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MY Guide to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, discovering the Chinese city of Wuhan, Melaka’s best eats

Federal Hotel KL celebrates 60 years, Datuk Rizalman Ibrahim takes our quiz, and more!

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August 2017

INSIDE

NAVIGATOR

MALAYSIA AIRLINES

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NEWS

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Updates and promotions

GP ON THE WEB

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GUIDE

Information on check-in and the dos and don’ts while flying

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WHERE WE FLY

Airline and oneworld network

CEO’S MESSAGE

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GIZMOS & GADGETS Cool gadgets to have

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THREE TO WATCH

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Movie recommendations

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THE CURE

EDITOR’S NOTE

THE MAIL ROOM

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Lotions, potions, spas, and more

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FASHION & ACCESSORIES The globetrotter’s styling guide

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TRAVEL CONCIERGE Dining, events and hospitality news and options from around the globe

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ART & DESIGN Hokusai, Art Stage Jakarta, and more

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GLOBAL CITIZEN Donovan Ng

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WINDOW OR AISLE Kam Raslan laments the digital age


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FEATURES

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SPORTING STARS

HOMEGROWN

Getting into the psyche of Malaysia’s SEA Games athletes

Freediver Azua Shafii

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MY GUIDE Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

38 TÊTE-À-TÊTE HRH The Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim talks football in Malaysia

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UNPLUGGED: TRAVEL Wuhan, China

48 UNPLUGGED: GOURMET Melaka’s best eats

52 TRENDSPOTTING APW’s Ee Soon Wei

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CHEF’S CUT

MALAYSIAN ICONS

Ping Coombes, Malaysia’s food ambassador in London

Iban warrior Datuk Kanang anak Langkau

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GIVING BACK

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Activists Syed Azmi Alhabshi and Dr Hartini Zainudin

Your in-flight entertainment guide

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WARISAN

UP CLOSE

Hotel bersejarah The Federal Kuala Lumpur

Getting personal with Dato’ Rizalman Ibrahim


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GP On The Web

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Nature escapes are growing in popularity as savvy travellers inject more quality time with Mother Nature during their vacations. We count down some of the best eco-escapes as part of our online exclusive features this month, along with the new Mazda Museum in Augsburg, Germany and Orlando’s new Volcano Bay theme park attraction. All this and more at

World’s Best Treetop Hotels

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Swing towards a relaxing vacation with the world’s best tree house hotels! Travellers can now live the luxury treetop dream, thanks to a recent survey by Hotels.com. Voted by thousands, some of the world’s most amazing hotels have been crowned winners in the brand new Best for Treehouse category, and they’ll be climbing straight to the top of your ultimate Tree Top vacation wish list.

The Mazda Museum

Ola Bola The Musical

Volcano Bay Erupts With Fun

Bringing alive the illustrious history of an unconventional carmaker from Hiroshima, the first Mazda museum in Europe – and indeed the only one outside Japan – has opened in Augsburg, Germany. The car museum spotlights the carmaker’s almost 100 years of defying convention. The centrepiece is an exhibit of 45 vehicles – vintage Mazdas officially sold in Europe as well as models only available elsewhere, including a number of rarities from a family’s extensive private collection.

The box-office smash hit, Ola Bola, will come to life on the big stage with a new production by Enfiniti, one of Malaysia’s leading entertainment companies. Directed by award-winning producer and performing arts advocate Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina, OlaBola The Musical will be staged from 22 February until 22 March 2018. This ground-breaking musical, currently in development, will be the first production at Kuala Lumpur’s newly renovated Istana Budaya.

A revolutionary water theme park in the form of a Volcano Bay is now open at Universal Orlando Resort. The themed attraction is Universal Orlando’s third theme park and the next chapter in the award-winning vacation destination’s evolution. Volcano Bay features more than 30 experiences, including 18 unique attractions such as a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below, and more.


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Dear Guests, A very warm welcome on board. On 10th July we unveiled our new Negaraku aircraft livery in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. The unique design is part of the Negaraku initiative. This nationwide movement is driven by Malaysians for all Malaysians with the objective of fostering unity among all and inspiring a spirit of patriotism.

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Malaysia Airlines is excited to support and participate in the Negaraku initiative. The Boeing 737 aircraft, the first of several to display the national flag, will be flown and be visible across the world on flights below seven hours, from Shanghai to Perth. The Negaraku livery will also appear on the ATR 72-500 of MASwings and Firefly, as well as on the much-anticipated new Airbus A350, expected at the end of 2017. Do look out for these special aircraft when you are travelling.

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The Negaraku livery carries with it the essence of the unique Malaysian values across the world. It is also an important symbol of the good progress seen in our turnaround plan as we strive to become the pride of the nation again.   This August marks the 60th anniversary of Merdeka, Malaysia’s Independence Day. As the flag carrier of the nation, Malaysia Airlines is very much part of the history and fabric of all Malaysians. We proudly carry the flag on behalf of each and every Malaysian whose flag we represent worldwide. The fathers of Malaysian Independence worked tirelessly and selflessly for years to build this vibrant nation. Their journey was marked by immense challenges but they never lost their focus or tenacity to succeed. The Malaysia Airlines family must take inspiration from their hard work and battle on to complete our transformation. I thank you for choosing Malaysia Airlines, and as always, I wish you the best of journeys with the MH family. The journey is the reward.

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Editor’s Note

The month of August is when Malaysians are at their patriotic best. This is not to say they aren’t at other times but August is special and symbolic because on 31 August, we celebrate the day the Federation of Malaya achieved independence from the British Empire in 1957. Tunku Abdul Rahman, hailed as the Father of Independence for his role in leading negotiations with the British for the handover of power, proclaimed in his speech on the night the Union Jack was lowered that the day was the “greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people”. This year, we celebrate our 60th year of independence. For a relatively young democracy, we have achieved much, and for this reason, our August issue is themed ‘Inspiring Malaysians’ and is dedicated to everyone who has contributed to making Malaysia the proud nation it is today.

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JULIE GOH EDITOR

In this issue, we speak to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim, on his strategy to reverse the fortunes of Malaysian football. Being a Johorean, I admit I am a little biased but I came away from the interview with the plain-speaking Tunku Ismail with only one thought – that his heart is in the right place. We also have interviews with other big-hearted Malaysians, who in their own ways, are strengthening the country’s social fabric, such as social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi, child activist Dr Hartini Zainuddin, freediver Azua Shafii, fashion designer Dato’ Rizalman Ibrahim, Ping Coombes, the London-based Malaysian-born chef and winner of Masterchef UK in 2014, and Ee Soon Wei, best known for his projects in Melaka and Kuala Lumpur that champion the adaptive reuse of physical spaces. Then, our feature on The Federal Kuala Lumpur, a hotel with a majestic history in the heart of the capital city, is really worth reading. The story of how it came to be built is tied to Malaysia’s independence. Tunku Abdul Rahman wanted a world-class hotel to be built to accommodate foreign dignitaries and other important guests attending the handover on 31 August 1957. The hotel was completed a mere three days before the big day. If you’re in the capital city, go meet its longest-serving staff, Nancy Huang, who has been with The Federal for 50 years. I’d like to thank our readers who donated money to Projek Iqra, a non-profit organisation we highlighted in the June issue, whose project to bring a little cheer to disadvantaged children before every Eid al-Fitr celebration hit a snag this year due to insufficient funds. To these kind-hearted and compassionate souls, Thank You! In conjunction with Malaysia’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games and the ASEAN Para Games this month, we took the opportunity to speak with a few sports personalities who will be representing the nation. Good luck to all our athletes! This issue has simply been a joy to produce. It’s filled with stories of hope and inspiration, and it is my hope that you will find one that motivates you. Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan! Happy Independence Day, Malaysia!

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MY Guide to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, discovering the Chinese city of Wuhan, Melaka’s best eats

Federal Hotel KL celebrates 60 years, Datuk Rizalman Ibrahim takes our quiz, and more!

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Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah is our cover story for this month. Read our curated travel tips on pg 34-37 for your visit there.

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Dear Editor, In the April 2017 issue, CEO Peter Bellew wrote, “Negaraku. A simple Malay word that means My Nation”. This sentence reminds me of my childhood when we used to sing the national anthem “Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku” in every school assembly. Negaraku is a simple yet powerful Malay word. It brings profound meaning to the life of each Malaysian. Negaraku has played a pivotal role in shaping our character, hence a Malaysian culture that is uniquely ours. On 31 August 2017, my nation will celebrate 60 years of independence. Negaraku, tanahairku. CHONG SIEW MUN Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

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Although I have lived and worked in UK, USA, The Netherlands, Colombia and Canada, and visited many more countries, I recently found myself travelling to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines for the first time. I pulled out your May 2017 edition and immediately a big smile came across my face. I took time to enjoy the playful and colourful cover illustration by Wong Hui Tong (‘Tail Of A Dragon’). It made me recall my youth and how I so enjoyed the art of the English painter L.S. Lowry. I do hope that her brighter, modern Lowry-esque style, will allow her to enjoy the same tremendous success as he did. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.” IAN SHAW Ottawa, Canada

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It’s been a while since I picked up Going Places as the in-flight entertainment has kept me busy but good job on making the magazine better! I like the photo filter effect on the CEO and Editor’s photos. I’ve taken home my first copy of Going Places for my wife because of the article on Patan, Nepal (‘Creative Culture’, January 2017). She loves it so much as it reminded her of her backpacking trip to Kathmandu four years ago. Thank you and keep up the good work.  KY GAN Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What caught my attention about the February 2017 issue was the story about the youth-based NGO Raleigh and Coca-Cola Malaysia working together to provide clean water for rural villages in Sabah (‘Water For Life’). Since its inception in 2006, the programme has benefited over 20,000 people covering 42 villages. I am touched by the efforts of the volunteers to help these folks who live so far away from the city. The participation of a giant company like Coca-Cola in social responsibility programmes such as these is laudable. Clean water and good sanitation are basic human needs so this project is life changing. Congratulations to those big hearted volunteers and well done Going Places for sharing the story.

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I was particularly struck by the article and photos in your feature ‘A Bird’s Eye View’ (March 2017). Being a Sarawak native, I can’t help but beam with pride at the richness of our cultural heritage that Malaysian photographer SC Shekar has so beautifully captured. Malaysia’s unique culture is often masked by globalisation and modernisation. Thanks Going Places for reintroducing us to what makes our country truly special! ALISSA ARIS Sarawak, Malaysia

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1. Expressive Style Nike’s latest sports bands allow runners to make a statement. The attractive colours are inspired by shades of the sky, matching the Air VaporMax Flyknit ‘Day to Night’ shoe collection. Each is said to be crafted from a strong, flexible fluoroelastomer material that is lightweight and perforated for ventilation and sweat management. nike.com

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Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds feature superior sound quality for music and calls, as well as advanced connectivity. Filtering out background noise, they stay in place no matter how vigorous your workout. The company claims this latest model provides three hours of music or talk time, with an additional six hours with the on-the-go charging case included. apac.jabra.com

The Elysium Dot Lofree is a mechanical keyboard designed to look like a retro typewriter. It can connect to multiple devices and platforms at the same time, and has a 4,000mAh battery with a lifespan of between one week to six months. The backlighting (white LEDs, individually lit) offers three different brightness levels. elysiumlab.com

Logitech has added the G433 Prodigy to its lineup of gaming headsets. It comes wrapped with hydrophobic, stain-resistant fabric, plus matching sports-mesh earpads. A detachable boom mic and swappable cables further allow users to transform the headsets from gaming mode with PCs or consoles to on-the-go mode with smartphones or tablets. logitech.com

5. Peak Of Time Lenovo’s new entry-level Moto E4 features a 5” display and runs on the Android v7.1.1 (Nougat) operating system. The sleek phone has a metallic finish protected by water-repellent nanocoating and is powered by a Quad core, 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It houses an advanced 8MP autofocus rear camera, alongside a 5MP one in the front for selfies. lenovo.com

6. Uncompromised Portability With four speakers and a subwoofer that packs a punch, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 is made for media consumption on the go. It features a display with Quantum Dot technology, offering a wider colour range with higher brightness, deeper saturation and better accuracy for dramatically vivid visuals. A slim profile of less than 9mm in height makes the device extremely portable. acer.com

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Our pick of movies to watch in-flight this month

Power Rangers

The Village Of No Return

Budhia Singh: Born To Run

A cinematic reboot of the popular franchise, five high school students stumble upon a hidden cluster of alien artifacts and quickly discover that they have been gifted with extraordinary powers. Destined to become the next generation of Power Rangers, the group must battle an arch nemesis from the past who has risen to take over the universe. But in order to stop the threat, they must first overcome their personal differences and issues.

Set during the end of the Qing dynasty, a mysterious Taoist priest arrives at a rural sleepy hamlet, bringing with him a magical instrument that is able to erase one’s memory. Having used the contraption on the villagers, they begin living blissful lives, forgetting all their past worries. They are then convinced by the scheming priest to help look for an old treasure that may be hidden somewhere in the village. Unbeknownst to the priest, he isn’t the only one looking for the treasure.

This is a biopic film of Budhia Singh, the world’s youngest marathon runner. His mentor and coach, Biranchi Das, is hopeful that he could be India’s greatest marathon runner, but Das soon faces a backlash for imposing harsh and vigorous training practices on a young child. After facing heavy public scrutiny and a media circus, Das caves and is no longer able to train Singh to realise his dreams of competing at the international level.

DACRE MONTGOMERY, NAOMI SCOTT, RJ CYLER PG-13 / 124 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, ES, I, G, C+

WANG QIANYUAN, CHANG HSIAO-CHUAN, SHU QI NR / 116 mins / Comedy / M, E+

MANOJ BAJPAYEE, MAYUR PATOLE NR / 112 mins / Drama / H, E+

For more in-flight entertainment selections, please see pages 87–94 of our Going Places In-Flight Entertainment Guide.

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Jet-lagged or about to board a long-haul flight? Treat yourself to the new Holistic Chill treatment at the Swasana Spa, Impiana KLCC Hotel. The treatment uses reflexology and acupressure to ease aches away by placing pressure on one’s feet and hands. The precise finger placements on specific points soothe and relax muscles. Other treatment options include Chill Classic, Chill Out, and Ultimate Chill, while the spa’s other facilities include a steam room, sauna room, an infinity-edge swimming pool and a fitness centre. impiana.com.my/swasana-spa

Matcha lovers should take note of Niko Neko Matcha, a Kuala Lumpur-based retailer of refined artisanal matcha sourced directly from a traditional tea farm in Kyoto, Japan. Unlike massproduced green tea, the artisanal green teas are carefully handpicked and ground using stone mills to preserve as much of the green tea’s flavour and aroma as possible. The grades of tea being offered include the umami-rich Ren ceremonial-grade matcha; the refined and aromatic Kiku superior-grade matcha; and the classic Yuri matcha, which is an all-round pleasing matcha that can be drunk or made into a variety of pastries and ice cream. nikonekomatcha.com

4. Fuss-Free Freshness For a basic, fuss-free skin care regime, the Botanical Effects line from Mary Kay is perfect for those who are always on the go and need to keep it simple. The formula has been refreshed to deliver its potent ingredients more effectively, infused with antioxidants such as dragon fruit and aloe extracts to help fight skin-damaging free radicals for smoother and more radiant skin. marykay.com.my

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From traversing city streets to taking a relaxing hike in the countryside, the Teva Alp Premier sandal is made for exploring favourite neighbourhoods or a new venue in comfort and casual cool style. The contoured footbed supports the foot, providing better shock absorption, while straps are lined with neoprene cushion to minimise strap-chafe. The rugged rubber outsole provides great traction for outdoor activities and wearers will be happy to

At The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, guests can refresh themselves after a tiring flight with the Jet Lag Cure spa treatment at The Oriental Spa. Say goodbye to symptoms of jet lag including water retention, stiff muscles, dehydrated skin and insomnia after the Reviving Morning treatment or the Deep Relax body treatment. mandarinoriental.com/landmark

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1. New Icon New this season, the Triangle Duffle bag from Balenciaga adds some fun to the everyday look with its geometric shape and bright colours. Don’t be fooled by the unconventional shape as this is one roomy and very practical bag. balenciaga.com

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Following a partnership with the Renault Sport F1 team, Bell & Ross commemorated the collaboration with a collection of watches celebrating the appreciation both the racing and aviation industries have for performance – accuracy and perfect timing. This year, the steering wheel of the new Renault RS17 F1 car was the inspiration behind the new collection featuring three watches, including the Skeleton Chronograph and the Tourbillon Chronograph. Designed to be easy and accurate to read with colour-coded areas for different functions, the watches have another similarity with Renault’s racing machines, that is the usage of Carbone Forge, titanium and ceramic as materials. bellross.com

3. Fun Style The Stella McCartney Falabella Go Tieprint backpack is the perfect example of the designer’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, featuring a print reminiscent of patterns on a necktie that our fathers and grandfathers probably wore. It is not all preppy and proper, though, as the chunky leather-threaded steel chain lends some bad attitude to the piece. stellamccartney.com

4. Rough And Tough Made for work and leisure, the Tumi Alpha Bravo Luke Roll-Top Backpack is practical as well as good-looking in a new blue camo pattern this season. Chuck in your laptop, tablet, phone and a few pieces of clothing, and you’re good for a weekend break, straight from the office. The roll-top closure may seem daunting but it actually provides extra security – a zipped opening in the back allows for easy access without needing to unfurl the flap. tumi.com


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5. Worldly Watch In support of child literacy, Montblanc has again teamed up with UNICEF to present two limited edition Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum watches, with part of the sale proceeds to be donated toward providing access to primary education for over five million children. Aptly, the timepiece is named after the Latin Orbis Terrarum, translated as Earth, and tells the time in 24 time zones, a result of the sophisticated complication developed by Montblanc’s master watchmakers. montblanc.com

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7. Cool Classic Lines Founded by artisans in Lancashire in 1990, the brand Charles Berkeley makes sturdy and practical bags in classic styles with updated styling. Leather is the main material, crafted in innovative designs as seen in this modern satchel for the dynamic individual. In Malaysia, find Charles Berkeley bags and leather goods at Leather Avenue stores in major shopping centres. leatheravenue.com.my

8. Jewel Spectacle These Heinz Mayer jewellery pieces exude a classic quality while also being delightfully modern through the use of precious gemstones in a myriad of eye-catching colours. Jewellery lovers can find these, as well as pieces from brands making their debut in Malaysia, including House of Rose, Ferrari Firenze and Suzanne Kalan, at the Jewellery Asia 2017 expo at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 5-7 September. Both trade visitors as well as the general public are welcome to attend. jewelleryasia.com.my

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The Bubble 47 Squelette is the newest of Corum’s signature bubble watches. A fascinating skeleton watch, the inner workings of the watch is truly a sight to behold, combining fine craftsmanship with modern design. Superluminova-coated hands add a high-tech element while making the watch easy to read in low light. corum.ch


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The inside track on the best accommodations, dining options and calendar of events from Malaysia and around the world.

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NATIONAL PRIDE

31 AUGUST holds special significance for all Malaysians as it marks Hari Kemerdekaan (National Day), to celebrate the country’s

independence. A grand parade will take place at Dataran Merdeka in the capital Kuala Lumpur, kicking off with an early morning flag-raising ceremony accompanied by a 21-gun salute. This will be followed by air shows, marching bands and parades by civil and military bodies, as well as colourful cultural performances by Malaysia’s diverse ethnic groups. Watch out for the human graphic displays, where participants form giant pictures or words using coloured flags or pom-poms. It will also be a rare chance to see military mobile and mounted units on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, along with bright floats and even vintage cars. tourism.gov.my


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Toy with the idea of a world where your thoughts are not your own while watching 1984, the West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel. Playing at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth from 4 until 13 August, the production combines the use of multimedia and design to depict a world where Big Brother is always watching. Living in a digital age where the invasion of privacy is a pressing concern, Orwell’s version of the future is as relevant with audiences today as it is terrifying. 1984play.com.au

After a turbulent break-up with former band members in 2009, ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is flying solo for an Asian tour. One of the most recognisable lead singers in modern British rock, Gallagher is known as much for his Beatles-meets-Sex Pistols voice as for his brash behaviour in the public eye. Fans in Beijing will be able to catch him live at the National Olympic Sports Centre on 10 August, where he’ll be performing new songs, including his lead single Wall of Glass from his debut album As You Were, set to be released later in the year. There will also be another show at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre on 12 August. 228.com.cn

First held in 2014, one of Jakarta’s most anticipated music festivals returns to the city with We The Fest, happening from 11 to 13 August at Jiexpo Kemayoran. Promising a star-studded line-up, expect indie, pop, rock and electronic dance music from the likes of Irish chart toppers The Kooks, British electropop singer Charli XCX, Malaysian indie pop darling Yuna and Korean hip hop group Epik High. Beyond music, enjoy lifestyle events and activities at the festival’s Art Village and WTF Market, or tuck into food from concept restaurants and pop-ups at Eats & Beats. wethefest.com

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2. Making A Comeback

3. Three Day Party


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Homegrown in Malaysia but with an international flavour, the Good Vibes Festival returns for its fifth year to entertain music lovers at The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya in Genting Highlands on 12 and 13 August. The formidable line-up includes French power-pop foursome Phoenix, American producerrapper G-Eazy, Britpop sensation The Kooks, and British electronic duo Snakehips. On the local front, chill out to tunes from sultry songstress Najwa, funk soul band Ryot Jones, art-punk outfit Killeur Calculateur and more. goodvibesfestival.com

Razzle and dazzle your way through The Color Run™, which returns to Malaysia for the second time at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur on 13 August. The unique race spans five kilometres and sees runners showered in coloured powder as they make their way across the Tropicolorthemed race course, featuring palm trees, tropical arches, island-style music and even a ‘beach’. There are no winners or losers as the idea is to celebrate the pursuit of health, joy and happiness while bringing the community together. thecolorrun.my

Experience visual art at its finest, from theatre and dance to music at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, happening throughout the month of August until 9 September. First inaugurated in 1977, this year’s theme of ‘Enchantment’ sees highlights such as MARK, where nine dancers attempt a collective drawing in various urban spaces, and Open Homes, where 30 homes will be open on weekends for visitors to come and listen to the stories of residents. Explore club culture and the foundations of its choreography with dance performance, Le Syndrom Ian, or spend an evening with the Grammy-winning sounds of San Francisco band, Kronos Quartet. sifa.sg

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Nadodi is the latest entry into KL’s fine dining scene that specialises in multicourse tasting menus. Located in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Nadodi – named for the Malayalam word for ‘wanderer’ – aims to elevate and change the perception of Asian cuisine by taking diners on a gastronomic journey across Tamil Nadu and Kerala regions in India, and the Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka. The tasting menus range from 11 to 15 courses, and change every two or three months, and have included dishes like Chicken biryani; Egg Kalakki made in its shell; Hokkaido scallops served with tamarind froth; and a sous-vide lamb curry that sits in a class of its own. nadodikl.com

Lobster lovers and burger buffs can have the best of both worlds at Pince and Pints Restaurant and Bar in Kuala Lumpur, as the restaurant will be serving a limited-edition Lobster Burger in conjunction with Malaysia’s National Day celebration this month. The fresh twist on one of the world’s most popular comfort foods involves a whole fresh lobster made into a juicy, flavour-packed patty, seasoned with spices and then deep-fried to perfection. The patty is sandwiched between two fluffy potato buns and served with crispy, double-fried sweet potato fries, classic coleslaw and three house-made dipping sauces of wasabi mayo, spicy tomato and garlic sauce. The burger is priced at USD35++ (RM148++) and will be available from 1 August until 30 September. pinceandpints.com.my

If your ideal night out involves talking with friends over a bottle of wine, be sure to head to Wine Kaki in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Decked out in natural wood, concrete floors and photographic portraits taken by one of its founders during his travels around the globe, the neighbourhood wine bar boasts over 300 labels that span the new world wines of Australia, Chile, South Africa and Argentina, to the best of Old World Wines that come from StEmilion in France and the Spanish Rioja region. Prices here are set reasonably well, starting from USD20 (RM89) for an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon and a good bottle of French wine for under USD50 (RM200). If you’re feeling peckish, there is a kitchen that cooks up gourmet bar bites such as Iberico pork loin, charred cured duck breast and grilled salmon fillet. facebook.com/winekaki

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2. Unique Combination

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After a year-long voting process (and plenty of drinking), critics from around the continent have named Singapore’s Manhattan Bar as the winner of the second annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. The bar, known for its meticulously crafted cocktail menu and glamorous 1920s interior that recalls the golden age of cocktails, leaped four places to dethrone fellow Singaporean bar 28 HongKong Street, which landed in fourth spot. First-timers to Asia’s best bar can opt for the adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch at Manhattan, which pairs unlimited craft cocktails, beers, and wines with gourmet bar food such as American oysters, Maine lobsters and barbecue braised beef short ribs. regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/ manhattan

Artisanal cheesemaker Annisa Iwan is proving that top-quality cheeses can be made right here in Kuala Lumpur. More than just a novelty, the 41-year-old Annisa has been making cheeses from her home and selling them at farmers’ markets under the brand Milky Whey. Combining foreign cultures, imported rennet, and milk sourced from local farms, she has managed to create a wide variety of cheeses, ranging from the mild and soft mozzarella to the more intense cheeses like Tommes and Tilsit. Aside from selling small batches of cheese, she also conducts cheesemaking classes for those curious to know more. facebook.com/milkywheycheese

Dinner is never the same at Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Langkawi as the culinary team led by Executive Chef Jakob Angerer refreshes the buffet menus daily to fit the day’s theme. From Mediterranean flavours on Mondays to poolside BBQs on Tuesdays and Fridays to Far East flavours from China to Japan on Sundays, diners can look forward to tantalising their taste buds every day of the week. As well as delectable, Angerer’s dishes are healthful as the chef is a firm believer of including “superfoods” in his cooking. To ensure a holistic experience, he has prepared an extensive wine list from the rack to match each day’s flavours. For those wishing to truly indulge, a free flow of sparkling wine is served during breakfast. westinlangkawi.com

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5. Sweet Cheeses!

6. Changing Seasons

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Following a major expansion, refurbishment and rebranding, La Siesta Resort and Spa Hoi An reopens with a brand new East Wing, a luxurious 37-room annexe that encompasses a spa, saltwater pool and fine dining venue. Meticulous attention to detail permeates the new wing, featuring handcrafted teak furniture and polished wood flooring. Poolside suites come with deep wooden bathtubs and private Swedish saunas, while Duplex suites feature expansive balconies overlooking the pool. Blending tradition with modern luxury, guests can enjoy handmade toiletries from the resort’s own line of spa products, Samsung soundbars and espresso coffee makers, as well as access to services such as a personal butler. lasiestaresorts.com

Travellers looking for a comfy refuge close to the Sydney Airport will find it at Mantra Hotel, a stylish premium accommodation with 136 contemporary studio rooms, a restaurant and bar, integrated lobby and reception space. Take the stress out of missed flights with 24/7 services such as express check-outs, Internet kiosks and casual dining. The hotel is just a few minutes away by foot from the airport’s domestic terminal. As part of the opening special until 29 September, guests can enjoy a special rate when they stay in a Studio King room which includes 1GB of Internet access daily, welcome drink voucher on arrival and room upgrade, subject to availability. mantra.com.au

Set amid lush gardens, Templation Hotel Angkor draws inspiration from wonders both natural and manmade - that of the abundant greenery and tropical flora surrounding it as well as the waterways and reservoirs that once nurtured the ancient Khmer city of Angkor. Priding itself in sustainable practices, the resort uses solar panels for its energy needs, powering 33 living spaces that mostly come with their own private pools. Open designs invite guests to rest, relax and contemplate, whether it’s at the lounge and bar area, the swimming pool or the restaurant, which offers Asian, Khmer and Western flavours. maads.asia/templation

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A taste of London luxury awaits at No.Ten Manchester Street, a 44-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Marylebone Village. Spread across a beautiful Edwardian-style townhouse, the hotel’s rooms and suites showcase the unique architecture from that era, and are each fitted with bespoke Christopher Guy furniture and Hypnos beds. Indulge with an in-room spa session, or kick back at the cigar lounge, known for being one of London’s finest cigar venues. Dine at the hotel’s Diecci Restaurant, an elegant, informal setting where one can unwind while tucking into authentic Italian flavours. tenmanchesterstreethotel.com

Conrad Guangzhou welcomes guests to a new and stylish urban oasis in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town. Boasting panoramic views of the Pearl River, its 309 spacious guest rooms and suites are housed in a modern 27-storey tower, with easy access to premium shopping outlets, entertainment, art venues and corporate offices, making it ideal for both business and leisure. Rooms come with all the comforts, such as walk-in closets, large flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi, while dining options are aplenty at the hotel’s three signature restaurants and a lounge and bar. Stay fit on-the-go at the fitness centre or the 25-metre indoor pool with sweeping views of the city, before relaxing tired muscles with on-site spa treatments. conradhotels3.hilton.com

New boutique hotel Timez Hotel in the state of Melaka pays homage to the city’s colourful past while catering to modern travellers. Housed in a converted pre-war building, its 15 individually designed rooms and suites are themed around five cultures that have helped define Melaka through the centuries. Hand-strung beads in the Manek room harken back to traditional Peranakan influences, while the Azujelos Room celebrates the Portuguese tiles of the same name. At the lobby, be greeted by 62 pieces of Swatch watches from a private collection, and tuck into Asian-Western fusion delights at SuperRabbit Café before heading out for a day of exploration. timezhotel.com

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5. Work And Play

6. Modern Heritage

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This month, the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne hosts the first major presentation of work from legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who produced one of the most recognised images in the history of Asian art, The Great Wave. The NGV Melbourne has teamed up with Japan’s Ukiyo-e Museum for a show that explores the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre, and also displays the five careerdefining series that gave Hokusai his legendary status. ngv.vic.gov.au

The Melbourne Writer’s Festival is now in its third decade and is growing every year to encompass more guest speakers, international and local writers and more visitors. From 25 August until 3 September at various venues across the city, the Writer’s Festival presents a rich programme of talks, readings, spoken word performances, workshops and discussions. It’s a fantastic environment to be introduced to fresh ideas and to gain new perspectives on topical issues. mwf.com.au

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Scotland Edinburgh is known for its comedy festival, but the city is also the venue for one of the UK’s largest annual festivals of visual arts. It brings together galleries from across the city along with art spaces, solo artists, performers and museums for a month-long celebration, with most events free to attend. Until 27 August, the programme brims with shows to suit all tastes as well as family-friendly activities. edinburghartfestival.com

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Prestigious British artist Grayson Perry presents ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ at the Serpentine Gallery this month. The free show sees the multitalented artist use numerous mediums to explore several themes, including masculinity, the existing political landscape in England and abroad, and the pursuit of popularity. Perry is renowned for his astute social commentary and his ability to cut to the core of pressing current issues, and this exhibition is no exception. serpentinegalleries.org

Putting Indonesian art in the limelight is Art Stage Jakarta, an annual art market held in Sheraton Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. Happening between 11-13 August, the event promises to showcase a rich selection of works from local artists and from artists across Southeast Asia. Visitors are also offered a rare insight into the world of Indonesian art with The Collectors Show, a section of the exhibition that’s donated and curated by several individual collectors. artstage.com

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6. Tall Tales Catch Beijing-born artist Yan Xing’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland at the Kunsthalle Basel this month. A multidiscipline artist, Xing often weaves fantastical backstories into his finished pieces, and for his show at the Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Dangerous Afternoon’, he presents a fictional curator whose fantasy life provides the backstory to the rest of the show. Photography, film, performance and other components convey the character’s life story without ever explicitly explaining it. Xing’s fictional curator adds a third dimension to his solo show, making it richer and even more fascinating. kunsthallebasel.ch

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Donovan Ng Melbourne, Australia

London, United Kingdom

What do you love most about this city? Having lived here for over 12 years, I feel that this city is the epitome of art, culture and food all blended together. I love the fact that we have four seasons in a day which is quite uncommon in most places. The uniqueness and diversity of the people of Melbourne make it so easy to fall in love with. And the brunch scene in this city is to die for!

One thing about the locals. The British accent! Can’t stop appreciating the locals who speak the Queen’s English. The English have a very good sense of dry humour which makes them awkwardly funny and entertaining. Generally, a bunch that enjoys the random conversation with strangers!

Where would you take a first-timer to in this city? I would start with a good cup of coffee at Padres, then walk and get lost around the magical laneways, then brunch at Hardware Societe, hop on a tram ride, then a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and even a little picnic there if the weather permits, and end by the beach in either Port Melbourne or St Kilda to admire the sunset.

What do you find most refreshing about this city? The fact that day and night can be so completely different. There are so many old traditional landmarks and museums to visit during the day, and by night, it changes into a bustling city of bars and pubs. You can never get bored in this very cosmopolitan city, but if you do, you’re an hour’s flight out to Paris, Rome and other culturally beautiful cities around Europe.

What is the one thing that the first-timer must do in this city? I think getting out of the city to visit the coastal towns around the Great Ocean Road is something most first-timers should do. Staying a few nights going between Lorne to Apollo Bay and back and just enjoying the ice-cool breeze and nature is something uniquely Melbourne.

The one experience that everyone must try. Most people would say the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace but I’d prefer to walk, run or just hang out around Hyde Park. You could easily spend an entire day walking this place and lazing around in the park with a good book!

Your favourite dish from here and where might we find it? There are so many great dishes to choose from in Melbourne but if I had to choose a dish, it’ll be pad see ew. Strange I know, but we really do get some good Thai restaurants in this city! My favourite would be the six-hour-cooked wagyu beef pad see ew at Chin Chin restaurant on Flinders Lane.

The one local dish that’s not to be missed. Indian food here is absolutely amazing! Therefore, a Chicken Tikka Masala would be a must try!

The best place to have dinner with: a. family – Ecco in South Yarra serves the most humbling Italian cuisine. Authentic wood oven pizzas to lobster ravioli - all of it is very simple and down to earth. b. friends – Cumulus Inc on Flinders Lane is where I would go with mates. Modern Australian cuisine with a very good wine selection! The best thing about the locals. I think the fact that Australians are so laidback, it makes them a very friendly bunch. Name one souvenir to bring home. A footy ball! It’s the ball they use for Australian Rules Football. Five words that sum up this city. Sophisticated, Delicious, Creative, Artsy, Beautiful.

The best thing you can do here for free. The land of free museums! Unlike NYC or other big cities, most of the great museums in London are free of charge! The British Museum and the Natural History Museum are worth spending the entire day at. Your favourite memory of this city. Having dinner at 10 pm at this very dodgy Indian joint in Vauxhall. Even the cab driver was afraid to drop us off! A lesson learnt from this city: Being able to live creatively and not be judged. What was the best piece of souvenir you took home from here? Tickets to a Man United match against West Ham that was cancelled at the very last minute due to heavy snow in London. Name something they have here that you wished you had at home: An international star-studded football league!

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Instant messaging is wasted on the young. WhatsApp must have been deliberately designed to ruin a love struck teenager’s life because the sender can see if the receiver has read the message or not. And if the little blue ticks indicate that she has read it then why hasn’t she replied yet? How can it take three whole minutes to reply to “U up?” when the answer is obviously “Yes”? She must be busy. I’ll tell her “I’m juss chillin” in exactly two and a half minutes. I’m glad I didn’t have social media and instant messaging when I was a teenager or I would have spent weeks staring at my phone waiting for replies to my inane questions like “U up?”, “Wassup?” and “S’up?”. I would have spent my life anguishing over creating messages that gave the impression I was hip,

cool and all things YOLO and that I definitely wasn’t making model aeroplanes at the age of seventeen. And that when somebody did finally reply to my message, I wasn’t so completely flustered that I had accidentally glued my fingers together. “I’m just chillin’. S’up wid U?” I believe that one of the privileges of growing older is that I don’t have to instantly reply to messages. I can take my time and respond when I’m ready, but I know that nobody else shares my conviction. They want an instant reply and actually I am exactly the same. If I don’t receive the answer right now then I become frustrated and anxious. The promise of instant messaging is the relief of an instant answer but instead it can often deliver an added tension. Which is why travelling can be such a relief. As soon as I get on the plane I can no longer harass or be harassed with instant messages. Travelling and going through a very long tunnel are among the few moments when we are forced to be away from the real-time present of current affairs and Wikipedia knowledge and instead, we enter a private present or even a past. On the plane I have to watch movies that were made and selected months, if not years, ago. Or I can read a book or drift into my own thoughts. In the plane I can no longer receive any

instant answers but I can also discover that the question wasn’t very important anyway. Travel’s greatest gift is the relief from the news. You don’t travel to Bali or Paris to find out more about the travails of your own local politics. You travel to get away from all that and then to revel in the romance and excitement of your destination. When I’m travelling I have neither the time nor the inclination to see what is happening back home. News alerts go unread or they just don’t seem very important. When I am travelling I know I have no control over events, and the knowledge is such a relief. The anxiety and sense of impotence induced by real-time news and messages is replaced with the enjoyment of the present time and of the moment. Maybe I feel relief in travel because I am getting older. I see families on holiday and the teenage kids are ignoring the Eiffel Tower because they’re too busy messaging their friends back home. But the abuse of instant messaging isn’t limited to the young. I have a friend who is excessively old-fashioned in his messaging. He will write a message in long hand first and then transcribe it to his phone. His messages are always in complete sentences and he works hard to create poetry in his prose. He recently sent a message of familial love to his mother and she replied with “J”. Instant messaging is wasted on the old.

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I’m glad I didn’t have social media and instant messaging when I was a teenager or I would have spent weeks staring at my phone waiting for replies to my inane questions like “U up?”, “Wassup?” and “S’up?”

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Kam Raslan is the author of Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures. He is also a columnist, and a writer and director working in film, TV and theatre in Malaysia. He will one day make his own feature film. His column is written exclusively for Malaysia Airlines.

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Being mentally strong as well as continuing to match yourself up to the competition is important to maintain good performance.

SITI RAHMAH OSMAN Women’s Field Hockey

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Malaysia These five star athletes represent Malaysia’s next line-up of champions. WITH THE 29TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES taking place in Kuala Lumpur this month, the whole country will be awash with national pride as we root for our athletes on home ground, with the games set to culminate just one day before Malaysia’s Independence Day celebrations.

We highlight five of our star athletes set to compete this month, every one of them an inspiration to us all with their personal stories as well as words of wisdom that we can look to and ignite our own Malaysia Boleh! (Malaysia Can!) spirit.

Before you give up, remember why you started in the first place.

JACKIE WONG Men’s Hammer Throw


Keep your focus on the prize, and train yourself mentally to persevere.

NAJMI FARIZAL JAZLAN Men's Field Hockey

Whenever I think about quitting, I will remind myself that it has been a long journey. SHASANGARI SIVANESWARY Rhythmic Gymnastics

Failure is hard to accept, but with every failure comes personal success.

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Jackie Wong Siew Cheer The national hammer thrower nearly gave up due to personal reasons but continued to persevere and has broken the national record nine times so far. Already practising the sport for about five or six years in 2013, 25-year-old Wong was ready to give up the sport, stuck in a rut with no discernible improvement in his training. Matters became worse when his best friend, with whom he had been training and made plans to study overseas together, was killed in an accident that same year. However, the national sports council was bringing in a coach from China, Gu Yuan, to train Wong, and in just five months, Wong had broken the then 20-year-old national record with his discipline.

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Siti Rahmah Othman

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Even though her family never thought their slender daughter could be serious about it, the sweet and demure Siti never stopped chasing her dream of being a national hockey team player. The Malaysian women’s field hockey team is at an all-time high. This year has been their best yet, managing to qualify for the Women’s Hockey World League Tournament semi-finals in Brussels, just one step away from qualifying for the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018. Nominated three times for the National Sportswoman of the Year award, the 31-year-old Siti Rahmah has put in 15 years of hard work. Being mentally strong is what got her to where she is, and with skills, she continues to be formidable, competing with players much younger than she is.


Aneeta Lingam

Shasangari Sivaneswary Nagarajan The journey has been long and difficult for lanky Sasha, 16, who never imagined she could be where she is now – on the Malaysian team competing for gold at the 29th SEA Games. Rhythmic gymnast, Shasangari Sivaneswary, or Sasha for short, made one of her earliest sacrifices at the tender age of nine, when she had to leave her friends behind to be enrolled in a school where it would be easier for her to train under the grand doyenne of Malaysian gymnastics, Petrina Low. The pressure is enormous for Sasha – gymnastics being a sport where every minuscule detail matters – yet she keeps going because it has always been her dream to achieve success in rhythmic gymnastics. Almost quitting because of the pressure and an injury before she was selected for the national team, Shasa credits her father for encouraging her to continue.

Muhammad Najmi Farizal Jazlan

Recently qualifying for the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup as part of the national men’s field hockey team, Najmi, 22, says it is only now, playing for Malaysia, that he sees how he can achieve his goal of playing at the Olympics one day, his dream since his days at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail sports school in the southern state of Johor. Playing on the defending champion’s team, Najmi hopes to score winning goals for the national team at the SEA Games this month.

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Najmi has only been on the national team for about a year, but looks forward to contributing to the national team's success nonetheless.

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Aneeta Lingam, 17, has no illusions about where she is exactly in the world of figure skating. She knows she has a long way to go, admitting that exposure as well as proper facilities are lacking for the national squad. But she is more than prepared to put in the work needed by venturing out and joining competitions, and accepting defeat. “Failure is hard to accept, but you just need to learn from them and keep improving,” she says. Having basically sacrificed her childhood to chase her 10-year dream, she is not letting it all be for nothing.

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The petite lass is living almost every little girl’s dream of being a figure skater – a dream once considered impossible for someone from sunny, tropical Malaysia.


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Affectionately known as ‘KK’ to locals, the city of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia’s state of Sabah has no shortage of activities.

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UNCOVER CULTURES Get to know KK under its skin as you step into Mari Mari Cultural Village, a living museum of five out of 39 indigenous ethnic tribes in Sabah. Learn about the rice-farming Kadazan-Dusun tribe, enter a Rungus longhouse, sharpen the spear of a Lundayeh hunter, dance with the Bajau sea gypsies or listen to the battle cry of the former headhunting Murut tribe. HERITAGE WALK Take a stroll down Australia Lane where Australian Soldiers first camped when they landed in KK in 1945. Now known as Jalan Dewan, it is filled with vintage print shops and hipster cafés. Venture down the lane and find some stairs leading up to Signal Hill with panoramic views of the city. Catch a glimpse of the only two colonial structures that have stood the test of time since World War II, the Atkinson Clock Tower and the Sabah Tourism Building. WONDERFUL WATERFALL Escape the city’s heat and hike into Inanam’s forest where you can take a dip at Kionsom Falls, a multi-tiered cascading waterfall. Pack some lunch for a picnic in the jungle. BEACH BUMMING Take a ferry from Jesselton Point and island hop around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park island cluster. Spend the day snorkelling, swimming or just beach bumming. You can also parasail, kayak and explore the rainforest walk at Gaya Island. Sapi and Manukan are the most popular islands known for crystal clear waters and a dizzying variety of fish.

ANIMAL SPOTTING A trip to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park offers a chance to see some of Sabah’s notable wildlife. Located about 25 kilometres outside KK, the park is home to rainforest animals such as the orangutans, pygmy elephants, Malayan sun bears, and the odd-looking Proboscis monkeys. FOR ADRENALIN JUNKIES Paraglide off one of the hills at Kokol Hills to enjoy the Crocker Range from a bird’s eye view or bask in the cool evening breeze with Champagne in hand while watching the city come to life as night falls. WET AND WILD Hire a quad bike and explore Kiulu Valley or brace the rough waters of Kiulu River. This beautiful village is set against a backdrop of rolling mountains and expansive paddy fields. Stay at Fig Tree for a rugged experience while you have a go at river fishing, rice planting or rubber tapping. SAVE THE GREAT APE Get up close and personal and learn about the plight of orangutans at Shangri-La Rasa Ria’s Nature Reserve. Here, orphaned baby orangutans are rehabilitated before they are returned to the jungle.

Malaysia Airlines flies daily from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI), Sabah, Malaysia.

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CHEERS AT SUNSET Grab some drinks and head to Tanjung Aru Beach where you will be rewarded with dramatic sunsets overlooking the South China Sea. Escape the crowd and go to Beach 3 where you will be hanging out with the locals. Signal Hill Observatory Tower on the edge of Signal Hill also offers a great panoramic view of the city. SWEET SURRENDER Drawn from Sabah’s rich cultural heritage, don’t miss the chance to be soothed by magic fingers using traditional indigenous healing and rejuvenation techniques. Jari Jari Spa and Shangri-La Tanjung Aru’s Chi Spa offer unforgettable spa experiences.

Where To Eat SLURP UP Sabahan noodles may sound obscure even to Malaysians living in Peninsular. Slurp up some ngiu chap (beef noodles) at Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, fish noodles or tom yam seafood noodles at Fatt Kee Restaurant on Hilltop, or laksa at the ever-busy Yee Fung Restaurant. FRESH FROM SEA Never leave KK without having a seafood meal. It’s fresh and cheap and you can pick it straight from the tank. Check out Kampung Nelayan Seafood Restaurant or Welcome Seafood around the city or venture further to Gayang or Salut Restaurant in Tuaran with beautiful sunset views.

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Retail Therapy MARKETS GALORE Be ready to bargain for the best price when shopping at the Filipino Market, a great place for pearl and crystal jewellery and handicrafts. The market opens at 7 am, but for an insider’s treat, get there before dawn and watch the fisherman bring in their morning haul at the fish market in Pasar Besar. SHOP LOCAL On Sundays, the crowd hits Gaya Street for the weekend market. Farmers bring their produce, vendors sell local delicacies, antiques, souvenirs and prized herbs – almost everything under the sun.

Take To The Road HIT THE TRAILS Head to the highlands, where the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu stands tall. At the foothill is Kinabalu Park, with umpteen hiking trails and a botanical garden boasting an estimate of 4,500 species of plants, 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. End the day relaxing in one of the natural hot sulphuric pools at Poring Hot Springs, believed to have curative powers. SWIM WITH SEA COWS The idyllic Mantanani Islands are not only known for azure blue waters, but also for the friendly dugongs that swim near the shores.

These islands are approximately 45 minutes by boat from Kota Belud and are fringed by reefs offering at least 20 dive sites. MILK & TEA Dubbed as the ‘New Zealand of Sabah’, Desa Dairy Farm, located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, offers a pastoral setting of Friesian cows grazing freely in lush green pastures. Watch the cows march into the milking bay, and before you leave, grab some yoghurt, cheese and milk to go. Continue on to Sabah Tea Garden, a tea estate with a charming café and cottages for those who want to stay the night. Take a guided tour around the plantation and factory to learn about organic tea cultivation. TWINKLE IN THE NIGHT For a dazzling evening of glittering fireflies and intriguing wildlife sightings, take a boat safari down the Klias River. Be in awe as long tail macaques, Proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and hornbills take centre stage. Don’t forget your insect repellant. CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOO Back in the 1880s, the North Borneo Railway track was used to transport coffee and rubber from the interiors to the city. Today, you can take a scenic train ride passing through palm plantations, under mountains and traversing paddy fields while tucking into a ‘tiffin’ lunch in one of the world’s last few steam trains. You may also recognise scenes from the local movie Ola Bola as you stare out your cabin window.

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CASH-FRIENDLY CITY Carry some cash in hand especially when you’re dining local as some restaurants don’t take credit cards.

BAH! To swing with the locals, simply add bah at the end of your sentence.

About the writer Deborah started globe-trotting and writing her travel tales first on pen and paper and later on her website. She believes in the power of travel and its ability to alter life’s perspective. ardenttraveler.com

About the illustrator Kimberly is an avid solo explorer. She brings vibrant and quirky illustrations to life and is passionate about spreading creativity through visual thinking. kimberlymak.com

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Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim /

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Tête-à-Tête

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THE CROWN PRINCE OF THE MALAYSIAN STATE OF JOHOR,

His Royal Highness Major General Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim, won the presidency of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) uncontested in March this year. Since then, Tunku Ismail, or more fondly known by the acronym of TMJ for Tunku Mahkota Johor, has kicked off the biggest shake-up to the governing body and the structure of local football in three decades. On completing his 100 days in office, he shares with Going Places his frustrations, his hopes and his aspirations to see Malaysian football emerge from what he terms as a 30-year slump. TMJ is also the owner of Johor Darul Ta’zim or JDT. The football club of the southern Malaysian state is also the most successful in the country. You’re obviously very passionate about football. First, with the rebranding of JDT and now, taking on the mammoth task of turning around the Malaysian football team. Have you always been interested in the game or are you the sort who simply cannot resist a challenge? I am a person who likes new challenges. I guess that’s how I have been raised since my military training days. I don’t like to feel comfortable. I’m always looking for new things. Football is something that I have been very passionate about since I was very, very young. I grew up playing with friends. Now, I have this new passion – to manage a football team, and that means to implement professionalism and innovation in whatever way I can to improve the team. That’s my passion now. I hope the fire will continue to burn for a long time because I am always very eager to look for new challenges. There is tremendous pressure to turn around the national team. Do you think expectations have been set too high, and are they fair? There are three types of expectations. One is realistic. Second, the eagerness and anticipation to see improvements and third, unreasonable expectations. Some want to see us achieve

success but there are also those who would like to see us fail, and I’m being very honest. We live in a country where the majority of the people in the districts are still uneducated. For this country to move forward, the first thing we have to solve is education. I feel that with education, we can solve a lot of problems in this country, not just in sports but in every single aspect of our lives. I believe we are capable and have the potential to be a great nation. You have obviously gone back to the drawing board to get the right system in place. You have appointed a new head coach, Nelo Vingada, and you have fired staff at FAM. What’s next on your to-do list? In the last few months, I have changed more than what people who have been there for the last 30 years have done. I have urged the Football Association of Malaysia to be more engaging in tackling problems, to work faster and at the same time, to be very engaging with the fans and not keep them in the dark. We have become very transparent so our fans know what our goals are and understand what our targets are. That is very important. After that, we need to get the very best people in football, people who are passionate and know about football to join us. For example, we are searching for a new sporting director. We are looking at every single area where there are weaknesses, and trying to fix them. What are some of these areas of weakness? We are putting a lot of energy and time now looking into the standard of refereeing in the country. There have been complaints about the poor performance of referees. In order to improve the standard of our football, the different areas – management, team and refereeing – they all need to move forward together. You turned around JDT. That was very successful. Are you going to employ the same strategy at FAM? It’s going to be a bit different with FAM. In FAM, there are people who are willing to improve but there are also people who are in denial. In JDT, I control everything, so it’s easier for me to work

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with the team that I have. I don’t think the success of JDT can be replicated in FAM because it’s a completely different structure. At the end of the day, we are trying our best to inject more professionalism into our sport by assisting and educating all the participating teams. For example, when it comes to financial management, we are trying to ensure that the teams spend within their means. They should not be asking (state) governments for money if they go overboard because that’s money for the people. It’s wrong. Some are willing to change, some are more reluctant, therefore, it is a challenge in FAM.

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I believe we can improve but everyone in FAM, including all the affiliates, must have the same goals and targets, and we must work hand-in-hand.

When you took over in March, you said that FAM was RM40 million (USD9.3 million) in debt. How are you going to turn this around and where are you going to find the financial resources to do what you plan to do for the team? We have approached a few companies that are willing to be the sponsor for our domestic competition (Malaysia Cup). We are also trying to see all the big companies and businessmen in Malaysia who have made a lot of money in this country to at least contribute something to the football association because at the end of the day, this belongs to the people. It doesn’t belong to any individual. But it’s tough. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s something that we have to do. We’re trying to get the best possible outcome because right now, Indonesia is moving in another direction, Thailand is also moving a big step forward. They have big budgets from broadcasting rights. We are trying to get the same thing here, to get a big budget that at the end of the day, all participating (state) teams will gain from it. This will enhance the value of our domestic competition and indirectly improve our national team as well. Do you stay up thinking about these problems? No. I sleep fantastic. When I was younger, yes, I do think about what other people have to say or what people expect of me but since the birth of my daughter last year, I couldn’t care less. I just want to take care of my family. Obviously, my


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A rapid-fire round with Tunku Ismail: Describe yourself in three words. Determined, disciplined, stubborn. Your most overused word. That’s a word that I cannot share with you! I use the ‘F’ word a lot. Personality traits you dislike. I don’t like people who are self-obsessed.

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Morning or night person? I’m definitely a nocturnal creature. Who in the world would you most like to meet? President Putin (of Russia).

Favourite place on earth. Johor. Favourite pastime. Polo.

1. An accomplished polo player, Tunku Ismail (right) will be competing in the prestigious Jockey Club Open tournament in Argentina in September 2. With wife Che Puan Khaleeda Bustamam and daughter Tunku Kalsom Aminah Sofiah binti Tunku Ismail 3. The prince engineered the success of the Johor state football team, which won the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup

state duties come first. That’s my responsibility. As long as my fellow Johoreans and Johor are doing OK, FAM is just a – some people are not happy when I say this but it’s the truth and I like to be open – FAM is my part-time job. To me, even if I put in 50 percent but we see positive changes and good results, that means I have done my job. When you took over the presidency in March, you set a goal to turn around the team in one term. Are you still keeping to that goal? One term is four years. It's going to be the longest one term of my life! But seriously, if you look at us today, we have a foreign coach, which we have all been wanting because we need that foreign expertise. The team is training in the best facilities and playing in the best stadium in the country (in Johor Bahru), and obviously, we’re trying to get the team more exposure. FAM is also more transparent nowadays in terms of engaging with the fans. Lately, we have seen the teams playing in the domestic competition becoming very competitive and that’s a very good sign. So there are a lot of positive changes taking place. What about our women’s national team, which has been languishing for far longer than our men’s team, are you looking into this as well? Not much effort has been put into our women’s team because it’s not a popular sport, especially with the perception of women in sports in this country. But with our new organisation now, we will be putting more focus into the structure of women’s football, and we will try to get a bigger budget so that we can improve upon what they have done in the past.

Favourite band. I have no favourite bands. I listen to all kinds of music. If a movie was made of your life, who would play you? That’s a tough one because there’s only one TMJ! No one can play me. OK, maybe Colin Farrell. He will make a good TMJ.

What is your vision for Malaysian football? Will we return to our glory days of the 1970s and 1980s? I think that’s secondary because our neighbouring countries have moved so far forward while we have slept for 30 years. It’s not going to be easy to catch up. I’m being very realistic. I believe we can improve but everyone in FAM, including all the affiliates, must have the same goals and targets and we must work hand-in-hand. I believe we will see results from the changes we are making. What I am more concerned about is education. It’s very hard to move forward if fans, and even some individuals in FAM, continue to judge us using emotions rather than brains. This attitude is harder to change because you can do a hundred positive things but you’re judged based on one slip-up. When I was young, I always blamed the poor state of our football on FAM but now that I am inside FAM, I realise it’s not just FAM but the local football fans as well. For example, in Thailand, the fans there are very supportive of the national team. They spend on team merchandise because they want to be part of the team. That is something we do not see here. Here, fans still see the domestic Malaysia Cup as the biggest thing in the world. If we still have that mentality, then you can forget about changing.

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Malaysian freediver Azua Shafii wants to break more records and teach others the art of freediving safely.

SYAFIDATUL AZUA SHAFII is all about pushing limits. Her first freedive was a mere seven metres in the waters off Malaysia’s Tioman Island. Azua, as she is affectionately known, had followed her friend, already a freediver at the time, who wanted to reach 40 metres. That was five years ago. Today, the 32-year-old is a freediving champion with multiple records to her name in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Officially, Azua has recorded being able to hold her breath underwater for four minutes and 48 seconds, a national record. In training, she clocked five minutes and 16 seconds. Other national records that she holds are longest pool dynamic with fins at 153 metres and deepest constant weight at 50 metres. She recently dove 60 metres to win second place at the Asian Freediving Cup in the Philippines. Freediving is when one does not use breathing apparatus such as scuba gear but depends on the ability to hold one’s breath until resurfacing. Proper training is needed to curb the possibility of blackouts due to insufficient oxygen and hypoxic fits, which is the loss of motor control in the body. “The first time I did it, it was only seven metres because it was too risky without proper training. I didn’t want to endanger myself. I held my breath for about one minute. There was, of course, the fear of dying,” she says. “Then, I decided to do it the right way, so I attended a course. After that, it became something like an addiction. It went from what if I can hold my breath for three minutes, to four, then five.” Azua, who never had formal training in swimming, says it was her father who taught her to swim, adding that holidays

and weekend getaways revolved around going to waterfalls or the swimming pool. “If we were going to stay in a hotel, we always checked to make sure there was a swimming pool,” she says. “I used to ride on my father’s back while he swam. It made me think of those people who rode on the backs of orcas.” The road to being a champion in freediving has not been easy. Azua puts in the hours at the pool, with a training regime that lasts between two and four hours in the morning, three times a week. She also hits the gym and does yoga to ensure her body remains flexible. Running helps her build endurance, while weight training helps her make use of her muscles effectively. When it comes to her diet, she keeps it healthy and ensures she does not have a large breakfast or dairy products, especially during competitions. Her routine prior to a competition is to do breathing and visualisation exercises. She then packs up her dive equipment and is ready to go. “The only days I have ‘off’ are Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she says of her routine that includes training others. Besides competing in various competitions, Azua has made it her mission to ensure that others who want to freedive do it safely. To this end, she has started her own dive training school, Apnea Odyssey, and is a certified dive instructor.


helps the diver be more efficient besides enabling them to swim a greater distance.

For now, she trains those in the beginner and intermediate levels. “I really enjoy teaching and making people realise that they can do more,” she says. One memorable experience she had was when a 60-year-old retired headmistress signed up for her course. “She told me all she wanted to do was get to the bottom of the swimming pool and pose with the ‘peace’ sign,” she recalls. “I told her she could do so much more than that and took her to the 3.6-metre mark. She did it. She said she hadn’t imagined she could do it and thanked me for it.” Azua estimates she has taught about 200 students in two and a half years. Holding classes in the greater Kuala Lumpur area, and in the states of Johor, Kedah, Penang and Terengganu, also means locals do not need to travel to faroff places like Phuket or Indonesia to take up the course. One of Azua’s dreams is to one day start a freediving centre and make Malaysia a destination for the sport. “It will take some planning,” she says, adding that she plans to continue taking part in events to break more records. “I want to become an entrepreneur and help create jobs for others. I also want to focus on training others to become instructors.” Azua says the sport is growing in Malaysia, with some people taking up freediving for the fun of it while others just want the chance to play “mermaid” as they get to wear a monofin, which is akin to a mermaid’s tail. In actual fact, a monofin

Previously the president of Aida Malaysia (the official freediving association that sanctions all freediving records), she is currently safety and training officer. Having a Master’s in Environmental Management from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Azua also wants to do more for environmental conservation. She was the ambassador for the My Fin, My Life campaign with WWF, Shark Savers, WildAid and SSI last year. The campaign discouraged the consumption of shark’s fins. Azua bakes in her free time and can boast of making cheese cakes and pavlovas. Never one to care much about makeup (the rare times are when she heads out with friends) and how she looks, Azua laughs, saying she sometimes looks like the Lion King when she comes out of the pool. She rarely wears dresses, preferring her sporty attire. However, now that she is ambassador for scuba diving equipment maker Mares, Azua figures she has to be more responsible in how she projects herself. Azua laughs as she relates how she has taken the sea less travelled in life. While her mother preferred for her to settle down and have an office job, Azua instead decided on pursuing what her heart desired. “She had no idea what I was doing. That I was holding my breath under water. Then she saw the video, and she asked me, ‘You do that?’ Now, she understands and accepts,” Azua says, adding that her waterloving father died 10 years ago and did not get the chance to witness her freediving pursuit and success.

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Wuhan, China

Heady Wuhan The ancient heart of China is truly worth exploring.

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Also known as the Rainbow Bridge for its red colour, the Qingchuan Bridge connects Hankou with Hanyang


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Hankou, in the northeast of the city, is the bustling commercial centre, where you can find the best hotels, restaurants and shopping, and was opened as a European treaty port in 1861 and so boasts a pleasant colonial quarter along the river. Hanyang, south from here across the Han

River, is mostly a light-industrial area, but features a great viewpoint and an important Buddhist temple. Lastly, there is the ancient walled city of Wuchang, east across the Yangtze via the Great Changjiang Bridge, where you’ll find most of the tourist sights and a less hectic environment as the city thins out toward the tranquility of East Lake. As it holds the majority of the better accommodations in Wuhan, most people start their exploration of the city in Hankou. Once a simple inland fishing port during the Tang dynasty, it rapidly grew after the arrival of European and

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WUHAN, THE SPRAWLING CAPITAL OF HUBEI PROVINCE , located in the centre of China, lies at the confluence of the Han and Yangzi rivers, which separate three original settlements of Hankou, Wuchang, and Hanyang, all of which have their own unique histories.


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Japanese traders in the mid-19th century, which led the area to become a centre of early industrialisation in China, and whose iron and steel workers were key in the toppling of the Qing dynasty during the 1911 Revolution. Malaysia Airlines flies three times weekly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Wuhan (WUH), China

Although a mostly modern part of the city, there is still evidence of the Europeans, with many neo-classical buildings in what is known as the colonial quarter between Zhongshan Dadao and the riverfront. The only real formal tourist attraction here is the Wuhan Art Museum, housed

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in a very grand 1920s neo-classical building on the western edge of the quarter, and a good place to see both classical and modern Chinese art. However, the real joy of the colonial quarter is to just wander around, especially through the maze of backstreets, where you can see more of the local culture and stylish cafés, shops and restaurants that are opening to take advantage of the atmospheric surroundings. The best area for a riverside stroll is along the former British-built Bund (embankment), similar to the one found in Shanghai, which has been landscaped to become Jiangtan Park, a popular place with both locals and visitors, especially to escape the ferocious heat in the summer. Many of the colonial buildings here have been converted into high-end restaurants, clubs and bars, and the area is quite lively at night. Hankou is also famous for its shopping, and Jiankou Walking Street, just back from the river, is well-known as a place to experience authentic Chinese shopping, with shopkeepers standing on the street, clamouring to lure the crowds of shoppers inside. It’s especially good for picking up discount clothes, though for larger sizes you’re best off heading for the less-rowdy department stores and international chains that are well-represented here. If Chinese food isn’t your thing, this is also where you’ll find the main concentration of Western food chain outlets. If you do like Chinese food, then there’s no shortage of street food as well as some fine restaurants serving local dishes hidden amid back streets. Try the Wuchang fish (one of Chairman Mao’s favourites) or braised pork in black bean sauce, which is more for Western palates. Moving south from Hankou across the Han River is the second of Wuhan’s ancient settlements, that of Hanyang.


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near Yellow Crane Tower, is one of the best street eating experiences in China. Try the re gan mian (hot dry noodles) or tang bao (small dumpling buns filled with pork and soup). The most famous building in Wuhan is the Yellow Crane Tower, which has existed in various forms throughout Wuchang’s history. The first tower was built in CE221 as a military watchtower but it has been destroyed and rebuilt on no fewer than twelve occasions over the centuries, thanks in part to the Tang dynasty poets who lavished such praise upon it. The current 51-metre-high tower was built in 1981, recreating the Qing dynasty style with its curved roofs covered with over 100,000 orange-yellow ceramic tiles, though it stands one kilometre away from the original site. Just to the east of here, visit the Taoist temple of Changchun Guan, which is the centre of Chinese Traditional Medicine, with finely carved columns, a doctor and a pharmacy. 1. Ancient bronze bells from 433 BC displayed in the Hubei Provincial Museum 2. View of the East Lake backdropped by skyscrappers 3. An opera performance on the street 4. The Yellow Crane Tower (on the left) is on Sheshan (Snake Hill), a kilometre away from the original site

Although founded in the Sui Era (CE581-618), there is little left of its long history, and it is little-visited by outsiders, though there are a few places of interest clustered around Gui Shan (Turtle Mountain), which is now a pleasant park and worth a climb for the ancient tombs dotted on its slopes and wonderful views of the city from the top. The park is easy to find, thanks to its enormous TV tower. A couple of kilometres to the southwest, you will find the late Qing dynasty Buddhist temple of Guiyuan Si (one of the four most important in China), which is not only a tranquil place to escape the crowds but features hundreds of statues of both the Buddha and his acolytes. The last and most attractive of all three is Wuchang, the ancient capital of the Wu kingdom that takes up the eastern bank of the Yangtze, where you’ll find most of Wuhan’s main attractions. Founded as the capital of the Wu Kingdom during the early Three Kingdoms Period (CE220–280), this ancient city later became the capital of Hubei province after 1300, and much of this long and turbulent history can be seen and experienced at various sights. It’s best to make an early start to sightseeing here, not only because of the many things to see, but because one of the culinary specialties of Wuhan is its breakfast food. Hubuxiang (Breakfast Alley), located

From here, it’s a few kilometres east to the edge of the picturesque Dong Hu (East Lake), where you can really come to grips with the region’s history at the splendid Hubei Provincial Museum, which boasts a fine collection of historical artefacts (most are labelled in English) and a daily musical performance on replicas of the over 2,000-yearold bronze bells found in the province. Just a few hundred metres south, experience something of a 20th-century history at Mao Zedong’s Villa. It is here that the architect of communist China spent a lot of time during the Cultural Revolution. A delightful area, many scenic locations around the East Lake are now easily accessible by boat.

About the writer Charles Young has been travelling since university, and has worked on nearly 20 travel titles for Rough Guides across the world. A man of many talents, he has run a coffee shop in Hong Kong, worked in the spice trade in India, a publican in South Korea, and taught English across Asia.

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A Taste of

Melaka

Navigating the historical city’s smorgasbord of flavours.

NAVIGATING AROUND THE STATE OF MELAKA is fun but bound to work up an appetite. Here are our top recommendations of its amazing food to keep travellers satiated!

Laksa There are numerous versions of laksa in Malaysia but the Nyonya Laksa is synonymous with Melaka’s cuisine. Noodles are submerged in a creamy coconut milk broth made aromatic with spices and topped with tofu puffs, shrimp, beansprouts and egg.  The garnishing of laksa  leaf, known as  daun kesum in Malay, is a  prerequisite for the overall aroma and flavour. Add sambal into the soup for more heat. 


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1. Melaka's creamy Nyonya Laksa 2. The moreish dessert of cendol can be topped with any combination of ingredients 3. Justberry's irresistible durian cendol 4. Chicken rice balls are authentically Melakan 5. The rice balls are said to keep warm longer

Unplugged: Gourmet

Chicken Rice Balls An iconic Melaka dish, Chicken Rice Balls are similar to the classic chicken rice but with rice formed into bite-sized orbs. This dish is enjoyed with roast or poached chicken, plus condiments of soy and chilli sauce. Some say the rice was originally shaped as such because it kept warm longer when stored until mealtime, making it convenient for labourers working on plantations to transport from home. Another theory was that rice balls were more portable and easier to consume. Today, rice balls are appreciated more as a novelty, and Melaka has become the go-to place to experience it.

Cendol Cendol is popular nationwide, but in Melaka, this moreish, sweet dessert has attained an almost revered status. A

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typical bowl incorporates  finely shaved ice, rich coconut milk, soft red beans and green jellies known as cendol strips.  The strips,  customarily handmade with  pandan (screwpine) leaves, should be firm with a nice, springy chew. Sweetened with the distinct smoky, caramel-ish gula melaka (palm sugar), a key ingredient for an excellent cendol, it offers an incredible reprieve from the scorching heat. A popular variation is topped with fresh durian pulp, but that is best reserved for serious fans of the King of Fruits.  One of the best cendols to be had in Melaka is at Nyonyalicious, where each bowl carries the perfect balance of creaminess, sweetness and generous servings of ingredients. If you fancy yours with durian, head to Justberry’s. Feeling adventurous? Bulldog Café offers an alcoholic version with Baileys!  

Asam Pedas If you love bold, spicy and sour food, then asam pedas is a must on your list.  There are several interpretations and


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6. Dipping skewers of raw and semi-cooked meat and seafood into a pot of peanut sauce 7. Slices of stingray meat in a gravy of asam pedas 8. Dapur Cho Cho's onde onde 9. Skewers of meat on the grilll 10. Wok & Pan's juicy and sizeable ribs

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there are endless adaptations, but suffice to say, it tastes extraordinarily satisfying. The seafood that forms the foundation for this stew is almost secondary to the gravy, which aficionados are known to drench on rice, with second helpings of the staple food being the norm. In Melaka, the rice is served with vegetables, a dollop of sambal and a halved salted egg.

(pastry shells filled with sliced vegetables and prawns) and ikan goreng cili garam (fried fish with chilli paste). These are the few central dishes with Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) roots. A Peranakan meal at many restaurants in Melaka goes beyond the delectable food, with traditional décor and exquisite furniture completing the experience for visitors to be immersed in the culture.

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No visit to Melaka is complete without a feast of ayam pongteh (braised chicken in sweet bean paste), pie tee

Satay celup is another signature food of Melaka. Skewers of  raw or semi-cooked meat, seafood and vegetables  are dipped into a  pot of thick, spicy peanut sauce for an interactive, social meal as everyone gets to enjoy their choice of ingredients, cooked in a communal pot.

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Another popular skewered food in Melaka is pork satay. One can savour innards like intestines and liver with as much gusto as the meat itself. Each stick holds alternating chunks of lean meat and fat, grilled over charcoal embers until juicy and lightly charred. The peanut gravy also sets it apart from other satays nationwide. The recipe calls for pineapples (some with starfruit, too) that impart a zesty flavor, not to mention fibre that gives it extra texture. Many stalls also offer chicken satay as an alternative.

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Kuih Kuih refers to a range of local desserts, possibly sweet or savoury and usually in a kaleidoscope of colours. With its varying textures, flavours and appearances that captivate all the senses, identifying a favourite can be a tough call. Yet when push comes to shove, the onde onde would be your best bet. This bite-sized kuih is made with glutinous rice flour infused with pandan juice. Rolled into little orbs, filled with molten gula melaka, poached and rolled in freshly grated coconut, the toffee-ish gula melaka within will literally burst in one's mouth with a bite! Dapur Cho Cho makes


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Western Western cuisine might not be directly associated with Melaka’s cuisine but one shouldn’t be too fast to dismiss the idea with an outlet like Wok & Pan. The menu here is ambitious, covering Nyonya and Western fare, so this is one outlet where one can tuck into asam pedas and pongteh, plus a whole rack of smoky pork ribs in one meal!

About the writer Perpetually rueful that there are only 24 hours in a day, Rebecca possesses an enduring curiosity to dabble in everything, but food and fitness remain her top priorities, with travelling (to discover more food!) and fashion being her other passions. She believes in living life to the fullest, but responsibly, of course.


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Ee Soon Wei turns his family's printing factories into hotspots.


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1. Kaiju Company, a Japanese-Thai fusion restaurant housed in APW 2. The space is now a lifestyle and design hub with cafés, restaurants, a gallery and an event space 3. The printing factory before it was converted

FOUR YEARS AGO, Ee Soon Wei took over APW (Art Printing Works Sdn Bhd), his family's commercial printing business in Kuala Lumpur. Once a thriving printer since its relocation to Bangsar in 1965, it had fallen into a sad state in recent times. The factory was old, unkempt and neglected, machines were falling apart and the business was in debt. "The building was dilapidated and the management was apathetic. Tough calls had to be made in the first year," said the 37-year-old entrepreneur. Today, this same space houses cafés, restaurants and Bookmark, a gallery and an event space. At the heart of it is a co-working office called Uppercase – a 560-squaremetre space complete with repurposed wood, concrete, natural light and indoor plants – and where outfits like CreativeMornings have held their monthly breakfast lectures on topics such as survival and how to be a food stylist. At APW, also known as A Place Where, you will find regular yoga sessions, workshops, and language classes, as well as food festivals and art parties. The printing presses still run but on much tighter operations.   As more young people shun corporate life to strike out on their own as entrepreneurs and freelancers, they are demanding shared workspaces that have lower costs and fewer responsibilities than a regular office. Multi-tasking places like APW fit the bill for work, play and a sharing of ideas. Ee refers to Uppercase as a collaborative workspace because people sign up not only for a desk but for the likeminded community of creatives.   "Our study of the 18-35-year-old market is that they are more asset-light and more nomadic in terms of lifestyle.

3 They are not as concerned with a career as they are with experiences. I wanted to create a space that would embody all of this and also bring them closer to the things they care about, like coffee and yoga," said Ee, who is interested in space and new ideas for its use. APW is Ee's second major undertaking concerning space and a revival of fortunes. He first made headlines with his efforts to resurrect The Royal Press, the family's printing business in the southern state of Melaka and one of the oldest surviving letterpress printing shops in the world. Ee's plans to save it from oblivion dovetailed with the renaissance in old-fashioned printing. The Royal Press was started in 1938 in Melaka by Ee Lay Swee, Soon Wei's grandfather and a visionary patriarch. In its heyday, the printer was busy churning out advertising posters and packaging  labels  and newspapers in several

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5 he's faced. Fortunately, Soon Wei is made of sterner stuff and grit. "I have two mantras that are very important to me. First, whatever I start, I like to finish. Second, I like to leave a place better than when I had found it." Changes happen, however. After eight years in planning and buoyed by his success with APW, Ee is redrawing The Royal Press blueprint from a living museum into a more utilitarian space. "The generation that would be interested in a place like this needs a multi-faceted space, which includes a gallery, exhibition space, and cafés. It needs to be more than one thing to attract people to come," said Ee.   After months of delay, renovation work is due to start this month and is estimated to take 400 working days to finish.  Ee  hopes to have The Royal Press done, dusted and ready for visitors by December 2018. "It's been a long time and I admit, I'd love to see it get done," he said, a little wistfully.   In the meantime, he's busy planning for other conceptdriven sites in other areas of Kuala Lumpur and in Bangkok, Thailand. If his previous projects are anything to come by, it'll be ambitious and it'd be bang on trend. "I like to do things right and to do them well," he remarked. "I always tell my team that it's fine to make mistakes and fail as long as you strive to improve. You must play the long game."

About the writer Tan Lee Kuen is a features writer and photographer. She covers trends, food, travel and culture. She is also the founder of Asia Papercamera, an online project featuring photography-related interviews and stories within Asia.

About the photographer With more than 18 years experience, SooPhye's talent is best captured through her food, travel and interior photography work. She has photographed for publications such as The Peak, Flavours, HerWorld Cookbook, Glam Decor and many others. soophye.com

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languages, including Malay, English, Mandarin, and Tamil. By the 1960s, business went into a slow decline and when photo-offset printing, then computers, came into the picture, The Royal Press and its letterpress printing ways were left behind. For Ee, he remembers running around the presses as a little boy, surrounded by towering machines and bundles of paper, the smell of ink in the air. He is fond of the history letterpress printing embodies, "I love the narrative that it has existed for such a long time. It was really important during its time as a form of communication."   His mission to restore The Royal Press was accidental, he said. In 2004, he had returned to Malaysia with an interest to discover his family's lineage. The Royal Press was a good starting point for his research, which eventually turned into an obsession to restore and turn the space into a living museum. His quest soon made news, enough to attract The Discovery Channel to make a documentary about it.   It was while he was documenting the family history through The Royal Press that he realised that it played a big role in the community and Malaysia's social history. "We are a typical Hokkien family that never throws anything out. We've hoarded material and machinery that is lost in time. It's a treasure trove of our country's social history, and it's something that I want to preserve."   The project is not without its hiccups. Generational conflict and bureaucratic obstacles are just some of the challenges


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IT WAS A TEMPORARY SETBACK that propelled Ping Coombes into the big time. When a comfortable career in hospitality management ended in redundancy, she found the time to take part in the 2014 edition of MasterChef UK, winning the competition with a signature style that paid homage to the rich flavours of Malaysian cooking.

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The success brought her instant fame and a platform for what she has grasped as her mission. “My mission in the UK is to fly the flag for Malaysian cuisine – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Mamak, Nyonya – the fusion aspect of it all,” says Ping. She takes this ambassadorial role seriously, promoting Malaysian cuisine at food festivals, television appearances, and even through a talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “The way I think we will get Malaysian food out there is to get a few dishes that people recognise instantly as Malaysian. For instance, when I say laksa, people should be able to say: Yes, that is Malaysian,” she says.

Showcasing Modern Malaysian Cuisine Describing her cooking as Modern Malaysian, Ping says she takes care to preserve the authenticity of the Malaysian dishes she cooks while also adding a modern take. “But not crazy modern,” she quickly adds. “I want each dish to taste how it should – presented in a modern way but not so modern that you don't know what it is anymore.” Recently, working with a travel company, she found herself introducing her cooking to an upscale clientele at a skiing resort in the Alps. Instead of a fondue they might have expected, she picked a laksa adapted for the locale, substituting the usual prawn or chicken stock with one made from wild and porcini mushrooms. The core ingredients of

coconut milk, lemon grass, galangal and green chillies, which give the broth its body, she left unchanged.

Adapting & Learning Travelling and watching what others are doing has helped her mature as a chef, adapt new techniques and give borrowed recipes a Malaysian interpretation. Ping feels that Malaysian desserts, though delicious, are often an acquired taste. In the MasterChef final, she addressed the challenge

1. Ping's Miso Aubergine served at Chi Kitchen 2. A work redundancy propelled Ping's career as a chef


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3. The recipe of this Prawn Char Kway Teow can be found in Ping's cookbook 4. Malaysiainspired Pandan and Coconut Panna Cotta

by giving the classic Italian panna cotta a Malaysian makeover, infusing it with coconut and enhancing it with hints of pineapple and mango. Throughout the MasterChef competition, Ping showcased the melting pot cooking of Malaysia. Her final threecourse menu featured inventively updated versions of two commonplace Malaysian dishes, wonton soup, a Chinese dumpling soup, and nasi lemak, a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan (screwpine) leaf. Ping added depth to her soup starter by using a variety of mushrooms, while her nasi lemak dazzled with its array of accompaniments. The multi-layered menu drew high praise. “I am amazed by the amount of work and the appearance of your dishes. Those flavours I haven’t experienced before and they absolutely thrill me,” one judge told her during the competition. Yet Ping only started cooking late. A native of Ipoh, a city in the northern Malaysian state of Perak known for its food, Ping arrived in the UK in 2000 as a student with few cooking skills. A yearning for the tastes of her childhood led her to the kitchen and to experiment with the type of dishes she had grown up with. Soon, she was cooking for family and friends. Ping lives in Bath in the county of Somerset, England, with her husband and daughter but travels often as a chef. For now, that means at least one trip to London every week, where she is Executive Chef at Chi Kitchen, a casual dining restaurant in Debenhams' flagship store on Oxford Street. Her cookbook titled Malaysia: Recipes From A Family Kitchen was published in 2016, and includes recipes for classics such as rendang, laksa and char kway teow. She has taken care to ensure that the recipes are simple, attainable and that all ingredients are readily available in the UK. “My joy is in seeing someone attempting the dishes. When people have taken the time to recreate a dish from Malaysia, I think that is something to be celebrated,” she says.

4 Cook Like A Chef Ping shares her recipe for Pandan and Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango and Pineapple. “I serve it in Kilner jars but you can, of course, use bowls or Dariole moulds. I don’t like turning out panna cotta as it can be messy. Adding the cream and coconut milk in stages makes the panna cotta lighter and fresher.” Serves 4.

Ingredients: 3 fresh pandan (screwpine) leaves, knotted 500 ml coconut milk 500 ml single cream 80 g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 40 g desiccated coconut 4 sheets of platinum grade leaf gelatine ½ ripe mango, peeled, stoned and diced ¼ small ripe pineapple, peeled and diced

Method: 1. Put the pandan leaves, half the coconut milk, half the single cream, the sugar, vanilla paste and desiccated coconut in a saucepan and bring to just below boiling point. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. 2. Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and set aside for five minutes to soften. 3. Place the coconut and cream mixture back on the hob and heat through until warm. Squeeze the gelatine to get rid of excess water, then stir it into the warm mixture until it has dissolved. 4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing the leaves with a wooden spoon to extract all the flavour and liquid. 5. Stir in the remaining cream and coconut milk and mix well. Divide the mixture between four 500 ml Kilner jars or bowls. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least four hours to set. 6. Serve topped with diced mango and pineapple. TIP: You can also serve this with Lychee and Kaffir Lime Granita or Coconut Shortbread.

RECIPE FROM: MALAYSIA: RECIPES FROM A FAMILY KITCHEN BY PING COOMBES, PUBLISHED BY ORION, PHOTOGRAPHY© LAURA EDWARDS


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Changing

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Two Malaysian activists doing their part to positively impact society hope to inspire others.

Syed Azmi Alhabshi Social Activist

PHARMACIST-TURNED-SOCIAL-ACTIVIST Syed Azmi Alhabshi is perhaps best known for his community work with groups such as the homeless, the elderly and underprivileged children. He is also Head of Volunteer and Community Engagement at NGOHub, a platform for volunteers and NGOs to share resources.

Syed wasn’t always a do-gooder, though. It all started years ago with a personal project, which was to get to know his neighbours. “At that time, I was working in another state and I was worried about my parents. I decided to get to know my neighbours better because they were most likely to come to my parents’ aid if something happened,” he explains. Not put off by doors being slammed in his face and getting yelled at, Syed persevered and his neighbours eventually warmed up to him. He even earned the moniker "pineapple


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boy" after he gave away 30 pieces of the fruit which he bought on a trip to Muar, Johor. The experience made him realise there was more he could do for the community.

Syed also dedicates time to update his Facebook account, where he has over 130,000 followers. “People often say that we should keep a low profile when doing good deeds. For me, it’s more about educating others. If we share, others might be inspired to do good as well.”

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Despite his hectic schedule and having to deal with daunting cases, one wonders how he keeps himself going. Syed answers with a straight face that he washes toilets. “I think negative energy should be put into a positive outcome, so instead of a punching bag, I just clean toilets. I like proper order,” he quips.

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3 As with any job, there are ups and downs - even more so for a social activist. “There are days when I feel like quitting, but I realise that it’s not about me, and that keeps me sane. It’s my choice to do this,” he reiterates, adding that he’s constantly thinking of ways to create conversation and a positive impact. Some of the projects he’s worked on this year include programmes with HIV-positive sex workers and the disabled. For Eid, he organised a session calling for volunteers to loan their phones to the homeless and urban poor, so they could call their families. On Mother’s Day, he got foreign factory workers who were mothers to visit a shelter for pregnant teenagers and teach them how to cook.

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A typical day for him starts at 6 am, and doesn’t end until past midnight. Mornings are reserved for family. Then he’s off to attend endless meetings, plan projects, give talks, participate in forums, and more. Nights are for meeting groups of beneficiaries, for example, working with underprivileged mothers in the Chow Kit area of Kuala Lumpur on Thursdays.

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To-date, Syed has initiated 48 projects. There’s 'Suspended Meal', where people can pay for food at a restaurant to be collected by people who aren’t able to buy a meal for themselves, and 'Free Market', a place where the public can give or take available items for free.

Being in the public limelight, Syed has had his fair share of backlash, including death threats, but he believes that patience and perseverance are required to get through to people. “Most people don’t like change. They don’t like to hear the truth and face reality. Child sexual abuse, for example, is something we rarely talk about because it’s considered taboo, but it’s the only way we can come up with a solution and make Malaysia a better place,” he says. On future plans, Syed says he’d like to pass the torch on to the next generation. “I train a few people, and they go on to make their own amazing projects. That makes me so happy.” He keeps his ego in check with the nickname he signs off with on Facebook called 'Small Lamb', which was given by someone he knew who died from cancer.

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“Every time I use it, I feel small and naïve. It’s a reminder that I have to know my place. When I die, I don’t want people to remember me – I want them to do good,” he concludes. facebook.com/Syed.Azmi.148

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Coming from a big family, Hartini had a great childhood, so it was doubly hard for her to see children who are abused or unhappy. She started volunteering while pursuing her studies at Teacher’s College in Columbia University, New York, where she helped out at soup kitchens, the library and shelters.

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SHE MAY COME ACROSS AS SOFT-SPOKEN, but underneath the kindly exterior is a quiet air of steeliness. “I’ve always known, even from a young age, that I wanted to work with children,” says the child activist, who is co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK), a 24-hour crisis centre providing underprivileged and at-risk children with basic needs such as food, shelter and education, as well as counselling and protection services.

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“It was hard to teach kids when they were hungry. In bad neighbourhoods, they were always worrying about the next gang fight or their safety on the streets. It made me realise how important it was to offer a respite, a safe space where these children could eat, sleep or play with friends,” she says. After returning to Malaysia, she volunteered with local nonprofit organisation Yayasan Salam Malaysia and was posted to Chow Kit, a place which was, at that time, notorious for its vice dens and an urban poor community. Hartini remembers arriving on her first day to a 55-squaremetre day care centre packed with 40 children. With limited resources, it was difficult for the children to thrive. Working with the couple who ran the place, they moved to a bigger place with backing from Yayasan Salam and government welfare agencies. The rest, as they say, is history. At their peak, YCK had 220 children coming in to the centre. Things are calmer in Chow Kit these days as there are more NGOs serving the area. It’s a far cry from the days when Hartini says she’d be on the ground rescuing children or shimmying down drains or jumping out of brothels. Today, Hartini is less involved in day-to-day operations, but remains on-hand to advise and help out at the centre if needed. She also juggles a day job as a consultant, does outreach and court cases as well as advocacy, which she believes is the best way to protect children. “We have to look at influencing policies and filling gaps in the system. There may not be as many hungry children on the streets, but the number of cases like child abuse or neglect have not gone down,” she points out. One of the biggest challenges, according to Hartini, is discrimination. “We have policies that do not protect or consider all children in Malaysia, such as stateless children,

denying them of basic needs,” she expounds. The issue is close to her heart as two of her three adopted children are stateless. “It’s really important to convince policy makers that they need to look at the problem long term. We need to do better by our children. We are all in it collectively and we need to think about it from a bigger perspective,” she says. When the going gets tough, Hartini reminds herself of the positives. She shares the story of Natalia (not her real name), a rescued baby whose mother was a drug addict living on the streets. Natalia suffered from withdrawal symptoms, and for the first 24 hours, had to be rocked gently and fed droplets of solution to ease the pain. Recalling the experience as “the worst 24 hours of my life” Hartini eventually found a childless couple who adopted the baby. “The father was a rubber tapper and the wife was a homemaker. They didn’t have much but you could tell from the way they stroked her hair and looked at her that they were going to love this baby,” she says. A decade on, Hartini looks forward to her annual phone call from Natalia. “The first few years, her mother would put her on the phone and I’d hear her gurgling on the other end. Now that she’s grown up, she always greets me with a cheerful ‘Hello!’ and asks me about my day. It’s heartening to know that some good came out of something so horrible and painful,” she says with a fond smile. yck.org.my

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untuk menganjurkan pelbagai majlis rasmi bersempena sambutan kemerdekaan Malaya. Pembinaan bermula sekitar awal 1957, sejurus selepas Tunku mengumumkan Hari Merdeka yang bakal berlangsung pada 31 Ogos 1957. Pembinaan hotel ini dipercepatkan agar dapat dilancarkan tiga hari sebelum kemerdekaan! Bagi merealisasikan simbol kebanggaan negara ini, pembinaan The Federal dikatakan telah menelan kos pembinaan sebanyak RM5 juta. Direka oleh arkitek YT Lee, hotel setinggi sembilan tingkat ini menempatkan eskalator pertama di Malaysia. Sebagai bangunan pencakar langit pertama di Malaysia, hotel ini pernah menjadi saksi kepada pelbagai majlis rasmi termasuk resepsi sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan yang dihadiri oleh 175 tetamu kehormat. Sajian-sajian eksotik seperti kaki beruang, haggis dan kaki katak diterbangkan khas dari Hong Kong, Scotland dan Perancis demi memuaskan selera tetamu antarabangsa. Berbaloikah semua usaha ini? Sudah tentu! Bayangkan betapa gembiranya Low Yat tatkala mendengar ucapan Tunku pada hari pelancaran hotel tersebut: “Maka, hilanglah salah satu kerisauan kerajaan tentang persediaan Hari Kemerdekaan dengan perasmian hotel ini.�

1. Hotel akan meraikan ulang tahun ke-60 bulan ini The hotel turns 60 this month 2. Mantan Perdana Menteri Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak (kiri) dan Tunku Abdul Rahman (kanan) di Mandarin Palace Former Prime Ministers of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak (left) and Tunku Abdul Rahman (right) at Mandarin Palace

SAAT ARTIKEL INI DITULIS, saya terkejut apabila mengetahui ramai kenalan saya mempunyai kenangan indah bersama hotel The Federal Kuala Lumpur. Ibu saya sendiri pernah menjejakkan kaki ke Bintang Revolving Restaurant – restoran berputar pertama di Malaysia yang menawarkan sajian mewah dan juga pemandangan terindah. Sahabat baik saya pula menikmati dim sum buat pertama kali di restoran Mandarin Palace, yang terkenal dengan masakan Kantonisnya.

Memang banyak cerita yang boleh saya kongsikan tentang hotel ini. Malahan, bagi kebanyakan rakyat Malaysia, legasi kemerdekaan negara cukup sinonim dengan bangunan ini. Dikomisenkan oleh Perdana Menteri Malaysia pertama, Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tunku), The Federal yang berusia 60 tahun ini dibina oleh jutawan Malaysia, Low Yat, khas bagi menempatkan tetamu kehormat dari luar negara serta

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Bukan sekadar lokasi penginapan untuk golongan elit, hotel Merdeka ini menyimpan seribu satu kenangan terindah.


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3. Dalaman restoran Mandarin Palace yang penuh berseni The artistic interior of the Mandarin Palace restaurant 4. Jaguh tinju Muhammad Ali juga pernah ke The Federal The hotel has hosted boxing champ Muhammad Ali 5. Lobi hotel yang membayangkan sejarah agung The Federal The hotel's lobby hints at its proud history 6. Restoran berputar yang pertama di Malaysia Malaysia's first revolving restaurant

Lama-kelamaan, The Federal semakin popular sebagai destinasi pilihan golongan elit berikutan lokasi strategiknya di tengah-tengah kepesatan pembangunan Bukit Bintang. Antara para tetamunya termasuk bekas Perdana Menteri Australia Sir Robert Menzies, pemenang Pulitzer penulis James A. Michener dan juara tinju dunia Muhammad Ali. Para peserta pertandingan bola Pesta Merdeka dan kejuaraan badminton antarabangsa juga berkali-kali menginap di hotel tersebut.

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Tunku sendiri sering dilihat mengunjunginya biarpun selepas sambutan merdeka berakhir. Malah, sebuah buku masakan berjudul Favourite Dishes From The Tunku’s Kitchen nukilan anak perempuannya, Tengku Khatijah dan anak saudaranya, Tengku Mukminah Jewa dengan kerjasama hotel juga pernah diterbitkan. Pernah melanjutkan pengajian di Britain, Tunku agak mahir memasak khususnya daging panggang dan puding Yorkshire. Sebahagian daripada resipi kegemaran beliau kini boleh dinikmati di bufet Kontiki Restaurant. Kini, kehalusan gaya seni bina antarabangsa yang popular di era itu masih kukuh di bahagian hadapan bangunan berkonkrit putih dan berkaca ini. Bangunan setinggi sembilan tingkat turut berubah mengikut peredaran zaman dan akhirnya diperluaskan sehingga 21 tingkat bagi menampung 450 buah bilik. Usaha memelihara ciri-ciri asal hotel masih diteruskan dan sebahagiannya masih seperti dulu. Selain Bintang Revolving Restaurant, Mandarin Palace juga antara restoran tertua di hotel tersebut. Sebagai lokasi lama penganjuran majlis makan malam dan mesyuarat khas bagi menteri-menteri kabinet, segalanya bagai tidak berubah. Kemunculan restoran pesaing lain yang lebih cantik dan baharu tidak menggugat populariti restoran mewah ini. Lebih-lebih lagi keindahan 1,118 ukiran kayu naga yang disaluti lapisan emas. Tidak hairanlah hotel ini pernah menjadi lokasi penggambaran filem blockbuster

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5 Hollywood (1964), The Seventh Dawn yang dibintangi oleh William Holden. Meskipun telah berkali-kali diubahsuai, hotel ini masih dijaga rapi bagi menghormati warisan pusaka rakyat Malaysia ini. Lukisan-lukisan songket, cawan seramik kopitiam di bar mini dan penggunaan sarung selain jubah mandi turut berfungsi sebagai peringatan kepada para tetamu tentang bangunan bersejarah ini. “Kami mahu setiap tetamu kenali dan ingati Malaysia,” kongsi pengurus jabatan pengurusan bilik, Nancy Huang. Sebagai kakitangan paling lama berkhidmat di hotel tersebut sejak lima dekad yang lalu, Huang menyambung: “Kami amat bangga dengan titik permulaan hotel ini. Kami mahu setiap tetamu tahu yang inilah hotel Merdeka.” Sebagai seorang wartawan pula, kesungguhan kakitangan di The Federal cukup mengagumkan. Ibarat duta bergerak bagi hotel tersebut, sebahagian kakitangan hotel dikatakan turut terlibat secara serius dalam proses pemilihan gambargambar Kuala Lumpur bagi menghiasi ruang bilik dan koridor hotel, kerana gambar yang terbaik dapat memberi tanggapan terbaik tentang Malaysia kepada para tetamu. Cukup sentimental, namun ia tidak mengejutkan. Dengan reputasi dan koleksi sejarah hotel The Federal, mereka punyai sebab untuk terus berbangga mewakili nama baik negara. The Federal Kuala Lumpur 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur fhihotels.com


Going from strength to strength, The Federal soon established itself as a preferred choice for the rich and famous, thanks in part to its strategic location in Bukit Bintang. Guests included former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener and boxing champion Muhammad Ali. The hotel also played host to participants in the Pesta Merdeka soccer competition and international badminton tournaments.

Pride & Joy Much more than accommodations for the rich and famous, The Federal Kuala Lumpur – affectionately known as the Merdeka hotel – is a treasure trove of memories as rich as the country’s history. RESEARCHING THIS STORY, I was astounded by the number of people I know with fond memories of The Federal. My mum spoke excitedly about her first experience at the Bintang Revolving Restaurant, Malaysia's first revolving restaurant offering fine dining along with panoramic skyline views. My best friend ate dim sum for the first time at the hotel's Mandarin Palace.

For most Malaysians their fondest memories of the venerable Federal, which turns 60 this month, is its Merdeka legacy. Commissioned by our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, affectionately known as Tunku, the hotel was custom-built by Chinese construction tycoon Low Yat to host dignitaries and important functions in conjunction with the nation’s independence. Construction reportedly began in early 1957, after Tunku announced that independence would be realised not later than 31 August 1957, and workers raced against time to open the hotel a mere three days before D-day! No effort was deemed too great for the country’s national pride; Low Yat reportedly spent a then-remarkable USD1.2 million (RM5 million) on the hotel. Designed by architect YT Lee, The Federal had the country’s first escalators, and at nine storeys high, it was the country’s first skyscraper. Many official functions were held here, including the official Merdeka Day reception that welcomed 175 dignitaries, and to appease international guests, bear’s paws were flown in from Hong Kong, Haggis from Scotland and frog’s legs from France. Was the Herculean effort worth it? Surely, Low Yat must have been chuffed to hear Tunku say in his speech during the hotel’s opening: “The opening of this building has relieved the Government of one of its greatest headaches connected with the important event.”

While the iconic white concrete-and-glass façade, designed in the international architectural style popular in the era, remains intact, The Federal has – necessarily – evolved with the times. From its original nine storeys, the hotel was extended into a 21-storey building with 450 rooms. Still, great pains are taken to preserve the original character of the hotel, and some parts of the building genuinely feel frozen in time. The Mandarin Palace, which along with Bintang Revolving Restaurant make up the oldest restaurants of the hotel, looks virtually unchanged since the time it hosted important Cabinet meetings and dinners. Even with newer competitors, the Chinese fine dining restaurant is still a palatial show-stopper, thanks to ornate woodwork that includes a whopping 1,118 gilded dragon carvings. No wonder it was handpicked to be the setting for the 1964 Hollywood blockbuster, The Seventh Dawn, starring William Holden. Even when major renovations take place, such as at the Merdeka wing – the hotel’s original nine-storey building – great care is exercised to pay subtle homage to its Malaysian heritage. Framed songket paintings, kopitiam-style ceramic cups in the minibar, and the presence of sarongs (in addition to bathrobes) remind guests exactly which part of the world they are. “When a guest comes and stays in our hotel, we want them to remember they are in Malaysia,” says room division manager Nancy Huang, who has been with The Federal for 50 years and is its longest-serving staff. “We are very proud of our beginnings, and we want everyone who walks through our doors to know that we are a Merdeka hotel.” The Federal has some of the most passionate staff I’ve ever met in all my years as a journalist – they’re more like walking, talking ambassadors. When the hotel embarked on a plan to adorn the rooms and corridors with photos of KL scenes, some of the staff personally went with the photographer to identify suitable subjects because they want guests to go back with the best impressions of Malaysia. Hardcore sentimentalists much? But who can blame them? Given The Federal’s illustrious history, they have every reason to keep the Malaysian flag flying high.

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Tunku himself continued to patronise The Federal long after the Merdeka festivities. The hotel worked with his daughter, Tengku Khatijah and niece, Tengku Mukminah Jewa, to produce the cookbook, Favourite Dishes From The Tunku’s Kitchen. The British-educated Tunku was an adept hand in the kitchen, particularly with his roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Some of his most beloved recipes can be sampled at the Kontiki Restaurant's buffet spread.


The Iban Warrior One of the most decorated soldiers in Malaysian military history, Datuk Kanang anak Langkau played a pivotal role in fighting communism.


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Datuk Kanang anak Langkau

Words Shermian Lim Photography The Star, Malaysia

The movie, titled Kanang anak Langkau: The Iban Warrior, is based on actual events that occurred during Kanang’s military service on Malaysian soil. For his bravery in fighting against communist insurgents, Kanang, a Regimental Sergeant Major of the 8th Rangers of the Malaysian Army, was awarded the prestigious Star of the Commander of Valour and Grand Knight of Valour medals. He is the only known awardee of both medals. The grandson of an Iban tribe headsman, Kanang grew up in Julau near Sarawak on the island of Borneo. As a child, he learned critical tracking skills for hunting in the jungle, how to read plants and animal noises, identify smells and other skills that would later help him as a tracker when he joined the military. Around 1962, he enlisted with the Sarawak Rangers, a British military unit originally formed by the first ruler of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, which was later renamed the Royal Ranger Regiment and became part of the Malaysian Army. He attended the Jungle Warfare School in Johor and also received training from Gurkha soldiers in Singapore. Kanang served during the Brunei Revolt and the Indonesian Confrontration, rebellion movements in the 1960s that opposed the formation of the Malaysian Federation. (Both rebellions were eventually crushed. Brunei refused to join

the Federation, and Indonesia signed a peace agreement in 1966, recognising the formation of Malaysia). Kanang’s most decorated military deeds were in fighting communist insurgents in Perak. In an armed operation in Fort Legap, Ipoh in Perak on 1 June 1979, Kanang’s unit pursued a small group of guerillas from the Communist Party of Malaya. Two rangers died in the firefight, but Kanang’s unit also took down five enemies that day. The guerillas would later avenge this by launching their own attack on 8 February 1980, in Tanah Hitam, Ipoh. A young private of the 25th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment stationed there was killed. In response, Operation Dragnet was launched. Kanang’s platoon, led by First Lieutenant Johnson anak Meling, was deployed to hunt down the communists that attacked the 25th Battalion. As lead tracker, Kanang would be the first point of contact in the line of battle, alongside platoon colleague Corporal Nasir Nordin. For nearly two weeks, they followed the guerillas’ trails, finding abandoned campsites and avoiding booby traps in the jungle, searching for what they thought was a group of about a dozen insurgents. Then, on the evening of 19 February 1980, Kanang and Nasir found key items belonging to the insurgents that led them to believe their targets were in close range. They did not realise they had walked right into enemy territory. A wire cord that they picked up turned out to be a guerilla sentry’s distress call. Within moments of picking up the cord, Kanang and his platoon found themselves surrounded by more than 20 insurgents.

The exact sequence of events during the ensuing firefight is unclear; reports and verbal accounts detailing what happened cannot be properly verified, but the facts that appear consistent is that Nasir was hit first by enemy fire. Rather than abandoning his colleague, Kanang attempted to rescue him, despite bullets raining on them from all directions. Kanang was shot three times as a result, but did not retreat. He rallied the rest of the troops by repeatedly calling out the war cry made famous by the legendary Iban warrior, Rentap. His fierce determination may well have won them the fight. The insurgents withdrew from the battle. The platoon sustained five injured men, but no fatalities. What became of the insurgents is unknown, but Operation Dragnet was called to a halt shortly after the firefight. By 1989, the Peace Agreement of Hat Yai, signed by the Malayan Communist Party, ended the official presence of communism in Malaysia. Kanang survived the battle and was rushed to Ipoh Hospital, where he fought to stay alive. His injuries forced him out of action for one year. Later, he continued serving in the military until 1983, retiring as First Warrant Officer after 21 years of service. In 2011, his contribution to fighting for peace in Malaysia was again acknowledged by Sarawak, when he received an award that carried the honorific title of ‘Datuk’ from the then head of state, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng. Kanang passed away on 2 January 2013 at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Datin Brawang Chunggat and six children. His legacy of valour and sacrifice is one that Malaysians should never forget.

As a child, he learned critical tracking skills for hunting in the jungle, how to read plants and animal noises, identify smells and other skills that would later help him as a tracker when he joined the military.

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IN A MOVIE RELEASED EARLIER THIS YEAR

about the heroic feats of Datuk Kanang anak Langkau, there is a scene that sums up the fierce passion of this celebrated war hero: injured and outnumbered in an unforgiving jungle terrain, Kanang refuses to admit defeat, rallying his men by calling out, “Agi idup, agi ngelaban!”, an Iban war cry that translates to “Still alive, still fighting”.


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1. PROUD WINNER The year-long Eraman Shopping Extravaganza ended with the grand prize winner of the Eraman Shop & Drive Contest, Choudhury Soumik (right) from Kolkata, India, driving away with a brand new Mazda 6. With him are Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd Chairman Datuk Seri Yam Kong Choy (centre) and General Manager Zulhikam Ahmad. Sixteen other lucky shoppers received cash vouchers of RM4,000 (USD930) and RM3,000 (USD600).

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Hublot, the Official FIFA Watch of the 2018 World Cup, inaugurated its new store in the historic Metropol building in the heart of Moscow on 16 June, exactly a year to the football tournament in Russia, with guests of honour (from left to right), Alexey Smertin, Russia’s anti-racism and discrimination inspector, World Cup record holder Pelé, and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. The event signifies Hublot’s unwavering commitment to the beautiful game.

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3. STORE REOPENING FENDI Southeast Asia General Manager Andrea Crippa (third from right) with celebrities from Singapore and Japan at the reopening of FENDI’s Southeast Asia flagship store, which boasts a refreshed concept inspired by the Maison’s Roman roots, in Ngee Ann City, Singapore on 13 June. The event was graced by celebrities, including Yoyo Cao, Yvette King, The Sam Willows, Jojo Goh and Kimberley Anne Tiamsiri.

4. PARISIAN ELEGANCE

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A year after relocating to its new boutique in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Cartier proudly unveiled its duplex boutique, with added features such as a three-storey LED street-facing facade, an exclusive drop-off entrance to the mall and specialised salons such as the Opulent Jewellery Salon, Watches Salon, and High Jewellery Salon. The latter is the only one in Southeast Asia.  

5. RIGHTFUL RECOGNITION

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur upheld its status as the Best Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur, winning the Platinum Award at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2017. Receiving the award from guest of honour, Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (centre), is Pavilion’s CEO of Retail Dato’ Joyce Yap (second from right) and Kung Suan Ai, Director of Marketing (second from left).


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LOOK OUT FOR THE NEW NEGARAKU LIVERY the next time you fly with Malaysia Airlines. Recently unveiled in a ceremony officiated by Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the livery is part of the government’s Negaraku initiative, a nationwide movement driven by Malaysians for all Malaysians to foster unity and inspire the spirit of patriotism. Chairman of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, said the Negaraku livery will carry the unique Malaysian values across the world and is an important symbol of the good progress seen in the national carrier’s turnaround plan. Echoing Tan Sri Md Nor, Chief Executive Officer, Peter Bellew, said, “We, the Malaysia Airlines family, are working hard to rebuild this great airline, making it once again the pride of the nation, and this livery is an important symbol of that pride. As the national carrier, we proudly bear the Negaraku logo on behalf of each and every Malaysian whose flag we represent worldwide.” The B737 aircraft, the first of several to display the national flag, will be flown on international flights below seven hours such as to Shanghai, China and Perth, Australia. Apart from the B737-800, the new livery will be painted on the ATR-72500 of MASwings and Firefly, as well as on the new Airbus A350, which is expected to arrive at the end of 2017. The unveiling ceremony was followed by MAG’s celebration of the festival of Eid.

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73 News and Updates From The Airline

78 Our Fleet Of Aircraft

79 Safety and Service Information

80 Enrich Quick Facts and Guide

82 Our Network and Those Of Our oneworld Partners


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Inside Malaysia Airlines

NANJING, HERE WE COME! MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLEW INTO THE CHINESE CITY OF NANJING ON A BOEING 737-800 FOR

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THE FIRST TIME IN JUNE, landing at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The inaugural flight hosted the Malaysian Consul-General in Shanghai, officials from Malaysia’s Tourism Bureau, guests from the media and tour and travel agencies. A celebratory event was held gate-side, with guests receiving goodie bags, while pilots and cabin crew members were greeted with bouquets of flowers. Malaysia Airlines will operate three flights per week on the route, with MH532 departing Kuala Lumpur at 5.05 pm to arrive in Nanjing at 10.30 pm. The departure flight, MH533, will take off at 11.35 pm from Nanjing, arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 5.20 am the next day.

SHARING THE BLESSINGS OF RAMADHAN MALAYSIA AIRLINES SHARED THE BLESSINGS OF THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADHAN with its adopted Orang Asli community at a special event held in June. About 40 people from the indigenous Kampung Orang Asli Kolam Air were treated to a sumptuous buka puasa or breaking of fast dinner at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel, while the children received goodie bags containing airline souvenirs. Joining in the festivities were Chief Operating Officer Captain Izham Ismail, Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen and Executive Counsel Nik Azli Abu Zahar. The Kampung Orang Asli Kolam Air community was adopted through the Malaysia Airlines Shoebox Project, a Giving From The Heart CSR Programme initiated by the airline’s Culture and Engagement Department


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Fleet

Firefly Firefly

Firefly A380-800

ATR 72-500 NO. OF AIRCRAFT 12

A380-800

PASSENGER SEATING 494

PASSENGER SEATING 72

ENGINE Rolls Royce Trent 970 RANGE 15,400km

ENGINE PW127M MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 841 US Gallons

A380-800

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 84,600 US Gallons

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED 510km/h

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED Mach 0.9 (1,102km/h)

Firefly ATR 72-500 Firefly

Firefly Wingspan 27m

ATR 72-500

Firefly

Height 8m

NO. OF AIRCRAFT 6

A380-800

A380-800

A380-800 A380-800

Height 24m

Maswings Length 27m Wingspan 79m

ATR 72-500 ATR 72-500 Maswings

ATR 72-500 ATR 72-500

Maswings

NO. OF AIRCRAFT 10

A380-800

PASSENGER SEATING 68 ENGINE PW127M

B777-200 A330-300

ATR 72-500 Wingspan 27m

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 841 US Gallons

B777-200

NO. OF AIRCRAFT 15

Maswings Maswings Maswings ATR 72-500

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED 510km/h

B777-200

PASSENGER SEATING 283

ATR 72-500

ATR 72-500

Maswings

Length 27m

ENGINE PW4170

ATR 72-500 ATR 72-500

B777-200 B777-200

RANGE 10,000km MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 25,770 US Gallons

VIKING DHC-6 TWIN OTTER - SERIES 400

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED Mach 0.8 (980km/h)

B777-200

NO. OF AIRCRAFT 6

ATR 72-500 Wingspan 20m

PASSENGER SEATING 19 Height 17m

Wingspan 60m

ENGINE PT6A-34 MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 378 US Gallons MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED 337km/h

B777-200

Viking DHC-6

Height 6m

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Height 8m

Length 73m

Viking DHC-6 ATR 72-500 Length 16m

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Length 63m

MasKargo

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A330-300 A330-300

MasKargo

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Viking DHC-6 MasKargo

B737-800 NO. OF AIRCRAFT 54 PASSENGER SEATING 160-166

A330-200F

ENGINE CFM56-7BE

NO. OF AIRCRAFT 2 ENGINE PW4000

A330-300

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 6,875 US Gallons

RANGE 13,400km

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED Mach 0.7 (857km/h)

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY 25,765 US Gallons Viking DHC-6 MasKargo

MAXIMUM CRUISING SPEED Mach 0.9 (1,102km/h) A330 200f A330 200f

Wingspan 34m

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Length 40m

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Safety & Service Info

CABIN LUGGAGE HANDLING

Passenger and crew safety onboard our flights is our highest priority. In compliance with the airline’s policy and in observing Occupational, Safety and Health Regulations requirements, cabin crew are no longer required to stow passengers’ hand luggages into the overhead stowage compartment. This is to minimise occupational hazard and ergonomic risks faced by cabin crew in the aircraft. Cabin crew on duty will, however, assist passengers travelling with infants, young passengers travelling alone, the elderly, and passengers with reduced mobility. Passengers who are fit and in good health must carry, stow and secure their own hand luggages on board. Hand luggage exceeding the 7kg weight limit is required to be checked in before boarding.

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PED)

For safety reasons and in line with the Department of Civil Aviation guidelines, mobile phones and all PEDs must be switched off once aircraft doors are closed. Whilst cruising, devices placed in flight mode may be used. The devices must again be switched off during the approach for landing until the aircraft is parked at the terminal building. Devices transmitting strong signals must remain switched off throughout the flight, until disembarkation. The Captain may prohibit the use of devices that can interfere with the aircraft’s system.

LITHIUM BATTERIES

Lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries for portable electronic devices (PEDs), including medical devices must not exceed 2g for lithium metal batteries and 100Wh for lithium ion batteries. All spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for PEDs must be carried in passengers’ carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. For PEDs containing non-spillable batteries, they must be 12V or less or 100Wh or less. A maximum of two spare batteries may be carried. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Electronic cigarettes must be carried on one’s person or in carry-on baggage only. Recharging of the device in-flight is not permitted.

ZERO TOLERANCE OF ABUSE

We value courteousness. Any form of threat, verbal abuse or violence towards our staff will be taken seriously. We are committed to supporting anyone who has been the victim of an assault.

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BAGGAGE FOR TRANSIT PASSENGERS

We recommend that transit passengers in KLIA reconfirm their final baggage destination at the Transfer Desk to ensure they are identified and loaded accordingly. Just show your baggage identification tag to the Transfer Desk officer.

COMFORT AND CARE

Personal care, baby paraphernalia and first aid treatment are available upon request.

IN ADDITION TO AIRPORT CHECK-IN, HERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS:

WEB: Check in online at malaysiaairlines.com. Print out the boarding pass yourself.

ENTERTAINMENT

Movies, TV and Music On-Demand are available on selected flights.

ONBOARD CONNECTION

Laptop power points are fitted on First and Business Class seats.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

All food served is halal. Special meals can be prepared with 24-hour notice. First and Business Class guests may use Chefon-Call services to book meals 24 hours prior to departure on selected flights. Alcoholic drinks are available on flights over three hours to passengers above the age of 18. Our cabin crew reserve the right to decline serving and selling alcohol to any passenger who appears intoxicated. Consumption of personal alcoholic drinks is prohibited.

FRESH AND FROZEN SEAFOOD

Fresh and frozen seafood are strictly not permitted in check-in baggage. They may be accepted in cabin baggage, subject to the destination’s quarantine regulations, but they must be properly packed and meet the cabin baggage weight and size requirements. A maximum of 2.5 kg of dry ice per passenger is permissible if dry ice is used to carry these items. We reserve the right to refuse carriage if the items are not properly packed.

WEB-TO-MOBILE: Check in online. Your boarding pass will be sent to your mobile phone. The 2D barcode mobile boarding pass can be scanned at airport security and at the boarding gate.

MHMOBILE: Download and log onto flymas.mobi on your mobile phone and you will be sent a 2D barcode mobile boarding pass via SMS or email.

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ON-TIME PERFORMANCE

Our check-in counters close 60 minutes before departure. Please allow at least 45 minutes for immigration and security clearance. Boarding gate will close 20 minutes prior to departure and late passengers will not be accepted.

FASTCHECK SELF-SERVICE KIOSK: Check in and print your boarding pass at these kiosks at the airport.

CITY CENTRE COUNTER CHECK-IN: Available at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and in Hong Kong.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

Wheelchairs and attendant services are available with 24-hour advance request.

YOUNG PASSENGER TRAVELLING ALONE (YPTA)

We provide assistance for children aged five to 14 years old travelling alone, with 24-hour advance request.

EXCLUSIVE CHECK-IN: Enrich Platinum/Gold Members and First/Business Class Passengers can check in at the premium front-end check-in lounge, or via telephone, arriving 30 minutes before take-off if you do not have check-in baggage.

NO-SMOKING POLICY

Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on all flights.

*Terms & conditions apply to the above, visit malaysiaairlines.com for more information.

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Enrich Quick Facts

MISSING MILES What are missing miles? Missing miles are miles you have earned but are not showing in your account. You can submit a missing miles claim within 6 months from the date of your activity. Here is how:

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REDEEM MILES How to redeem miles for your travels: STEP 1: Login to your Enrich account.

STEP 2: Go to “Redeem Flights” or “Redeem Lifestyles” for Enrich redemptions worth RM50 and Golden Lounge vouchers.

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You can redeem your flights with Malaysia Airlines for as little as 1,000 Enrich Miles with Cash + Miles.

Remember to update your profile for news on exclusive invitations and promotions.

Your Enrich Miles can be used to redeem flights with oneworld® member and Enrich partner airlines through our ticketing counters and call centres.

Enrich Extension Login to your Enrich account and you can extend miles that are first to expire for 12 months from the month of expiry at RM0.02 per mile.

Enrich Miles Transfer Share your miles as a gift to your family and friends with “Enrich Transfer” at RM0.04 per mile.

STEP 2: Go to “My Miles” and click “Claim Missing Miles”.

ENRICH SERVICES

STEP 3: Select from a list to fill in a claim form and attach proof of your activity (eg. e-ticket, boarding pass, receipt). Click “Submit”.

STEP 4: Look out for an acknowledgement email from us once you have submitted your claim.

Enrich Express Top up a maximum of 30% of your miles with minimum purchase of 500 Enrich Miles at RM0.10 per mile for your flight redemption.

*Note: GST and administration fee of RM40 will be charged. Terms and conditions apply.

FORGOT PASSWORD How to login if you forgot your password: After 5 unsuccessful attempts, your account will be locked. Please contact our call centre at 1-300-88-3000 for assistance.

STEP 1: Go to the Enrich login page.

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STEP 2: Click “Forgot password”.

STEP 3: Enter your membership number and registered email address.

STEP 4: An email will be sent with your temporary password.

STEP 5: Login using your temporary password.

STEP 6: Change to a new one by going to “My Account” and click “Change Password”.

STEP 7: Fill in your new password and click “Submit”.

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São Paulo

ó Comodoro Rivadavia San Juan Mendoza

Kuching

Mukah Sibu

Bario

Semporna Semporna Tawau

Tawau

Kilimanjaro Dar Es Salaam

Zanzibar

Luanda

Kuching

Johor Bahru Johor Bahru

Livingstone

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Victoria Falls

Harare

Windhoek Maputo Johannesburg Durban

LEGEND Cape Town

Punta Del Este

Port Elizabeth

Neuquén Bahía Blanca

San Carlos Bariloche

MASwings flights operated by Royal Brunei

Scotia Sea

ate Río Gallegos

oneworld destinations Greenwich Meridian

aceda

Mount Pleasant

Ushuaia

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Peshaw

Faisala

M

Karachi A

Mum

Salalah

Long Akah Long Akah Long Lellang Long Lellang Entebbe Long Banga Long Banga Nairobi

Porto Alegre

Buenos Aires

Addis Ababa Ba’kelalan Ba’kelalan

Mukah

Rio Grande

Rosario

Sandakan Sandakan

Limbang

Mulu

Bario Marudi Long SeridanLong Seridan

Porto Seguro

Santa Cruz

a

Bintulu

Limbang Mulu

Dushanbe

Lahad Datu Lahad Datu Djibouti

Lawas

Kigali

Natal João Pessoa

Salvador

Miri Marudi

Malabo Bintulu

Maceió Aracaju

ado

Lagos

Kuantan

Subang Subang (Kuala Lumpur) (Kuala Lumpur) São Luís Fortaleza

Teresina

Miri

Abha Asmara

Labuan Khartoum

T

Tashkent

Taif

Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu

Penang

Tobago

Caracas

Kazan

Moscow

Vilnius

Warsaw

Berlin Leipzig

Kota Bharu Kota Bharu

Alor Setar Alor Setar

San Juan

Sea

rno

St Petersburg

Tallinn Tartu

Jeddah

Santiago

o

Westerland Amsterdam

Visby

Gothenburg

Helsinki

Mediterranean Sea

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bermuda

- Santo Domingo

Newcastle

Billund

Turku

Black Sea

Halifax

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Aalborg

Aberdeen

Mariehamn

Oslo

Rotterdam Kiev Dusseldorf Prague Frankfurt Luxembourg Vienna Quimper Paris Basel Budapest Zurich Ljubljana Chisinau Astrakhan Geneva Simferopol Zagreb Bordeaux Milan Venice Pula Chambery Belgrade Bucharest Genoa Varna Toulouse Sochi Dubrovnik Marseille Leon Sofia Pisa Rimini Burgas Calvi Batumi Tivat Valladolid Tbilisi Barcelona Porto Bari Tirana Kavala Rome Olbia Yerevan Ankara Brindisi Baku Madrid Volos Mytilini Cagliari Palma De Lisbon Preveza Mallorca Palermo Athens Catania Erbil Almeria Antalya Thira Kalamata Oran Algiers Tunis Malta Tangier Larnaca Karpathos Chania Sulaymaniyah Tehran Melilla Paphos Beirut Baghdad Casablanca Tel Aviv Amman Marrakech Al Najaf Alexandria Agadir Shiraz Cairo Shárm el-Sheikh Gassim Hurghada Dammam Kudat Kudat Luxor Madinah Riyadh Marsa Alam Abu Dhabi

Celtic Sea

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Asia & Oceania

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Nizhnevartovsk Magadan Novosibirsk

Omsk

Krasnoyarsk

zan

Bratsk

Abakan Pavlodar

Samara

Irkutsk

Gorno-Altaysk Semey

Blagoveschensk

Petropavlovsk

Khabarovsk

Ust-Kamenogorsk

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

pian ea

u

Taraz

Bishkek

Urumqi

Almaty

Tianjin

Kulob

Shiraz

Abu Dhabi

Faisalabad

Amritsar

Multan

New Delhi

Kathmandu

Karachi Ahmedabad

Guangzhou

Kolkata

Hanoi Chiang Mai Yangon

Hyderabad

Bay of Goa Bengal Bangalore Chennai Kozhikode Andaman Tiruchchirappalli Kochi Sea Trincomalee Thiruvananthapuram Phuket

Hambantota

Busan

Aomori Akita Niigata

Komatsu

Izumo

Medan

East China Taipei Sea

Misawa Hanamaki Yamagata Tokyo

NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Okinawa

Kaohsiung

Hong Kong Haikou Sanya

South China Sea

Da Nang

Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh

Angeles Manila

Philippine Sea

Guam

Cebu

Ho Chi Minh City Krabi

Koror

Kota Kinabalu

Banda Aceh

Male

Fuzhou Xiamen

Guilin

Kunming

Dhaka

Colombo

Seoul

Qingdao

Memanbetsu

Obihiro Kushiro

Hiroshima Osaka Xi’an Fukuoka Tokushima Jeju Nanjing Kochi Nagasaki Shanghai Miyazaki Chengdu Wuhan Hangzhou Kagoshima Ningbo Chongqing Changsha Wenzhou

Islamabad

Mumbai Salalah

Dalian

Zhengzhou

Nagpur

an

Sea of Japan

Beijing

Osh Dushanbe

Peshawar

Asahikawa

Vladivostok

Tashkent

Tehran

orna

Sea of Okhotsk

Okha

Chita

Ulan-Ude

Bandar Seri Begawan Tarakan

Kuala Lumpur Singapore

Eq

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Jakarta

Arafura Sea

Denpasar-Bali

Timor Sea

INDIAN OCEAN

Weipa

Karratha

Mount Isa

Port Hedland Newman

Alice Springs Ayers Rock

Geraldton Perth

Coral Sea

Cairns

Broome

Exmouth Paraburdoo

Port Moresby

Horn Island

Darwin

Townsville Hamilton Island Mackay Moranbah Rockhampton Longreach Gladstone Emerald Blackall Hervey Bay Roma Charleville Brisbane Moree Cloncurry

Kalgoorlie Whyalla Port Lincoln

Mildura Adelaide

Coffs Harbour

Armidale Tamworth Dubbo Wagga Wagga

Albury

Port Macquarie Newcastle

Lord Howe Island

Sydney

Canberra

Melbourne Devonport

New Caledonia

Launceston

Tasman Sea

Auckland

Wellington

Hobart Queenstown

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Gulf of Alaska

Sacramento San Francisco

Québec

Marquette

Portland

Traverse City

Hayden Denver Aspen Colorado Springs Montrose Vail

Reno

Las Vegas Monterey Ontario Santa Barbara Palm Springs Phoenix Los Angeles San Diego

Milwaukee Chicago

St Louis

Brownsville Mazatlán San José del Cabo

Ixtapa

Tallahassee

Corpus Christi

Tampa Sarasota

Gulf of Mexico

Boston New York

Halifax

Martha's Vineyard

Nantucket Philadelphia Salisbury-Ocean City

Hudson Bay

Ponta Delgada (Azores)

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bermuda

Charleston Jacksonville

Sargasso Sea

West Palm Beach

Nassau Key West Miami George Town Havana Varadero Providenciales Cancún Cap-Haïtien Santiago Grand Cayman Merida

Mexico City

Gulf of Alaska

Buffalo

Raleigh-Durham Charlotte New Bern Myrtle Beach Atlanta Savannah

New Orleans Houston

Montreal

Watertown Portland

Pittsburgh Washington Winston-Salem

Dallas San Antonio

Toronto Grand Rapids

Nashville

San Angelo

Ottawa

Puebla

Belize City

Montego Bay

Managua

Santa Marta

San Andrés Island

Liberia

San Juan

Caribbean Sea

San Pedro Sula

Guatemala City San Salvador

Port-au- Santo Prince Domingo

Kingston

San Jose

Dakar Tobago

Caracas

Port of Spain

Panama City Yopal

PACIFIC OCEAN Lihue Honolulu

Bogotá

Cali

San Cristóbal Island

Kahului

Sargasso Sea

Boa Vista

Baltra Island

Talara

Tumbes

Chiclayo

Macapá

Gulf of Mexico

Guayaquil

EQUATOR

São Luís

Fortaleza Natal João Pessoa

Teresina

Cajamarca

Trujillo

Kailua Kona

Maceió Aracaju

Puerto Maldonado

Caribbean Sea

Salvador Porto Seguro

Santa Cruz

Tacna

Calama

SOU ATLA OCE

Rio de Janeiro

Asuncion

Antofagasta

São Paulo

Copiapó Easter Island

Chilean Sea

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Comodoro Rivadavia

La Serena Santiago

San Juan Mendoza

Porto Alegre Rio Grande

Rosario Buenos Aires

Concepción Valdivia Puerto Montt

Punta Del Este

Neuquén Osorno

Bahía Blanca

San Carlos Bariloche

Castro

LEGEND

Scotia Sea

Balmaceda El Calafate

oneworld destinations

Río Gallegos

MH flights operated by Emirates

GMT -8

GMT -7

Punta Arenas

GMT -6

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

GMT -5

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Mount Pleasant

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GMT -3

GMT -2

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Inverness Glasgow Belfast Shannon

North Sea Aalborg

Aberdeen Newcastle

Leeds

Mariehamn

Oslo

Billund Westerland Amsterdam

Turku

Visby

Gothenburg

Nizhnevartovsk

Helsinki Tallinn Tartu

St Petersburg

Riga

Aarhus Gdansk

Kazan

Moscow

Vilnius

Kaliningrad

Krasnoyarsk Abakan

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Hamburg

Novosibirsk

Omsk

Nizhny Novgorod

Pavlodar

Samara

Gorno-Altaysk

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Cork

Birmingham

Norwegian Sea

Caspian Sea

Black Sea

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Black Sea

Dakar

Bay of Bengal Andaman Sea

Mediterranean Sea

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tal ão Pessoa

eió

Dar Es Salaam

Zanzibar

Jeddah

Taif

Luanda

Abha Asmara

Khartoum

Dakar

Salalah

INDIAN OCEAN

Djibouti

Livingstone Abuja

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Lagos Windhoek Accra

Victoria Falls

Addis Ababa

Malabo

Maputo

Entebbe

Johannesburg

EQUATOR

Gulf of Cape Town Guinea

Arabian Sea

Harare

Nairobi Kigali

Durban

INDIAN OCEAN

Kilimanjaro Dar Es Salaam

Port Elizabeth Luanda

Zanzibar

Lusaka

GMT -2

Victoria Falls

Mauritius

Maputo Johannesburg Durban Cape Town

GMT -1

Harare

Windhoek

GREENWICH MERIDIAN

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SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Livingstone

GMT 0

GMT +1

Port Elizabeth

GMT +2

GMT +3

GMT +4

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MOVIES

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• Pacific Rim • Blood Diamond • Words And Pictures • Red • Prometheus

Snatched

AMY SCHUMER, GOLDIE HAWN, KIM CARAMELE R / / 91 mins / Comedy / E, F, I, G, C+

• The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Power Rangers

DACRE MONTGOMERY, NAOMI SCOTT, RJ CYLER PG-13 / 124 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, Es, I, G, C+

• The Hobbit (Trilogy Boxset) • X-Men: Days Of Future Past • Runaway Jury • The Judge • The Book Thief

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• Ruby Sparks

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Set to the sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

• Scooby-Doo! And The Legend Of The Vampire

Going In Style

JOEY KING, MORGAN FREEMAN, PETER SERAFINOWICZ PG-13 / 96 mins / Comedy / E, J, K, Es, C+

• Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Carrie Pilby

• Clifford's Really Big Movie

BEL POWLEY, NATHAN LANE, GABRIEL BYRNE NR / 98 mins / Comedy, Drama / E, F, C+

• Bandslam • Batkid Begins • Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'hoole • Aquamarine • Alpha And Omega

CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDANA, DAVE BAUTISTA PG-13 / 136 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, J, K, F, C+

• Robots • Free Birds

Unforgettable

KATHERINE HEIGL, ROSARIO DAWSON, GEOFF STULTS R / / 100 mins / Suspense, Thriller, Drama / E, G, K, I, C+

• Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014)

Mean Dreams

BILL PAXTON, SOPHIE NÉLISSE, JOSH WIGGINS, JOE COBDEN R / /108 mins / Thriller / E, F, C+

• Remember • Ice Age: The Meltdown • Ice Age: Continental Drift • Elf © 2017 MARVEL

• Fantastic Mr. Fox

Colossal

ANNE HATHAWAY, JASON SUDEIKIS, AUSTIN STOWELL R / / 109 mins / Action, Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, F, C+

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDANA, DAVE BAUTISTA, VIN DIESEL, BRADLEY COOPER PG-13 / 136 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, J, K, F, C+

DACRE MONTGOMERY, NAOMI SCOTT, RJ CYLER PG-13 / 124 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, Es, I, G, C+

• The Birth Of A Nation

• This Beautiful Fantastic

• Rules Don't Apply

• A United Kingdom

• Keeping Up With The Joneses

• The Shack

• The Accountant • Collateral Beauty • Assassin's Creed • Why Him? • Kong: Skull Island • Max 2: Whitehouse Hero • Wilson • Gifted

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• Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes • The First Grader • Kingsman: The Secret Service • This Means War • Australia • Minority Report • Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Power Rangers

A cinematic reboot of the popular franchise, five high school students stumble upon a hidden cluster of alien artifacts and quickly discover that they have been gifted with extraordinary powers. Destined to become the next generation of Power Rangers, the group must battle an arch nemesis from the past who has risen to take over the universe. But in order to stop the threat, they must first overcome their personal differences and issues.

• The Book Of Life

• John Wick: Chapter 2 • Hacksaw Ridge • La La Land • A Cure For Wellness

• Knight And Day • Edge Of Tomorrow • The Simpsons Movie • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 • Thunderstruck

• Logan

• The Amazing Panda Adventure

• The Lego Batman Movie

• Nancy Drew

• Hidden Figures

• The Campaign

• Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

• Invictus

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MOVIES

MALAY

JAPANESE

HINDI

J-Revolusi

ふきげんな過去 / Kako: My

नाम ह ै अक ीरा / Naam Hai Akira

Pisau Cukur

NABIL AHMAD, UMIE AIDA, AARON AZIZ G / 120 mins / Comedy / E+

Bila Artis Balik Kampung Beraya

REMY ISHAK, NUR RISTEENA, FAUZIAH NAWI, MUHAMED ERIC, ILYA SENARIO PG-13 / 120 mins / Drama, Comedy

Sullen Past

KYOKO KOIZUMI, FUMI NIKAIDO, KENGO KORA NR / 120 mins / Drama / E+

SONAKSHI SINHA, ANURAG KASHYAP, KONKONA SEN SHARMA PG / 120 mins / Action, Crime, Drama / E+

オケ老人! / Golden Orchestra! ANNE HIGASHIDE, YUINA KUROSHIMA, KENTARO SAKAGUCHI

सरबज ीत / Sarbjit

NR / 119 mins / Comedy, Drama, Music / E+

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN, RANDEEP HOODA, RICHA CHADHA NR / 119 mins / Drama / E+

一週間フレンズ。/ One Week

ट ्र फ ै ि क / Traffic

Friends

HARUNA KAWAGUCHI, KENTO YAMAZAKI, SEIKA FURUHATA, TAKASHI MATSUO G / 120 mins / Drama, Romance / E+, C+

KOREAN

JIMMY SHERGILL, MANOJ BAJPAYEE NR / 104 mins / Adventure, Drama, Thriller / E+

ब ढु ़ि आ सि हं / Budhia Singh MANOJ BAJPAYEE, MAYUR PATOLE NR / 112 mins / Drama / E+

HINDI CLASSICS

Ali Baba Bujang Lapok P. RAMLEE, AZIZ SATTAR, S. SHAMSUDDIN, SARIMAH PG / 122 mins / Comedy / E+

Tragedi Duit Raya

JANNA NICK, UNGKU ISMAIL PG-13 / 93 mins / Drama, Comedy

어느날 / One Day

CHINESE

스플릿 / Split

KIM NAM-GIL, CHUN WOO-HEE NR / 114 mins / Drama, Fantasy / E+ YOO JI-TAE, LEE JUNG-HYUN, DAVID LEE, JUNG SUNG-HWA, KWON HAEHYO, MOON YOUNG-SOO PG-13 / 121 mins / Drama / E+

위험한 상견례 2 / Enemies

In-Law

健忘村 / The Village Of

JIN SE-YEON, HONG JONG-HYUN, SHIN JUNG-GEUN, JEON SOO-KYUNG PG -13 / 119 mins / Action, Comedy / E+

WANG QIANYUAN, CHANG HSIAOCHUAN, ERIC TSANG, SHU QI NR / 116 mins / Comedy / E+

INDONESIAN

No Return

Aku Ingin Ibu Pulang

NIRINA ZUBIR, NOVA ELIZA, TEUKU RIFNU WIKANA, JEFAN NATHANIO PG-13 / 101 mins / Drama

FANN WONG, LEE LEE ZEN, SIEH FEI PG / 98 mins / Family, Drama / E+, C+

Pinky Promise

大手牽小手 / Show Me

Your Love

PAW HEE-CHING, WONG HO-YIN, IVANA WONG, MICHELLE WAI PG / 98 mins / Drama / E+, C+

游戏规则 / The Game Changer ZITAO HUANG, XUEQI WANG NR /

/ 140 mins / Action / E+, C+

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மணல் கயிறு ௨ / Manal Kayiru 2 S. VE. SHEKHAR, JAISHREE G / 138 mins / Comedy / E+

JIBRAIL RAJHULA, HARVIND RAJ NR / 120 mins / Crime, Drama, Family / E+

Monsieur & Madame Adelman / Mr. & Mrs. Adelman

心灵时钟 / Packages From

Daddy

ZUL ARIFFIN, IZARA AISHAH, FARID KAMIL PG-13 / 120 mins / Action, Drama / E+

TAMIL

EUROPEAN

PG-13 / 97 mins / Comedy, Drama / E+, C+

PG-13 / 80 mins / Thriller / E+, C+

RAVI BASWANI, BHAKTI BARVE, NASEERUDDIN SHAH NR / 132 mins / Comedy, Drama / E+

Jay is the leader of an elite Special Action Unit tasked to take down terrorist operations. He and his team go on a mission to infiltrate a secret facility, where a deadly virus is being produced, to stop it from being acquired by a group of criminals led by a man named Andra. His sister, Dian, working as an undercover agent at the facility gets captured during the raid by the taskforce. Jay is wrongfully accused of working for Andra and betraying his superiors, and must now rely on himself and a handful of his mates to save Dian and stop the villains.

ஐகாட் / Jagat

决战食神 / Cook Up A Storm NICHOLAS TSE, JUNG YONG HWA, MICHELLE WAI, TIFFANY TANG, GE YOU, MICHELLE BAI 老石 / Old Stone CHEN GANG, NAI AN, WANG HONGWEI, ZHANG ZEBIN, LOU XUE'ER

जान े भ ी दो यारो ं / Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

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ZUL ARIFFIN, IZARA AISHAH, FARID KAMIL, NUR FAZURA, AZAD JASMIN & IEDIL PUTRA PG-13 / 120 mins / Action, Drama / E+

MALAY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

AGNI PRATISTHA, JAJANG C NOER, IRA MAYA SOPHA, MAUDY KOESNAEDI PG-13 / 114 mins / Drama / E+

TAGALOG My Ex & Whys

LIZA SOBERANO, ENRIQUE GIL NR / 120 mins / Drama / E+

DORIA TILLIER, NICOLAS BEDOS FRENCH / NR / / 120 mins / Drama / E+

Smetto Quando Voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want EDOARDO LEO, VALERIA SOLARINO ITALIAN / NR / / 100 mins / Comedy / E+

Rico, Oskar Und Der Diebstahlstein / Rico, Oskar And The Mysterious Stone ANTON PETZOLD, JURI WINKLER GERMAN / NR / / 93 mins / Adventure, Comedy, Crime / E+

Los Del Túnel / The Tunnel Gang ARTURO VALLS, NATALIA DE MOLINA SPANISH / NR / / 97 mins / Comedy / E+

Tun Abdul Razak: 40 Tahun Dalam Kenangan

This documentary feature pays tribute to the life and times of Malaysia’s second prime minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak. It was produced to commemorate the work and sacrifices of the statesman who helmed the nation with much gusto. He was posthumously granted the soubriquet Bapa Pembangunan Malaysia (Malaysia’s Father of Development) and was responsible for launching the country’s New Economic Policy. PG / 60 mins / Documentary

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TV

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COMEDY

DRAMA

KIDS

The Grinder S1

Gotham S3

Teen Titans

5 Episodes / 30 mins each

Last Man Standing S6 5 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

BEN MCKENZIE, JADA PINKETT SMITH, DONAL LOGUE 5 Episodes / / 60 mins each

Powerless S1

5 Episodes / 30 mins each

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Trial & Error S1 Josh Segel is a young bright-eyed New York lawyer who moves to a small town in South Carolina to take up a case defending an eccentric poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. Josh is assisted by a team of unqualified misfits and operates from an office behind a taxidermy shop. 6 Episodes / 30 mins each / Comedy / E

Sullivan & Son S3 6 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

Roadies S1 4 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

The Librarians S1 3 Episodes / 60 mins each

Pinky And The Brain Blindspot S2

SULLIVAN STAPLETON, JAIMIE ALEXANDER, ROB BROWN 4 Episodes / 60 mins each

Trial & Error S1

6 Episodes / 30 mins each

The Crazy Ones S1

Batman: The Brave And The Bold

6 Episodes / 60 mins each

Cristela S1

6 Episodes / 30 mins each

Friends With Better Lives S1 6 Episodes / 30 mins each

Raising Hope S4 10 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

How I Met Your Mother S9 6 Episodes / 30 mins each

The Big Bang Theory S10

Animal Kingdom S1 FINN COLE, AAMYA DEVA KEROLES, ELLEN BARKIN 6 Episodes / / 60 mins each

Constantine S1

MATT RYAN, HAROLD PERRINEAU, CHARLES HALFORD 9 Episodes / / 60 mins each

Famous In Love S1

Famous In Love S1 Life changes for young college student Paige Townsen after she successfully lands the lead role in a blockbuster movie. The new-found fame turns Paige into Hollywood’s new “It” girl, forcing her to navigate the glitz and glamour of her new celebrity life, while still balancing her college commitments.

9 Episodes / 30 mins each

New Girl S5

DAMON WAYANS, CLAYNE CRAWFORD, KEESHA SHARP 7 Episodes / 60 mins each

5 Episodes / 60 mins each / Drama / E

A To Z S1

Prison Break S4

Fresh Off The Boat S2 4 Episodes / 30 mins each

BELLA THORNE, CHARLIE DEPEW, GEORGIE FLORES 5 Episodes / 60 mins each

Baskets S1

Lethal Weapon S1

4 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

4 Episodes / 30 mins each 6 Episodes / 30 mins each

2 Broke Girls S5 6 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

The Middle S7

6 Episodes / 30 mins each

Better With You S1 5 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

Mike And Molly S6 / S4

2 Episodes / 30 mins each / Kids / E

Empire S3 5 Episodes /

/ 60 mins each

Dallas S3

10 Episodes / 60 mins each 10 Episodes /

/ 60 mins each

Bones S11

Modern Family S7 4 Episodes / 30 mins each

Baby Looney Tunes

The Following S3

Family Guy S14

/ 30 mins each

Animaniacs

/ 60 mins each

Forever S1 9 Episodes / 5 Episodes /

/ 60 mins each / 60 mins each

11.22.63 S1

Beware The Batman

6 Episodes / 60 mins each

The Little Lulu Show

5 Episodes / 30 mins each

The Originals S3

Batman & Mr Freeze

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S11

Lucifer S1

Johnny Test

Mom S3

4 Episodes /

/ 30 mins each

Futurama S7 4 Episodes /

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7 Episodes /

4 Episodes / 5 Episodes / 30 mins each 4 Episodes /

Beware The Batman This animated series takes place during Bruce Wayne’s early years of battling villains in Gotham City as Batman. He is assisted by his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and Tatsu ‘Katana’ Yamashiro, a trained lethal swordswoman who happens to be Alfred’s goddaughter.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes

/ 30 mins each

6 Episodes /

/ 60 mins each

5 Episodes / 60 mins each

White Collar S6 4 Episodes / 60 mins each

BoBoiBoy Ejen Ali

Ep19 – 26 Ep6 – EP10

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TV

HINDI

CHINESE

TRAVEL

LIFESTYLE

SOUNDSTAGE

Yaar Mera Superstar S2: Phillauri Stars Anushka & Diljit

Tunku's Homeland

Overland: At The Birthplace Of The Sun

Road Less Travelled

Elegies, Heartbreaks And The Night Of The Soul: The Viola Maestro

हम पाँ च / Us Five Ep15

BUSINESS The Print Of Malaysia 2016: Malaysia Day Special

TAMIL

The Health & Wellness Show: Cooking Konjam Coffee Niraya Cinema

We're 1 Malaysia: A Merdeka Special

JAPANESE

Satay With Rhys William

The Chefs' Line: Vietnamese Globe Trekker: Central Asia

David Blaine Beyond Magic

Bazaar: Hong Kong

Malaysia My Second Home

Cities Of The World Masterchef Poh MAVCOM

MALAY Sapporo Snow Festival'17

Celebrated: Angelina Jolie

NATURAL WORLD

Food Stories

SHOWBIZ

What’s Hot In Japan

KOREAN

Coolest Places On Earth: Rustic Adventures

Redesign My Brain Ep3

LepakNil Ep1

United For Wildlife

Bonda Bonding Ep1

Diva Raya

Historic Walks: Albertopolis

Kita Punya Raya

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The History Of Comedy The Lost World Of Joseph Banks Ep4

Glam Raya

Aku Raya, Kau Raya, Barulah Raya Ep1

HISTORY

Empire Builders 런닝맨 / Running Man

Story Of Royal London

Badminton Asia Championships 2017 Highlight Show Chronicles Of A Champion Golfer Golf Fever - Malaysia

Reptiles And Predators IATA Awareness

Law Of The Jungle: Sumatra, Indonesia

Celebrity Style Story: Super Heroes

Volcanoes Rings Of Fire

Malaysia Hari Ini

Masaklah Kau!

Windfall

SPORTS

Kami Anak Malaysia Konsert Negaraku

SCIENCE & TECH

Jamie Oliver - 30 Minutes Meal: Ep25 Beef Hash

Wanita Hari Ini: Merdeka Special 2016 Tun Abdul Razak: 40 Tahun Dalam Kenangan

Secret Lives Of The Super Rich: The Mansion That Patron Built & A Diamond In The Rough

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The Kapil Sharma Show Ep32: Team Mohenjo Daro In Kapil's Show

Lovren High School Comedies: The Eventful Lives Of Teenagers Celebrity Style Story: Bradley Cooper - Guardian of Galaxy vol.2

FRENCH Edouard Loubet And The Flavours Of Provence: When Less Is More Gourmet Explorers: A Tasteful Tour Of France

RELIGIOUS Di Sebalik Doa: Anak

ARABIC

Sembang Terapi: Holiday

Endangered Rivers: Al Zarqa River

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AUDIO ON DEMAND

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS

THE HITS

MEMORIES

TAMIL

KOREAN

including... Harry Styles, Shakira, Bleachers (above), Ruth B., London Grammar, The Chainsmokers, Amy Shark, John Mayer, Betty Who, Charlotte OC

including... Manic Street Preachers (above), Randy California, Bob Dylan, Julio Iglesias, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen

including... Summer Acoustic Tamil (above), Commando 2, Dora (OMPS), Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga, MS. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Thodari, Kollywood

including... Year7 Class1, J_ust, Flowing (above), Minzy, WA$$UP, Soo-Bong Shim, EXID, Rhythmking, Jung Dongha & Oh Jun Sung, Leaves Black

WORLD

COUNTRY

HINDI

JAPANESE

including... Meklit (above), Quarter Street, Quantic & Nidia Gongora, Somi, Prince Royce, Lakuta, Alena Murang, Corciolli, Seun Kuti, Santana, Humood Alkhuder

including... Tammy Wynette (above), Brad Paisley, Rodney Crowell, Nikki Lane, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Ward Thomas, Dolly Parton, Jake Owen, Mary Duff

including... Seeta Aur Geeta (above), Noor, To My Valentine (Punjabi Love Songs), 50 Glorious Musical Years (The Complete Works), Rangoon, Kaabil

including... ClariS (above), X JAPAN, Sekai No Owari, Aimer, Angela Aki, Baby Metal, Scandal, Depapepe, Flow, Mika Nakashima, Eir Aoi, Kalafina, 2PM

R&B

MALAY

CLASSICAL

JAZZ

including... Johnny Jenkins (above), Charlie Wilson, Gabriel GarzonMontano, Tuxedo, Alicia Keys, Usher, Solange, Craig David, Fantasia, Izzy Bizzu, Maxwell, Prince Royce, Miguel

including... Ziana Zain, Jacyln Victor (above), Wings, The Prism, Ramlah Ram, Akim & The Majistret, Alif Satar, Ogy Ahmad Daud, Aliff Aziz

including... Yo-Yo Ma (above), Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 & Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor Op. 30, 2CELLOS

including... Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (above), Cameron Graves, Gabin, Tony Bennett, Bria Skonberg, Hugh Coltman, Flabby, Julia Fordham, Dhaffer Youssef, Till Bronner, Branford Marsalis Quartet With Kurt Elling, Miles Davis Theo Crocker, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

Harry Styles – Harry Styles goingplacesmagazine.com / 92 / August 2017

Harry Styles’ self-titled solo debut pays tribute to the classic rock ‘n’ roll genre and sets the stage to showcase his exceptional voice and stylings, as well as his enigmatic persona. There is a deepened millennial sensibility to being a leading man on his own path. Preceded by its lead single Sign of the Times, the album is a short 40 minutes’ worth of 10 songs worth a listen.

Shakira – El Dorado El Dorado is the 11th studio album by Colombian pop singer Shakira. Reverting to her roots, the album is predominantly in Spanish and is packed with intriguing collaborations, including with Prince Royce on Déjà vu, Muluma on the groovy track Chantaje, and Carlos Vives, who expresses his joyful vocals on La Bicicleta. Inspired by her life experiences, El Dorado primarily features songs drawn from Shakira’s relationship with footballer husband, Gerard Piqué, who has been the source of encouragement for her continued work in music.

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COMEDY

including... Jonathan Winters, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding, Guy Noble, George Carlin, Bocey

SOUNDTRACK

including... Tulip Fever (OMPS), John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, Veeram - Macbeth (OMPS), A Street Cat Named Bob (OMPS), The Girl On The Train (OMPS), Trolls (OMPS), Ghostbusters, Money Monster (OMPS)

LIGHT & EASY

including... Bob Dylan, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Mild High Club, Omar Kamal, The Fray, Cliff Richard, Jeff Buckley, The Piano Guys

INDONESIAN

including... Astrid, Gita Gutawa, Judika, Melly Goeslow, Sheila On 7

CANTONESE

CLUB

KIDS

including... Leftfield, Roland Tings, Pote, Cosmic Gate, Lisa Stansfield, Lane 8, Shapeshifter NZ, Mirami

RELAX

including... Kiki, J.Sheon, Crispy, Kit Chan, Wei Jen Yuan, Xue Zhi Qian, Chris Wang, Butterfly Chien, Evan Yo

including... The Wiggles, John Field, Bananas In Pyjamas, Lah-Lah, Jane Sheldon & Teddy, Tahu Rhodes, Rhys Muldoon

including... Fiona Joy, Sherry Finzer, Yiruma, Jennifer Defrayne, Carl Weingarten, Yanni

MANDARIN

including... Lil Ashes, Edmond Tong, Phil Lam, Leon Lai, Cass Phang, Ekin Cheng, Jason Chan, Angela Pang, GEM Tang, Terence Siufay

NASYID

including... Mesut Kurtis, Gigi, Raef, Haddad Alwi, Hafiz Hamidun, Maher Zain, Ustaz Abdullah Fahmi, The Muhibbain, Nowseeheart, Opick

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RADIO CHANNELS & E-LEARNING

CHART TOPPERS Hosted by Ben Loh

MALAY HITS

Hosted by Suraya Borhan

MANDARIN MIX

Hosted by Chong Huey Ling

JAZZ

Hosted by Brad Power

E-LEARNING

Put your time in the air to good use with our essential learning tools. Some learning tools only available on selected routes.

including... Ary Hadre (above), SonaOne, Ila Damiaa feat. Joe Flizzow, Amy Mastura, Pandora, Joe Flizzow, Altimet, SonaOne & Faizal Tahir, Jaclyn Victor; Rio Febrian, Syamkamarul, Alif Satar, Siddiq, Bocey, Khai Bahar, Noh Salleh, Uchop Ahmad, Komrad, Izat Ibrahim

including... Men Envy Children (above), Matzka feat. A-Lin, Crispy, Show Lo, Kiki, Evan Yo, Tia Lee, Jocie Guo, Momo Wu, Wen-Chiang Liao & Pai Xin Gin, Z-Chen, Saya, Summer Lei, Leo Ku, BY2, Victor Wong, Jacky Wu, G.E.M, Wei Zhang

including... Ginger Baker (above), Raul Midón, Monty Alexander, Kevin Eubanks, Christian Sands, Jimmy Greene, Karrin Allyson, Joey DeFrancesco, The Cookers, Dominick Farinacci, Mack Avenue SuperBand, Freda Payne, Cécile McLorin Salvant

ROCK ARENA

MALAY CLASSICS

KOREAN

NASYID

Hosted by Jay Sheldon

Hosted by Ellen Han

Holy Quran

An interactive e-learning application that enables passengers to read the Holy Quran and listen to its recitation. goingplacesmagazine.com / 93 / August 2017

including... Tim Bell feat. Dani Lima (above), Miley Cyrus, Odesza, Rytmeklubben feat. EVA, Erlando, Crawn feat. Danny Shah, Sigala & Ella Eyre, 5 After Midnight, Ukiyo, H.E.R., Ji Nilsson, Jocelyn Alice, AronChupa feat. Little Sis Nora, Kid Astray, Tim Legend, London Grammar

Berlitz® Word Traveler including... Warrant (above), The Guess Who, Spirit, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Chris Shiflett, Redbone, Johnny Winter, The Stranglers, Big Thief, Mott The Hoople, Korey Dane, The Buttertones, JJ Cale, The Only Ones, Scorpions

GOLDEN ERA

Hosted by Richard La Faber

including... Wings (above), Ella & The Boys, Adibah Noor, Shima, Aishah, Nora, Azie, Ziana Zain, Nico, May, Misha Omar, Erra Fazira, Hattan, Datuk Ahmad Jais, M. Nasir, Ning Baizura, Ibnor Riza

HINDI RHYTHMS

including... Gu Jamyeong (above),Postmen, EXID, Royal Pirates, Ji Young Baek, Seung Chul Lee, Si Hwan Park, Ali, Song Yu Vin feat. Huta, U Sung Eun feat. Kisum, Lee Min Ho, The Nod, Crayon Pop, Yoo Se Yun feat. Nari, Ben, Soljihani, Cocosori, GB9

JAPANESE

Hosted by Kaoru Sato

including... Hafiz Hamidun (above), Gito Rollies, Siti Nordiana, Daqmie, Rabbani, Mawi & Dato AC Mizal, Ikke Nurjanah, Brothers, The Mikraj, Gigi, Bimbo, Inteam, Maher Zain, Astrid & Dedi Irawan, Hamza Namira

This language training tool can teach you the basics of 23 languages.

AGHANI ARABBIYAH

Hosted by Mona Jasman

b-wise™ (A380 only)

Learn about local business cultures and etiquette, wherever you are in the world! including... The Jacksons (above), Lou Bega, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Four Tops, M People, Wild Cherry, Miami Sound Machine, Starship, Reef, Labelle feat. Patti LaBelle

including... Jatin-Lalit; Kavita Krishnamurthy; Udit Narayan; Alka Yagnik (above), Shankar Ehsaan Loy; Shankar Mahadevan; Caralisa Monteiro; Shafqat Amanat Ali, Salim-Sulaiman; Sonu Nigam; Shreya Ghoshal; Salim Sadruddin Merchant, Vishal Dadlani; Shiraz; Samrat; Shaan

including... Orange Pekoe (above), Mika Nakashima, ClariS, Misia, End of the World, Tamaru Yamada, Depapepe, Kousuke Atari, L'Arc-en-Ciel, DJ Krush, Kousuke Atari, S.E.N.S. X JAPAN

including... Menna Aatya (above), Adnan Breesm, Basel Al Aziz, The5, Yehya Swais, El Dakhlaweya, Baraa Al Owaid, Murad Shareef, Mehad Hamad, Ahmed Al Mansouri, Ali Al Issawi, Mohammad Abdul Jabbar, Samer Saeed, Talal Abo Al Ragheb, Amal Shebli, Mohammad Al Fares

Soundview Executive Book Summaries (A380 only)

Passengers with AVOD can enjoy a host of radio shows across a range of genres. Channel numbers depend on the aircraft. Check your aircraft type and then on your in-flight entertainment system to find out.

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A quick and easy way to distill key ideas from today’s top business books.

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HANDSET INSTRUCTIONS

GETTING STARTED For passengers with a seatback personal screen, please refer to the following instructions for use of the remote control. 擁有個人屏幕的乘客請參照以下圖像和說明來使用您的遙控器. 個人スクリーンをお持ちのお客様はお手元のハンドセットを下の画像と合わせてから続けてお読みください.

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3. 模式

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4. 閱讀燈 ON/OFF

4. 読書用ライトON/OFF

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5. 頻道 UP/DOWN

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9. Select/Start*

9. 選擇/開始*

9. 選択/スタート*

10. Enter*

10. 確認*

10. 入力*

11. Game Controls*

11. 遊戲控制*

11. ゲームコントロール*

12. Audio/Video Controls To Rewind, Play/Pause, Forward and Stop for Audio/Video.

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13. Back button To go to previous screen. 14. Screen ON/OFF button To switch the Interactive screen ON/OFF. 15. Home button Shortcut to go to Main Menu. 16. QWERTY keyboard - B738 / A333 17. Magnetic card reader * Not on the Inseat System

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1. The greatest moment in my life is being able to celebrate 25 years of involvement in the fashion industry this year. It’s not easy for anyone to be relevant or relatable in this industry for this long because there is a lot of competition.

CELEBRATED MALAYSIAN FASHION DESIGNER DATO’ RIZALMAN IBRAHIM IS THANKFUL FOR 25 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. I know how to plan my life, my time and my work. When everything is well planned, you will never be stressed. But I love going back home to light a candle, have a good bath, and get a good night’s sleep. But before I fall asleep, I will talk to myself, go through ideas and look for inspiration.

2. The greatest regret I have is … I don’t have any because I always believe in God’s engineering. Things happen for a reason.

12. The three things I cannot live without are visiting my parents, retail therapy, and my face mist.

3. The one virtue I try to live by is honesty because when you are honest, you have nothing to hide. You are transparent and truthful.

13. My favourite movie of all time is The Devil Wears Prada. When I first watched the movie, I said, “Oh my God, someone made a movie about me!”

4. The person I most admire is myself because I have split personalities and we admire each other. The fashion designer personality admires the interior designer personality, and vice versa.

14. The most memorable scene was … every single scene!

5. I deplore people who are not punctual because they waste so much of my time. 6. The quality I like most in a person is truthfulness because you don’t have to examine him in order to have a relationship with him. 7. To keep motivated, I only have to look at the faces of the people I am responsible for. I can tell myself I have been fortunate and I have to be thankful for that. 8. The book I’m reading now is … I’m not much of a book reader. 9. My current favourite song is … I’m into classic French songs. I love the melody, the tempo, the rhythm, and the language. It’s wonderful. I’m not into Rihanna and all that. 10. The last time I took a vacation was in early May, back to my home town of Penang. 11. To relieve stress, I … I don’t really have stress because

15. In another life, are you James Bond or Indiana Jones? James Bond because at one time, I was really into gadgets. 16. If I had superpowers, I want to become invisible because being a celebrity, people are always stalking and taking photos of me. 17. If I could turn back time, I would not change a thing because it was made perfectly for me. I am happy with my life’s journey so far. 18. If I could invite three people, dead or alive, to dinner, they would be Karl Lagerfeld, Sheikha Mozah (bint Nasser al Missned of  Qatar and owner of fashion house Valentino), and Anna Wintour. 19. And we would be eating Malaysian dishes such as nasi lemak and mee bandung. 20. And discussing about the future of fashion. 21. When flying, I never wear anything tight. 22. When flying, I always put on something loose and comfortable.


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