Asia-Pacific Cyber Champs

Asia-Pacific Cyber Champs

Kuala Lumpur, 4 March 2019: Four students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) brought pride to their university and the country as they emerged as the Champion Team at the 2019 Ernst & Young (EY) Asia-Pacific Cyber Hackathon Challenge.

The Hackathon took place in Hong Kong on 3rd March 2019. It was an international arena for top universities from across the Asia-Pacific to compete on strategic thinking, reasoning and technical programming skills. University teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia were amongst the finalists.

All participating teams were required to work on a real-life cyber experience that challenges them to ‘capture the flags’ by completing various custom-made scenarios.

Team “FetchOrbis” from APU comprising Yap Chee Sing, Mun Chee Wah, Imran Esack Dawoodjee and Hassan Zayan Azzam from the School of Computing & Technology (SoCT) achieved the most points at the end of the challenge. They eventually championed the challenge and walked away with HKD20,000 (equivalent to RM10,380).

The students are part of the Cyber Security and Software Engineering programmes at APU. This is their first time participating in the EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Hackathon Challenge.

“This has been an incredible learning experience for us as we are still very new to the competitive scene. The competition emulated real world environments and scenarios really well and it certainly was challenging,” expressed Hassan Zayan Azzam, member of team “FetchOrbis”, as he recalled the memorable experience.

“Congratulations Team FetchOrbis! They made us proud by demonstrating not only knowledge and skills in cyber security but also the necessary passion, dedication, team-spirit, problem-solving skills and emotional intelligence to be able to withstand the demands and pressure which comes in any hackathon,” expressed Surpriya Singh, Head of School of Technology, APU.

APU is recognized with excellence in promoting cyber security education and awareness, as it was awarded the Gold Medal at the Cyber Security Excellence Awards 2019 – “Best CyberSecurity Education Provider” Category. The selection was done by cybersecurity insiders in partnership with the Information Security Community on LinkedIn, tapping into the vast experience of over 400,000+ cybersecurity professionals to honour the world’s best cybersecurity products, professionals and organizations.

APU students under the Cyber Security programme have been actively participating in various competitions, such as the KPMG Cyber Challenge and F-Secure CyberSecurity Competition, in which they attained championships in these competitions as well. Malaysia’s first Cyber Security Talent Zone at APU promotes practical learning experience, where students are exposed to practical learning experience through the sophisticated infrastructure, that generates real-time data for cyber threats and traffic monitoring. APU’s Cybersecurity Talent Zone is a clear and perfect example of how APU collaborates closely with industry leading organisations to expose students to best-in-class technologies and systems. In addition, a full-fledged Cyber Threats Simulation and Response Centre (also known as a Cyber Range) is also located within the Cyber Security Talent Zone.)

APU’s team FetchOrbis demonstrated outstanding problem solving skills and excellent technical skills at the EY Asia Pacific Global Hackathon held in Hong Kong.

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in Technology that aim to nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. The multi-cultural student community comprises 12,000 students from over 130 countries.  APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2011, 2013 and 2017 Ratings by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Internationally, APU also achieved 5-Stars Ratings at the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in four categories – Teaching, Employability, Facilities and Inclusiveness.

APU houses industrial-grade facilities to provide exposure to students under the real-time environment. The APU Cyber Security Talent Zone (pic) is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia that trains students practically to handle cyber threats based on real-life cases.

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Financial FREEdom to owning a home

Financial FREEdom to owning a home

In response to the government’s efforts to stimulate the residential property sector, IOI Properties Group has unveiled a host of home ownership incentives under an unprecedented ‘IOI F.R.E.E. Ownership’ campaign.

Announced by Finance Minister YB Lim Guan Eng in January 2019, under the government’s Home Ownership Campaign (HOC), buyers are exempted from paying stamp duty on the transfer of property priced up to RM1 million and stamp duty on the loan documents for properties priced up to RM2.5 million.

Taking advantage of this, the ‘IOI F.R.E.E. Ownership’ campaign takes things one step further for greater savings.

Encapsulating the program’s benefits, the name ‘IOI F.R.E.E.’ is an abbreviation for Flexible financing options, Rebates, Extra rebates and Exemptions on stamp duties.

The best time is now to own your dream home!

Flexible Financing:

IOI Pay Later Buy Now helps prospective homeowners move forward with the next phase of their lives. Eligible prospects will enjoy a low down payment and an extended period of 5 years to settle their differential sum payments, free of interest!

With the flexibility afforded under this program, homebuyers will get extra cash in hand, and would be able to go ahead with their other plans, such as marriage, investment or renovating and decorating their new home during the 5 year deferment period!

Need more cash? There’s more! Free up some cash and reduce your monthly instalment payment by opting to service only the loan interest (without the repayment of principal loan sum) for the first 5 years of the loan tenure.

IOI Rent To Own as the name suggests, allows homebuyers to stay in a home of their choice now and own it later, and it also comes with a rental refund of up to 100% that goes towards offsetting the property purchase price. This campaign is specially tailored to give homebuyers a head start in owning their home. Homebuyers are presented with plenty of time to beef up their loan eligibility, save up for a down payment or even try out the development before committing.

Rebates:

This is the time for rebates and more rebates. For a start, homebuyers can enjoy a minimum of 10% discount. On top of that, IOI Properties has lined up a host of additional rebates for a host of award-winning developments just for this ‘IOI F.R.E.E Ownership’ campaign period. What’s more, IOI LiVO members get to enjoy a further discount on top of the additional rebates!

Exemptions:

In addition to the government’s waiver of stamp duties for both MOT & loan documents, IOI Properties is covering all SPA & loan legal fees. Collectively, the extra cash in hand, discounts, rebates and free legal fees add up to a hefty and neat savings for homebuyers.
Encouraging homebuyers to move fast, IOI Properties Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jason Tie said “The best time is now. There is no better time to buy a property! It has been announced that the stamp duty exemptions are applicable to all buyers and not just for first time homebuyers. Homebuyers should act now before 30th June 2019 to enjoy all the incredible savings.”

For more information on the IOI F.R.E.E Ownership campaign 

Refurbishment of water facilities to increase water supply storage for customers

Refurbishment of water facilities to increase water supply storage for customers

KUALA LUMPUR: Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) has taken initiatives to refurbish 164 service reservoirs and 55 pump houses in stages from 2017 to 2026. 

The demand for potable water has been rising sharply with rapid development in the state of Selangor and to ensure the stability of supply in the distribution network, the inactive facilities had to be recommissioned.

These facilities were deactivated previously due to deteriorating conditions such as ageing, leaking and rusty tanks, as well as due to vandalism which led to missing critical equipment.

Air Selangor had identified all these inactive facilities and outlined a refurbishment plan in which these facilities were given a new lease of life to provide additional storage.

As at December 2018, Air Selangor has carried out the refurbishment of 35 inactive service reservoirs and pump houses to improve the storage volume of potable water in the distribution network. 

A total of 147.341 million litres per day (MLD) had been added to the distribution system in 2018 with the refurbishment of these water facilities.

The refurbishment effort will help to improve the sustainability of water supply, particularly in water stressed areas, where demand is always high. This will also provide more storage reserve in times of water interruption due to scheduled maintenance or emergencies. Simply put, the duration of water interruption for customers can be minimised as these reservoirs act as reserve supplies for the premises in the vicinity.

Since 2017, Air Selangor has allocated about RM30.6 million for the refurbishment of these facilities with funding from the State Government grant as well as internal funds from Air Selangor.

In 2019, Air Selangor is planning to refurbish approximately 45 inactive reservoirs and pump houses. This is another one of the many initiatives undertaken by Air Selangor to improve water supply service to its customers.

Some of the recently refurbished assets include the reservoir

Motor Control Centre panel for pump and motor operations

Unstoppable fun and unforgettable memories at Superpark for whole family

Unstoppable fun and unforgettable memories at Superpark for whole family

Family bonding fun for all ages under one roof by SuperPark promises incredible adventures

Swing your arms, work your legs, move with joy! Imagine what it means literally. Better still, it fires up your team spirit, as a family. And spending quality time together makes every moment special and memorable. Rain or shine, for added convenience and peace of mind, the all-in-one indoor SuperPark makes fun seekers of all ages from all walks of life beg for more. The friendly fun-for-all family recreational sports park originated in Finland features 3 themed areas – Adventure Area Game Arena and Freestyle Hall with 20 activities catering for every taste.

The joy of jumping on a trampoline is beyond words. It’s not just for kids. Mums and dads will get contagious with plenty of laughter too. And for the icing on the cake, experience the one of its kind digitally enhanced rock climbing with augmented gamification challenge to double up the fun. Itching to show off your fluid skateboarding moves? The Skate and Scoot park is yours to conquer. Beyond the endless fun, participants will also gain health benefits such as improved muscle elasticity, acrobatic flexibility, anaerobic agility, physical fitness and motor skills. Oh yeah, for gymnastic buffs, you are welcome to play your tricks in Gymnastic Area of the Freestyle Hall.

The list of challenging-yet-fun activities goes on. Test your ascending skills with SuperClimb on a colourful climbing panel in a supervised environment. Meanwhile, the “man vs machine” RoboKeeper seems to be able to stop just any shot you try to score. Fancy a swing like a flying fox that zips through the air? Just hold on tight and slide off like a flying carpet. The exhilarating fun continues with mountain sliding and tube slide. Remember to scream out loud as you slide all the way from the top. It’s good for both your physical and mental health. From sliding to fast track, the shrieking laughter just keeps roaring. Race up the Pedal Car Track for your entire family. And you get to tone your legs and butts too.

Be prepared for an exhilarating experience when going through the Kids’ Adventure City! The combination of climbing equipment, towers, and tunnels builds children’s coordination and boosts their confidence. Parents are definitely welcome to join their kids for more “catch-me-if-you-can” moments.

SuperPark is no ordinary adventure playground. It is specifically designed to empower family members of all ages and sizes to have fun and foster bonding through play and movement in an inspiring and friendly environment. It’s a unique, purpose-built indoor activities park with Finnish ingenuity to delight families with young children including young teens, outdoor enthusiasts and active adults. At SuperPark, parents will find the spirit of being young-at-heart soaring like never before. Children learn new skills through different fun-filled challenges at the same time. And make new friends along the way.

SuperPark is designed with all-day-happiness and creativity in mind. Thinking of celebrating your birthday in style? Make it as boisterous and electrifying as you wish. There are six party rooms with different themes complete with exciting platters to suit your preferences. Looking for something more than that? SuperPark caters to school groups and sports clubs as well. You name it, SuperPark can make it happen!

Yup, the fun is unstoppable. The joy is in the journey. That’s the philosophy behind the joyful play at SuperPark that champions family participation as its DNA. Again, the human body is the engine for all SuperPark activities. No motorized rides. You play and exercise while foster bonding at the same time. That’s a win-win experience.

And only for Malaysiakini readers, you get to enjoy the exclusive 2-for-1 offer. The “MALAYSIAKINI2FOR1” promotion is valid until 12 March 2019. For online booking, please use the promo code when you book 2x One-Day Ticket (Super Day) (original price RM70 each) / 2 x One-Day Ticket (Regular) (original price RM50 each); for walk-ins, simply quote “MALAYSIAKINI2FOR1” during ticket purchase to enjoy the promotion.

Other terms and conditions include limited quota on a first-come-first-served basis which is valid for the “One Day Ticket (Super Day)” and “One Day Ticket (Regular)”, the offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions/offers/coupons, SuperPark reserves the right to revise the offer without prior notice, and in the event of any dispute, SuperPark reserves the right of final decision.

Learn more about SuperPark

Tel: +603-2789 2408

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday (10am – 9pm)
Saturday, Sunday, Public & School Holidays ( 9am9pm)


Address:
Unit 4-1, Level 4, Avenue K Shopping Mall,

156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

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Getting around Georgetown with doorstep advantages

Getting around Georgetown with doorstep advantages

Travel within the heart of Georgetown at your convenience

Why crack your head when you have all the doorstep comforts and conveniences? Choose the right hotel in the right location, half the trip is well planned out! This rings true when you have a Penang trip in mind. Be it a day trip, weekend trip of a few days, or something longer, you can always save yourself time and hassle being a productive traveller with a more enjoyable experience to look forward to.

Don’t compromise on hotel location

When you have lots of delicious Penang food to savour and so much more to explore, don’t waste time staying at a place far away from popular tourist attractions. Get cozied up to a nearby place where everything is accessible within a 5-km radius especially when most of the attractions are located within Georgetown. And this is where Sunway Hotel Georgetown sits comfortably.

Knowing that traffic is a big concern for visiting popular tourist attractions around Penang, staying at a nearby hotel is a right move to start with. Georgetown alone is home to a long list of attractions from culture to adventure, history to art, food to shopping, lifestyle and sightseeing. The UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts both Malaysians and foreigners from all over the world, mind you.

Hawker food galore

Just about 100m across the street from the hotel is where the famous New Lane (Lorong Baru) foodstalls congregate. That’s an outright “convenient winner” for you to sample Penang’s iconic hawker food. Char Koay Teow, Chee Cheong Fun, Sotong Kangkong, Asam Laksa, Oh Chien (Fried Oyster Omelette), Curry Mee, Popiah or Leng Chee Kang, make your call.

Foodies would also find Restoran Nasi Padang Minang, Ah Leng Char Koay Teow, Nasi Kandar Beratur Original, Penang Road Asam Laksa, Penang Road Teochew Chendol and Beach Road Ali Nasi Lemak on their radar within a short, convenient distance. For durian lovers, satisfy your craving at Anson Road’s durian stalls. Stop by Ghee Hiang Local Specialties Shop too.

Penang has a wonderful assortment of museums to quench your thirst for knowledge and curiosity. For a start, Penang State Museum is just about 200m away from the hotel. Top up your list with Penang 5D Interactive World, Upside Down Museum, Chocolate & Coffee Museum, Made In Penang Interactive Museum, Penang Wonderfood Museum, Penang 3D Trick Art Museum, Penang Time Tunnel and Pinang Peranakan Mansion.

KOMTAR Skywalk

New attraction – KOMTAR Skywalk – is the talk of the town for what it literally means, which is merely 500m away from the hotel. Get your adrenaline all pumped up at nearly 250m high up in the sky on a glass walkway! Perched on the 68th floor of KOMTAR, formerly the tallest building in Malaysia, KOMTAR Skywalk feasts your eyes with a sweeping view of Georgetown’s cityscape and its surroundings from seaside to Penang Hill.  Feel free to soak up more “lofty air” at Sky Lounge on the 65th floor to make your KOMTAR trip extra special.

Penang House of Music

Another new attraction that pulls in crowd from all walks of life is the Penang House of Music. Traverse a time tunnel from the 1940s to 1970s to enrich your knowledge of the art scene and musical heritage of Penang. Seniman Agung Tan Sri P. Ramlee and Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Nawab are among the household names that make Penang proud. For the newer generations, this is possibly the best place to enlighten yourselves on Bangsawan, Boria, Ronggeng, Puppet theatre, Chinese Opera, Dondang Sayang, Pop Yeh Yeh, Talentimes and dance crazes of that era. The Radio Room exhibits are eye-poppers that give you an irresistible impulse to bring them all home! Well researched, archived and presented in an honest way to showcase a rich local history, Penang House of Music is strategically located at level 4 of KOMTAR, which is barely 700m away the hotel.

Get up close and personal

History and heritage tour of Penang is a must. With just about 750m away from the hotel, you will surely leave your footprints in the epicentre of Georgetown’s historic site, which is made up of The Waterfront, Cultural Enclave, Business District, Leisure Zone and Enterprise Zone. Padang Kota Lama, Fort Cornwallis and Penang Street Art are part of the attraction. Plenty of photo opportunities around here.

Experience a different art scene of Penang at the historical Hin Bus Depot, which is about 600m away. Make your Penang trip wholesome with a visit to Chinatown, Little India, Chowrasta Market and Nagor Square, all within a 2-km reach.

Seaside thrills

For shopping within Georgetown, check out Prangin Mall, Gurney Paragon or Gurney Plaza. For atmospheric seaside F&B and sightseeing, chill yourself at Northam Beach Café and Gurney Drive.   

Penang is packed with exciting events all year round. For February alone, there will be the Kek Lok Si Display of Lights (4 – 19 FEB 2019), Chinese New Year Celebration (5 – 6 FEB 2019), Penang Hot Air Ballon Fiesta 2019 (9 – 10 FEB 2019) and Hokkien New Year Celebration (12 FEB 2019). The Penang Tourism Calendar of Events is published here.

Choice of transport and street names to remember

Travelling around Penang is made easier with your preferred mode of transport, be it a rented car, SUV, van or bicycle. Remembering key street names such as Penang Road, Jalan Magazine, Jalan Dato Keramat, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, Jalan Anson, Jalan Burma, Pengkalan Weld, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah and Gurney Drive will definitely make your trip more manageable. If you have the luxury of a local friend to show you around during your visit, that’s priceless!

Location matters

Penang Global Tourism and Tourism Penang are two very helpful references to plan your trip. Again, staying at a convenient place makes a lot of difference to your trip.

Learn more about Sunway Hotel Georgetown.

Is it time for you to upgrade to a bigger and better home?

Is it time for you to upgrade to a bigger and better home?

Craving for more space? Pictures courtesy of MRCB

As one’s lifestyle and work functions change, there will come a time where homeowners are faced with the question of moving into a bigger home.

The dream home you once thought was perfect may change over the years as your needs evolve.

Here are six signs it is time to switch to a larger home.

1. Your family is growing

Have your children outgrown their bunk beds and want a room of their own? Picture by MRCB

Multiplying family members is the most obvious reason to move to a bigger home.

Be it parents with teenagers who are outgrowing their bunk beds and need a room of their own or couples planning to welcome a bundle of joy, space becomes a priority.

For many families in Asia, it’s common for ageing parents to move in with their children and if the occasion arises, the possibility of an upsize simply cannot be ignored.

2. You need more space

Additional space requirements usually calls for an upgrade. Pictures from MRCB

 Let’s face it, the Marie Kondo downsizing method is not everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes, your lifestyle and hobbies just require more room.

It could be any reason: a large walk-in wardrobe for the fashion conscious, a gourmet kitchen for those who enjoy cooking up a storm, a room to store workout equipment for the Olympian in you or even a home large enough for your beloved four-legged furry family member to roam around.

3. You want a more secure neighbourhood

Kids wandering in the playground alone can pose a worry to parents. Picture by 123RF

Want your kids to have fun but worry about their safety because you can’t watch over them? On top of ample play areas and fun amenities, rest easy knowing you can keep your children within sight and within reach with Alstonia’s security systems.

The gated and guarded residence is equipped with multi-tier security features including access card, CCTV surveillance, panic button and an intercom system.

4. Your status has elevated

Over time, your income will grow and allow for a home that’s bigger and better. Picture by Pixabay

Whether it’s a hard-earned promotion that got you a significant pay bump or coming into an inheritance, you may find yourself in the financial position to upgrade to a more spacious home.

Always wanted to live resort-style property but couldn’t justify taking out another mortgage? This could be the right time.

5. You love entertaining guests

A larger living room is perfect for those who love having guests over.

If open houses and large family dinners are your thing, any host would appreciate and understand the need for adequate dining space and mingling areas.

The extra rooms will also come in handy for homeowners to put up guests and family members visiting from abroad.

6. You work from home

A bigger space allows for comfortable room for your home office. Picture by MRCB

As companies allow employees more flexibility with their work hours and the option of working remotely, a home office is the way to go.

Should you ever decide to take the self-employed route to start your own business, converting one of the extra rooms in your large property saves you the rental costs of an office.

What to consider before upsizing

Location is without a doubt the biggest and most important factor. Bigger homes tend to be situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city which is a wonderful thing if tranquillity is what you’re after and there is still room for resale value to make sure the investment will be a fruitful one.

Before you decide to upgrading to a bigger home, be sure to ask yourself if you’re prepared to exert extra elbow grease to upkeep a home with a larger square footage.

Alstonia Hilltop Homes provides exclusivity and privacy in a resort setting.

Alstonia Hilltop Homes is a private and exclusive residential in Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh offers a resort lifestyle living concept with 20,000 square feet of facilities deck and promises a practical and spacious layout, perfect for those looking to upsize to a bigger home.

If you’re moving to a larger home because of a growing brood, this freehold, gated and guarded development with multi-tier security has the conveniences of a mature township such as educational institutions, medical centres, as well as banks other services.

Alstonia is located close to several prestigious schools including international, government and Chinese schools. There’s a college and university in the development’s surrounding areas and private and government hospitals nearby.

This super low-density development only has 31 units of three-storey Garden Villas and 214 units of Garden Heights condominiums, offering a sense of privacy coupled with its linear parks, recreational facilities and well-designed amenities.

Think moving into a bigger home means moving away from the city?

You don’t have to compromise on accessibility as Bukit Rahman Putra is a mature township that is close to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam via four major highways near the development which are Duke Highway, NKVE, LDP and Guthrie Corridor Expressway.

There’s also an MRT feeder bus to transport commuters to the Sg Buloh MRT station.

If you’re considering an upgrade, why not drop by Alstonia’s show units to have a feel of the property?

Find your way with Waze (Alstonia Sales Gallery), call the sales gallery at 03 2718 1771 or visit its website at www.alstonia.com.my.

This article is brought to you by MRCB.