The Malaysia Website Awards Presentation Ceremony 2017

The Malaysia Website Awards Presentation Ceremony 2017

MALAYSIA, DECEMBER 4, 2017 – The Exabytes Group, the organizer of the prestigious Malaysia Website Awards 2017 (MWA 2017) today officially announces the date and venue of the upcoming Award Presentation Ceremony of Malaysia Website Awards 2017, which is slated to reward over 720 immensely talented local website designers with over 39 awards in 3 award categories.
The Malaysia Website Awards 2017 is the third in the series, seeking to recognize and reward the outstanding performance, talent and effort of the best web developers, web designers and web agencies, and at the same time encourage creativity, sharing and improvement of overall web design quality in the country.
Organized by Exabytes Group and sponsored by eGHL, MYNIC, Frambie, CO3 Social Office and among others, the Malaysia Website Awards 2017 features 3 award categories, namely personal, commercial and E-Commerce, and several awards, such as the Site of the Month Award, the Public’s Favourite Website Award, and the grand prize, Site of the Year.

The much anticipated award ceremony of Malaysia Website Awards 2017 will be witnessed by several highly regarded industry experts, veterans and honorable judges, such as Mr. Leong Wai Khong, Head of Multimedia Design Department of The One Academy Penang, Ms Rachel Tan, Marketing Lead of Shopee Malaysia, Muid Latif, Lead Project of Creative Commons Malaysia and Susilan Kesavan, Senior Manager Social Media of Webe Digital.

Event details of the exciting night are as follows:

Date : 27 January 2018 (Sat)
Venue : CO3 Social Office @ Puchong
Time : 1800 to 2200
Admission : Free
Attire : Smart Casual

According to the group CEO of the Exabytes Group, Mr. Chan Kee Siak, the Malaysia Website Awards 2017 is highly competitive, with the organizer receiving over 500 website submissions each month. In order to choose the best among numerous immensely talented website designers, MWA 2017 required all website submissions to be approved prior becoming qualified to participate. The judging criteria of Malaysia Website Awards 2017 range from Design, SEO, Accessibility, Performance and Content

For further information on Malaysia Website Awards 2017,visit:

http://www.mwa.my/2017/

ABOUT THE EXABYTES GROUP (ORGANIZER)

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Autocrats vs The People: Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia

Autocrats vs The People: Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia

About The Book

Anne’s 1993 PhD thesis, ‘Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia’, published in 1996 by Macmillan was ahead of its time in its theoretical and political conceptualization of this current world-wide phenomenon. She has updated her thesis as a reminder of this Malaysian variant of authoritarian populism and its consequences. Apart from the toxic effects of populism on ethnic relations, authoritarianism has cost the country billions through financial scandals including the current 1MDB losses. Clearly, good governance and populism cannot coexist.

This book demonstrates how populism in Malaysia is long established and has been sustained ever since the New Economic Policy that came into force in the post-May 13, 1969 period. The Malaysian variant is a populism that is based on a call for ethnic entitlement (‘Bumiputeraism’) and one that has become increasingly Islamic in recent years. Anne’s thesis also contains one of the most thorough expositions of the politics surrounding detention without trial and other repressive laws in Malaysia.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Colonial Roots of Authoritarian Populism
  • The Post-Colonial State
  • Suppression of Political Opposition
  • Restructuring the State and Society
  • State Repression in the Seventies
  • Authoritarian Populism Under Mahathir
  • Class Contradictions and Popular Protest
  • Authoritarian Populism Entrenched
  • Conclusion

About The Author

Anne Munro-Kua received her BA in political science from the University of Sussex (1978) and her PhD from the Faculty of Economics & Social Studies, University of Manchester, UK (1993). She has taught in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and Malaysia and has also edited several publications including ‘Women’s rights as Human Rights’ and ‘Women and New Technology in Asia’. Since 2007 she has been leading her training and coaching consultancy, AMK Transformations.

What The Readers Say

Professor Edmund Terence Gomez, University of Malaya

‘Anne Munro-Kua’s analysis of authoritarian populism and its evolution in Malaysia is different, yet equally compelling, carefully traced against the grain of official history… a timely reminder that we need to be aware that this continuous process of constructing and reconstructing populist rhetoric is a tool employed by the ruling elite to perpetuate authoritarian rule.’

 

Gareth Richards, writer, editor, bookseller

‘Anne’s conceptualisation of ‘authoritarian populism’ has helped crystallise the defining features of the postcolonial Malaysian political economy.’

 

Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Lecturer at Nottingham University

‘This book is highly recommended for anyone wishing to understand how and why the Malaysian authoritarian state has been able to survive this long.’

PANGOI going places!

PANGOI going places!

Patrick Goi is a man of many talents. As the founder and managing PANGOI, Goi is also an accomplished chef and a ballroom dancer. He too is a recognised sommelier.

After nine years of working in a fashion and beauty retail industry, Goi decided that the time has come for him to set out on his own.

Known for his infectious energy, the affable Goi set up PANGOI Group Sdn Bhd in 2014 with the aim to redefine the world of fashion via its flagship brand name ‘PANGOI’.

As the founder of PANGOI, Goi’s primary responsibility is to expand the group’s market in Malaysia and beyond particularly the Asia Pacific and Middle-East.

‘Specifically, I make sure that we maintain a good rapport with our existing and potential clients and principle. I also head the research team, where we look into the demands and needs of our customers. Besides that, I guide and train my marketing team.”

Managing a new company in a highly competitive environment may sound daunting to some but Goi embraces all these head-on.

He noted that the toughest part of managing PANGOI is the fact that the industry itself is highly competitive.

“New products are being launched almost on a day-to-day basis, which means I have to be on my toes all the time in order to be updated on the latest trends, which will help me reach out to the customers more effectively,” he explained.

Goi has been working very hard in the past to learn more about the inner dealings of the industry so much so he has picked communication and networking skills.

“It helps with my confidence and I am now very motivated to make it big for my brand. Working in the marketing line has also taught me to be creative and innovative to reach out to the customers. Most importantly, it has taught me that the key to success is always to have a good attitude,” he acknowledged.

Born in Bukit Mertajam, Goi made the bold decision to leave the comforts of home for Kuala Lumpur at the tender age of 17 despite objections from his family.

“It wasn’t easy and I knew that. So even though I started from the very bottom of the ladder, I was still optimistic and motivated,” he recalled.

He reminisced the long hours he spent as a part-time promoter for different beauty products.

“It was tiring working and studying for my Diploma at the same time but it was worth it. As soon as I completed my studies, I began working at a department store,’ said Goi.

It was not long before he was promoted to a department manager position and Goi was only 21 years old.

“And I did not stop there. I knew that I had to do more so when I chose to continue my studies, I moved to the beauty and cosmetics industry as an assistant marketing manager for Total Image,” he shared.

This decision, he explained, did not only offer better career prospects but allowed him to work during the day and attend his classes in the evening.

When he completed his double degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of Greenwich, Goi found himself already in love with the fashion industry.

That was how his relationship with Alfio Raldo began.

“My first week on the job at Alfio Raldo was the longest and most tiring week of my life. I felt nervous to start a new chapter but at the same time, motivated to hold such a great responsibility in the company,’ he said.

Despite being new, his driven personality soon proved him to be a fast learner.

“It has always been about the end results for me and I make sure to put my skills to great use.”

The strategy proved to be fruitful. Within the first three months working for the company, Goi succeeded in getting the products listed on permanent counters in several department stores. How did he achieve the feat in such a short span of time?

“Persistence, persistence and persistence,” he shared with a laugh.

On a personal note, Goi still finds time to pursue his other interests.

“I love to cook and even participated in a cooking show on 8TV entitled Hot Chef. I am also a Latin dancer and have taken part in international ballroom competition overseas representing Malaysia!”

“When I am not cooking or dancing, I like to watch movies and listen to music. When I feel like breaking into a sweat, I find squash a great way to keep healthy.”

That certainly doesn’t mean that he is at the height of his potentials.

With a prospective MBA and a successful local fashion brand slowly making its way into the international market within the next five years, he has quite a journey of self-discovery waiting for him.

Key values that the company promotes include honesty, passion, results-driven, effective communication and sharing of knowledge and expertise.

“It is essential for our staff to uphold these values in order for us to achieve our collective goal.”

PANGOI Group Sdn Bhd was established in 2014 by Patrick Goi, who is also its managing director.

Riding on its founder’s vast experience in the retail industry, the company dabbles primarily in leather lifestyle products and merchandises.

Although a new player, the company strives to maintain the highest standards of materials and workmanship. PANGOI remains committed to carefully upholding the principles of quality and integrity that define the company.

The company’s products represent the unique combination of Malaysian culture and attitude, and superior product quality and durability as well as its commitment to world class customer service.

Today, the company is carrying its own brand, PANGOI, which aims to fulfil women’s desires to own a high quality yet affordably priced handbags, wallets and purses.

For that, PANGOI creates fresh new looks to appeal to modern women not only in Malaysia but also across the region from Australia to the Middle East.

Goi is engaging designers from Australia, Indonesia and Dubai to design and produce PANGOI handbags and purses where rich details are paired with high technical innovation.

Today, PANGOI products are available at its six outlets in Malaysia. It also is opening its first international outlet in Istanbul soon. Plans are afoot to have more outlets in Malaysia and abroad.

To ensure that all will be able to enjoy his handbags, Goi has also introduced PG for PANGOI, a much more affordable line that encapsulates PANGOI’s elegant and upscale designs.

The intention of this line was to make inexpensive fashion available for all.

 

Heart disease: the number one killer of Malaysians since 1970s

Heart disease: the number one killer of Malaysians since 1970s

The statistics

Heart diseases were the third-biggest cause of death in Malaysia in 1950. By the 1970s, they have become the number one killer and remained so since (except in 1980). In 2014, heart diseases killed 10,432 people or 13.5% of all deaths in Malaysia.

Cardiovascular (relating to the heart and blood vessels) disease is responsible for one-quarter of all hospital deaths in Malaysia. Moreover, Malaysian acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are relatively younger at 58.5 years old when compared to registries from more than 40 other countries. In the Americas and Europe, the figure is at 66, while Thailand reports 65, Middle East at 56, and 60 in India.

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One out of four heart attack patients in Malaysia are less than 50 years old.

What are heart diseases? What causes them?

There are no shortage of online resources on heart disease. MedicineNet.com explores this topic in great detail, and in digestible nuggets. Below are excerpts, paraphrased.

Heart disease refers to various types of conditions that can affect heart function. They include:

  • Coronary artery heart disease – affects the arteries to the heart.
  • Valvular heart disease – affects how the valves function to regulate blood flow in/out of
    the heart.
  • Cardiomyopathy – affects how the heart muscle squeezes.
  • Heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias) – affect electrical conduction.
  • Heart infections where the heart has structural problems that developed before birth.

Like any other muscle in the body, the heart needs an adequate supply of blood to provide it oxygen to fulfil its role – pumping blood to the rest of the body. When one or more coronary arteries narrow, it may make it difficult for sufficient blood to reach the heart, especially during exertions, such as exercise. This could cause the heart muscle to ache, just like any other muscle in the body. If the arteries continue to narrow, it may take less activity to stress the heart and provoke symptoms.

If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked – usually due to a plaque that ruptures and causes a blood clot to form – blood supply to that area of the heart may be lost, causing the heart muscle there to start dying. This is called a myocardial infarction (myo=muscle + cardia=heart + infarction=tissue death), or heart attack in layman’s term. If not swiftly treated, the affected part of the muscle cannot be revived. It dies and is replaced by scar tissue. Long term, this scar tissue will decrease the heart’s ability to pump efficiently, and may lead to ischemic cardiomyopathy (ischemic=decreased blood supply + cardio=heart + myo=muscle + pathy=disease).

Are you at risk?

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Heart diseases are not caused by one single factor. There are several risk factors that increase your chance of developing heart disease. Knowing your risks is the first step to avoidance.

Factors that put people at increased risk for heart disease are:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart problems, especially heart attacks and strokes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Heart Disease: Control and Awareness is among the topics featured at the 1st Penang Medical Expo & Malaysian Healthcare Policy Conference (PMEX 2017), to be held at Setia SPICE Convention Centre on 10-12 November 2017. PMEX 2017 is organised by the Penang State Government and Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) in collaboration with Penang Centre of Medical Tourism, Penang Institute, Invest Penang and Malaysia Medical Association, Penang Branch.

PMEX aims to serve as a platform for all interested parties from health-related sectors to communicate, exchange ideas, formulate solutions and create a healthcare network in Malaysia.

For more information, visit:

penangmedicalexpo.org

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Shark Hero Conservation Run 2017 & Pledge Signing Ceremony

Shark Hero Conservation Run 2017 & Pledge Signing Ceremony

Acexelent Sdn Bhd (“Acexelent”) announced that Shark Hero Conservation Run 2017 (“SHCR17”) will be held on 18 Nov 2017 in Celebration Centre, Sunsuria City from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In collaboration with Shark Savers Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia, SHCR17 is organized with the aim of raising public awareness toward the role of sharks in marine life ecosystem and to advocate for shark conservation. The programme of SHCR17 consist of a 4km family themed fun run and carnival styled activities including stage show, magic show, game booths, temporary tattoo booth, photo booth and clown & balloonist. Food & beverages trucks have been arranged to serve the participants during the day.

Adult ticket and child ticket are currently available for RM75.00 and RM65.00 respectively and can be purchased via www.sharkherorun2017.com. Alternatively, public can contact Ms Yen (0162138690) to purchase directly. RM 5.00 from each ticket will be donated to fund administrated by Shark Savers Malaysia. Further detail of SHCR17 are available in www.sharkherorun2017.com

Each participant will be entitled to a goodie bag that carries a Running Jersey , Number Bib, Shark soft toy, medal. Besides, limited edition badges especially designed by Pocohtee & Friends will be given out to participants as milestone rewards. Participants will also be given free vouchers to enjoy themselves in various activities.

During the run, there will be a group of Shark Savers volunteers dressed in shark suits running to the finishing line. Throughout the event day, volunteers will also be conducting shark-themed craft and activities are free for public to take part. In addition, Shark Savers will display educational exhibition aim to raise awareness of the importance of sharks in our ocean and how to make our seafood sustainable. Participants can look forward to two 7 feet long white blank sharks sculpture on the day itself and public is welcomed to take part in painting them to live. The sculptures is constructed by volunteers from Malaysia Institute of Art with recycled materials.

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"Shark conservation requires a long-term approach. We will work with partners to reverse the situation. Hence, I would like to express our appreciation to our organising partner, Acexelent Sdn Bhd and Sunsuria Berhad for this wonderful venue. Thank you for your support!"

Said Alicia Tan, CFO of Shark Savers Malaysia.

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“Sunsuria City is designed and built around the core principles of ‘Smart, Liveable, and Sustainable’ or ‘SLS’ – and we are determined to infuse these elements into everything that we do here. No doubt we have heard the immense role sharks play in the marine biome and here at Sunsuria; conscious of the environmental footprint that we leave behind, we hope to also play our role to host this educational & fun evening at Celebration [email protected] City. With this initiative in place, we will continue our quest for a more sustainable township.”

Said Mr. Simon Kwan, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing & Operations of Sunsuria Berhad.

In conjunction with SHCR17, Acexelent is privileged to be able to invite numbers of corporate figures, entrepreneurs and celebrities to join in for shark-no-more pledges. The esteemed guests attended the press conference to sign their pledges and will commit in future to avoid shark products in their personal and organization capacities. Guests were presented with a certificate to recognize their efforts in marine life conservation.

Acexelent is honoured to have the support and contributions of individuals and corporations and without their offering of helps, SHCR17 will not be able to get underway as planned. Acexelent would like to express its gratitude to all its partners and sponsors and will endeavour to make SHCR17 a successful event.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Tel: 016 213 8690

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