Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ferrer And Lopez To Meet In All-Spanish Final

For the second time in the tournament’s seven year history, the top two seeds are set for a showdown in the final of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2015 held here at the Putra Stadium at Bukit Jalil.

Top seeded world No.8 David Ferrer overcame a one set deficit to defeat surprise semifinalist Benjamin Becker 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and five minutes.

The two-time Malaysian Open semifinalist had his serve broken twice in the opening set, but crucially saved all six break opportunities against him in the next two sets to advance into his fourth final of the year (won all three at Acapulco, Rio de Janeiro and Doha).

“I feel happy because it’s my first final here after many times of coming. Benjamin played great in the first set so in the second set I tried to change my tactics, my forehand and importantly, I could win. Feliciano is a very good friend and a great player. Every time I play with Feliciano, I know it’s going to be a tough match. Tomorrow I have to improve my game against him,” said Ferrer, who has an 8-6 win/loss record against Lopez.

Second seed Lopez proved one hurdle too many for the in-form Nick Kyrgios, with the 34-year-old Spaniard defeating the 20-year-old Aussie 7-6(2), 7-6(5) in a closely contested match lasting 84 minutes.

The duo exchanged breaks in the first set, the first time Kyrgios’s serve was broken this tournament, but in the end it was down to the tie-breaks, where the Aussie simply could not compete against a Lopez who was in exquisite serving form (hit 12 aces and won 85% of first serve points).

World No. 17 Lopez will play in his 13th career final on Sunday, his second of the year (l. to Estrella Burgos in Quito), as he guns for his fifth career title.

“The match was so close. It could have gone either way. He played really good also. I have to be proud of the way I played because he was really playing well. When I played here in the past I didn’t play my best so I really wanted to do better this time and I made it. I am very happy; it has been a good week of tennis for me. I’m playing better now than I did in February when I played the final in Quito,” Lopez said.

Despite his defeat, Kyrgios, who has a Malaysian mother, can take heart from making the second semifinal of his career and playing some of his best tennis this week in front of a crowd that considers him one of their own.

“He served unbelievably throughout the match. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world. His serve kept him in the match. His volleys were unbelievable. I was impressed with him today. (But) I’m really happy with my performance this week. I’m really close to hitting the top 30 so that’s my (next) goal,” Kyrgios said.

In the doubles, top seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram defeated Czech pairing Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 in 58 minutes to set up a Sunday final with number two seeds Treat Huey and Henri Kontinen.

The doubles finals will be played on Centre Court this Sunday at 2.15pm, with the singles final expected to commence not before 4.30pm.

Once again the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is making the event affordable for all Malaysians. Ticket prices for the finals range from RM25 to RM620 and can be purchased now on-line via the tournament website, at TicketCharge outlets or through the ticket hotline at TicketCharge Ph: 603-9222 8811.

The tournament would like to thank its suite of official sponsors. In addition to the distinguished support of the Event Patron, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the event is proud to have prestigious commercial sponsors that include KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Rado, CNN International, the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Wilson, 100 Plus, the Albukhary Foundation, Astro and the ATP World Tour’s Premier Partner Corona. 


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Yuna Live in Malaysia @ Plenary Hall, KLCC ( 16 October 2015 )

Malaysia’s very own contemporary pop singer, Yuna, is set to perform live in Malaysia for an exclusive show on October 16 at Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Organized by The Livescape Group, the one-night-only show is expected to attract over 3,000 fans.
Yuna, the sensational Malaysian singer songwriter is known for her unique organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B sound. She began writing her own songs at the age of 14 and started performing solo on her MySpace page in 2006 before she formed a band. In 2008, she released her self-titled EP in Malaysia producing the hit single, “Deeper Conversation”. The following year, Yuna won her first of several Anugerah Industri Muzik award which is Malaysia’s equivalent of the Grammy.
“We are thrilled to have Yuna returning home to perform live and we are sure that her fans are as excited to see her as we are. Yuna will be performing songs from her new album so fans can look forward to a selection of both her older hits and new music. Tickets to the show are limited because we want to provide an intimate show, so I urge fans to purchase them early to avoid disappointment”, Rahul Kukreja, Director of Live Events of The Livescape Group said.
The talented vocalist is fresh off the 2015 AFC Asian Cup closing ceremony, coming together with ‘The Art Of Saving A Life’ campaign premiering ‘New Day’ & releasing ‘Material’; a compilation of previously released Malay singles now re-arranged with added freshness.

AirAsia X takes on Sapporo

AirAsia X marks the spot: Japanese dancers striking a pose while displaying the 9,900 ticket price to fly from Sapporo to Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia X in Sapporo.

SAPPORO: It was a red-eye flight that was anything but a dowdy affair as AirAsia X began its inaugural flight to the northern Japan city of Sapporo in style.
Arriving on the 11.35pm flight from KLIA2 was group chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who took the seven-hour trip to Sapporo – the capital of Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture.
She said she was charmed by the city, known for its white winter festivals. “I am happy to be back. It has changed so much since then,” said Rafidah, who last visited the city nearly 35 years ago.
Passengers on the inaugural flight received a warm welcome from the AirAsia X ground staff to mark the occasion.
Also on the flight was AirAsia X chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail and AirAsia X director Datuk Fam Lee Ee.
At Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport, Rafidah said the new route would fly four times a week, which was hoped to boost a two-way flow of tourists between Malaysia and Japan.
This is AirAsia X’s third Japanese destination after Tokyo and Osaka.
“Hokkaido is really famous. There will be many Malaysians who would like to see this part of Japan. We hope Japanese from this prefecture will also look to visit Malaysia for all-year-round summer,” said the former International Trade and Industry Minister.
The long-haul arm, having spent seven consecutive quarters in the red, is also in talks to defer the purchase of up to 13 new aircraft from Airbus as well as looking to start flights to Hawaii and New Delhi to tap new markets.
“We have seen very good response for the Sapporo route. For our December to February flights, we are close to full and flights in March to May are picking up.
“We are targetting about 250,000 passengers to Sapporo for next year,” Benyamin said.
AirAsia flight D7 550 will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo at 11.35pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It will arrive at 8.10am.
Flights from Sapporo to Kuala Lumpur will leave at 9.20am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive at 5pm.
To celebrate its inaugural flight, AirAsia X is offering promotional all-in-fares for one way trips starting from RM349 for standard seats or RM1,299 for the premium flatbed seats.
The fares will be available for online booking until Oct 18 for the travel period between Oct 2 and Jan 3 next year.
-thestar online.

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‘Half-Kampung’ Kid Nick Kyrgios Powers Past ‘King Of Aces’ Ivo Karllovic

Aussie Nick Kyrgios, or the ‘Half-Kampung’ Kid as he is affectionately known here, continued his fine run in the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2015 with a 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-2) upset victory over third seed Ivo Karlovic in today’s quarterfinal match played on the Centre Court of Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was the third consecutive straight sets victory in the tournament for the 20-year-old, who racked up eleven aces to Karlovic’s 13, including two in a row to close out a tight 84-minute match in which neither player managed to break the other’s serve.

“I knew today was going to be tough. I thought I served really well and looked after my serve. It was a fun match as well. It was really good. I think knowing that I can beat guys with big serves gives me confidence. I thought today was very important,” said the world No.41, who will face Feliciano Lopez in Saturday’s semifinal as he tries to win his first career title.

‘King of Aces’ Karlovic leaves Kuala Lumpur just 35 aces shy of the ATP World Tour record for career aces held by fellow Croat Goran Ivanisevic (10,237).

Second seeded world No.17 Lopez fought back from a set down to defeat Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-7(2-7), 6-3, 6-2 in a passionate two-hour long encounter.

The Spaniard will be attempting to make his second final of the season, after missing out on his 5th career title in his other final this year at Quito.

“I think I played a great match compared to yesterday. I was getting better and better as the match grew longer. It’s going to be tough against Nick. He’s an aggressive player and he has the weapons - he has the serve and the forehand. It’s an exciting match to play against one of the ‘young guns’ in the tour right now,” the 34-year-old said.

Top seed and world No.8 David Ferrer needed just 70 minutes to overcome the challenge of Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4 and move into the Malaysian Open semifinal for the third time (also in 2010 & 2012), where he will face Benjamin Becker.

“I feel better than yesterday. It was a great match for me. (My semifinal tomorrow against) Becker is going to be tough. He has had a good week, winning (Jeremy) Chardy and (Grigor) Dimitrov. I will have to play like tonight - consistent and aggressive with my forehand,” the 33-year-old former world No. 3 said.

Earlier in the day, Germany’s Becker once again upset the odds to defeat fourth seed Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(7-3) in 95 minutes and move into his first ATP World Tour semifinal since Tokyo last year.

The match looked destined for a decider with world No. 19 Dimitrov 5-2 up in the second set, but the 34-year-old Becker responded superbly by saving set point and taking four of the next five games for a memorable victory. The world No.74 ranked player can look forward to a jump in the rankings next week with at least 90 points in the bag.

“I played very solidly I think from start to finish and I didn’t let myself down when he broke me in the second set. I had a little bit of luck in the second set (when Grigor missed his set point opportunity) but I felt good during the whole match and I think it was a good performance from me,” Becker said.

In doubles matches, second seeded Pilipino-Finnish pair Treat Huey and Henri Kontinen booked their spot in Sunday’s final with a come from behind 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-2), 10-7 super tie-breaker victory over Andre Begemann and Artem Sitak.

Meanwhile, 2010 champion Frantisek Cermak (w/ Michal Mertinak) and Radek Stepanek ousted third seeds Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 67 minutes to set up a semifinal clash with top seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram on Saturday.

Saturday’s matches begin with Kyrgios v Lopez from 2.15pm on Centre Court, followed by Ferrer v Becker (not before 4.30pm) and the remaining doubles semifinal.

Off the court, top doubles seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram took part in a ‘Health Check’ and autograph session at the KPJ Healthcare booth located at Putra Stadium.

Once again the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is making the event affordable for all Malaysians. Ticket prices range from RM10 to RM620 and can be purchased now on-line via the tournament website, at TicketCharge outlets or through the ticket hotline at TicketCharge Ph: 603-9222 8811.

The tournament would like to thank its suite of official sponsors. In addition to the distinguished support of the Event Patron, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the event is proud to have prestigious commercial sponsors that include KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Rado, CNN International, the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Wilson, 100 Plus, the Albukhary Foundation, Astro and the ATP World Tour’s Premier Partner Corona. 


CIMB Classic 2015 @ KLGCC ( 29 October ~ 1 November 2015 )

The CIMB Classic 2015, now in its sixth year, is the PGA TOUR's only official FedExCup event in Southeast Asia.
This years event will be held 29 October - 1 November at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and will feature a 78-player elite field, comprising 60 from the PGA TOUR, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor's exemptions, including two Malaysians, competing for prize purse of $7 million USD.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Star-Studded Line Up Announced For Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015

With just over a week remaining before one of Malaysia’s most anticipated sporting events takes place, organisers of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 today announced a star-studded field for the Asian Swing curtain-raiser, which tees off at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) on Thursday 8 October.
Once again, the annual show-piece boasts a field that would be the envy of any golf tournament anywhere in the world with 63 out of top 66 players on the official LPGA Money List, including nine out of the top 10 ranked players, due to touch down in the capital over the weekend.*
The field contains no less than 18 players from this month’s thrilling Solheim Cup, including Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie from the victorious Team USA; while Team Europe will be represented by Sandra Gal, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen and Melissa Reid.
In addition, 12 players will compete at the tournament under sponsor invites on account of their valued contribution to the game over the years or the considerable promise they show for the future. Christina Kim (U.S.), Ryann O’Toole (U.S.), Melissa Reid (England), Paula Reto (South Africa), and Jennifer Rosales (Philippines), will join Cheyenne Woods (U.S.) and Aditi Ashok (India), who won the local qualifying tournament will be the first Indian player to feature in the tournament.
The 75 player field is completed by the five strong Malaysian Angels, consisting of qualifiers Nur Durriyah and Cindy Lee-Pridgen, and Malaysia’s top three World Ranked professionals, Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Ainil Bakar, ensuring that Malaysian fans have plenty of local talent to follow when the action starts.
Of the players with sponsor exemptions, Kim, Reid, Rosales and four of the five-strong Malaysian contingent will know what to expect on the East Course, having played the tournament on previous occasions, but for O’Toole, Reto, Ashok and Durriya, it will be their first outing at what is one of the biggest purse events in Asia.
Kim, O’Toole and Reto are LPGA Tour regulars placed 58, 72 and 91 respectively on the LPGA Money List but narrowly missing out on automatic qualification. Melissa Reid returns to the tournament she last played in 2011 on the back of a very strong personal performance in the Solheim Cup, where she won four matches and halved one, making a significant personal contribution to the European team.
“I am feeling great coming into Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, a tournament I have good memories of. I played pretty well in the Solheim Cup a few weeks ago, which has given me a lot of confidence, so I am looking forward to putting in a few good rounds of golf in Kuala Lumpur. It will be tough as every top player is there but hopefully I will do well”, said Reid.
The popular Jennifer Rosales will be making her swan-song appearance before retiring after next year’s Olympic Games. The 36 year old said:
“It has been a really fun year. Obviously, knowing it is the last means I have had a different approach to it. I am playing without pressure, and doing my best to enjoy every moment, and treasure every minute of it. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is a great tournament, with an mazing course, so I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to play there again.”
Speaking about the field ahead of the sixth edition of the tournament, Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, Tun Musa Hitam said:
“We are delighted to see, yet again, all the best players in the world making their way to the nation’s capital to compete in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. With nine of the world’s top ten ranked players confirming their attendance, together with a wealth of emerging talents from both Malaysia and around the world, we look forward to seeing some fireworks on course. The good representations from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia further confirms that the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia has established itself as a truly global event for everyone to enjoy.”
Billed ‘the nation’s most fun golf event’, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 sees a host of new initiatives planned both on and off the golf course, promising four days of fun-filled entertainment complete with live DJs, food stalls, Kids Zone, Chip-4-Charity, and its very own KL Food Truck Festival.
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* According to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, 28 September 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Mt Kinabalu route to include breathtaking view

KOTA KINABALU: A breathtaking view of areas surrounding Mount Kinabalu will be part of a new trail up to its highest point, Low’s Peak at 4,0895m.
The new trail to the summit of the mountain, however, would be along a higher and steeper elevation, said Sabah Parks manager Yassin Miki.
“The new trail has a breathtaking view as it is placed on a higher elevation as compared to the previous trail where climbers only saw fo­rests and rocky plateau,” he said.
The new trail from Laban Rata (3,272m) to the summit is still under construction after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake on June 5 hit the mountain’s western side which killed 18 climbers and guides.
Officials decided not to fix the old, badly damaged trail, particu­­­larly between the 6km and 6.8km mark, which had been blocked by boulders and rocks, as well as the fear of falling debris from the aftershocks.
Climbers, said Yassin, could face a more challenging and longer trail near the 9km mark as compared to the previous 8.72km trail from the Timpohon Gate base.
“The new summit trail is safer,” he said, adding that this was chosen on the advice of international mountaineering experts and geologists from Japan.
The route from Pendant Hut (3,829m) was found to be the best and most secure route after they looked at two other alternative sites, he said.
Sabah Parks hopes to complete the restoration work, which began on Sept 22, in two months with the target of reopening the climb to the summit by Dec 1.
Yassin said the works were being carried out by 30 mountain guides and experts and they hoped to complete these on schedule unless there were further tremors, bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
On Sabah Parks’ future plans for the two damaged Panar Laban and Gunting Lagadan huts, he said these would be transformed into a memorial site with a gallery as remembrance of the people who died in the quake.
As of Sept 1, Sabah Parks re-opened the mountain to allow climbers to trek from the Timpohon Gate base to Laban Rata.
They have limited climbers to 100 per day.
-thestar online.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Domestic Destinations Popular With Malaysian Holidaymakers - Survey

CITY LANDMARK...A mother taking photos of her children enjoying their holidays in the pool at the Suria KLCC Recreational Park, with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background. Pic: Amirul Azmi fotoBERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysians are increasingly looking closer to home for travel bargains, according to search data released by the leading online accommodation booking website,

A survey of searches conducted by Malaysian-based travellers between January-August 2015 showed that interest in domestic destinations has literally exploded, fuelled perhaps in part by the softening of the Malaysian ringgit against other currencies.

The findings support the sentiment expressed by exhibitors and visitors to the Malaysian Association Of Tour And Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair held here from Sept 4 to Sept 6, it said in a statement here today.

TOURIST ATTRACTION...Seafood galore at Restoran Muara Duyung in Melaka Pic: Sakini Mohd Said fotoBERNAMA

While Kuala Lumpur reigns in the No.1 spot, more than eight times as many people than last year are searching for travel and accommodation information on Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. That put the town in sixth place, ahead of Kota Kinabalu and Johor Baharu, which are sitting in seventh and eighth place respectively.

"Other hot in-country destinations include Brinchang and Port Dickson, which are also seeing almost eight-fold spikes in interest, and Melaka, which is searched for five times more frequently than last year, said Senior Marketing Director, Asia Pacific for the brand, Nelson Allen.

Malaysians in increasing numbers are clearly getting back to their roots when it comes to planning vacation, and taking full advantage of the fantastic deals to be found at home," he added.

THE WONDERS OF TURKEY...A group of Malaysian women enjoying their holidays in Turkey in September 2014. The trip was organised by the Association for Women and Wives of Bernama Employees (Benita). Pic: Benita

Thailand has overtaken Singapore as the top regional destination for Malaysian holidaymakers. Bangkok and Singapore have swapped places compared to last year, with the Thai capital now sitting pretty at the top of the regional holiday destination table and Singapore sinking to third place.

"The seaside paradises of Krabi and Phuket are also on the radar of Malaysian travellers. Searches for Phuket are up two-and-half times, putting the islet in fifth place on the regional top 10 list, which it missed last year. Krabi climbed to fourth place overall," said Allen.

Europe has always been a long-haul favourite among Malaysians, with the top five most popular destinations unchanged from last year.

"London and Paris are still firmly in the first and second spot, and Istanbul, Amsterdam and Rome are right next to them in third, fourth and fifth place.

That solid, unshakeable popularity reflects the fantastic mix of leisure and cultural activities these cities offer visitors from Malaysia and all over the world. That's something that the whims of fashion and currency shifts cannot erase," said Allen.


Silver lining for Malaysia and Thailand amid currency woes

Malaysia and Thailand are experiencing a depreciation in their respective currencies although there are signs that the MICE sector could benefit from the market turmoil.

In spite of the combined onslaught of a depreciating currency and sluggish economy, MICE operators in Malaysia are seeing strong bookings from Chinese MICE groups for 2016.

The bookings have been driven by improved air links from China and visa exemption to be granted for Chinese groups of 20 pax and more from October 1 to March 31, 2016.

Air China will resume four-times weekly services between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur from October 25, complementing the daily services of Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia X. China Southern Airlines will also commence thrice-weekly services from Guangzhou to Kota Kinabalu from December 1.

Li Haijiao, account manager of Beijing-based Comfort MICE Service, said: “Better direct air accessibility and visa waiver for groups will definitely help to promote (Malaysia). Air China also has a good reputation and is a trusted brand among Chinese travellers.”

Chinese MICE groups are showing a stronger interest in Malaysia, observed Winnie Ng, deputy general manager of Kuala Lumpur-based Pearl Holiday Travel & Tour, which participated in a recent roadshow organised by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau to major Chinese cities.

She said: “(Chinese) government officers are limited to a budget of US$110 per room night in Malaysia. With good rates and promotions from five-star hotels in the capital, many (Chinese MICE) are opting for five-star properties.

“We have a confirmed booking of between 1,500 to 1,800 pax from a multi-level marketing company from China for May 2016 and another multi-level marketing company for 3,300 pax in July 2016.”

Likewise, KL Tan, general manager of Borneo Trails Tours & Travel in Kota Kinabalu, is also seeing strong forward incentive bookings to Kota Kinabalu from China for 2016.

Over in Thailand, the MICE sector might see some mild benefits from the depreciation of the baht, buyers at IT&CMA told TTG Asia e-Daily.

A weaker Thai baht will work in the favour of the Thai MICE sector “a little bit”, especially in the context of other regional currencies, said Aleizer Yrrah Jasmin, MICE travel consultant with Philippines-based Corporate International Travel and Tours.

Longhaul buyers like Jorge Vasques Rodrigues, administrator/executive officer of Lisboa-based Sotto Tour Travel Engineering, also views a weaker Thai currency “an advantage”.

However, some trade members are not convinced that a cheaper Thailand would suffice to reboot its plateauing MICE sector, especially in an era of heightened security worries in the wake of the recent Erawan bomb attack in Bangkok.

Liam Crawley, chief financial officer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia-Pacific, pointed to a more immediate financial problem a dipping baht brings. “Hotels will be negatively impacted should they incur costs not in Thai baht.”

On the other hand, despite the Singapore dollar surging to a new high against the ringgit, Malaysia appears less desirable as a destination for Singapore MICE groups, with agents reporting slower business events bookings from the Lion City this year.

RA Jits Travel & Tours managing director, Harminderjit Singh, said the strong Singapore dollar and good flight access out of the country had resulted in corporate companies looking further afield for their overseas events, with many opting for Thailand.

Said Singh: “While our FIT business had grown 15-20 per cent year-on-year, the reverse is also true for our meetings and incentives sector (which decreased 15-20 per cent).”

Similarly, Raaj Navaratnaa, general manager at Johor Bahru-based New Asia Holiday Tours & Travel, has received many enquiries from incentive clients in Singapore looking at destinations such as Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam.

Its inbound business from Singapore, on the other hand, dipped 30 per cent drop this year, a situation that was further aggravated by the haze in September and the recent ‘red shirt’ rally in Kuala Lumpur.

“A big meeting group of 600 pax from Singapore planning to have their meeting in Kuala Lumpur in end-September cancelled because of the rally,” said Navaratnaa. “They are instead going to Thailand.”

He added that the main challenge for Malaysia is a lack of new products to impress repeat corporate clients from Singapore, as upcoming attractions like the Twentieth Century Fox World Malaysia in Resorts World Genting and Movie Animation Park Studios in Perak will only open in 2016.
-TTG Asia.