MALAYSIA MAKES HISTORY!
OVER 21,000 PEOPLE JOINED INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES AND MALAYSIAN LUMINARIES AT HISTORY CON® 2017, THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION OF THE YEAR.
HISTORY® also honours 10 Malaysians for their significant contribution to the nation’s life and culture at the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards 2017.
MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston (centre) and fellow stars at HISTORY Con Malaysia (from 2nd from left) Simon Yin (The History Hustle), Elizabeth Tan, Aizat Hamdan, Harith Iskander (Celebrity Car Wars), Jasbir Kaur (MasterChef Asia finalist), Justin Mott (Photo Face Off), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek) and ‘Horny’ Mike Henry (Counting Cars).
KUALA LUMPUR, 6th August 2017: HISTORY Con 2017, the first-ever mega entertainment convention in Malaysia saw popular HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities such as “Horny” Mike Henry (Counting Cars), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek), Justin Mott (Photo Face-off), iconic comedian Harith Iskander (Celebrity Car Wars), Matt Preston (MasterChef Australia judge), and Malaysia’s favourite chef, Jasbir Kaur (MasterChef Asia finalist) gather once more at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) for the official closing ceremony on 6th August. The stunning mega finale showcase was closed by Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific, Prem Kamath.
Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Nogeh Gumbek (centre) flanked by recipients of the HISTORY Maker Awards (from left: Joel Neoh, Andrea Tan & Joycelyn Lee, Faye Jong, Dato’ Sri Dato’ Richard Koh, award presenter Lim Mee Ling (Executive Director of Ogawa World Berhad), Karamjit Singh, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid (Datuk Lat), Cheah Soon Kit and award presenter Prem Kamath (Deputy MD of A+E Networks Asia Pacific)
Precluding the official closing ceremony, as part of HISTORY’s 10th anniversary celebration in Asia, 10 Malaysian luminaries were honoured for their significant contributions to the nation’s life and culture with the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards. Guest-of-honour and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Nogeh Gumbek officiated the award ceremony with the stellar attendance of the awardees, namely Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid (better known as Lat), Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim, Cheah Soon Kit, Karamjit Singh, and more.
Deputy managing director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific, Mr Prem Kamath giving a speech during the closing ceremony of HISTORY Con Malaysia
“HISTORY Con 2017 received overwhelming response from visitors of all ages,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific. “It has been a great success in bringing Malaysians together for an enriching experience that celebrates the past, present and future.”
MasterChef Asia finalist Jasbir Kaur during her cooking demonstration at HISTORY Con 2017
Malaysia’s first-ever HISTORY Con, which housed a host of exhibitions and activities for all ages and interests, from automotive fans and aspiring chefs to history buffs and sports enthusiasts, saw thousands thronging to see their favourite HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities, or event try their skill against Malaysian badminton legends Hafiz Hashim and Cheah Soon Kit, including riding as passengers of accomplished rally driver Karamjit Singh.
Over the course of three days, visitors availed themselves of five unique zones including a range of outdoor activities. The Motoring Zone encompassed both classic cars and motorbikes, including “live” airbrushing demos, while the Games Zone attracted scores of football fans with its FIFA 2017 Borneo E-Arena Qualifier 2 and Mini Escape Room.
The Malaysian History Zone with its interactive exhibition from the National Museum and nostalgic display from POS Malaysia was further livened up with a blast from the far past in the form of life-sized dinosaurs, and national pride ran high in the Sports Zone with badminton tournaments and a special exhibition from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The exclusive LIFETIME® Experience Zone captivated visitors with cooking demonstrations, free screenings of LIFETIME® Original Movies, and free photography at the unique light graffiti photo booth.
Outdoor activities such as Malaysian rally car legend Karamjit Singh daring audience members to take part for his rally car stunt show, motorbike motorcade with Jaime Dempsey, photo walk through History Con with Pro photographer and Photo Face-Off judge, Justin Mott and food truck competition where visitors got to vote for their favourites between 12-15 food trucks with various cuisines were highlights of the History Con 2017 too.
HISTORY® is available on ASTRO 555 and 575 in HD; for more information about HISTORY®, visit www.historyasia.com.
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A+E Networks™ Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks™, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime®, HISTORY®, FYI™ (formerly bio.®), H2™ and Crime & Investigation™. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Fiji, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Maldives, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries.
HISTORY® & HISTORY HD® (Astro CH 555 and 575 HD) are the leading destinations for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multimedia platforms. HISTORY® original hit series include Alone, Forged In Fire, Pawn Stars, The Pickers, Ancient Aliens, Counting Cars, The Curse of Oak Island, Vikings, SIX, as well as Asia Original Productions Photo Face-Off, Ride N’ Seek and Celebrity Car Wars.
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