Malaysia Travel Guide

Sarawak Tourism Board showcases rich heritage and culture to media

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Sarawak’s rich heritage was recently showcased to the media during an immersive dinner theatre show.

Organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), more than 100 media personnel were treated to a theatre performance at Hilton Kuala Lumpur with dinner, colourful folk dances and traditional delicacies from the Land of the Hornbills.

A scene from Puteri SantubongA scene from Puteri Santubong

A scene from Puteri Santubong – Presented by Sarawak Tourism Board for Media Night 2019, Kuala Lumpur

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Tourism Malaysia

A Toast to a ‘Pink Jazz Affair’

November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

One of the most common forms of cancer that afflicts many Malaysian women is breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Registry, 1 in every 20 women is likely to get breast cancer in her lifetime. However, many believe that this figure may be incorrect due to the difficulty in obtaining figures and under-reporting of cases. Breast cancer is currently also the leading cause of cancer deaths among the women in Malaysia.

Breast Cancer Welfare Assocation (BCWA) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1986. BCWA believes that a breast cancer survivor can use her experience to help others facing the disease. They are also there to provide emotional, social and material support for those who are suffering from breast cancer and to strengthen the capacity of individuals with breast cancer to self-manage during and after treatment. Survivors and patients would agree that BCWA’s most important objective is to promote public education on general health and breast health issues including early detection of breast cancer.

Ms Ranjit Kaur, CEO of Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) giving a short but informative speech during the function

Mr Amir Firdaus Abdullah, Regional CEO of Gleneagles Hospitals and CEO of Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, presenting his opinion on the subject matter during the function

Though much awareness has been raised to educate the public on breast cancer, there are still many women who find it hard to come forward for screening and annual breast examinations. Those who do seek help in the end often find that their breast cancer has advanced to later stages, where the disease has already spread to other parts of the body, which in turn may cause pre-mature deaths. Women suffering from breast cancer who live in the rural areas may encounter difficulties in obtaining appropriate medical care, prompting them to turn to other alternative medical solutions like visiting the local witch doctor or ‘bomoh’.

Realising the potential difficulties faced by those in the rural areas, BCWA formed a mobile unit called Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information (MURNI) which is able to provide the required assistance, tools and materials. MURNI offers a three-pronged approach, namely the MURNI Early Detection Programme, MURNI Supportive Care Programme and MURNI Capacity Building Programme.

Ms Ranjit Kaur, Mr Amir Firdaus Abdullah and legendary crooner Donne Ray Radford toasting to the event

The guests of honour answering questions from the floor

Even with the presence of a dynamic organisation such as BCWA, nothing can still alleviate the feeling of being diagnosed with breast cancer any better. Once a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, their once normal lives will turn upside down in all ways – physically, mentally and socially. Not only do they have to make drastic changes in their lives, there is the cost factor that these patients have to take into account for whatever treatments that they may need soon. However, early detection and medical treatment during the early stages of breast cancer has many advantages including being able to save the breast, less drastic treatment and treatment costs that indirectly reduces physical, financial and emotional suffering. Most importantly, early detection can help prevent pre-mature deaths.

Playing an important part in helping breast cancer patients in any way possible is Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (GKL). Being a world-class healthcare provider, GKL offers the best medical facilities to help detect any signs of breast cancer long before its advanced stage. As part of its efforts to the contribution to the society, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur together with Hilton Kuala Lumpur is set to host a charity dinner show on 20th November 2011. Aptly named ‘A Pink Jazz Affair’, this glitzy dinner is Gleneagle’s first ever ‘pink themed dinner’ and is all set to be the grand finale for the month long breast cancer awareness program. This dinner was conceptualised to commemorate the celebration of health and life and will see performances by Dato’ Sheila Majid and Donne Ray Radford, a renowned singer from the famous band, The Platters.

Come and support a good cause at Hilton Kuala Lumpur this 20th November 2011

Guests will not only be entertained by this two legendary artistes throughout the dinner, but also get to take part in a silent auction that features elegant jewellery pieces from Danish jeweler, Pandora; and the exclusive art pieces of the highly revered local artist, Jake Goh. All proceeds from the silent auction goes to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA). Tickets for the dinner show are available at RM 250 (for dinner and show) and RM 450 (for dinner and show plus an exclusive Meet Greet session with Dato’ Sheila Majid). For more information, please contact 03 4141 3162 / 3165.

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Cuisine in Melaka


MELAKA, Malaysia MCLEAN, Va.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Hatten Group to manage the DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka in Malaysia’s thriving tourism destination, located in the west coast of the country. The agreement will see the second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Malaysia and Hilton Worldwide’s entry into Melaka (Malacca). Scheduled to open in 2014, the 265-room DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka will be situated in downtown Melaka and will boast a waterfront location.

“Hilton Worldwide has been expanding aggressively across Asia Pacific with a wide range of award-winning brands, such as DoubleTree by Hilton, Waldorf Astoria Hotels Resorts, Conrad Hotels Resorts, Hilton Hotels Resorts and Hilton Garden Inn, The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka will complement our strong portfolio of trading assets, and will also compete well with the existing international and local hotel supply,” said Martin Rinck, President, Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific.

“We continue to add momentum to our expansion in Malaysia, where we currently operate five hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Kuching, and The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka is the third signing we have announced this year. The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka demonstrates the brand’s growing appeal in the market, and adds to our full-service collection of hotels and resorts that is growing quickly throughout the country,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, Southeast Asia, Hilton Worldwide.

The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka will feature the traditional characteristics of the brand including the warm, worldwide welcome of the legendary chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; comfortable, stylish accommodations and full-service amenities; and a unique and caring commitment to the surrounding community. DoubleTree by Hilton operates a total of six DoubleTree by Hilton properties in Asia Pacific located in China and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka represents another important new chapter for our brand’s growing collection in Southeast Asia. Along with our brand’s introduction in Malaysia this past August with the DoubleTree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur, this outstanding hotel project in Melaka reinforces the potential for owners of current and new-build hotel projects throughout the region to become affiliated with Hilton Worldwide through the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.”

“The DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka is Hatten Group’s first collaboration with Hilton Worldwide. We believe that this agreement combines the expertise of a truly global, award-winning hospitality household name with strong local domain knowledge. The hotel is part of an integrated development that is strategically located in the heart of Melaka and promises to deliver world-class service to both holiday makers and business travelers,” said Colin Tan, managing director, Hatten Group.

The 27-storey, 265-room hotel will form part of a mixed-use development featuring the DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka, an extensive retail offering and residential apartments. The site is approximately 10 minutes walking distance to the center of downtown Melaka and key tourist areas including the historical sites, shopping centers and dining areas.

On the west coast of Malaysia, Melaka is strategically located less than 90 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur and less than three hours from Singapore. Due to its rich Malaysian, Portuguese and Dutch history, Melaka has a number of well-preserved heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. Among the well-known tourist attractions are the Fort A’ Famosa and St. Paul’s Church (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Melaka’s Sultanate Palace, Porta De Santiago and the Proclamation of Independence Memorial.

Hilton Worldwide currently operates five hotels in Malaysia including Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Kuching, Hilton Petaling Jaya and the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, which is managed by Hilton.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels

With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 240 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travellers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest reward program, each guest DoubleTree by Hilton receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. Social media users can engage with DoubleTree by Hilton at, and For more information on or to make reservations at DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts around the world, please

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels Resorts, Conrad Hotels Resorts, Hilton Hotels Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit

About Hatten Group

Hatten Group Sdn. Bhd. (“Hatten Group”) was incorporated to spearhead a group of companies involved in property development, management and investment. Each of these companies’ shareholders and directors are unified in a vision to develop, maintain, invest and manage the property and other investment sectors. The company aims to achieve its vision of being one of the top 10 largest property development and management groups in Malaysia by the year 2020. Working towards this, Hatten Group has assembled a team of experienced professionals with expertise from various fields as the directors and managers of its group member companies. The ultimate vision is to develop their repertoire of distinctive assets in the hospitality, commercial complex and management sectors of the property industry. For more information, visit: