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PZG Is Out Of 'Gangstarz'

19 May

SHAH ALAM: Thailand’s all-male trio, PZG, became the first casualty of the second season of TV3’s Gangstarz at the MBSA Auditorium here last night.

The guys – Phacharapon Phoonbampen, Nitikom Dilogsumpandh and Rapeepong – were placed in the bottom three along with Singapore’s Browntone and Step from Thailand.

Their rendition of Me Love, the upbeat tune popularised by rapper/singer Sean Kingston failed to impress the show’s permanent critics, comprising singer/composer/producer Ajai, Singapore’s rapper/composer Sheikh Haikel and guest jury musician/producer Acis.

With PZG’s departure, the show is left with 11 harmony groups.

The groups are from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia.

The winner – to be determined by viewers’ SMSes (short messaging service) – will receive US$100,000 (RM330,000) and a recording contract.

 

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Malaysian-Style Welcome For IT Delegates

19 May

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shaking hands with one of the World Congress on Information Technology's delegates during the dinner reception held at Dataran Merdeka yesterday evening.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shaking hands with one of the World Congress on Information Technology’s delegates during the dinner reception held at Dataran Merdeka yesterday evening.

KUALA LUMPUR: Today, the work begins. But for two hours last night, the 16th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) delegates were treated to a party, Malaysian style.

The 3,000-odd delegates, hailing from 88 countries around the globe, attended a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife, Datin Paduka Seri Jeanne Abdullah, at Dataran Merdeka.

Also present was Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The guests, many of whom were dressed in their national outfits, enjoyed some of Malaysia’s best culinary delights while being entertained by a variety of artistes, including acclaimed singer Anita Sarawak, talented violinist Joanne Yeoh and traditional dancers from Istana Budaya.

Abdullah called on the WCIT participants to enjoy the Malaysian hospitality as well as its varied food delights in his welcoming address.

“I am sure you are busy, but do take the time to visit Kuala Lumpur and, if possible, the other states as well.

“Enjoy, relax. All of you are welcome here. What you see today is only a small part of what Malaysia has to offer you,” he said.

The five-day congress, an event billed as the “Olympics of ICT”, will be launched by Abdullah today and is expected to attract more than 6,000 delegates and 44,000 visitors.

 

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