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GUINNESS® TO HOST MALAYSIA’S BIGGEST ST. PATRICK’S PUB CRAWL!

The Launch of Malaysia's Biggest St Patrick's Pubcrawl and the Guinness St Patrick's Fun bus revealed to members of the media.

The Launch of Malaysia’s Biggest St Patrick’s Pubcrawl and the Guinness St Patrick’s Fun bus revealed to members of the media.

Are you ready to party? GUINNESS’ St Patrick’s day is back in its 7th iteration, celebrating all things green and promises to be ‘March more Fun’! No pun intended, the celebrations began early March in Melaka and will continue all over East and West Malaysia! Interested in joining this pub crawl? More details on how and locations below!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with BlackBerry Music Mania Concert & Carnival

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Research In Motion (RIM) is inviting music lovers and the public alike to usher in the new year with a bang at the BlackBerry Music Mania Concert & Carnival, set to excite on 31 December 2012 at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam. The scorching concert line-up includes the ever-popular band from Indonesia, Sheila On 7, local rock scene supremos Hujan and Bunkface as well as the country’s foremost hip-hop family, Kartel, featuring Joe Flizzow, Altimet, SonaOne and Ila Damiaa.

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AFF Suzuki Cup 2012: Malaysia vs Thailand (1st Leg)

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 MY vs THA

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 MY vs THA. Image credit: AFF Suzuki Cup

After a convincing 2-0 over arch-rivals Indonesia in the final Group B match to qualify for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 semifinals, defending champions Malaysia had to be contented with a 1-1 draw against Thailand in the first leg of the semifinals on Sunday night.  A late goal in the closing 11 minutes by Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda silenced the capacity crowd at Bukit Jalil Stadium after Malaysia led through a brilliant header by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha early in the second half.

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AFF Suzuki Cup 2012: Malaysia Trumps Laos to Keep Title Hopes Alive

AFF Suzuki Cup 2011 - MY vs LAOS. Image credit: AFFSuzukiCup.com

AFF Suzuki Cup 2011 – MY vs LAOS. Image credit: AFFSuzukiCup.com

Malaysia convincingly trounced Laos 4-1 in Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 to keep their title defence hopes alive after a shocking 3-0 defeat to Singapore last weekend.

Captain Safiq Rahim gave Harimau Malaya the lead after 15 minutes of play through a free kick. Unfortunately, Laos’ Khonesavanh Sihavong equalised six minutes before the break.

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“Be The Difference”: Malaysians Make a Difference To Those in Need

"Be the Difference" by Groupon Malaysia

“Be the Difference” by Groupon Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 NOVEMBER 2012 – An online collaboration by Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and GRIM FILM called “Be The Difference” was done to create awareness and support for 17 Malaysian charity organisations, in which they have collected RM140,980.00 from 14,098 kind Malaysians.

Through a special microsite hosted by Groupon, Malaysians had over 300 hours to contribute to 17 separate causes which were chosen by the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 and the full proceeds generated by ‘Be the Difference’ campaign has been channelled to 17 charity organisations including:

  1. Shelter Home for Children
  2. HOPE Worldwide
  3. Rumah HOPE
  4.  SPCA Selangor
  5. KIWANIS Job Training Centre
  6.  Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better
  7. Rumah Kasih Nurul Hasanah
  8. Dyslexia Malaysia
  9. The House of Joy
  10. The Good Samaritan House
  11. The Shepherd’s Centre Foundation
  12. The Saint Barnabas Home
  13. The Precious Children Home
  14. SPCA Sabah
  15. SPCA Sarawak
  16. Malaysian Nature Society 
  17. Yayasan Chow Kit.

At a special cheque presentation ceremony hosted by Groupon Malaysia, Joel re-iterated that the success of the ‘Be the Difference’ campaign was a strong indication of the power of the group buying phenomenon, which has the potential to achieve more than just business success.

“From the tremendous support which we’ve seen from Malaysians, we are pleased to say that the ‘Be The Difference’ campaign has been an overwhelming success both in raising funds and awareness for those in need and as a demonstration how social e-commerce has empowered Malaysians to take meaningful action.” said Joel Neoh, Vice President and General Manager of Groupon Southeast Asia and India.

“Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation is proud to once again be doing what we can to raise awareness and support for the underprivileged throughout Malaysia. Through this partnership with Groupon we’ve been able to encourage even more Malaysians to be the difference in improving the lives of others and we hope that the awareness and goodwill which has resulted from this campaign will continue even after its conclusion.” said Miss Nadine Ann Thomas, Miss Universe Malaysia 2010, representative for Miss Universe Malaysia.

In an effort to further boost engagement with Malaysian netizens, the popular local indie production team known as GRIM FILM were also engaged by Groupon and Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation to further spread the importance of taking proactive action through a special “Be The Difference” video.

For further information visit www.groupon.com.my

 

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Malaysians made the difference for those in need

         RM 140, 980.00 donated by Malaysians in 300 hours in support of 17 local charities

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 NOVEMBER 2012 – In yet another demonstration of the kindness of everyday Malaysians, 14,098 people contributed a total of over RM 140,980.00 to the “Be The Difference” campaign, an online collaboration by Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and GRIM FILM to create greater awareness and support for 17 Malaysian charity organisations.

At a special cheque presentation ceremony hosted by Groupon Malaysia, Joel re-iterated that the success of the ‘Be the Difference’ campaign was a strong indication of the power of the group buying phenomenon, which has the potential to achieve more than just business success.

“From the tremendous support which we’ve seen from Malaysians, we are pleased to say that the ‘Be The Difference’ campaign has been an overwhelming success both in raising funds and awareness for those in need and as a demonstration how social e-commerce has empowered Malaysians to take meaningful action.” said Joel Neoh, Vice President and General Manager of Groupon Southeast Asia and India.

Through a special microsite hosted by Groupon, Malaysians had over 300 hours to contribute to 17 separate causes which were chosen by the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 and the full proceeds generated by ‘Be the Difference’ campaign has been channelled to 17 charity organisations including Shelter Home for Children, HOPE Worldwide, Rumah HOPE, SPCA Selangor, KIWANIS Job Training Centre, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better, Rumah Kasih Nurul Hasanah, Dyslexia Malaysia, the House of Joy, the Good Samaritan House, the Shepherd’s Centre Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Home, the Precious Children Home, SPCA Sabah, SPCA Sarawak, Malaysian Nature Society and Yayasan Chow Kit.

According to Ms. Katy Lee, Executive Director of HOPE Worldwide, the ‘Be The Difference’ campaign by Groupon has helped organizations such as HOPE Worldwide to reach out to far larger audiences than previously possible, which is largely due to its social engagement capabilities. “Being leaders in social engagement, Groupon has greatly assisted in bridging the gap between charitable organization and the members of the public, and providing actionable means for them to show their support.”

Ms. Lee’s sentiments were shared by Ms. Sharon Woo, Marketing & Partnership Manager for the Malaysian Nature Society who added that “We are grateful that Groupon is actively involved in initiatives such as this which has re-invigorated support for worthy causes. We believe that the advent of social media has given birth to a new era of civic responsibility and look forward to similar engagements in the years to come.”

“Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation is proud to once again be doing what we can to raise awareness and support for the underprivileged throughout Malaysia. Through this partnership with Groupon we’ve been able to encourage even more Malaysians to be the difference in improving the lives of others and we hope that the awareness and goodwill which has resulted from this campaign will continue even after its conclusion.” said Miss Nadine Ann Thomas, Miss Universe Malaysia 2010, representative for Miss Universe Malaysia.

At a special cheque presentation ceremony hosted by Groupon Malaysia, Joel re-iterated that the success of the ‘Be the Difference’ campaign was a strong indication of the power of the group buying phenomenon, which has the potential to achieve more than just business success.

In an effort to further boost engagement with Malaysian netizens, the popular local indie production team known as GRIM FILM were also engaged by Groupon and Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation to further spread the importance of taking proactive action through a special “Be The Difference” video.

“We’re a generation that lives in an era of social connectivity which is an exciting, entertaining but also empowering phenomenon. As film makers who are passionate and believe in the power of film we grabbed hold of the chance to share our contribution to the “Be The Difference” campaign, and are proud of the results which have been achieved.” said Mr. Jared Lee, founder of GRIM FILM.

“I am very proud of the entire team at Groupon Malaysia who are incredibly determined to prove that group buying can and does serve a beneficial role to our community, a fact which has been demonstrated by the success of the ‘Be The Difference’ campaign as well as other initiatives which were held earlier this year with UNICEF, the World Food Programme, HOPE Worldwide and World Vision Malaysia. Moving forward we will continue advocate the support for deserving causes in Malaysia so that we may all enjoy amazing life experiences.” said Joel.

Since its introduction in 2011 Groupon Malaysia has grown to become the national market leader in group-buying with over 1.8 million Malaysians currently subscribed to its website which offers up to 200 weekly. The business has emerged as a key shaper of the Malaysian social e-commerce industry and aims to grow even further throughout Malaysia.

For further information visit www.groupon.com.my

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AFF Suzuki Cup 2012: Defending Champs Malaysia Meet Laos

Harimau Malaya - K Rajagopal

Y U NO DEFEND PROPERLY? Image credit: AFF Suzuki Cup 2012

On the eve of the critical AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 clash between defending champions Malaysia and confident Laos, national coach Datuk K. Rajagopal has promised a different line-up to bounce back from the shocking 3-0 defeat to Singapore last weekend.

Harimau Malaya needs to win both their remaining Group B matches against Laos and Indonesia to stay in the running for the playoffs.

Indonesia had a close 2-2 draw with Laos in the other Group B match.

Rajagopal was quick to defend the team after the trouncing and lamented that it was “undeserved” and was due to a series of individual errors.

Malaysia find themselves in a familiar, precarious position they were in two years ago, when they were steamrolled 5-1 by Indonesia in the opening game, only to come back strongly to take the trophy later.

Here’s hoping that lightning does strike the same place twice.

Malaysia meets Laos tomorrow at 8.45pm, 28 November 2012, Bukit Jalil Stadium, Malaysia.

 

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