10 December 2015


Malaysia Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak and wife, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Manson officiated Malaysia Deepavali Open House 2015 dinner at Padang Awam Kulim, Kedah to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights with Malaysia Hindu community after the annual MIC Deepavali open house ceremony at the Batu Caves temple, Gombak in the morning.

Malaysia National Open House for Deepavali 2015 was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Kedah State Government in the heritage, cultural and eco state of Kedah, renowned for the picturesque  Zahir Mosque in Alor Star, one of the oldest and most beautiful mosque in Malaysia to  Sedim Kulim tree top walks, world's longest canopy walk at 950 metres  and the recently discovered archaeological site Sungai Batu Petani, believed to be the oldest civilisation in Southeast Asia with relic artefacts over 1,900 years old (110 AD).

Prime Minister Najib wished all Malaysia Hindu Community a very Happy Deepavali as local Hindu dancers fronted the Deepavali Open House celebrations with popular Indian artistes, singers and comedians like Datuk David Arumugam, Iwal AF,  MGR Suresh, Rajini Suresh, Sathia, Shamimi, Sivakumar, Vivek Chakrasonic and William entertained  the cheery Malaysians crowd and tourists.

The 152  invited international  media and travel agents from  Australia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Laos, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, USA and Vietnam witness the grand celebration and feast of traditional Indian food, curries and snacks like muruki with local Kedah sweets.

The preparation of muruku by Prime Minister Najib and wife Rosmah , together with a strong team of 450 participants for Malaysia Deepavali Open House 2015 was awarded an entry in Malaysia Book of Records.

Prime Minister  Najib Tun and wife Rosmah Mansor, alongside with Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi; Kedah state Chief Minister, Paduka Hj. Mukhriz Tun Mahathir; Minister of Health, Dr. Subramaniam K.V. Sathasivam; Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz; and Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hajah Mas Ermieyati bin Samsudin graced 1Malaysia Deepavali Open House 2015 and a spectacular    fireworks display ended the Diwali festive night on  a high note.

Experience Malaysia Open House festive celebrations throughout the year when you travel to Malaysia for holidays. For more information, visit http://www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my,  www.facebook.com/friendofmalaysia; twitter.com/tourismmalaysia and blog.tourism.gov.my for calendar of Malaysia events to make your holidays more memorable.

David Beckham in Singapore for ASEAN Para Games 2015 at Marina Bay Sands

David Beckham was at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, the Official Games Village of the 8th ASEAN Para Games to attend the football five-a-side match between Team Singapore and Team Thailand at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The football legend visited “Nila Suite” – an area at the Games Village where athletes can rest and enjoy recreational activities and delighted hundreds of athletes. Beckham also participated in an origami lesson, placing a folded paper heart on a wall art installation in the suite.

Beckham said: “It is inspiring to see athletes pursue their passion with such great desire. There is no bigger honour than having the opportunity to represent your country. The sporting spirit is very much alive at the Games Village and I am privileged to have the chance to meet these incredible people.” 

Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chairman of SAPGOC Exco said, “The 8th ASEAN Para Games is more than just about competing. It is about connecting individuals, communities and countries to our dreams. It is about celebrating the extraordinary and inspiring people around us. David Beckham’s presence today has been uplifting and certainly rewarding to the athletes and fans at the Games.” 
Marina Bay Sands lent its support in more ways than one – over 170 Team Members volunteered as caretakers and ushers during the Games, as part of the property’s Sands for Singapore CSR programme.
Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands, said: “Marina Bay Sands is privileged to contribute towards this historic event. Whether it’s through our event hosting capabilities, volunteer outreach programme or inspirational visits by celebrities like David Beckham, we aim to deepen our engagement with the local community and bring the magical touch to events held at Marina Bay Sands.” 

Marina Bay Sands as the Official Games Village, has welcomed more than 2,500 athletes and officials, housing them in 1,300 hotel rooms. For the first time, an entire level of hotel rooms in Tower 3 was converted into 24/7 medical suites.   The Sands Expo and Convention Centre houses competition venues for Goalball, Football five-aside, Powerlifting, as well as a Transport Hub and a Dining Hall. Over 14,000 meals were prepared for the athletes and organisers throughout the whole period. 

06 December 2015

SGIFF Silver Screen Awards 2015 Red Carpet Celebrities Night at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

David Beckham, Hollywood actor Dev Patel, superstar Michelle Yeoh and celebrity chef Daniel Boulud graced the Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Awards  (SGIFF) 2015 red carpet night at Marina Bay Sands Singapore MasterCard Theatres last night.
Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands and David Beckham presented Asian Feature Film – Best Director award to Happy Hour, Mr Ryusuke Hamaguchi at Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Awards 2015. Marina Bay Sands supported SGIFF as part of its commitment to the local film and arts community.
Action movie superstar Michelle Yeoh was presented with the inaugural Cinema Legend Award at SGIFF Silver Screen Awards 2015.

David Beckham, Michelle Yeoh, and SGIFF Chairman Mike Wiluan attended the SGIFF Benefit Dinner at DB Bistro and Oyster Bar in Marina Bay Sands where acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, recipient of the “The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2015” in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, created a sublime culinary experience for 200 guests.
In line with Marina Bay Sands community efforts,  13 items including David Beckham autographed limited edition Haig Club™ Single Grain Whisky, an original script of The Lady and DVD donated by Michelle Yeah, Slumdog Millionaire script and autographed photograph by Hollywood star Dev Patel were auctioned off to the collective tune of more than S$120,000 at the exclusive SGIFF Benefit Dinner.
The Man Who Knew Infinity film director Matthew Brown and Slumdog Millionaire famed actor Dev Patel walked down the inaugural Marina Bay Sands SkyPark red carpet night at its iconic  location, overlooking Marina Bay Sands’ famed Infinity Pool with Singapore spectacular  city skyline.

During Singapore International Film Festival 2015, Marina Bay Sands hosted numerous  red carpet events,  dialogue sessions and film screenings at the Sands Theatres, including gala showcase films Taiwanese movies Panay and The Laundryman, and Eric Khoo’s latest film In The Room. 

David Beckham, Michelle Yeah, Director Matthew Brown, Dev Patel, Josie Ho, Sonia Sui Tang, Director Lee Chung , Yeoh Yann Yan,  Zoe Tay, Shaun Chen, Ya Hui, James Selah,  Julie Tan and Zhang Zhenhuan are some of the celebrities who graced  Singapore International Flim Festival 2015 red carpet.


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