Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Catch Trikstars At Sunway Lagoon

Prepare to be blown away by world class magic, illusions, comedy and music in Sunway Lagoon’s Amphitheatre as TRIKSTARS, the Masters of Trickery will be performing from 5th  – 20th December 2015.

Produced by internationally renowned theatrical impresarios, Dion and Randall International – they bring together six great magicians and illusionist all across Las Vegas and Europe for this spectacular performance that is set to charm the whole family.

TRIKSTARS is proud to present The Wizardry of Phelston Jones, a great magician who captivates with magic and comedy as he playfully picks on the audience to produce mesmerizing one-of a kind illusions.

Joining the fun is the infamous Sylvester the Jester, an American magician, best known for playing a cartoon character who comes to life, as well as King Charles Troupe, a group of young men who play an unbelievable game of high-energy basketball on unicycles in a “Razzle Dazzle” style – a magnificent display of one-wheeled wonderment as they dribble, pass, shoot, and weave their way through the world’s wittiest, wackiest game of basketball!

All the way from Netherlands, TRIKSTARS is bringing the World Champions of Magic and winners of numerous highly coveted Magic Awards, Nightmares – it is the new era of Magic with a unique combination of storytelling, strong visual and magic. Catch the ‘Coolest Magician on Planet Earth’, Rudy Coby who will leaves audiences in stitches with his humour and enchant them with his act. Lastly, hailing all the way from Hungary are Sebastian & Kristina, multi award winning dancers who dazzle audiences around the world with their magical transformations. 

To further jazz up the show, Australian born singer J’aime Holland will showcase her vocal versatility and charm you with her sweeping voice.

The extravagant two-hour performance is ready to wow audiences of all ages with 14 shows running every Wednesday to Monday from 5 to 20 December 2015 at 8.00pm. Ticket prices for TRIKSTARS are available starting from RM70 for children and RM94 for adults. Book your tickets now at

In conjunction with TRIKSTARS, Sunway Lagoon is giving the public an opportunity to nominate their loved ones or a charity group for a special show through the “With Love, Sunway Lagoon” campaign. Participants will need to share the “With Love, Sunway Lagoon” poster, include a heartwarming story in not more than 100 words about their loved ones on their respective Facebook account (accounts must be set to public to be eligible) and tag “Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia” along with the hashtag #SLWITHLOVE. 

The contest will run from 30th November to 14th December 2015 with daily entries collected from 11am to 4pm. Winners will be announced the following day.

For more information, kindly contact Sunway Lagoon at +603-5639 0000 or log on to Sunway Lagoon’s website at or its Facebook page at

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

RWY Sports Law Conference 2015

Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Time: 9am till 5pm
Main Auditorium of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration
Bangunan Sulaiman, KL
Entrance is free

The main objective of RWYSLC is to create awareness of Sports Law. This conference will assist to develop Malaysia into a hub of Sports Law in this region.

Watch this short video on our plans for the 2015 Conference and our ambitions on Sports Law in Malaysia:

The upcoming 3rd edition, themed “Raise the Game” will be attended by an array of local and international delegates comprising of prominent interested individuals and parties with passion and interest in Sports Law and the sports industry.  Tunku Imran, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has agreed to be the Keynote Speaker of the conference.

Other speakers are:-

1. Vinayak Pradhan (Messrs Skrine)
2. Bill Davidson (Messrs Azman Davidson)
3. Ben Olbourne of 39 Essex
4. Brian Song (Messrs Song & Partners)
5. Ms Athita from the Thai Arbitration Centre
6. Nishel Kumar from Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (ADAMAS)
7. Benoit Pasquier (Asian Football Confederation)
8. Lazarus Xavier (Football Association of Malaysia)
9. Kenny Goh (General Manager of Badminton Association of Malaysia)
10. Izham Ismail (CEO of the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia)
11. R Sasikumar (Red Card Sports, Singapore)
12. representative from Repucom 

In 2014, about 150 delegates the 2nd RWY Sports Law Conference which featured a Keynote Address from Everton Football Club of the English Premier League and speakers from Melbourne, Singapore and Malaysia. Topics discussed last year included Dispute Resolutions in Sports, Financial Fair Play and Tax laws & Sports.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thoughtful Touches at the Asia for Animals Borneo 2015 International Convention

words: Dave Avran, images: Veronica Ng

In the style of their trademark attention to detail, both the SSPCA and Sarawak’s top conference organizers PLACE added numerous thoughtful touches that the speakers and delegates appreciated. Here are a few that frigglive felt really stood out. 

1.   For the very first time ever, they convinced the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching to not only serve Vegan food throughout the conference duration but to ensure the food served reflected Borneo’s produce and identity. Kudos to the chefs at BCCK for not only accepting the challenge but aceing it in spades, earning praise from both the attendees and organizers.

2.   Upon collecting our ID tags, we found the landyard made up of beads in a striking combination of chilli red, mellow yellow and cool black, the official colors of Sarawak. While it made a lovely souvenir and will always invoke fond memories of attending AFA2015, it also served a higher cause of financially helping the underprivileged kids who hand produced 1000 pieces of it over the span of a year.    
image credit: PLACE Borneo

3.   The organizers ensured that all attendees were greeted with a warm welcome banner at the Kuching airport, and speakers were met promptly and ferried to their hotels in comfort. There were punctual and prompt shuttle buses always on standby, and courteous liaison officers ensured everyone on board was headed to their rightful hotels after the sessions.   

4.   It was a great idea to have a poolside party for speakers where we could mingle and get to know our fellow speakers better. Frigglive has never made so many fb friends in one sitting!

image credit: Julian Matthews

5.   There was a pre-conference tour, four after-conference study tours, plenty of information on hotels, visa requirements, tourist sites, maps, travel times, pick-up points, shuttle times and numerous other helpful tips and downloads for delegates and speakers alike.

6.   The provision of space for many social enterprises to showcase and sell their products and simultaneously create awareness for their cause was indeed a very good initiative.   

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An Introduction to Natural Sarawak

words: Dave Avran/Anthony Sebastian, images: Veronica Ng/as credited

As kids, we grew up reading Grimm's Fairy Tales, where the hero (who is always a Prince) finds himself embroiled in an exciting adventure in an enchanted forest. Think Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Grateful Prince, Rumpelstiltskin and even Robin Hood. Think strange and unusual people, magical trees and speaking animals.

Thanks to a kind invitation by the good people at the Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) to attend and cover this year’s edition of Animals for Asia International Conference 2015, frigglive discovered Malaysia’s very own enchanted forest right here in Borneo.

We will let the very eloquent and suave Anthony Sebastian of Borneo Futures tell you this fascinating “Once upon a time” story. 

An Introduction to Natural Sarawak
by Anthony Sebastian

Photo credit: Anthony Sebastian

Few places on earth evoke an overwhelming sense of the mystical unknown.  Borneo is one such place. Just north of where the equator slices through this great island lies Sarawak, the largest of Malaysia’s thirteen states. Historically part of the Brunei Sultanate, it came under the rule of the White Rajahs in 1841. The rule of the Brookes ended in 1946, and Sarawak was ceded to Britain as a colony. In 1963 Sarawak, together with the Federated States of Malaya, Singapore and British North Borneo (Sabah) formed the nation of Malaysia.

To picture this land is to journey through a myriad of landscapes that have evolved over millions of years. Humankind’s hand is evident. In fact, the people of Sarawak are as fascinatingly varied as its animal and plant life, with more than sixty discernable cultures speaking an equally diverse range of languages and dialects.

Today, the visitor to Sarawak more often than not arrives from the skies, which gives him/her a bird’s view of the ocean gently giving way to land. White-fringed breakers, in lace-like ribbons, extend over a long distance before the bright sands of the shore appear. This tells of shallow waters, the first clue to the intriguing story of Borneo’s natural history.

It was only at the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago, that land emerged in this part of the world, from the Tethys ocean, along the edge of a great fault in the earth’s mantle. This volcanically active fault is known today as the Southeast Asian ring-of-fire. It extends from the eastern Himalaya through Myanmar, down the Andamans, Nicobars, Sumatra and Java, curving around through the Lesser Sunda islands and Sulawesi up into the Philippines. By the late Tertiary (5 million years ago), the world basically looked as it does today, sculptured by ice and water over the 1.8 million years known as the Quaternary Period.


Photo credit: Typhoon Studio for the Sarawak Government

Borneo was part of a large landmass named after a great, now extinct, river called the Sunda. The Mekong in Indochina, the Pahang in the Malay Peninsula and the Rejang in Borneo all share elements of a similar fish fauna, a legacy from being tributaries of the Sunda. Sundaland, the continental shelf under the South China Sea, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo gets it name from this river.

As warming climates began to melt the great ice caps, and the seas began to rise. This rise, based on some calculations, was over 100m, drowning much of the low-lying lands in this part of the world. Only the highest peaks remained above water, giving rise to the vast archipelago that is Southeast Asia today. The largest of these is Borneo.

Soils washed down from the hills began to reclaim land from the shallow seas, forming the vast coastal flatlands. The warm and wet tropical climate encouraged life in every form, and plants began to proliferate on this new land. The ever-present influence of water in the flatlands had a profound influence on life. The plants and animals of the coasts embarked on a course of adaptation, which over time, lead to evolutionary change in species. The result is one of the highest levels of wetland endemism in the world.


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Vast areas of Sarawak’s coastal plains consist of peat. Some of these deposits of peat soils reach depths of over 20m. Early explorers and naturalists, when faced with these swamp forests and its inky black waters, felt a sense of helplessness that endures today through their writings… “inhospitable mosquito-ridden swamps, impenetrable tangles of vines and creepers, soils so soft that even the trees avoid touching them, developing stilt roots to keep themselves above the sticky sludge….”

The coastal water-logged flatlands end at the foothills, where tropical rainforest takes over. Humbling, is the term that comes to mind in the presence of the 80m-tall rainforest giants. The term rainforest evokes an image of a lofty world of impenetrable jungles and never-ending rain. Lofty indeed it is, but the forest floor is a surprisingly open carpet with dead leaves, shade-loving shrubs, ferns and palms. Unlike savanna grasslands, where wildlife is spread out over vast expanses on a single plane, the rainforest is multi-dimensional, its wildlife spread out both horizontally and vertically.

Rising above the foothills, one enters the world of the Bornean mountains, a special world indeed. Central Sarawak resembles the long curving strips of whale baleen, ripples in the earth’s crust as tectonic plates crushed against each other. These natural troughs have given rise to hundreds of rivers and streams, which stitch the landscape together. The Rejang, at 760km, is Sarawak’s longest and largest river system, closely followed by the Baram (635km). Rivers in Sarawak exhibit a wide range of character. The clear torrential streams and cascades in the hills gradually change into slow meandering silt-bearing behemoths, depositing their load in their deltas.

Photo credits: Robert Tseu

Mount Murud is the highest peak in Sarawak. At 2,422m, it is still dwarfed by Mount Kinabalu, the highest point on Borneo at 4,101m.  However, both are peaks on the mountain spine of Borneo, stretching northeast-southwest across the island. These highlands are home to an amazing array of plant and animal life found nowhere else on earth. Two-thirds of Borneo’s endemic birds, and one-third of its endemic mammals, are confined to these mountains.

 Photo Credit: Paul White  

Another feature in Sarawak is karst, or more commonly called limestone outcrops. The remnants of ancient coral reefs, weathering and water have sculptured the reefs into spectacular formations. Caves are a feature of karst, and Sarawak boasts the largest in the world underneath Gunung Mulu. The Niah and Bau caves have preserved archeological records of early life on Borneo, as well as a host of unique plant and animal life.

Offshore islands add another dimension to Sarawak’s landscape. They give an insight, in miniature, into nature at work. Reef formations, mass nesting of sea turtles, stepping stones on migratory journeys and pristine landscapes are preserved on these islands.

Leaving scientists to their investigations, we must be content in our knowledge that Borneo’s lifeforms have confounded and astonished the world for over two centuries. More answers will undoubtedly be forthcoming, but we do not have to wait to appreciate this amazing diversity of life. We do however have a responsibility to preserve this complexity of life for posterity, to enable future generations to unlock nature’s mysteries.


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Sarawak’s animal and plant life is renowned for its diversity and endemism. An example is tropical heath forest, a remnant of ancient Sundaic forests. It is known locally as Kerangas, meaning where-rice-will-not-grow. Asia’s only great ape, the Orang Utan, and the Proboscis Monkey, the largest semi-aquatic monkey in Asia, are also found here. In spite of what we already know, enough remains undiscovered to keep scientists busy forever!

Nowhere is this better underscored than in humankind’s history itself. The discovery of prehistoric human presence in limestone caves at Niah early in the last century opened a treasure trove of jigsaw pieces from our past. We know now that humans were present on Borneo 40,000 years ago. Even more fascinating is that the world they lived in was strikingly different from the Borneo we know today. Their “village” at Niah, now about 30km inland, was on the coast then. The climate was drier and cooler, with a mean temperature of 21ºC. The open landscape was home to spectacular megafauna which included a giant pangolin (now extinct), elephants, rhinoceros and tapir.

Interest in Sarawak’s natural history dates back almost two centuries. Explorers have left a legacy in their writings. Alfred Russell Wallace collected feverishly in Sarawak, as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. His keen sense of “relationships” between the strange new lifeforms he encountered took him down a path that led to our understanding of what the modern world today calls “evolution”. It is now acknowledged that the theory of evolution, widely attributed to Charles Darwin, was in fact first conceptualized by Wallace. It is less known that Wallace first wrote his “take” on evolution here in Sarawak in 1855, called “Law of Sarawak”.

The fascination with Sarawak continues today. The Giant Pangolins may have disappeared, but new species are being described. The mystical allure of this land is continues as we revel in new discoveries and reflect on past splendour, in a place which was never as we know it today, and will carry on its journey of evolution in spite of us. This is the marvel of nature, and we can but enjoy the small portions assigned to us in this great journey.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Alfonso 25 - A Jazz Tribute To The Music of Alfonso Soliano featuring The Guerzos

Friday, August 14, 2015

Global Transformation Forum 2015

At a time when governments across the globe are exploring and turning to innovative methodologies to meet the needs of their citizens and averting challenges that may have global impact, conversations on transformation have thus far been informal and uncoordinated. The GTF presents a unique and dedicated platform in providing and promoting cohesive dialogues on the ideas, insights and best practices that will successfully operationalise transformation.

The forum will focus on non-traditional approaches to policy making, project implementation and overcoming personal challenges. Speakers who will hold court for the 2-day event will include notable leaders, including present and former Heads of State, business icons and socioeconomic practitioners, who will share their personal transformation experiences as well as challenges faced in bringing their pursuits to transformational outcomes.

They include:

The Global Transformation Forum aims to be an interactive conduit in bringing together the best individuals and practitioners of thought leadership and proven methodologies in transformation. This year’s event, themed as Operationalising Transformation, will bring together over 3,000 delegates to focus on enabling catalytic change that works towards achieving positive impact.

Big Fast Results Institute Sdn Bhd (BFR-I) is a wholly owned subsidiary of PEMANDU Corporation, which delivers BFR consultancy globally in the areas of public sector governance and strategic corporate business turnaround.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and to drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Big Fast Results Institute Sdn Bhd in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme have opened registration for the inaugural Global Transformation Forum (GTF), to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 21-23 October, 2015.

Registration is open and interested participants are encouraged to register early, as places are limited. Further information on GTF 2015 can be found here.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Asia for Animals (AfA) International Conference 2015

The Asia for Animals (AfA) International Conference is the largest animal welfare conference which is held twice annually all around Asia. Malaysia will be hosting the first AfA at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from 6th to 10th Oct 2015. The theme for AfA Borneo 2015 is “Partnerships Breed Success”

It will see participation of delegates and speakers comprising companies, experts, researchers, agencies, students and animal advocates from around the world who work on animal welfare and wildlife management.

The AfA Borneo 2015 will allow delegates to network, exchange ideas and build lasting collaborations for developing practical and viable strategies to address key challenges related to animal welfare and wildlife management in developing countries.

This year’s conference will include seven themes – animals in the wild (aquatic and terrestrial); domestic animals (pets and farms); managing strays; animal care (veterinary centre); animal care (rescue and rehabilitation); animals in captivity; and animals in trade. There are two additional sessions - The Future of Borneo’s Animals and Managing an NGO.

Notable speakers will include curator of mammals at the Sarawak Museum Datuk Seri Dr Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, founder of The Dorsal Effect Kathy Xu, Blue Paw Trust’s Dr Ganga de Silva, Amy Dunstone from Australian volunteers for International Development and veterinarian Dr Katherine Polak

Fees for the conference are USD350 (RM800 for Malaysian Residents) for the five-day package, USD100 (RM200 for Malaysian Residents) single-day package and RM350 for students for four days.

For more info and to register, click here 

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Monday, June 08, 2015


1 September 2015 – 4 October 2015

Second from left : Curator of Music Michael Veerapen, Curator of Comedy Harith Iskander, Festival Director Datin Sunita Rajakumar, Mayor of KL, Curator of Dance Datuk Ramli Ibrahim & Curator of Traditional Edin Khoo

150,000 tickets for a month long event of exciting activities on such a large scale across 20 venues in vibrant Kuala Lumpur add colour to the multi-genre festival – namely: comedy, music, traditional, dance and literature. 

A huge range of performances with artists from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Japan and Korea promise a memorable experience for everyone.

With support from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Mayor and City Hall, the Department of Culture, Tourism Malaysia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Festival Director Sunita Rajakumar announced the launch of this first ever Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival to be held throughout Kuala Lumpur during the month of September 2015.

Bulk ticket sales will commence by June 2015 and early-bird tickets will be available in July 2015. The public can sign up for the festival newsletter to be updated with the important dates of the event. The details of the programme can be found in the flyer. Organizers reserves the right 
to make necessary changes without further notice.

Kuala Lumpur is likely the only city in the world which can stage this scale of genuine and authentic Asian-originarts and cultural performances such as this, especially in the official Year of Festivals 2015 and when Malaysia is the Chair of the ASEAN Secretariat.

“This will be the first large-scale landmark arts festival to be held in Kuala Lumpur: initiated a year ago by famous Malaysian “greats” in the performing arts and in close collaboration with government-linked institutions and independent arts organisations, “said Sunita.

“We are pleased that the program showcases the extraordinary diversity of our nation: not just racial diversity but also, the traditional and some contemporary interpretations of traditional performances, foreign and local artists as well as government-linked and private arts organisations, “she added.

In addition, throughout the month, there will be workshops and artist discussions where performers and audience can meet. More information is available on the website, sign up for our newsletters. The full program will be announced in June 2015. Early-bird tickets will be available for sale in August 2015.

Curated by Harith Iskander and running for a week starting on Malaysia Day 16 September 2015, you don’t want to miss this comedy festival of at least 60 local and regional comedians which promises to be one of the most significant comedy festivals in the world.

Headlined by HarithIskandar himself whose most recent show was labelled “the biggest stand-up comedy show in Asia” and top names from comedy powerhouses like the  United States (Paul Ogata, Tom Rhodes); United Kingdom (Gina Yeshere, Stephen Grant); and Australia (Hung Lee).

Comedians from Philippines, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Malawi, Korea and Japan as well as a host of comedians from Malaysia will be combining to make the KLICFest a TRULY international comedy festival.

This genre is curated by Michael Veerapen, one of Asia’s foremost jazz musicians. For the inaugural year of this festival, he will be producing unforgettable weekends of large-scale music concerts of:

-          Top local pop artists and ASEAN stars – including ZainalAbidin, Marcel Siaahan, Dasha Logan, Gerard Singh and DatukKhatijah Ibrahim - performing with the full National Symphony Orchestra at DataranMerdeka on 27 September 2015;

-          Entire evenings of ASEAN jazz (KohMr.Saxman, The Steve McQueens, IndraLemana, Steve Nanda group) and percussion (Steve Thornton, Tribal Tides, Binh Minh, Hands Percussion, Akasha) at the Lake Gardens on 19-20 September 2015;

-          Legendary rock bands – Wings, Hujan, Iklim - performing live at the iconic Stadium Negara on 12 September 2015.

-          A month packed with independent bands and highly talented musicians at the top jazz clubs in Kuala Lumpur throughout September 2015.

Pusaka’s ambitious line-up for this inaugural Festival includes an extraordinary 100-man DikirBarat performance by a chorus of young clappers and first-ever concerts in Malaysia by:

-          AlimQasimov, the most esteemed and celebrated traditional Mugham singer of Azerbaijan;

-          Mehr Ali and Sher Ali, world-renowned grand masters of the Qawwali tradition of Pakistan; 

-          legendary dance company, Shwe Mann Thabin of Myanmar with Burmese dance master, Shwe Mann U Win Maung, flying in all the way from New York City to perform ZatPwe, a stylized dance theatre rarely seen outside its native land; and

-          the much-celebrated and highly distinctive Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre from Vietnam.

There will be a special KudaKepang performance that interweaves photographic imagery of KudaKepang by photographer Cheryl Hoffmann; an authentic Mak Yong performance that showcases the granddaughters of the legendary Mak Yongprimadonna, CheNing; and a WayangKulit performance in tribute of the legendary TokDalangDollahBajuMerah of Kelantan to mark the 10th Anniversary of his passing and many other performances.

Curated by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim who has commissioned 12 ground-breaking new dance theatre productions which showcase new trends in choreography in contemporary modern and traditional dance genres, the ambitious line-up in this genre will include:

A new Odissi dance production ‘Ganjam’ by DtkRamli’s Sutra Foundation.

“The Tree”, a creation by the highly talented co-artistic directors Anthony Meh and Aman Yap of Dua Space (which has toured 11 countries).

“Pak PandirYo” an electrifying, creative and edgy production choreographed by Alam, dance phenomenon and champion of the first Malaysian ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Alam uses hip-hop, breakdance, robotic techniques, bar patterns and waacking routines with a Malaysian twist, to tell an urban version of Pak Pandir – the clown-sidekick of popular Malay folk stories.

The ASEAN-based literature genre of this Festival will be one of the most intriguing ever held in Malaysia: featuring prominent poets, performing artists from shadow play, monologists, authors and speakers from Malaysia and neighbouring countries such as SEA Write winners.

There will also be a joint performance of Kelantanese Shadow Play and Edo Ito AyatsuriNingyo, a traditional Japanese puppet performance.

There will be a special appearance of Wak Khalid to perform his monologue along with ASEAN monologists from Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand such as Khalid Salleh, Mr Asia RamliPrapanca, Mr ZefriAriff and Ms Noor Hasnah Adam.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

SSPCA WAG Music Festival 2014


Three years ago, members of the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) got together to find ways to raise more money to fund its increasing activities.

Many suggestions and ideas were thrown on the table for their consideration. After much discussion, it was agreed that a music festival would be a good way to source for fund. Although it is not a conventional fund-raising activity but the committee members felt it could reach out to the masses. It was decided that the music festival would be called World Animal Groove (WAG) and would be held in October, to coincide with the World Animal Day celebration.

Three years later, WAG music festival has grown bigger and better and had attracted a wide section of the society, all doing their parts towards helping SSPCA to reduce the number of stray, abandoned and abused animals.

Seeing the potential of the music festival in attracting visitors to city, the Ministry of Tourism had also “adopted” the event as one of the major events in the State’s Calendar of Event starting this year.

Showcasing music in various genre sic, the music festival had featured world music, classical Indian music, jazz, pop, contemporary, salsa and many more since the first festival held in 2012. The performers were both local and foreigners. And this year is no different and the WAG music festival will be held on October 25 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

This year’s line-up include local band Maya, Hydra Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur, Mel and Joe (Singapore) and Jim and the Saucey Soul Band (USA/Indonesia). Malaysian comedian Bibi Kpoh is also making an appearance at the music festival, coming back for the third year due to the popular request from the festival goers.
 A great supporter of SSPCA, Bibi has never fails to tickle the funny bones of the festival goers with her jokes and antic. The crowd also loves her and would not shy away when she approached them during her show.

Like Maya, Hydra Malaysia also has a good following among the locals after having performed several times in the city. Both Maya and Hydra Malaysia are both good cover bands, playing all kind of tunes and they are expected to rock the stage with their energetic performances.

Fans of country music will be in for a treat with Mel and Joe. The two brothers are expected to get the crowd to sing along with them to popular country tunes.
Jim and the Saucey Soul Band, as the name suggested, will woo the crowd with their soul, R&B and jazz tunes. The leader of the band, Jim Larkin is originally from USA and had been in show biz for about 50 years. His band members are equally talented and together they will create good soulful music to get the crowd grooving to their tempo.

Tickets to the festival is priced at RM60 for adult and RM30 for child (3-12 years old) and is available online at and at UCSI Communications office (tel: 082 368109). At the moment tickets are offered at the early bird rate and are priced at RM48 for adult and RM20 for children. The early bird rate ends on July 31.

Apart from the WAG Music Festival, other events organized by SSPCA to raise fund include the Animazing Race which will be held on September 28 and the Charity Gala Dinner on October 24.

At the moment SSPCA is taking care of more than 200 animals, mostly stray and abused, at its Shelter and the society needed about RM20,000 every month for the shelter upkeep and also to provide medical care for the animals. Besides caring for the animals, SSPCA is also working at looking for a new home for them. All the animals will be given proper care and treatment before being put on the adaption program.

The shelter is now getting overcrowded with the increasing number of animals there and the growing development surrounding the area. Hence, SSPCA is looking at building an integrated purpose-build Animal Village. The intention had already voiced to the relevant authorities for further support. The Animal Village is estimated to cost RM1.5 million to build and SSPCA hopes to raise as much from all its fund raising activities to achieve this dream.

This year’s music festival is supported by BCCK, Amansar Travel and Tours, B.N.B Tech, 360 Hotel and Urban Resort, Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suite, City Public Link Bus Service Sdn Bhd and Lee Miing Press Sdn Bhd.
For more info, please visit WAG Music Festival’s website

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Seussical the Broadway Musical

Seussical the Broadway musical opens 12th December! It's a fun show for the WHOLE FAMILY based on the much-loved books and characters by Dr Seuss like The Cat In The Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Grinch, Sour Kangaroo etc, with a lively score by Tony Award winning team Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens . Directed & Choreographed by the West End's Stephen Rahman-Hughes, produced by Tiara Jacquelina. Starring the talented stars from the Enfiniti Youth Theatre Company. Seussical plays at PJ Live Arts Theatre, Jaya One, from 12-15 December.


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Die Fledermaus - Revenge of the bat - Dorsett Grand Subang

Dorsett Grand Subang, managed by Dorsett Hospitality International (HKEx Stock Code 2266) is proud to present a gala charity operetta entitled "Die Fledermaus" at Grand Selangor Ballroom on 4 October 2013 from 8.30 pm - 11.00 pm; part of the proceeds raised from this event will be channeled to Kiwanis Club of Bukit Kiara in support of the Club's continuous service to the community-at-large.

The main producer of the show, Co-Opera ( is the most travelled opera company in Australia and possibly in the world. The new production of Die Fledermaus in Malaysia is fully sponsored by the Australian Government and in collaboration with Showtime Asia.

Showtime Asia ( is the performing arts Management Company and producer in Malaysia.

The charity operetta tickets are priced at RM110, RM220, RM330 and RM440 each. Tickets reservation can be made via

For CIMB credit cardholders:
Early Bird Offer: 15% discount. Valid from 9 to 20 September 2013
10% discount from 21 September 2013 onwards
Payment must be made with a CIMB Bank credit card

For enquiries, Call: Ticket Charge at +603 9222 8811 or
Call: Showtime Asia (Mr Kok Kee Boon) at +6019 5110 749.
Visit: Dorsett Grand Subang's Facebook via or
Twitter at or
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Revenge has never been so sweet, until Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” or Revenge of the Bat in English comes to town. Dorsett Grand Subang, managed by Dorsett Hospitality International (HKEx Stock Code 2266) is proud to present this gala charity operetta at Grand Selangor Ballroom on 4 October 2013 from 8.30 pm – 11.00 pm.

Themed “The Revenge of the Bat”, the prologue of the musical tells the story of how Dr Falke was hideously embarrassed by his best friend Gabriel Eisenstein when left naked in the centre of town with only his mask to cover his crown jewels after a drunken fancy masked ball. This hideous embarrassment in front of the whole town requires revenge! Sung in English, the stage will be glamorously decorated according to 1920’s Australian Art Decoration. This will be the first time the operetta is being staged in Malaysia, with its 11 cast members and 9 members creative team.

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