Giant China-based Company Targeting Malaysian Telcos for 5G Development

This telecommunications (telcos) are looking out for local mid-size telcos as it ratchet up efforts to accelerate the commercialisation of superfast 5G technology.

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Industry sources said the Chinese group is looking at companies which are under valued and have 5G capability to grow the business and at this moment are targeting TWO local telcos.

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“They may target Green Packet Bhd and XOX Bhd. XOX  is the cheapest telco stock on Bursa Malaysia and are now one of the fastest growing telcos in Malaysia,” said industry sources with knowledge on the matter.

For information, XOX has about RM35 million cash on hand and currently offers the most competitive and innovative 4G data plan. It is focusing to build 5G infrastructure in the region.

This 5G technology has many to offers and some are:

  • to transform the landscape of telecoms as it promises faster download speeds and high network reliability
  • will open opportunities for new services, network operation and improved customer experience
  • providers will be able to increase both download speeds and monthly data capacity on unlimited plans
  • The transition to 5G is expected to generate a windfall for network, infrastructure, and equipment vendors

Three months ago XOX partnered with Advance Tech Communication Sdn Bhd (ATC) to launch 4G and 5G smartphones, with additional satellite communication capabilities termed XPLORE.

Therefore, XOX will be the FIRST MALAYSIAN telco to market and distribute the products to its users across Southeast Asia.

The smartphone, equipped with satellite connectivity and digital mobile radio, will be launched by ATC to XOX users. It is said that  XOX’s Executive Director Steve Tan has mentioned that the company aims to provide a unified network plan by integrating XOX’s prepaid plans and messaging platform with ATC’s extensive satellite emergency services. However, Tan was not available for comment at press time.

“XOX is quite strong as a company. It implemented the right marketing strategy as well as innovation ideas and products to see it through the current Covid-19 pandemic and drive the company forward. The success factor for XOX is built by leveraging on the brand, distribution channel with a solid growth of customer base,” said a source close to XOX.

Analysts believe telco stocks will rally as the sector is making handsome profits, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

XOX is ranked FIFTH in the telco sector and is the Number ONE  MVNO company in Malaysia with current customer base almost reaching three million, including prepaid and post paid mobile phone users.

Last month XOX inked an agreement with DGB Asia Bhd to collaborate in the deployment of up to 1,000 next generation AI vending machines. This move is in line with XOX’s strategy to focus on different silos of its business to build up its revenue streams.

Valuations of telcos in Malaysia are becoming attractive again and the sector is expected to grow at an accelerated rate with the current shifts happening in digital landscapes such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

PANGOI Launched Its Online Store

The online store already started this month with the theme “Raya Tetap Raya Bersama PANGOI”.

 

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PANGOI, which aims to fulfil women’s desires to own a high quality handmade batik collection and yet affordably prices fashion apparel for women and men. PANGOI products are available at its FIVE outlets in Malaysia.

And now they are proud to announce the launch of its highly anticipated online stores; with something great awaiting for everyone.

Pangoi’s Online Stores will offer the same collections as in-store, giving customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories for woman and man. There will also be exclusive ‘online-only’ item available all year-round.

#Raya Tetap Raya Bersama Pangoi encourages Malaysians to remain calm and we can still have our Raya celebration this year. Shop online, we will deliver the goods to your doorstep in good hand.

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Customer will now have twenty-four hours access to the best of our fashion and latest Raya collections via their computers, smartphones, and tablets from anywhere in Malaysia. Everything shoppers love about Pangoi fashion will now be accessible with the click of a button in every city across Malaysia’ Says Patrick Goi, Pangoi Founder.

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To mark the arrival of Online Stores, Pangoi will donate rm10 per Raya Batik Collections 2020 set purchased to Tabung Covid-19, to help those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia.

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Online Store:

  1. Shopee Malaysia : https://shopee.com.my/pangoifashion?smtt=0.0.9
  2. Zalora : https://www.zalora.com.my/pangoi/
  3. Lazada : https://www.lazada.com.my/shop/pangoi-fashion/

For more information and latest updates from Pangoi, please visit:

  • pangoi.com
  • follow Pangoi on Facebook
  • @pangoiinternational on IG
  • WhatsApp at +60169014283.

 

Kenny Rogers’s Seoul Sedap Chikin for K-Wave Lovers

Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (KRR) is kicking off new year 2020 with their latest Korean-inspired – Chikin Craze campaign through a variety of Seoul Sedap Chikin that will whet K-food fans’ appetite!

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Taste the authentic flavours of succulent Korean-style fried chicken straight from the streets of Seoul with the popular Sweet Chilli and Soy Garlic flavour options, topped with nutty and crunchy sesame seeds to heighten every patron’s love for K-chicken! Amplify the meal experience with a choice of either fragrant garlic rice or crispy golden wedges. Guests can pick out their Seoul Sedap Chikin preference from a variety of options as follows:

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1) Seoul Sedap Chikin Soup Meal @ RM 27.80 – 2 pieces of Seoul Sedap Chikin (with a choice of sweet chilli, soy garlic OR mixed flavour) + Seoul Sedap Garlic Rice + Kenny’s Mushroom and Chicken Soup + 1 piece of Kenny’s Home-made Muffin

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2) Seoul Sedap Chikin Meal @ RM 21.80 – 2 pieces of Seoul Sedap Chikin (with a choice of sweet chilli, soy garlic OR mixed flavour) + Seoul Sedap Garlic Rice OR Golden Wedges Classic

3) Seoul Sedap Chikin Family Feast @ RM 98.80 – 6 pieces of Seoul Sedap Chikin (with a choice of sweet chilli, soy garlic OR mixed flavour) + 2 a la carte side dishes + 4 pieces of Kenny’s Home-made Muffin + 1 bottle of 1.5 litre Coca-Cola Rasa Asli

4) Seoul Sedap Chikin (3 pieces) @ RM 24.80 with a choice of sweet chilli OR soy garlic flavours

5) Seoul Sedap Chikin (6 pieces) @ RM 46.80 with a choice of sweet chilli, soy garlic OR mixed flavours

6) Seoul Sedap Garlic Rice @ RM 8.50

Match the meal with a glass of Orenji Splash (RM 8.80 with purchase of any Seoul Sedap Chikin– normal price @ RM 10.80), a refreshing drink made with sparkling lemonade and soft candied orange bits!

“As the popular K-wave is continually taking Asia by storm, and more prominently in our home ground in Malaysia, KRR as a brand has kept up with the trend to diversify our food offerings. This is our go at introducing yet another refreshing meal campaign by serving an authentic Korean-style fried chicken meal experience to fellow Malaysians. On top of that, we are rewarding our loyal guests through a very special ‘Seoul in Love Contest’ to stand a chance to win a trip to Seoul, Korea!” said Kennie Thong, Senior Marketing Manager of Berjaya Roasters (M) Sdn Bhd.

KRR will be rewarding two lucky pairs of winners with a dream holiday trip to Seoul, Korea in the ‘Seoul in Love Contest’.

To be in the running, guests:

  • simply need to scan the QR code on the Chikin Craze’s displays located in the restaurant or head to KRR’s social media platform and website for the contest link upon purchasing any Seoul Sedap Chikin
  • answer 2 simple questions
  • complete a slogan before submitting their entry through the Google form between 20th January 2020 – 12th April 2020.

Up for grabs is the Grand Prize of a 5D4N trip for (2) two pax to Seoul, with the Second Prize being a 4D3N trip for (2) two pax to Seoul, inclusive of flight, hotel accommodation and Klook credits. Twenty consolation prize winners will stand to win preloaded KRR Card worth RM100 each.

To welcome the new decade, KRR will also unveil a whole new KRR Card design – ‘Blossom’ that displays a refreshing look with ‘Batik-inspired’ motif and colours which brings out Malaysia’s vibrant culture.

In January 2020, guests who activate or reload RM100 in their KRR Card will get to enjoy a complimentary Kenny’s Nasi Lemak Solo. While with an activation of RM50 in the KRR Card, guests will get a Buy 1 Free 1 Quarter Delight Meal e-voucher that includes a Kenny’s Quarter Meal and Kenny’s Mushroom & Chicken Soup.

For more information on Kenny Rogers ROASTERS, kindly contact 03 – 2119 9888. You can also visit http://www.krr.com.my or connect to http://www.facebook.com/krrmalaysia.

* All prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Service Tax where applicable
* Price varies at KRR Genting Highlands

Al-Ikhsan Sports Collaborate with Skechers and Introduce Exclusive Range

What a good news for Skechers fans!! Well I am one of those happy fans…

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Al-Ikhsan Sports announced this great news on 15 January during the launched of exclusive footwear collection held at The Curve.

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The wide range of exclusive footwear are available below RM199 in Al-Ikhsan Sports stores. Being known for its variety of affordable, yet high quality sports products. The exclusive collections are all priced affordably so that all Malaysians are able to own their pair of Skechers and start to embark on their journey to achieve healthy lifestyles.

During the launched event, Al-Ikhsan Sports and Skechers launched their January collection, which consists of:

  • 2 variations of sports shoes for men
  • 7 variations for women

All are priced at RM199 and below. The overall collection consists of 28 in different styles and colours to cater to every sports lovers’ needs.

“As the number 1 sports retailer in Malaysia, serving over 15mil sports enthusiasts, our core purpose has always been keeping Malaysia fit and active by making sports affordable for all. This initiative of bringing exclusive Skechers collection below RM199 is in line with our core purpose. Al-Ikhsan Sports has always been endeavoured to work with top global brands to bring extremely affordable and high quality products to Malaysia. Thus, we are really glad to launch this Al-Ikhsan Sports x Skechers collection to all sports lovers in the country.” said Vach Pillutla, the Chief Executive Officer of Al-Ikhsan Sports.

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“Skechers, being a brand that emphasizes quality and comfort, is more than elated to be releasing this exclusive collection with Al-Ikhsan Sports. The business partnership was formed in May 2018 with just 20 doors and from there we have increased to 60 doors by the end of 2019. In the past year alone, we have grown alongside Al-Ikhsan Sports over 350% in sales, an achievement that means over 30 thousand pairs of shoes sold. Thus, we aim to expand our collaborated stores to over 100 doors in 2020, a feat to extend this amazing partnership. We hope that our customers enjoy this exclusive collection with Al-Ikhsan Sports and Skechers aims to continue making quality footwear available for all,” said Zann Lee, Vice President of Skechers Southeast Asia.

With this collaboration, sports lovers are now able to get their hands on Skechers sports shoes, which are renowned for its maximum comfort and high-end quality, at affordable prices. These collections are available exclusively at Al-Ikhsan Sports stores across Peninsular Malaysia.

TONY ROMA’S Is Bringing Back the Fortune Feast Menu

Thank you Tony Roma’s for bringing back these miraculous dishes to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020!

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The Fortune Feast Menu symbolize the importance of unity and gathering. So, put your diets aside for the Year of the Rat is just around the corner, and enjoy the sumptuous dishes from the Fortune Feast Menu that will get your mouth watering.

Chinese New Year celebration is the time of reunion and thanksgiving, and is only complete with the tossing of the “Yee Sang”, which is a symbol of prosperity, abundance, health and all things auspicious.

Tony Roma’s is providing just that with its TWO variations of Ong Lai Salad:

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Ong Lai Salad with Crispy Salmon Skin (RM38.88 nett)

This is not an ordinary “Yee Sang” as it is made up of special ingredients like fresh radish, zucchini, pineapple, carrot, red cabbage, red capsicum, walnut, fried won tan strips, crumbs and crispy Salmon Skin. In every bite, you will get to taste the crunchiness of the fresh salad and that perfectly crisp salmon skin.

IMG202001051253332. Fortune Salad with Grilled Salmon and Crispy Salmon Skin (RM58.88 nett)

This has all the same salad and crunch, the fresh radish, zucchini, pineapple, carrot, red, cabbage and red capsicum, walnut, fried won tan strips and crumbs, but this crunchy goodness has a little twist. To kick it up a notch, it has both Crispy Salmon Skin and Grilled Salmon.

Both Ong Lai Salad are served with flavourful fortune dressing that will leave you wanting for more. So, wait no more and get that chopsticks ready for a prosperity toss at Tony Roma’s. After the tossing, it is time to indulge in some appetizers and main entrees.

The Fortune Feast Menu provides two specially crafted appetizers:

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Fortune Dip (RM28.88 nett)

-Feel the heat as you dip some Crispy Potato Chips and French Toast into the Rich Chipotle Beef and Beans.

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Trio Happiness (RM68.88 nett)

– Why get one when you can order this trio of Chicken Wings with three different flavours – Red Hot Buffalo Wings, Salted Egg Chicken Wings and Flaming Spicy Chicken Wings.

As for the main entrees, they are always serving some distinctive dishes to satisfy the customers.

There are two delectable main entrees from this festive menu:

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Reunion Meal (RM138.88 nett)

– This combines three all-time favourites on one plate that is perfect for sharing. Everyone will get to taste the juicy meat of the Flame Grilled Lamb Ribs, the tanginess of the half BBQ Chicken and the crunchy spicy half Signature Kickin’ Shrimp.
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Short Ribs with Honey Plum Sauce (RM98.99 nett)

– Tender and seasoned Short Ribs with Honey Plum Sauce. Nothing beats that succulent short ribs drenched in that sweet and sour condiment. This meal is also served with Mashed Potatoes, Fire Roasted Vegetables and French Toast.

Finally, it is time to wash down that full and satisfied stomachs with any of these three choices of refreshing drinks:

  1. Cranberry Colada
  2. Golden Angpow
  3. Pineapple Ong Lai

Priced at RM20.88 nett each, the sweetness and sourness of the drinks complement and balance each other, and are just perfect for any occasions.

As the Chinese New Year is not far off, it is time to get your celebration gear on and head over to any Tony Roma’s across Malaysia to feast on the Fortune Feast Menu, which will be available at any time including weekends and public holidays from 2nd January to 1st March 2020.

For more information about Tony Roma’s, visit www.tonyromas.com.my

 

SHOPEE Celebrates New Year With CNY Sale

With this CNY Sale, you can get daily RM8 deals and RM18 free shipping to fortune-telling and RM1 gold bars!!!!

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Running till 28 January, the campaign features a wide array of new products, RM18 free shipping, a suite of new services as well as new games and entertainment – all to be enjoyed both on and off the platform.

Users will not want to miss the RM8 prosperity deals on CNY Hampers, 24-can Coca-Cola, Tefal Cookware set, Cheongsam, Khind stand fans and more. Premium gold bars are also up for grabs at RM1. Some CNY offerings to look out for include Mandarin Orange-flavoured KIT-KAT, Eu Yan Sang Bird’s Nest Mouse Gift Box, Carlsberg beer, exclusive pineapple flower for prayers and bakkwa.

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Shopee is all about giving users a good celebration, and its offline deals from F&B to services, hotels and theme parks via the Reloads, Vouchers and Bills feature on the App are must-haves. Go easy on the wallet during big reunions with discounts when dining at Shopee’s new merchants’ outlets: Michelin-starred Hawker Chan, Dragon-i, Purple Cane, SouperTang and Tony Roma’s.

Let the experts groom you by purchasing vouchers to beauty services or get help with cleaning services without breaking a sweat. As many will be travelling, getting the vehicle serviced is a must! Basic servicing options from changing tyres to a full car maintenance are available with the click of a button. Also, keep the little ones safe by getting child car seats from as low as RM88.

Looking to upgrade the home to impress relatives? Participating sellers on Shopee are upsizing the huat by guaranteeing Malaysians the lowest price on washing machines and dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions, ovens and more. Users in Peninsular Malaysia are in for an even bigger treat as they can get all these items shipped to them, free of charge, from now until 21 January.

Shopee is also expecting an influx of orders this CNY, especially for bulky items like dining sets, wardrobes, beds and sofas. As these items tend to be heavy, the appointment of third-party logistics partner, Ninja Van, is timely as they can handle shipments of up to 90kgs.

Amping up the CNY fever, Shopee introduces CNY-themed games like Shopee Ang Pow and Fortune Sticks, all with vouchers worth a total of RM88,000 and more than 18 million Shopee Coins to be won. For those who want to learn about their fortune, family, home, career, love and health can catch Fengshui Master Jane Hor on Shopee Live at 12.30pm on weekdays from now until 17 January.

With so much to look forward to, shoppers will still want to save the date 13 January for the Huat Ah! Huat Ah! Sale where the platform is offering unbeatable promotions from all categories, upsized Shocking Sale, and a 10gram Gold Bar worth RM2,250 for just RM1 in One or Not.

The Shopee CNY Sale is supported by brands such as Nestlé, Unilever, Vinda, P&G, Watsons, Enfagrow, Friso, Realme, Photobook, and Tesco, and partners such as FPX, RHB, Standard Chartered, United Overseas Bank, amongst others.

The efforts Shopee has pulled together to curate this CNY campaign is part of its strategy to maintain its strong growth momentum, having closed an impressive 2019. Shopee penned record-breaking achievement after achievement.

Key highlights as follow:
● Performance*:
a) In Q3 2019, Shopee’s Year-on-Year Gross Merchandise Value rose by 69.9%, from $US2.7 billion to $US4.6 billion and Gross Orders surged by 102.8%, from 158.5 million to 321.4 million.
b) Despite being in seven markets across Southeast Asia and Taiwan, Shopee is seeing a growing popularity across the globe. It was the 5th most downloaded App worldwide in the shopping category, according to AppAnnie.

● Deepening user engagement:
a) Shopee also scaled up its in-app games from only Shopee Shake in 2018 to over 15 games to-date. Popular games that were introduced in 2019 were Shopee Quiz and Shopee Catch.
b) 2019 was the year that Shopee introduced live stream feature called Shopee Live, to keep the Shopee experience entertaining, engaging and social, bringing users high quality content such as the Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza mini concert presented by Shopee and SIMPLYSITI, Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) with Cristiano Ronaldo, the exciting Piala FA finals, the much anticipated Ombak Rindu The Series and more.
c) As a result of the tech enhancements and interactive content on the platform, the amount of time users spent on the App has doubled. At its peak, users stayed on the App for over 2 hours and 15 minutes, as they were entertained while they shopped and participated in games to win exciting prizes, vouchers and discounts.

● Collaboration:
a) Shopee held its first-ever concert with Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza in the Shopee X SIMPLYSITI Mini Concert and partnered with celebrities for its first-ever charity initiative called the #ShopeeMAKNA 11.11 Charity Challenge that was aired on Astro.
b) Shopee has also enjoyed a successful start to its partnership with brand ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo as the football icon’s Shopee Dance performance trended worldwide.
c) To support the Government’s quest to boost the country’s digital economy by empowering local entrepreneurs, Shopee struck a partnership with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs to promote the Buy Malaysian Campaign (BMC). Prior to BMC on Shopee, only 196 orders were made for Buatan Malaysia products daily. This figure rose significantly to 845 orders daily, marking an uplift of 331%.
d) To help digitise rural Malaysia, Shopee inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Rural Development and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to provide rural entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate an online store, as well as a platform for them to market and sell their products.

“We recorded stellar performance on all fronts of our business throughout the year, with robust shopping activities during the second half of the year. This was supported by major shopping festivals such as 9.9, 11.11 and 12.12. Our volumes have been steadily increasing campaign to campaign. Hence, the appointment of Ninja Van was imperative in order for us to ensure that our users are able to get their parcels on time,” said Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee.

Commenting on the industry’s landscape, Ho added that there is a lot more potential for the e-commerce industry in Malaysia to grow. “Seeing as e-commerce contribution to total retail is still below 3%, and very much at its infancy, there is a lot more work to be done. We remain committed to this market and expect 2020 to be another exciting year as we unlock more opportunities and identify solid partnerships that would be beneficial to retailers, consumers and the economy.”

To enjoy Shopee’s CNY Sale, visit http://shopee.com.my/cny-sale

 

Shreya Ghoshal Will Perform Live In February

Anyone up for this lovely Indian playback singer live performance?

The 36 year old singer has recorded songs for soundtracks and albums in various Indian languages and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema. 

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Her “Shreya Ghoshal Live In Concert Malaysia 2020”  are organised by Standard Chartered Malaysia and Hitman Solutions. She will be making her debut performance in Malaysia with a full live band at Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 23 February 2020.

Her success throughout her career are:

  • nominated a total of 494 times and won 150 awards including:
    -four National Film Awards
    -four Kerala State Film Awards
    -two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
    -seven Filmfare Awards including six for Best Female Playback Singer and ten Filmfare Awards South
  • made her Bollywood playback singing debut with Bhansali’s romantic drama movie Devdas (2002) in which she received a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
  • appeared as a judge on several TV reality shows
  • been honoured by the state of Ohio in US where Governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June as “Shreya Ghoshal Day”
  • in April 2013, was honoured in London by the selected members of House of Commons in the UK
  • featured FIVE times in the Forbes list of the top 100 celebrities from India
  • became the FIRST Indian singer to have her wax figurine in Madame Tussauds Museum in 2017

“I am super excited to perform in Malaysia for the first time and would like to thank our sponsor Standard Chartered Malaysia. I think this is a wonderful recognition from a global bank as it shows how much impact the Bollywood entertainment industry has made on the international stage and just how far it has come. I am looking forward to meet all my fans in Malaysia”

The concert will be featuring her hit tracks:

  • Chikni Chameli (movie Agneepath)
  • Dola Re Dola (Devdas)
  • Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Teri Meri (Bodyguard)

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“We are proud to announce our first concert of 2020 presented by Standard Chartered Malaysia, Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert Malaysia. Shreya Ghoshal’s multiracial fan base and big following here will ensure a great musical night. This is one of the most awaited Bollywood concerts in Malaysia after Shah Rukh Khan in 2013.” said Rohit Rampal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hitman Solutions Live Sdn Bhd.

Hitman Solutions is no stranger to concerts for the niche market in Malaysia having organised and hosted numerous Bollywood artistes for the past 15 years. Recently it organised the highly-successful “heavyweight Bhangra” concert Diljit Dosanjh Live at KL Live with a full house.

“Our 145th year in Malaysia is already shaping up to be a memorable one with a full year of exciting initiatives including megastar Shreya Ghoshal’s debut performance here. As a global bank, we serve a diverse client base and we are proud to be associated with someone who has been able to unite people through her music. Her huge talent and wide appeal have helped her reach out to an international audience proving that music truly has the power to unite people.” said Abrar A. Anwar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Malaysia.

Tickets are priced at:

  1. RM150 (Bronze)
  2. RM250 (Silver)
  3. RM450 (Gold)
  4. RM600 (Platinum)
  5. RM1,000 (Diamond)
  6. RM1,500 (VIP)

Fans can also call +601 2501 5783/+601 2380 5783 for reservations as concert ticket sales began on 6 January.

In conjunction with the concert, Standard Chartered Malaysia will be giving out complimentary tickets to eligible new and existing Priority and Premium Banking clients.

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