A movie to raise their spirits


1 Tay Keng Lee, Pheng, Huang, Liow, Leong, Norulzaman and Tan Chik Heok holding up mock cheques at the gala premiere.

MAH Sing Group Berhad hosted a red carpet gala premiere of the award-winning film The Kid from The Big Apple produced by Three Productions Sdn Bhd.

Transport Minister and MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, China Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Hui Kang and Huazong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah were the guests of honour at the event.

Mah Sing Foundation sponsored 800 tickets of the movie The Kid From The Big Apple and plans to invite the less fortunate children and selected old folk’s home residents to enjoy the heart-warming movie.

3 Tam (right) and Hsuan who acted in the movie “The Kid from The Big Apple” before the screening of the gala premiere of the show at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Tam (right) and Hsuan who acted in the movie “The Kid from The Big Apple” before the screening of the gala premiere of the show at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

“Mah Sing Foundation firmly believes that children are our future leaders and everyone should deserve the same opportunity in education.

“Our foundation’s goal is to provide financial and education assistance, as best we can within our capacity and ability, to members of our community who are less fortunate,” said Mah Sing Foundation chairman Datuk Syed Norulzaman Syed Kamarulzaman.

The foundation contributed a total of RM326,320 to three organisations. The contribution was presented by Syed Norulzaman and witnessed by Mah Sing’s Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum.

A sum of RM150,000 was presented to Tunku Abdul Rahman University College which was represented at the event by its president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok.

The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) who was represented by its president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah received RM100,000 while SMK Sri Kembangan, represented by its principal Tay Keng Lee at the function, received RM76,320.

“The movie portrays themes of family, togetherness, culture and tradition.

“These are values that we uphold, in our business operation as well as our daily lives.

“Hence, we are very pleased to support this award-winning film,” said Leong.

“Further to channelling our portion of the profits from the movie to Mah Sing Foundation, we are pleased to contribute to three other notable organisations to support the education of those in need.

“We constantly seek to play an active role in the community to provide aid to those in need,” added Leong.

Mah Sing’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mont Meridian Development Sdn Bhd has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 100% of VIP Sanctuary Sdn Bhd (VIP) in an innovative bid to raise funds for Mah Sing Foundation. VIP has beneficial interest in the award winning film and profits will be donated to Mah Sing Foundation.

Mah Sing has also set up a special hashtag initiative #MahSingBigApple for the guests to share their photos.

2 Liow (left) chatting having a word with the two young actors of The Kid from The Big Apple Jayson Tan (third from left) and Sarah (front, fifth from left) before the movie preview.

Liow (left) chatting having a word with the two young actors of The Kid from The Big Apple Jayson Tan (third from left) and Sarah (front, fifth from left) before the movie preview.

Guests will just take a photo of an apple and hashtag #MahSingBigApple on Instagram.

Mah Sing Foundation will donate RM8 to charity for every hashtag received.

The award-winning movie The Kid From Big Apple filmed entirely in Malaysia tells the story of a born and bred New Yorker, Sarah, who was sent to live in Malaysia with her grandfather when her mother had to relocate to China on a work assignment.

Initially, Sarah hid her insecurities under a cloak of bravado, but the movie evolved into a heartwarming tale of love, learning and acceptance about culture and traditions.

Besides making the final list of the 2013 New York Screenplay Contest and the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the movie also swept four awards at the 7th Macau International Movie Festival (Golden Lotus Award) for Best actor – Di-Lung (Tommy Tam), Best writing – Malaysia-born director and writer Jess Teong, Best supporting actress – Popular Hong Kong star Jessica Hester Hsuan and Best newcomer – Malaysian child star Sarah Tan.

The Kid From The Big Apple premieres on March 10 in GSC cinemas nationwide.

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