree experience that is informative yet enjoyable.

The philosophy of Lexus has always been centered on the pursuit to perfection where this single underlying factor has always been the driving force for everyone at Lexus. With a global presence in over 60 countries, Lexus belongs to the Toyota Group of motor vehicles. In Malaysia, Lexus was officially launched in 2007 and have been continuously raising the bar on not just the luxury and performance, but also striving to provide the best service that keeps up with the ideal set out in the Lexus Convenant of pursuit of perfection.

On display at all three hot-spots nationwide will be the all new Lexus GS, the luxury hybrid model Lexus CT 200h and the new improved Lexus RX. These models are representations of the Lexus’ continuous “Pursuit of Perfection” and will raise the benchmark in terms of refinement in quality, detailing and styling in the luxury market.

These Lexus models feature the “spindle grille”, a new design philosophy which is now an identity of establishment and symbolises the future of Lexus. This bold, elegant and highly something is missing individual grille makes the new Lexus GS, the Lexus CT 200h and Lexus RX instantly recognisable as a Lexus at first glance. The grille is part of a new design trademark of Lexus called the ‘L-Finesse’, which will soon be adopted throughout the brand to strengthen the Lexus family identity between model ranges.

These models also mark the beginning of the next generation of Lexus vehicles that define the brand’s design direction, incorporating three elements of the L-finesse design philosophy. With the philosophy in mind, Lexus designers and engineers created Lexus models that are bold yet sensitive, cutting edge yet practical, luxurious yet understated and last but not least stylish yet dignified.

With the display of the new Lexus GS, the Lexus CT 200h and the new improved Lexus RX at the roadshows, Lexus Malaysia is confident it will continue to strengthen its brand presence in this country, and continue to win the hearts of many more customers.

For more information about the showcase information, please visit Lexus website or call Lexus Freephone:1800-88-LEXUS (1-800-88- 53987).

Astro Brings To You The World Of Movies

Today, Astro launched Astro Best to bring its 3.1 million customers/homes the hottest Hollywood and Asian Movies available on both DTH (Direct-To-Home) satellite and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) platforms.

With Astro Best, customers can now watch Hollywood and Asian titles as early as three months after the movies' cinema release and where available in stunning High Definition in the comfort of their homes. Starting today, customers can purchase Astro Best Hollywood titles –“ Marvel’s The Avengers”, “The Hunger Games” and the hit Korean movie chronicling the rise to stardom of several KPop artistes, “I AM: SM Town Live Tour in Madison Square” on Astro Channel 481, at RM10 per movie, available for 48 hours after purchase. Future titles of Astro Best include, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “The Cabin in The Woods”.

From Left:
Voo Chih Yeong, VP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, SPE Networks-Asia Pte Ltd
Wendy Reeds, Executive Vice President, Lionsgate
Amit Malhotra, VP and General Manager, Media Distribution & Sales, Disney Media Distribution
Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer, Astro
Liew Swee Lin, Chief Commercial Officer, Astro
Agnes Rozario, Vice President, Content Management Group, Astro
Brian Lenz, Chief Innovation Officer, Astro

Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer, Astro said, “Today, Astro launches Astro Best to provide our customers with more titles to view Hollywood and Asian movies at an earlier window compared to the usual Pay TV channels. Astro Best is launched at the back of the phenomenal success of Astro First, which has set a new global benchmark for Pay Per View movie offerings. Customers with an Astro B.yond PVR internet connected box will also be able to access a bigger library of films, popular entertainment and drama ‘box-sets', documentaries, catch up titles, Astro First and Astro Best titles through Astro B.yond Video-on-Demand (VOD).”

Customers can purchase Astro Best movies via SMS on Astro Channel 481 at RM10 per movie with up to 12 different viewing times for each movie, giving Astro customers the convenience of watching it anytime within 48-hours upon purchase.

Astro is working with international studios like The Walt Disney Company, Lionsgate, Sundance Channel, Animax, Fortune Star, CJ Media and Unitel Classica so that Malaysians can access the studios’ library of Hollywood and Asian titles. Astro Best is a significant milestone in Astro’s partnership with international studios to provide an unmatched value proposition of bringing the hottest cinema titles to your home. By broadening the distribution of movies and allowing an extended viewing period beyond the cinema time frame, we are confident that more international and regional players will join us in delivering a new movie experience to more than 3 million Astro homes.

From Left:
Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer, Astro
Liew Swee Lin, Chief Commercial Officer, Astro
Agnes Rozario, Vice President, Content Management Group, Astro
Brian Lenz, Chief Innovation Officer, Astro
Astro B.yond VOD is Astro's internet delivered video-on-demand (VOD) service, offering hundreds of hours of great TV to choose from - thus giving Astro customers more control and choice over how they enjoy entertainment.

Henry Tan, COO Astro shows how to order Astro Best in 3 easy steps on Channel 481

Amongst the new titles added to Astro B.yond VOD are exciting box office titles such as “50/50,” “Man On A Ledge” “Abduction,” “Here,” “Teddy Bear” as well as Asian and Bollywood movies such as  “Nightmare,” “Ghost On Air” “Ashoka” “Chalte Chalte” “Penny Pinchers” and many more. The title lineup on Catch Up TV includes “Oh My English,” Korean and Chinese dramas such as “City Hunter,” “Palace II,” and “The Other Truth,” as well as Disney favourites such as “Phineas and Ferb” and “Upin and Ipin” with more catch up titles refreshed daily. Selected VOD content is also available online and on mobile via Astro On-The-Go service which is currently free for all customers.

For more information on Astro Best and Astro B.yond VOD, please visit 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Samsung Ups The Ante

This just got in, fresh sourced from Samsung which I had the chance to read up this morning. Check out the details below. I was pretty impressed by the article so let me share it here.

As many of you are well aware, Samsung has done a fantastic job of allowing the freedom of creativity and innovation in many of their recent products, including the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Their latest product is no exception. At the IFA (International Franchise Association) in Berlin today, the technology giant held the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Press Conference, where the company unveiled several exciting products, the most anticipated of these being the Galaxy Note 2.

Referring to the Galaxy Note 2, "Many mobile operators have shown great anticipation, 26 in over 18 countries," said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. It's safe to say that the device will likely be in high demand and that there will be quite a bit of competition between companies to offer the lowest and most appealing price to consumers.

"Samsung’s philosophy is and will always be to provide customers with the best service based on the latest technology and innovations, regardless of any difficulties," stated Shin.

"Before we launched the Galaxy note in Berlin last year, there were smart phones and tablets, but nothing in between," explained Jean-Daniel Ayme, VP of European Telecommunication Operations. “We're taking it one step further with the Galaxy Note 2. It's the most powerful smartphone in the marketplace.”

“The enhancements begin with the new S Pen.” Enhancements to the S pen include increased pressure sensitivity, better grip, and a rubber tip. "When you write with it, you will be amazed at the precision."
The Glaxy Note 2 features a beautiful display, with a 16:9 screen ratio and a 5 by 5 HD AMOLED display to boast an “ unparalleled viewing experience. Although the screen is bigger, the body of the phone is not,” stated Ayme. And the phone is kept light, as it weighs in at only 80 grams.

After going over the hardware specs, Ayme transitioned on to the really exciting part: the unique features of the device. “Let’s talk multitasking; with Galaxy Note 2 you will be able to do more.”

Air View: Gives you a preview of various contents. "Hover S Pen over something, an email for example, and you will see information from that email. In your gallery, you get a very nice display of the pictures in your album without opening it. So you can easily see if the picture you’re looking for is in that album or not."

Popup Note: “When you have to quickly jot down and address or number, there’s never a pen and paper, around, never. Pop out the pen while talking, and you can write it down.Gives you pen and paper whenever you need one. Press down on the button on the S pen and it will change the preset color to something else.”

Popup Video: You can watch your video while you’re doing other things, like reading and e-mail'or checking in with friends. And the world let out a big 'hurrah!"

Easy Clip: As soon as you select an area with the S pen by drawing a shape around the part of an image or web page you wish to save, you can easily clip it and share it through an e-mail, MMS message, or other sharing options! Wow, innovation. “Once you try this, you will love it, too.”

The S Pen "allows you to get away from the keyboard and really personalize things." Samsung definitely understands people who love journals and personalization.

Photo Note: Allows you to jot down quick thoughts and comments on pictures you would take. You can flip pictures over to write something on the back. “A very nice blend of analog and digital, I think.”

Continuing on the topic of personalization and creativity, Ayme went on to describe the Idea Visualizer, which “allows you to express your ideas and add some color to what you’re trying to say.”

He then explained that the company has been working closely with an array of developers in order to produce apps optimized for use with the S Pen. "Sketchbook, for example, has all the tools you need to draw, paint and sketch, which are only enhanced by the use of the S Pen." Ayme also mentioned an app called Draw Movie, which seems to have the exact same object as an earlier game, Draw Something, originally made awesome by OMGPOP! and then subsequently purchased and dealt with poorly by social gaming giant Zynga. Hopefully Draw Movie will be more user-friendly and fun to use.

The company has also spent a lot of time producing accessories and tools that will support the Galazy Note 2. Premium-grade accessories made specifically for the Galaxy Note 2 include flip covers, protective covers, docking stations and many more.

As Ayme concluded the segment on the Galaxy Note 2, he promised that customers who own the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the first Galaxy Note, or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will receive updates to the latest version of Jelly Bean soon and once that happens, data will be available to be synchronized throughout their Samsung devices.

Official Specs:Android Version: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
Display: 5.5” Super HD AMOLED with 1280×720 Resolution (720p – 16:9).
CPU: Samsung’s Exynos4412 @ 1.6GHz.
GPU: ARM’s Mali-400MP @400MHz.
Storage: 16GB, 32GB and64GB.
MicroSD Slot: Yes.
Camera: 8MP (1080p HD)Rear Facing Camera + 1.9MP (720p HD) Front Facing Camera.
Battery: 3,100 MAh.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hilux Improvement 2012 Order Taking Starts August 2012

UMW Toyota Motor announced the order taking of the Toyota Hilux Improvement 2012 will start on 13th August 2012 onwards. Below is the summary of the estimated On-The Road price (OTR), colours that are available and optional accessory for the Toyota Hilux Improvement 2012 variants.

Hilux Improvement 2012

Customers may also contact UMW Toyota Motor’s free phone line 1-800-8-TOYOTA (869682) for further information or assistance.

Hilux Improvement 2012 OTR Pricing
Hilux Improvement 2012
Colour Availabiliy


Astro Celebrates The Best of 1Malaysia with 56 New Premiers

Astro celebrates the best of Malaysia with over 160 titles of which 56 are new premieres across various channels on our platform in conjunction with Malaysia’s 55th Independence day celebrations. The NEGARAKU campaign which will run from 15 August to 17 September, 2012 will include a new dedicated channel, My Hometown (Channel 318) celebrating Malaysian hometowns featuring videos submitted by Malaysians nationwide.

Passage to Malaysia - Feast in the East

Vincent De Paul, Vice President, News, Content Group, Astro said “Astro brings the best of Malaysia through a wide variety of content, on air and online to match the diverse taste of our viewers this Merdeka. Young and old, city or ‘kampung’ all Malaysians will find their favorites amongst the programmes offered through our strong partnerships with global media networks alongside our own local channels to celebrate the Merdeka spirit”

Siti Nurhaliza on BIO

From 15 August to 17 September 2012, Malaysians will have the opportunity to catch premiere local titles such as ‘Era Kegemilangan Sukan Negara (Era 50an – 90an)’ on Astro Arena (Channel 801), ‘Agenda Awani - Banyak Etnik, Banyak Budaya & Satu Bangsa’ on Astro Awani (Channel 501), ‘Behind the Dialect Groups’ on Astro AEC (Channel 301), ‘The evolution of Music in Malaysian Tamil Films’ on Astro Vellithirai (Channel 211) and many more.

Special Forces Malaysia GGK

Malaysia’s rich diversity and culture will also take center stage on Astro’s international channels. Leading the lineup are ‘Inside: Istana Negara’ on National Geographic Channel (Channel 553), ‘Revealed: Malaysia’s Majesty – Twice a King’ and ‘Eye on Malaysia 2: Royal Carver’ on Discovery Channel (Ch 551), ‘Passage to Malaysia: Feast in the East’ and ‘Art and About’ on TLC (Channel 707), ‘Siti Nurhaliza’ on BIO (Channel 731), ‘Special Forces: Malaysia GGK’ and ‘Last Journey To Sarawak’ on HISTORY (Channel 555).

King Taking Oath

This year, Astro brings back memories to many Malaysians and at the same time, inject a sense of history and pride in the younger generation through a new dedicated channel, My Hometown (Channel 318) from 31 August to 17 September 2012 as part of the NEGARAKU campaign. My Hometown invites Malaysians to celebrate unity in our diversity by sending in their own unique videos on what makes their hometowns distinctive and unforgettable to be shown on My Hometown (Channel 318). As part of My Hometown, Astro introduces My Hometown Short Films, a project featuring 14 short films, each covering 14 states in Malaysia and directed by 14 young film directors who will tell a story about his or her hometown.

Astro's Negaraku Schedule Aug 2012

Astro's Negaraku Schedule Sept 2012

Viewers can log on to for the schedule of the special NEGARAKU, programmes starting from 15 August till 17 September, 2012. For more information on My Hometown, log on to

Emergency Action Force of Malaysia - PTCM

Undoubtedly, sliding down a fire pole has got to be on the must-do-before-I-die list for many individuals; or at the very least, the ultimate playground equipment for children having watched Mickey’s Fire Brigade since 1935. But even a simple two-storey fixture can become dangerous if one does not know how to descend properly, resulting in fractures or broken appendages.

This was one of the few commonly overlooked lessons volunteers learnt at the first training session held by the Emergency Action Force of Malaysia, or PTCM, at Bandar Puchong Jaya’s Fire Department. PTCM serves as Malaysia’s very own rescue team in the event of unforeseeable catastrophes. This first training session held for the Petaling Jaya faction sought to equip willing civilians with the right knowledge to fight flames in the event of a blazing calamity.

“Malaysia has state-of-the-art facilities when it comes to emergencies. However, we must also acknowledge the fact that it takes time for authorities to arrive at the scene upon receiving a distress call and occasionally, the time taken to arrive at a location is time preciously wasted,” commented Mr. Alex Foo, chief officer for the Petaling Jaya district.

As with any crisis, time is a luxury none can afford to spend by simply standing on the sidelines. Dire situations call for immediate action; and sometimes, the best help comes from the people who are simply passing by. A small fire can grow to become a fiery monstrosity consuming a building in less than two minutes, so every second counts when it comes to rescuing. Nonetheless, not just anyone is able to jump into a burning building and start saving lives like a heroic Samaritan. PTCM hopes to nurture these invisible heroes by conducting a series of training sessions in order to provide the latter with essential tricks-of-the-trade; thus, more people will be prepared in the face of imminent danger.

“A lot of Malaysians have the right mindset and are well-intentioned, but not everyone knows how to react when disaster strikes. PTCM is here to help them with that.”

During the training session, squeaks resonated throughout the training venue as volunteers slid down the fire pole for the first time. Excited as they were, each was mindful of the appropriate steps to take when doing so and was carefully guided by the firemen, who kept an ever-watchful eye. As the day progressed, participants practiced with fire extinguishers and worked together to grapple surprisingly heavy water hoses, all the while maintaining a steady stance as water was pumped from a nearby fire hydrant.

“The activities are fun,” said Eme Maya from Puchong, armed with an extinguisher, “but I keep reminding myself that a real fire would be anything but fun. I’m glad I did this.”

For their second training session, volunteers were entreated to work alongside rescue dogs and to experience firsthand what it means to engage in a search-and-rescue operation. If working with a team of strangers is unnerving, imagine having an eighty-pound canine for a teammate, then, who reacts to every single tick or gesture produced by your anxious self. National Geographic documentaries make K9 training look easy, as if man’s best friend was naturally blessed with acute senses just for the sole purpose of tracking and locating missing articles or human beings—so much so that many forget our four legged friends also rely heavily on their handlers to provide accurate instructions.

“During an emergency, we need all the help we can get. More importantly, we need the right kind of help. For instance, if we were trying to locate victims of a collapsed building, we could really use a trained K9 team to assist us in pinpointing the victims’ location, and this is also important in the prevention of accidents especially when heavy machinery is involved,” explained Mr. Alex Foo.


PTCM is a community volunteer organization working hand-in-hand with rescue and emergency authorities to assist in emergency first response situations. It brings together people of all walks of life, and equips them with appropriate emergency response skills and people management skills to act quickly and appropriately in the face of an emergency, be it a car accident, mugging, fire or natural disasters. More importantly, it seeks to nurture a group of individuals capable of reacting expeditiously and efficiently upon receiving distress signals. With its experience and affiliations with the fire departments, police force, and hospitals, PTCM aspires to create a safer Malaysia by serving the local community in fostering likeminded ardent youths and assisting governmental agencies during emergencies.

PTCM Petaling Jaya is welcoming new volunteers with a community spirit who would like to contribute to their broader community in a positive way. Join us on or contact our Liaison Officer, Mr. Linus Chee, at 011-1626-1880 if you’re interested in volunteering for a greater cause.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Asian Food Channel "Back To The Streets"

On Tuesday, July 24th at 9.00PM, The Asian Food Channel (AFC) will premiere its first ever, fully produced Malaysian travelogue, airing regionally in Asia to more than 45 million AFC viewers in ten different territories. Viewers in Malaysia can catch the AFC Original Production nationwide on Astro channel 703.

The twelve-part series (12x30mins) which was created in collaboration with BERJAYA University College of Hospitality (BERJAYA UCH), and features two bubbly and charismatic hosts: Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Malcolm Goh and Malaysian radio DJ and host, Ms Tham Zher Peen. They play the role of secret agents, going undercover on the streets of Kuala Lumpur searching for local culinary delights. On their mission, they interact with stall operators and cooks, trying to get them to share their priceless nuggets of culinary knowledge, food insights and even to divulge their cherished trade secrets.

With the valuable information gathered, Zher Peen and Chef Malcolm rushes back to BERJAYA University College of Hospitality’s Kitchen, where Chef Malcolm, with the assistance of Zher Peen and his students, they utilize the knowledge that he has learned “on the streets” to create his own inspired variations of the dishes.

Maria Brown, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Asian Food Channel is delighted with the premiere of another successful AFC Original Series Production, “The Asian Food Channel is fortunate to have a large and very loyal following in Malaysia, a large percentage of whom, have expressed the hope that AFC would further feature the amazing cuisine that is available across the country. We really saw this as an opportunity to explore the rich culinary heritage that is present in Malaysia and at the same time, showcase Malaysian local talent pan regionally and even globally. Chef Malcolm and Zher Peen can only be described as a “passionate and dynamic duo" and I strongly believe that they will capture the hearts of all our AFC viewers easily.”

BERJAYA UCH Chief Operating Officer, Mae Ho remarked, “It has been a great pleasure working alongside Asian Food Channel, and we are very excited to see how AFC viewers will react to this AFC Original Production. BERJAYA University College of Hospitality has always been a strong supporter of promoting, as well as educating the people about Malaysian cuisine. We are extremely proud to witness how far Chef Malcolm, who is one of our own Culinary Arts Supervising Chef has come. An innovative and forward-thinking University College with substance begins with the drivers behind the education wheel. I am proud to say that the education drivers who are steering this University College are all moving towards the vision of BERJAYA UCH – to ‘Inspire Lives and Widen Horizons’.”

Chef Malcolm is no stranger to camera, he first saw his television career come to life when he starred in another AFC Original Production, Great Dinners of the World, which featured him and three other highly talented Asian chefs as they travelled to France and Scotland where they cooked for guest lists full of society elite and even the royalty. When he is not in front of the camera, Chef Malcolm works as a Supervising Chef at BERJAYA UCH where he conducts theory and practical classes for students majoring in Culinary Arts.

Zher Peen too has had her fair share of stardom; She is not only is the host of 8TV Quickie, a 15-minute variety show, she is also a celebrity DJ at Fly FM where she hosts Fly30, a 3 hour radio programme that airs daily. In addition, she has also been featured in campaigns for international brands such as Converse, Levi’s and Nike.

Catch the premiere of Back to the Streets, exclusively on the Asian Food Channel, Tuesday 24th at 9.00PM on Astro Channel 703. For more information about the Asian Food Channel and its programmes, please visit

P1 Customer Engagement with Google

Packet One Networks Sdn Bhd (“P1”), South-East Asia’s 4G broadband pioneer is taking proactive steps to engage with customers through the latest technology. Using Google+ Hangouts on Air technology to broadcast its corporate event live over the Internet, the company received enquiries from beyond its event venue to as far reaching as New Zealand.  

The event themed “Thriving your business in the digital world,” was aimed at reaching out to local SME owners to take advantage of technology specifically in the telecommunications industry to propel their business in the digital world.

Said CEO of P1, Michael Lai at his session which was focused on building a digital organisation using P1’s history and background, “As technology becomes a key driver to growing a successful business, entrepreneurs must embrace technology to leverage on their business partners, products and services as well as their brand. We want to set an example by giving fresh and innovative ideas to businesses. This is one way they (SMEs) can be far-reaching and are no longer confined by geographical boundaries. The best part is it does not cost a lot of money.”

Sajith Sivanandan, Country Manager of Google Malaysia said, “Last year, we introduced Hangouts On Air to a limited number of broadcasters, enabling them to go live on the Internet for all the world to see. Since May this year, we have made it available to Malaysians and it’s fantastic to see people and brands like P1 make use of the feature in lots of creative ways. And they’ve made one thing crystal clear: when groups of passionate individuals or brands broadcast live, the results can be truly remarkable.”

“Convergence of communications and IT is the way into the future. With the growing demand of social media on the digital platform, we also recognise the impact of these channels of communications and already have a dedicated digital care team to manage these sites. Moving forward, we will continue to embrace and leverage more new technologies such as Google+ Hangouts on Air to enhance our outreach to potential business owners and even end-users,” added Lai.

‘Hangouts on Air’ is a free service on Google+ that allows people and brands to broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live Hangout —from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website — to the entire world. Once off the air, Google uploads a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post for easy sharing and re-sharing even after the broadcast is over.

The P1 event aimed at reaching out to local SMEs to educate them on how technology such as Google+ Hangouts on Air can be a great tool to minimise operation costs. The event also showcased P1’s commitment to embracing new technology and engaging with local SMEs. The event was successfully organised by P1 and Netregy Systems in Petaling Jaya. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

TMC Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Passes 200 Million

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that in June its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.

This milestone took 76 years and 11 months to reach, and began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.’s1Automotive Department, which was spun off and later became TMC. As of the end of June, cumulative production in Japan2totaled145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million vehicles.

Marking the achievement, TMC President Akio Toyoda said: "I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone. I also have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the years. We are determined to make our cars even better, to continue to give our customers the best possible product. This is the common goal of our 300,000 Toyota staff members worldwide."

The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is the “Corolla”, of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan on May 11.  Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.

UMW Toyota Motor Takes Underprivileged Children On A Pre-Raya Shopping Spree

In the spirit of caring and sharing during the holy month of  Ramadan, UMW Toyota Motor has brought Hari Raya joy to the underprivileged children from Asrama Damai, Kuang Selangor. This annual programme was organised as part of the Staff Volunteer Programme to inculcate a spirit of volunteerism and community service among the UMW Toyota Motor personnel. Over 30 volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor played host to more than 30 children during a special shopping treat cum breaking of fast treat at One Utama.

Volunteers and children for a group photo after a fun and exciting day

The Ramadhan ‘double joy’ began with a fully sponsored “Baju Raya” shopping spree and led up to a Buka Puasa session at the One World Hotel. The children aged between 7 to 15 years were treated to a lavish spread of Buka Puasa delicacies. As an additional gift they were also given duit raya. This outreach programme was intended to assure these children that they have friends who care and are not alone in this world.

The volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor were each assigned a child from the shelter. Their task for the day included taking the child shopping for their Hari Raya clothes and shoes as well as enjoying the attractions of the shopping mall since these children seldom get the opportunity to visit such places. This outing was an opportune time for the volunteers to build rapport with the children and foster the Hari Raya spirit of giving and sharing.

Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor and wife Datin Azimar Aziz presenting duit raya to the children

According to Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, “For every family, festivals are a time for joy, togetherness and celebration. Children and adults alike gather for feasting and laughter, putting aside school and work to spend time with loved ones to keep family ties aflame. While most families are celebrating however, it is just another ordinary day for children in welfare homes. This is why we make a special effort to spread a little cheer to charity homes by treating them to a shopping spree during this festive season. We hope to become a part of the ‘family’ that they never had.” 

Datuk Ismet, President of UMW Toyota Motor and wife Datin Azimar Aziz presenting duit raya to the children

UMW Toyota Motor has been organizing special events for children in welfare homes during festive seasons since 2002 as part of their social contribution to the less fortunate. Over the years, the festive celebrations have become a much-anticipated event not only among homes but also for staff volunteers.

“The underlying message is that the disparity between the haves and have-nots can be reduced if we all share our excesses. Big corporations have a role to play in driving initiatives like this and the folks at UMW Toyota are happy to be able to lend a helping hand to those who need it”, explained Datuk Ismet Suki.

It's time to Berbuka Puasa - Volunteers and children after Raya shopping spree

The Staff Volunteer Programme is part of the Philanthropic pillar of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). UMW Toyota Motor’s commitment to CSR has been an integral part of its corporate culture since it was established in 1982. Its CSR approach is consonant with its philosophy of ‘A history of service to society’, where UMW Toyota Motor continually seeks opportunities to contribute to the communities where they operate their business.

Somersby Apple Cider Makes A Fruitful Takeoff

Only one month after the exclusive media preview of Somersby Apple Cider, the most exciting cider in town made a public appearance at a consumer and trade launch. The occasion commemorated the ‘Grow an Apple tree’ project coming into fruition where Somersby Apple Cider fans came together to harvest the fruits of their labour as the virtual apple tree reached full bloom.  

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Somersby Apple Cider
Somersby Apple Cider

Held at Pavillion Kuala Lumpur, in a specially set-up garden party between La Bodega and Weissbrau, approximately 500 people congregated for an evening of fun and eccentricities that can only be attributed to Somersby Apple Cider.   

Being the latest novelty in the social scene, Somersby Apple Cider is set to make its mark as the most exciting cider to ever hit the market. Made from juicy red apples that are fermented to perfection, Somersby Apple Cider, with 4.5% ABV, promises easy drinking refreshment with sparkling bubbles that make every sip an exciting taste experience.

A much loved drink amongst cider fans around the globe, Somersby is free from any artificial sweeteners, flavours or colourings. This new fun beverage is best served over ice as it brings out just the right zest and sweetness with no beer after-taste.

Soren Ravn, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia shared, “A unique trait of Somersby Apple Cider is its ability to spread joy and sunny togetherness where ever it is served. Fun, spontaneous, quirky and eccentric, the Somersby brand is all about enjoying yourself wherever you are and creating your own fun whatever the occasion. There’s also no particular time to enjoy a Somersby Apple cider because it is a perfect drink during brunch, afternoons and any happy moments with your friends.”

The climax of the Facebook contest saw guests reveling in a free and easy party, packed with exciting games, entertainment and a free flow of Somersby Apple Cider. Lord Somersby and his Royal ladies also made a special appearance, even performing an infectious dance routine that got everyone joining-in on the makeshift dance floor. Best enjoyed over ice, Somersby Apple cider’s refreshing taste had cider fans just wanting more.

The Somersby garden party provided an excellent engagement platform that projected the brand’s distinct personality and its matchless dedication to spreading joy and sunny togetherness wherever it is served.
Available in 330ml bottles at selected bars and restaurants and packs of four in hypermarkets and supermarkets nationwide, cider fans can now enjoy the crisp refreshing taste of Somersby Apple cider anytime, anywhere. For more information about Somersby Cider, log onto

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About Somersby Cider
Somersby Apple Cider is a refreshing alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice. Best served over ice, Somersby Apple Cider, with 4.5% alcohol, is sweet and refreshing with no beer after-taste. It is an easy-drinking alternative to beer with sparkling bubbles making it the perfect alcoholic beverage for brunch, afternoons and happy moments with friends. A fully imported premium cider from Sweden, Somersby Apple cider contains no artificial sweeteners, flavours or colourings.