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This is it. It took 10 years in the making, but it is finally here. Almost. Spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, the long-awaited “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” movie is set for the ultimate and deadliest showdown this 25th April! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait!

So in light of the movie’s upcoming release, we’re here to amp up the anticipation by giving out free “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” premiums to 10 lucky contestants! The only thing you have to do?

Take part in our fun and easy contest.

Here are the contest details:

  1. Fill in this Google form and answer correctly to stand a chance to win
  2. Share this post on your Facebook timeline
  3. Follow MarvelMalaysia on Facebook
  4. Follow Nuffnang on Facebook
  5. We will announce the 10 contest winners on our Facebook
  6. Contest ends on April 22nd

The winners will receive:

  • The top 3 winners will each receive the entire set of premiums
  • The 7 runners-up will receive 2 premiums each

The premiums are listed below: 

  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Pin Badge
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Cap 
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Card Holder 
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Notebook
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War T-Shirt
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Umbrella
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War USB Drive

Sounds like a breeze, doesn’t it? So don’t hesitate; go and get these prizes while they’re still hot!

“Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” is hitting cinemas this April 25th

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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It is not a pleasant topic, but the painful reality is that cancer is an ever-present threat in our society. Young or old – though the risk is even higher for those in advanced age – anyone can be diagnosed with cancer. However, here is something that you may not be aware of:

The majority of cancer research focuses on cancers that are more common in Caucasians. Because our biological makeup is different, much of what we know may not directly apply to Asians.

To highlight the severity of this lack of research on Asian-leaning cancers, only 5% of genetic studies involve Asians. This, despite genetics playing a huge role in our risk to cancer- and Asians making nearly half of the global population.

This is an issue that Cancer Research Malaysia placed emphasis on during World Reverse Cancer Day.

Here are some quick, hard facts about cancer in Malaysia:

  • About 100,000 Malaysians contract cancer every year. The majority of cancer-riddled patients are women.
  • Estimates state that 1/4 Malaysians will suffer from cancer by the age of 75.
  • In another estimate, it is believed that Malaysian cancer sufferers will increase by 15% in 2020.
  • The main cancers that plague Malaysians are breast cancer (14.5%), intestinal cancer (12.1%), lung cancer (11.8%), cervical cancer (5.7%) and throat cancer (5.4%).
  • In 2014, cancer was the 4th major cause of death in government hospitals.

And here is a list of what Cancer Research Malaysia does to combat cancer in Malaysians:

  • It focuses on neglected areas of research i.e. niche cancers often found in Asians.
  • It improves survival rates by being more accessible.
  • It repurposes drugs to shorten time and cost of bringing treatment to patients who need it.
  • It partners with the top scientists in the world and leverages on the best technology to better results.
  • It works on training the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.

This isn’t a job that Cancer Research Malaysia is able to do alone, however. As it is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia, it needs the aid of the public too. Donations and research grants are how it keeps its goal going.

So if you’re interested, you can help Cancer Research Malaysia by becoming a partner, donating money and or volunteering.

What are you waiting for? Show your support for Cancer Research Malaysia by following these pages:

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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We’ve all heard it at least once or twice in our lives: that it’s not good to read all the time. Which, admittedly, does hold some truth to it, but in comparison to the TV-watching counterparts of bookworms, there is a surprising benefit (along with many others) that reading has over it.

What is that, precisely?

Apparently, better social skills. Surprising? Certainly!

Where’s the proof?

In a 2017 study conducted by Kingston University London, 123 volunteers were questioned regarding their entertainment preferences- both in terms of their preferred medium and genre. Do they prefer films, books, TV shows or plays? Do they prefer romance, action/adventure, comedy, fantasy, etc?

After this series of questions, they were then tested on their interpersonal skills, with a focus on their behaviour and respect towards others.

The result of their experiment? It was found that the volunteers who preferred reading novels were more likely to showcase positive social behaviour and a better ability to empathise with others. Those who preferred watching TV had the direct opposite result.

According to cognitive scientist Keith Oatley, “When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine it’s like being that person. That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, it’s much easier to be sympathetic/kinder to others when we can understand what they’re going through.

PS: Those who love fiction had the highest ranking in social skills.

All the more reason to pick up a book, don’t you think? ;)

But wait! There has to be more, right?

Of course. There was a reason why the volunteers were asked regarding their genre preferences. Because as it turns out, your genre preferences are often associated with certain traits. Weird!

For example, those who love comedy are able to relate well to others, and those who love romance and drama showcase the most empathy.

How curious. Well, the more you know, hm? Might be time to keep mum on your entertainment preferences if you want to maintain an air of mystery around yourself.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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  • Language(s): Malay, English
  • Director: Khairi Anwar
  • Starring: Shamnirul, Ranessa Theyakaraja, Haikal Hamdan, Megat Adli, Maza Maamor, Safia Azman, Aznie Azmi, Husnul Hadi, Akmal Barber, Tharwa Karina

Feel that it’s about time for you to show appreciation to our local theatre scene?

Boy, do we have the perfect play for you.

“IQ.Rock” is a play that tackles the issue of education, family, demographic indifference and race in Malaysia.  A thoughtful piece that allows us a glimpse into the lives of those in FELDA, “IQ.Rock” might just be the play we need. Because whether we’d like to admit it or not, whilst we are busy with our city lives, we often forget that there are those who live very different lives from ours.

Come along, and let’s take the time to learn about a different part of Malaysia.

So what is “IQ.Rock” about?

Have you ever wondered what the education system is like in rural areas like FELDA? IQ.Rock is an eye-opening educational play that will give us a deeper understanding of the education system in Malaysia. For a sense of just how different it is in rural areas like FELDA, here is what “education” means to people: the word “education” means almost nothing to them, as to them, it is merely a phase in life to gain a certification to work in factories.

How different it is from the life we know!

The main character, Azim, is a Form 5 student who goes to SMK Sri Serting in FELDA. Although it is his dream to leave his hometown to gain more knowledge, he remains a dutiful son who faithfully helps his father rubber tap every morning before school. Despite being born and raised in FELDA, Azim is markedly different from his friends in the sense he is aware of just how important education is.

Mary, a 50-year-old English teacher who had been teaching at elite schools all her life suddenly decides to teach in a rural area, thinking she could make a difference. The fact the English subject is one of the worst in the area doesn’t deter her in the least. Still, that isn’t the only hurdle she has to face, because little does she know that the students there despise all English teachers before her, due to differing backgrounds that they don’t find appealing.

The Form 5 students of SMK Sri Serting are going to take SPM at the end of the year, and Mary doesn’t have much time to ensure they do well in English. Will she be able to change their perspective about education? Can they pass SPM with flying colours? And will Azim be able to leave his hometown to pursue his dream?

Attend the play to find out. 😉

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

  • Genre: Horror/Drama/Thriller
  • Language(s): American Sign Language, English
  • Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

So big that it made the biggest box office opening bang since “Black Panther”.

Considering its rather modest $17 million budget, this is an incredible feat. More than simply raking in money, though, “A Quiet Place” also managed another impressive feat: it scored near perfect reviews all-round. Not unheard of for a horror movie, but certainly not an achievement that films of this genre normally make.

In fact, it went as far as to garner praise from the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, who said that “’A Quiet Place’ is an extraordinary piece of work.”

That is all well and good, however, does it really live up to the hype? I am no Stephen King, but let me chip in my two cents.

What is it about?

Can you imagine living in a world where making a single sound could almost definitely kill you? That is exactly the world that the Abbott family lives in.  It’s the year 2020, and Earth has been overrun by sightless, predatory creatures with extremely acute hearing.

The Abbott family – husband Lee, wife Evelyn, deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau – survive by remaining as silent as possible and by communicating through sign language. This is an obvious advantage that they have over other families, as they are used to using sign language with Regan.

That said, their transition into this new world isn’t smooth sailing. They quickly lose Beau to the monsters, and as time traipses on, Evelyn’s pregnancy begins to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, knowing that her day of delivery could very well be their last. Will they be able to see through their lives in this deadly world, or will they end up as one of the many that have fallen prey to these terrifying predators?

Is it worth a watch?

“A Quiet Place” is, needless to say, one of those exceedingly unique films that scream from the screen without the use of words. It brilliantly plays on your senses, employing the use of story devices that make you tense from almost the get go. Truly, director Krasinski’s study into what it is precisely about horror movies that make you fear for the characters’ lives shows, because that is exactly what I and without a shadow of a doubt, everyone else in the cinema experienced throughout “A Quiet Place”.

The film, riddled with anything and everything that could go wrong, winds you with anxiety. This, despite the minimal appearances the creatures actually make on screen- and astonishingly, extremely little dialogue. It simply goes to show that a film that is deprived almost entirely of dialogue can still stand out as a work of art, so long as it is blessed with a powerful cast and story.

Which is exactly the rare mix that this film is comprised of. “A Quiet Place” scares, and it deeply drives fear into you by giving you the sense that you are right there with the characters, just waiting for the thread that your life is so precariously attached to, to snap.

“A Quiet Place” delivers, and it shouldn’t ever be missed. Give it a whirl, and you’ll see what I mean.

“A Quiet Place” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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  • Genre: Horror
  • Language: Malay
  • Starring: Umie Aida, Faizal Hussein, Elyana, Bront Palarae, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Ramli Hassan, Nam Ron, Hasnul Rahmat, Soffi Jikan, Chew Kin Wah

“Akhirnya kita bertemu.” (Translation: “We meet at last.”)

How incredibly apt that statement is.

After being banned in 2007, “Dukun” finally sees the light of day more than ten years later. As a matter of fact, as you read this article, “Dukun” would have played hundreds of times in multiple theaters all over both Malaysia and Singapore.

Yet despite the length of time since it was banned, “Dukun” still managed to ruffle some feathers; mostly members of the public who are concerned that the movie might be unsuitable for children. After all, our PG13 rating might be a bit too low for a film like “Dukun” and 18 might be a bit too high a standard.

Then again, some controversy is expected, given the nature of the film. Not only does it contain scenes that can have a negative impact on young viewers, it is also loosely based on the high-profile murder case involving once mildly popular Malaysian pop singer-turned-witch doctor, Mona Fandey. Intrigued? Read on for more about “Dukun”.

What is it about?

“Dukun” delves into the story of Karim, a lawyer who has lived a difficult life that is fraught with depression, emotional instability and his struggle of coming to terms with the loss of his wife and daughter, Sara and Nadia. It is through his search for his beloved daughter that he becomes entangled with accused murderer, Diana Dahlan.

According to the law, those who are accused of murder are required to have a lawyer. In spite of this, Diana has refused all of the lawyers that she has been presented with thus far, and as fate would have it, Karim is requested to take her case with the promise that he’d receive additional help in searching for Nadia. Though initially reluctant to take it on, he ultimately does so.

His resolve to serve as Diana’s lawyer only strengthens when he receives an offer to find Nadia from Diana herself as well. However, in exchange, he must do her a favour. But can he really do it…? This is a woman who has been accused of murder, who has had a corpse in her home with indications of the activity and practices of black magic all over the house. Is lending a hand to the Devil’s advocate really worth sacrificing his humanity for?

This is a tale about the monstrosities humans are willing to do to achieve their true hearts’ desire.

Is it worth the watch?

“Dukun” is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best Malaysian movies that has been made to date. Not only does it have a powerful lineup of actors and actresses, it also has a solid storyline- one that is chilling, intriguing, and has the makings of a classic.

And while it cannot be denied that part of its hype has very much to do with a story that we Malaysians hold close to our hearts, it is the sheer entirety of the film, from its strong cast to its solid plot, that will perfectly cement it in our film history.

For instance, Datin Seri Umie Aida’s performance is worthy of much applause, her ability to bring her character to life enough to send shivers down your spine. Perhaps it is because I’m aware that there are people who believe in and practice black magic that makes certain scenes particularly disturbing, but I’d like to believe that it is also because of how brilliantly Datin Seri Umie played her part. She has truly made her mark in this film.

For another, “Dukun” possesses a storyline that can be seen as timeless. The lessons that are ingrained in it are relevant in contemporary society, and will certainly remain so for many years to come. The miracles that the “Dukun” team has managed both in front of and behind the camera really cannot be stressed on enough, so I suggest in order to satiate any curiosity you might have about “Dukun”, you ought to watch it yourself.

You won’t regret it.

“Dukun” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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