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Highly anticipated expo set to take over Genting’s Arena of Stars

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

GENTING HIGHLANDS: A whopping 50,000 tickets have been sold for the highly anticipated Hasbro Trans­formers Expo Malaysia 2014, which kicks off this Friday at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the expo was expected to draw a record 250,000 visitors and more over the Chinese New Year period from Friday until Feb 16.

He noted that only 27 international expos have been held worldwide so far, while the Malaysia expo was the largest to date in Asia.

"I am equally happy to note that the world's iconic movie and toy brand, Hasbro Transformers, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014," he said before launching the event at Resorts World Genting yesterday.

He said he was confident that with the good weather and upcoming major developments, Malaysians and regional visitors would flock to Genting, which received over 20 million tourists annually.

Nazri also expressed pride that Malaysian artists had created the special 7m-tall figurine of Optimus Prime and the 5.4m-tall figurine of Bumblebee as some of the exclusive highlights of the expo.

There will also be a showcase of more than 1,520 limited edition Transformers figurines and memorabilia contributed by Transmy, a group of Malaysian Transformers fans.

Also making an appearance is a Chevrolet's Camaro, which transformed into Bumblebee in the films.

Fans can also enjoy a walk through the 3D Tunnel experience, 3D Mapping as well as an interactive augmented reality experience.

Later at a press conference, Nazri said he had enjoyed all the highlights of the expo, which will feature 10 zones showcasing everything about Transformers.

"This is actually my first Transfor­mers experience.

"Transformers was created in 1984. I was already a serious politician then. Now I am beginning to understand what it is all about," he said.

Genting Malaysia Bhd president and chief operating officer Datuk Seri Lee Choong Yan said he was also excited about the ongoing transformation of its outdoor theme park under the RM5bil Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) launched last Dec 17.

"The new world-class Twentieth Century Fox World Park, estimated at RM1bil, is expected to open sometime in 2016. During this interim period, we will continue to offer world-class entertainment, with the Transformers Expo being just one of the many international attractions featured this year," he said.

Expo organiser Target Exposition Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Raymond Tew said over RM5mil had been invested into setting up the event, including the augmented reality interactive game, which cost over RM500,000 to construct.

Tickets are priced at RM45 for children aged between four and 10, as well as senior citizens aged 60 and above. Adults will be charged RM55, while a family of two adults and two children can opt for the RM180 Family Package.

For ticket purchase, visit www.rwgenting.com and www.MyDeal.com.my. Event details are available at www.transformersmal.com.my.

RM10.7bil in NCER investments last year

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PUTRAJAYA: The Northern Corridor Economic Region attracted a total of RM10.7bil in investments last year, mostly from the tourism and manufacturing sectors.

The investments in projects in Kedah, Penang, Perlis and Perak created 18,400 jobs. Local private sector participation in the economic region also saw a jump to 61.7% last year from 38.3% the previous year.

The companies involved are Inokom Corporation Sdn Bhd (in Kulim, Kedah), Telekom Malaysia Bhd (Perlis), B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd (Penang) and Yayasan Kemajuan Sosial Malaysia (Kerian, Perak).

Their investments were revealed at the conclusion of the Northern Corridor Implementation Authori­ty's (NCIA) 11th council meeting here yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak chaired the meeting, which was held at the Perdana Putra Building here.

Present were Mentris Besar Datuk Seri Mulhriz Mahathir (Kedah), Azlan Man (Perlis), Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (Perak) and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Najib witnessed the exchange of documents for the projects between the companies and the respective state governments.

BN to contest in Kajang

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST


PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional will field a candidate to contest the Kajang state seat by-election, said the coalition's deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"This state constituency is an MCA area. If the Election Commission (EC) makes the announcement, we will decide how to face the by-election.

"Whatever it is, we will make the final decision after the EC's announcement. I cannot pre-empt the EC," he told a press conference after the Education Ministry's Annual New Year Address 2014 yesterday.

In the general election last May, PKR Lee Chin Cheh won the Kajang state seat with a 6,834-vote majority in a six-cornered fight involving BN, Berjasa and three independent candidates.

When asked to comment on the possibility that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was contesting in the by-election merely to take over the post of Selangor mentri besar, Muhyiddin said, "I don't know.

"I will not comment on rumours. I don't know what his objective is in contesting, maybe he merely wants to be a state assemblyman."

Lee resigned at 3pm on Monday, leading to speculation that this was part of a plan to enable Anwar to take over as Selangor mentri besar.

Muhyiddin who is also Deputy Prime Minister said Selangor was going through a tumultuous political period over the past few months, when the PKR leaders were seen to be quarrelling among themselves without showing any sign of consensus among themselves.

He said they issued statements which were contradictory regarding various issues, neglecting their responsibility in leading the state, besides ignoring various issues that cropped up due to the conflicts among themselves.

"I don't know whether this is the real picture, that it could lead to a by-election soon, but to me, it is a cue for the people of Selangor to realise that the PKR struggles actually revolves around personal matters instead of struggling for the people," he said.

In a related development, Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Abdul Shukur Idrus said he believed Khalid would remain as mentri besar.

Although there's no written law, by convention only a Selangor born person becomes the state's mentri besar,'' said Abdul Shukur.

This, he said, disqualified Anwar who was born in Penang, and party deputy president Azmin Ali, who was born in Singapore, from holding the position.

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