Logistics sector struggling with e-Commerce growth, says Sitec

KUALA LUMPUR — The Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (Sitec) has identified the state’s logistics providers as a sector that is struggling to cope with volume, due to the double-digit growth in the e-Commerce sector.

Currently, providers are looking into a wider integration of service for international transactions and small merchants, as well as improving customs processes for online transactions and the use of technology for more efficient delivery and tracking tools, said a Sitec white paper entitled “Demand Outstrips Capacity: Logistical Challenges and Best Practices for Malaysian e-Commerce”.

Among the problems identified were product descriptions, branding, customer service, marketplace inventory and marketplace challenges.

The white paper also gave recommendations for solutions and to educate merchants on improvements in each area.

While payment gateways enjoyed the highest level of satisfaction as indicated by the Sitec Consumer Sentiment Survey 2016, participants of the workshop voiced concerns regarding security of transactions made without payment gateways, particularly in consumer-to-consumer transactions.

To address the issues faced by online merchants, the solution for the sector lies within the regulatory framework and education to further strengthen the existing infrastructure.

Pos Malaysia Corporate Development (Commercial) vice president for Commercial Strategy Rofidah Arof described the challenges faced in logistics, especially with the growth of e-Commerce.

She said Pos Malaysia sees up to 240,000 items processed per day, as opposed to 100,000 items per day 2 years ago, reflecting the rapidly increasing demand for logistical services. There constant need to upgrade and turn to automation has resulted in a new parcel processing centre in Shah Alam that can process 12,000 items per hour.

“Reachability is important, and from a service point of view, we have to make sure that we deliver and that the parcel is received by the recipient”.

“Currently, we have a few drop boxes for merchants and parcel lockers as an alternative for those who are not at home for their delivery,” she said.

Speaking about future growth in cross-border e-Commerce, she said Pos Malaysia is also working closely with the Royal Malaysian Customs to ease processes concerning online businesses.

“Moving forward, Pos Malaysia is looking into creating warehousing and order fulfilment for merchants, with public bonded warehouses that could complement the regional transactions of online merchants,” she said.

Pos Malaysia head of sales Azizi Mohamad Dahalan said that despite Pos Malaysia having allocated funds to increase the number of couriers, as well as converting 5,000 of their regular postmen to couriers, it will still take time before the full impact of their operations will be felt.

State Government of Selangor senior executive councilor Datuk Teng Chang Khim said Selangor aspires to be an e-Commerce hub in Malaysia, and intended to expand to cross-border trade with Asean countries.

He said there the need to upgrade and improve standards of e-Commerce for Selangor to fulfill its potential is yet to be addressed.

China, US to refrain from competitive currency devaluation

HANGZHOU — China and the United States on Sunday committed anew to refrain from competitive currency devaluations, and China said it would continue an orderly transition to a market-oriented exchange rate for the yuan.

A joint “fact sheet”, issued a day after US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held talks, also said the two countries had committed “not to unnecessarily limit or prevent commercial sales opportunities for foreign suppliers of ICT (information and communications technology) products or services”.

While China and the United States cooperate closely on a range of global issues, including North Korea’s disputed nuclear programme and climate change, the two countries have deep disagreements in other areas, like cyber hacking and human rights.

Both countries said they would “refrain from competitive devaluations and not target exchange rates for competitive purposes”, the fact sheet said.

Meanwhile, China would “continue an orderly transition to a market-determined exchange rate, enhancing two-way flexibility. China stresses that there is no basis for a sustained depreciation of the yuan. Both sides recognise the importance of clear policy communication”.

China shocked global markets by devaluing the yuan in August last year and allowing it to slip sharply again early this year. Though it has stepped in to temper losses in recent weeks, the currency is still hovering near six-year lows against the dollar.

Xi and Obama met in Hangzhou in eastern China where leaders from the world’s 20 leading economies, the G20, were gathering for a summit on Sunday and yesterday.

Foreign business groups say China’s pending cyber rules, including a cyber security law that could be passed this year, include provisions for invasive government security reviews and onerous requirements to keep data in China.

They say the regulations would create barriers to market entry for foreign companies and impair the country’s security by isolating it technologically.

Global business groups spanning finance, information technology, insurance and manufacturing have urged China to revise its draft rules, and have pressed the US government to raise the issue with Beijing.

The fact sheet said the two sides had committed to policies that “should treat technology in a non-discriminatory manner (and not) unnecessarily limit or prevent commercial sales opportunities for foreign suppliers of ICT products or services”.

Points of commitment

Both sides commit to use all policy tools — monetary, fiscal and structural — to foster confidence and strengthen growth; fiscal policy should be used flexibly to strengthen growth, job creation and household demand.

Building on current progress, China is to deepen supply-side structural reforms with a comprehensive strategy, including state-owned enterprise reform, giving full play to the role of the market and legal mechanisms, to reduce corporate debt, including state-owned enterprises debt.

The two sides recognise that structural problems, including excess capacity in some industries, have caused a negative impact on trade and workers; both countries recognise that excess capacity in steel and other industries is a global issue which requires collective responses.

Both sides recognise that the effective and balanced protection of intellectual property rights will be beneficial to promote innovation.

They welcome the completion of peer review reports on the fossil fuel subsidies of the United States and China. — Reuters

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Xi Jingping at G20 warns against trade protectionism

HANGZHOU — The global economy is being threatened by rising protectionism and risks from highly leveraged financial markets, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the open of a two-day summit of leaders from G20 nations.

His warning on Sunday followed bilateral talks with Barack Obama that the US president described as “extremely productive”, but which failed to bring both sides closer on thornier topics such as tensions in the South China Sea.

With the summit taking place after Britain’s vote in June to exit the European Union and before the US presidential election in November, observers expect G20 leaders to mount a defence of free trade and globalisation and warn against isolationism.

The global economy has arrived “at a crucial juncture”, Xi said, in the face of sluggish demand, volatile financial markets and feeble trade and investment.

“Growth drivers from the previous round of technological progress are gradually fading, while a new round of technological and industrial revolution has yet to gain momentum,” he said.

G20 countries are set to agree in a communique at the end of the summit that all policy measures — including monetary, fiscal and structural reforms — should be used to achieve solid and sustainable economic growth, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said.

“Commitment will be made to utilising all three policy tools of monetary and fiscal policies and structural reforms to achieve solid, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth,” Hagiuda told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.

Xi also called on G20 countries to match their words with actions.

“We should turn the G20 group into an action team, instead of a talk shop,” he said.

But some of the G20 leaders have begun drawing battle lines in disputes over issues ranging from trade and investment to tax policy and industrial overcapacity.

Battle lines

On Sunday, Xi held talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and told him he hoped Australia would continue to provide a fair, transparent and predictable policy environment for foreign investors.

China was angered when Australia blocked the A$10 billion (RM30.9 billion) sale of the country’s biggest energy grid to Chinese bidders last month.

China has accused Australia of bowing to protectionist sentiment in blocking the bid for Ausgrid, as well as an earlier one by a China-led consortium to buy cattle company Kidman & Co.

Beijing has also criticised Australia, a staunch US ally, for running surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said China must set up a mechanism to address its problem of industrial overcapacity, saying it was “unacceptable” the European steel industry had lost so many jobs in recent years.

“Overcapacity is a global problem but there is a particular Chinese element,” he told a news conference.

Britain’s future after its departure from the European Union was also subject to discussion.

Obama reassured Prime Minister May that Britain’s closest political, commercial and military ally would stand by her.

But he did not shrink away from his stance that Brexit was a mistake and that London would not be able to jump the queue to arrange a bilateral trade deal.

Juncker said that if Britain wanted access to the European Union’s common market, it needed to respect the rules of the common market.

Turnbull, meanwhile, said Australia wanted an early free trade agreement with Britain so markets could remain open between them when Britain formally left the European trading bloc. — Reuters

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Hanjin seeks stay orders in 43 countries to protect its ships

SEOUL — South Korea’s financial regulator said Hanjin Shipping Co will seek stay orders in 43 countries to protect its vessels from being seized, after its court receivership filing last week roiled companies’ supply chain before the year-end shopping season.

Applications in 10 countries will be made this week and the remainder soon, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said in a statement yesterday. Hanjin Group, owner of the shipping line, should also take more action to account for the “chaos” caused to the shipping industry, FSC chairman Yim Jong Yong said in comments confirmed by a spokesman.

Vessels of Hanjin — the world’s seventh-largest container carrier with a 2.9% market share — are getting stranded at sea and ports after the box carrier sought protection, hurting the supply of LG Electronics Inc televisions and other consumer goods ahead of the holiday season. Hanjin Shipping shares resumed trading yesterday with its limit down 30% and later erased losses to rally as much as 18%. Any optimism may be misplaced, said Park Moo Hyun, an analyst at Hana Financial Investment Co in Seoul.

“Retail investors are hoping for the best on false hopes,” Park said. “They think that government measures to help resolve the supply-chain disruptions could mean it’s also supporting Hanjin Shipping. They don’t seem to realise that that’s the wrong conclusion.”

Operations disrupted

The commission said 79 of Hanjin’s vessels, including 61 container ships, have had their operations disrupted. Hanjin group chairman Cho Yang Ho and Korean Air Lines Co, the shipping company’s largest shareholder, should take steps to ease the disruptions, Yim said.

Hanjin Shipping declined to comment on the applications for stay orders and Yim’s comments. Korean Air also declined to comment.

Hanjin Shipping fell 14% to close at 1,070 won in Seoul yesterday, cutting its market value to 262 billion won (RM966 million). The stock tumbled 24% on Aug 30, when trading was halted. The Seoul Central District Court accepted the company’s filing for receivership on Sept 1 and asked for a revival plan to be submitted by Nov 25.

While shares of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co fell as much as 3.6% in Seoul Monday, other container lines in Asia such as Orient Overseas International Ltd, Nippon Yusen KK, Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd all rallied.

Hanjin’s woes show the container-shipping industry hasn’t recovered from the troubles it has been facing since the 2008 global financial crisis hurt trade. Companies in the industry have shed people, tried to merge with their rivals and cut costs.

Even so, rates to move boxes from Asia to the US and Europe haven’t revived.

Hanjin on Sept 2 also filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 15 at the Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey, US.

As of Sunday morning, 68 Hanjin vessels were stranded out at sea or at port in 23 countries, including one ship arrested in Singapore, according to the company. The Korean liner owns 59 of the 132 container and bulk ships in its fleet.

For US retailers, Hanjin’s filing brings concerns about delivery of goods ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday shopping. Goods sail about 10 days to reach Los Angeles from Asia, and could take as many as 30 days to Rotterdam.

Cargo disruptions

The chains are working to minimise delivery disruptions from cargo waiting to depart Asia, travelling on the ocean or arriving at ports, Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation trade group, said last week.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Merchant, the second-largest container shipping company in South Korea, said it plans to add four vessels to the US starting later this week, and nine on Europe routes this month.

Hanjin’s US$1.8 billion (RM7.3 billion) in vessels also offer a takeover opportunity.

“Hyundai Merchant Marine seems to be the most likely buyer,” said William Bennett, analyst at VesselsValue.com. Such a deal may also boost the 2M vessel-sharing alliance led by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S that Hyundai Merchant is due to join in April, he said. Hyundai Merchant has said it will consider buying some of Hanjin’s assets, including ships. — Bloomberg

Softbank US$120b debt may trigger Moody’s downgrade

TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp’s debt — which is set to swell as its latest global acquisition becomes effective on yesterday — is nearing a level at which Moody’s Investors Service has said it will consider a rating downgrade.

The Japanese wireless carrier’s purchase of British semiconductor designer ARM Holdings Plc for about US$32 billion (RM130.2 billion) looks set to add to group debt, which at US$115 billion on March 31 is five times its adjusted earnings, according to Moody’s. The rating company says any sustained climb above 5.5 times could be a “downward trigger” on its evaluation.

“I’d expect it will go up higher than our expectations, so that reflects relatively negatively on overall credit,” Motoki Yanase, an analyst at Moody’s in Tokyo, said in an interview. While exceeding the trigger doesn’t result in an immediate ratings downgrade, if sustained, it increases the chances of one and Moody’s will have to watch to see how SoftBank can “deleverage over the next few years,” Yanase said.

SoftBank will issue at least ¥350 billion (RM13.7 billion) in subordinated bonds to mainly individuals this month, and is marketing additional tranches of debt to institutional investors as it faces about ¥1.7 trillion in bond redemptions to the end of 2018. While the company’s share price is rallying and the cost of insuring its bonds from non-payment is falling, the Bloomberg Default-Risk Model signals deterioration in the firm’s creditworthiness this year.

SoftBank’s share price has climbed 14% since the start of the year, and the cost to insure against a default on its bonds has almost halved to 132.5 basis points in the same period. Even so, the risk of non-payment in the coming 12 months has risen to 0.5% from about 0.3% at the start of the year, according to the Bloomberg default risk model, which tracks metrics including share price, debt and cash flow. Its borrowings stood at the equivalent of about US$120 billion as of June 30.

Moody’s has a Ba1 rating on SoftBank, its highest speculative grade, and a B3 rating on its US subsidiary Sprint Corp, five levels lower. The Japanese company is selling hybrid bonds this month with maturities of 25 years or longer that are callable.

The company plans to price 27-year bonds at a yield of 3.4% to 3.6% on Sept 9, according to a statement from SoftBank last month.

Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd and S&P Global Ratings said last month they will count 50% of the bond sales toward equity, and the issuance supports their respective ratings of Tokyo-based SoftBank. Moody’s Yanase said there is a “very high hurdle” for it to count the deal as having any equity content, as it doesn’t provide such partial credits to company rated at non-investment grade.

S&P Tokyo analyst Makiko Yoshimura said in an interview that she expects SoftBank’s debt-to-earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortisation to improve because of the hybrid debt sale. JCR reaffirmed SoftBank’s rating at A- last month, citing factors including an improvement in earnings at Sprint, the strength of SoftBank’s domestic telecommunications business, and the hybrid securities.

“Although it is good to have lower-ranked securities in the capital structure, it is going to be a part of total debt anyway and is credit negative,” said Moody’s Yanase. — Bloomberg (US$1 = RM4.07)

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Best on screen

The glitzy 28th Malaysian Film Festival recognised the country’s top film talents,

with surprise wins from veterans and newbies alike.

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The kid’ who stole our hearts

ANOTHER debut that stole the jury’s hearts was The Kid From The Big Apple, which won the Special Jury Award along with Ola Bola and Polis Evo.

Writer and first-time director Jess Teong said she was overjoyed with the recognition, especially seeing her star Tan Qin Lin winning the Best Child Actor award.

“I’m happy to given the opportunity to direct this film although this is my first time directing.”

“As for Tan Qin Lin, she made me proud as it was her first time acting. She won an award for Best Newcomer in Macau in December last year, but this victory meant a lot more for all of us as she received such recognition in her homeland and she deserves it,” said Teong.

Teong added Qin Lin’s character Sarah was not easy to play.

“Qin Lin’s English is not as smooth sailing as she is from Chinese school. So I took the time to give her tuition of English for four days a week for three weeks. She was willing to take the challenge and master the language,” she said.

“If she decides to become a serious actress, I am sure she will have no problem looking for roles as she is really talented.”

When contacted, Qin Lin’s mother Chan Shu Jiun expressed her joy and happiness over the award.

“As much as I’d like her to focus on her studies as she is sitting for the UPSR exam this year, I do not want to stop her from doing what she loves and is good at. I will not stop her from acting if that is what she wants.”

Chan said Qin Lin never showed any interest toward acting, unlike her elder brother Tan Hau Yen, who has been acting in Chinese dramas for the past six years.

“We were quite surprised when she suddenly showed her true potential in acting and just wowed us in The Kid From The Big Apple,” she said.

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Veterans and first-timers

SINCE 1980, the Malaysian Film Festival (FFM) has recognised and awarded the creative minds and talents of the local film industry.

With controversy that started weeks before the ceremony — including the reshuffling of categories and introduction of new ones — expectations were high for the glitzy event organised by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) on Saturday.

The big winner of the night was undoubtedly Jagat, which bagged Best Film and Best New Director for Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, despite initial claims of it being “not Malaysian enough” to compete for Best Film.

“To be honest, we didn’t expect to win as we know the judgement made by judges could be very subjective,” said Shanjhey.

“We’re truly humbled by the acceptance and critical reception of the film. Working on the film, we asked ourselves repeatedly, why is it so important for us to push this story forward? It’s because we have an intention to bring a certain subject matter in it although the issue might sound unusual to the audience.”

Jagat is Shanjhey’s first feature film, a project 10 years in the making.

“We are grateful for the awards we but we still wish that we could do more, or perhaps given more opportunity to ensure the story of Jagat will reach every Malaysian out there.”

Mat Moto – Kami Bukan Mat Rempit, also garnered major awards for first-time writer and director Pekin Ibrahim. The film earned the Best Original Story award, besides Best Actor and Best Actress for Pekin and Nabila Huda.

“This is the first film which I wrote and directed. To receive such awards for all categories are just amazing,” said Pekin.

Meanwhile, Nabila who earned her first FFM award after 13 years in the industry, said she was thankful for being nominated.

“Being nominated is an achievement in itself. I’m happy to be given recognition for this win,” she said.

Nabila also expressed her shock at coming out on top in a category with Lisa Surihani, Nadiya Nisaa and Maya Karin, who was nominated for two films — Nota and Jwanita.

“Maya is in a class of her own,” she said.

Although he was not directly nominated, filmmaker mogul Datuk Yusof Haslam who is also Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM) president, dominated the awards with Skop Productions and his son Syafiq’s Viper Studios, which produced Munafik and Mat Moto respectively.

Syamsul Yusof who previously won Best Director and Best Editor at FFM23 for Evolusi KL Drift 2 and in FFM24 for KL Gangster, added two trophies to his collection this year for Munafik.

Syamsul earned the Best Director award for Munafik, which earned RM17 million at the box office and was named Best National Film.

“I can’t thank the judges enough because I really didn’t foresee that I could win again this year. This proves that it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve won something, it is the end result of your work that matters. If your work is good enough, you will be recognised for your hard work and effort,” he said.

Following criticism that Yusof benefitted from the conflict of interest after PFM was invited to collaborate with Finas in the event, Malay Mail Online reported that Yusof would resign from his role to ensure his sons could participate in future festivals without allegations of bias.

The former actor and director also said he has never known any member of the FFM28 jury as that was handled solely by Finas.

“I don’t want my children to become victims. I mean, when my children’s films are nominated, they say we used our connections. That’s not true,” he said.

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Cool clicks under pressure

EVER wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a reality television series?

Shot way ahead of its airing date, Malay Mail was invited for a rare glimpse into filming an episode of Photo Face-Off. The photography competition series begins its third season this week, which will see 15 amateurs from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore compete against their countrymen before the grand finals in Vietnam.

Split into the categories of speed, theme and final Face-Off, the cast and crew showed up bright and early, 7.30am to be exact, at IOI Putrajaya Mall for a speed challenge at the ice skating rink.

Arriving at 9am — an hour before the mall opened its doors — I initially envisioned a large video crew but I was greeted by a very lean production crew.

Hosted by Kelly Latimer, the latest season sees award-winning photographer Justin Mott return as resident professional photographer who for the first time, will also serve as mentor and judge.

In the speed challenge that morning, the three Malaysian contestants — Fariz Afif Abdul Fadidz, 14, Renee Bong Xi Ern, 19 and Melissa Lee, 33 — had to photograph a trio of figure skaters within a limited amount of time. The trio only found out about the challenge on the day of the shoot.

Skating on ice for the first time, Fariz and Renee had an additional challenge to overcome.

“I’m happy but I was exhausted because I couldn’t balance myself on the slippery ice,” said Fariz who fell a few times while clicking away to get his winning shot.

The SMK Chung Ching student, who skipped school for the challenge, fell in love with cameras when he was four and started photography when he was 10.

“My strategy for this competition is be myself, don’t rush things and follow the theme,” said the teen who loves being on television.

“Even if a photograph is beautiful, don’t take it unless it meets the judges’ requirements.”

For Kuching native Bong, the speed challenge proved to be tough for the A-levels student, whose exam finals was just around the corner.

With no room to prepare, Bong said she relied on sheer luck.

“I usually take my time, so working within a limited time frame, I’m not sure if I took the best shots — I can only say I did my best,” she said, adding that she gets flustered under pressure.

“I think we have our strengths and weaknesses but I’m hoping my picture will be strong enough to go through.”

However, she is hoping to show judges her creativity, especially in the areas of people and portraits. Ever since she received her first DSLR camera for her 15th birthday, Bong has been photographing her younger sisters and hopes to be a fashion photographer one day.

Witnessing the speed challenge up close was a stark difference from the series. Things behind the scenes were much more collected and calm, as opposed to the mad rush on screen — amazing what good editing and suspenseful music can do.

At roughly 11am, the contestants took a backseat while the production crew sauntered onto the ice, its camerawoman cleverly sat in a shopping trolley while her assistant pushed her around to film additional footage of the skaters twirling about.

Next up, the contestants were interviewed about their thoughts on the challenge and how they thought they fared before moving on to selecting their photographs for judging. The selection process took up the most time that morning, as contestants pondered upon their possible winning shot.

With one challenge down and two more to go, the contestants’ nature skills will be tested in Kuala Lumpur’s largest aviary where they will have to snap a beautiful portrait of a bird, followed by a journey down south to Johor Baru for a theme challenge.

Photo Face-Off Season 3 premieres Thursday 9pm on History (Astro Channel 555 and HD 575).

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Happenings

Moon lighting

Auditorium Bandaraya, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur

Saturday & Sunday

ONE strange night, the light in the moon went out. Physical theatre playwright and performer Wolfe Bowart stages a surreal one-man show in which the moon’s caretaker struggles to restore light to the moon. ‘LaLaLuna’ is circus, film and theatre fused into one luminous story that knows no age boundaries. Expect magic. Shows are at 11am and 3pm each day. Tickets are RM40 (early bird promotion), RM60 and RM20 (concession). For details, call 03-2617 9000 or visit its Facebook event page.

Warhol’s polaroids

Slate at The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur

Today – Sunday

AS part of DiverseCity, ‘Andy Warhol: Social Circus’, a rare collection of Andy Warhol’s polaroids featuring Andy himself, André Leon Talley, Bianca Jagger and other Warhol personalities of the ’70s and ’80s will be on display. ‘Andy Warhol: Social Circus’ is a contextualisation and physical manifestation of Warhol’s influence as an artiste and cultural and social figurehead. Admission is free and the exhibition begins from 12pm onwards. For details, call the event line at 03-2694 6462 or visit its website at www.diversecity.my.

Learn to dance

PJ Live Arts, Petaling Jaya

Thursday

IF you have two left feet but still want to impress your date with some dance moves, ceroc nights at PJ Live Arts should be right up your alley. The easy-to-learn dance, sometimes referred to as modern jive, is a fusion of salsa, ballroom, hip hop, tango and jive. No dancing know-how required as only three dance moves will be introduced every ceroc night and you’ll be able to dance right away. The class starts at 8:15pm. Admission rates are RM25 for class and freestyle, and RM18 for freestyle only. For details, call 03-7960 0439.

Klang heritage

Klang Railway Station

Saturday & Sunday

GO on a free, guided walk on the cultural heritage of old Klang. The Royal Klang Heritage Walk by Tourism Selangor takes you through places of interest such as the Raja Abdullah Warehouse, Klang Railway Station, old Chartered Bank Building, Tengku Kelana Street and more. For Pokemon hunters, there are more than 33 PokeStops along the route. The walk begins at 9:15am and is free. For details, call 03-5513 2000 or visit www.tourismselangor.my.

Animation showcase

Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, Jalan Stesen Sentral KL

Today – Friday

“Set the Zebra Free” is a 3D animation graduation showcase hosted by ICAD, UCSI. The concept behind this showcase is to encourage people to walk out from their comfort zone, and embrace their talents and uniqueness to go beyond the norm. There will be 19 young artists showcasing their best artworks, and experts from 3D animation studios, VFX studios, advertising firms as well as the gaming industry at this event. There will be a sharing and mingling session between the first and the second screening sessions. The exhibition is from 10am to 5pm from today to Thursday, and the screening is from 5pm to 8pm on Friday. Admission is free. For details and registration, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Malaysian art

MAP @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Today & tomorrow

WITH the help of street artist Fritilldea, contemporary artist Ivan Lam, and National Visual Arts Development Board trustee Phillip Wong, Red Bull has selected 59 artworks in commemoration with Malaysia’s 59 years of independence. The artworks featured depict each artist’s inspiration in their artistic journeys – just as the ‘wau bulan’ was the inspiration for Fritilldea, who has used it in his limited edition design of the Red Bull can. Doors open 10am. Admission is free. For details, call 03-6207 9732 or visit http://ehwaubulan.redbull.com.

Weekend workshops

Islamic Arts Museum, Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur

Saturday & Sunday

VISIT the museum’s Children’s Library every weekend for storytelling and arts and crafts activities. For children aged four to 12 years old, the sessions centre on a specific theme each week and include a story followed by arts and crafts. Children under six must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The workshop starts at 3pm with free admission. For details, call 03-2274 2020.

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