MICHAEL YIP

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I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs

Japanese Passport Trumps Singapore to be most powerful in the world


The Singapore passport is no longer the most powerful in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Japan now occupies the top spot and its passport can be used to travel visa-free to a record 189 destinations.

Singapore is tied with Germany in second place as the passports of both countries allows visa-free travel to 188 destinations.

Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden). The US and the UK are tied in 4th place, along with Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

The fastest overall climber is the UAE, in 23rd place. It has ascended 38 places since 2008 and secured more new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 than any other jurisdiction in the world. The UAE is quickly closing in on the lead that Israel, in 19th place, has historically held within the Middle East region.

China has significantly strengthened its position on the ranking, climbing from 74th to 68th position since Q1 — although the country’s relatively low score of 70 visa-free destinations means it is still near the bottom of the North Asian regional ranking.

Malaysia sits at no. 9 at 180 countries alongside Slovenia and Hungary.

The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations.

It surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.

Tun Mahathir on being labeled a Dictator


-THE DICTATOR-

1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.

2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.

3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.

4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.

5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.

6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.

7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.

8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.

9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.

10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.

11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.

12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.

13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.

14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.

15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.

16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.

17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.

18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.

19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.

20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.

21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.

22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.

23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.

24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.

25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.

26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.

27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

-Chedet-

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

Photos | Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018 : ALFA 2.0



ALFA 2.0 at Zell-V Wellness Club saw a fantastic turnout as fans of Latin and Afro gathered together in 1 venue for 5 days of social and 2 days of workshops. There's also the bootcamps but I always find that separate from the rest of the festivals. Here's the collection of photos shot during the Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018.

Party | Back to School



Workshops | Saturday



Party | Hawaiian Night



Workshops | Sunday



Party | Police & Thieves



Party | Nighties



I was not at the pre-parties as it's a normal work day for me so priorities goes to the paying clients. Next festival for me will be the KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 that'll be held in Kota Kinabalu. Will you be there? face

Pakatan outlines 100 days' fiscal reform review plan


As the dust settles over the PRU14 battlefield, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be working on fulfilling the fiscal reform review plan which they announced prior to May 9, which includes consulting prominent Malaysian business leaders, in its first 100 days after taking over Putrajaya.

In a joint statement by the coalition's presidential council members, PH said "respected, eminent, patriotic Malaysians" will be invited to contribute in undertaking these reforms.

"Some have already agreed to be part of this endeavour, including experienced captains of industry, a former President of Petronas, a successful Hong Kong-based tycoon, respected former senior civil servants and economists. They will provide guidance for the formulation and execution of the reform plan," it said, without giving any names.

"Malaysia is blessed with a hard-working and talented workforce, good infrastructure and abundant resources. Irresponsible fiscal policy conduct since 2009, and steady erosion of the quality of our institutions have set the country back. The time for progressive change, not a witch hunt or retribution, is long overdue," it added.

The council comprises PH Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng, and Hj Mohamad Sabu.

PH said it will also undertake an evaluation of the responsibilities, commitments, expenditures and liabilities in relation to its revenue, assets and income of the government in the first 100 days of its administration in order to achieve greater fiscal responsibility.

The evaluation will focus on three key areas: federal government budget and finances, accrual accounting and asset-liability management, and outstanding government debt obligations — including government guaranteed debt, especially foreign obligations.

PH said the review of Federal Government Budget and Finances will cover both expenditure and revenue.

The coalition also said it will assess the sovereign risk and capital market management to evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively.

"The treasury function of the Federal Treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved. We will come up with a comprehensive reform plan at the end of the first 100 days which will put us back on a path of sustained prosperity for all Malaysians.

"Subsequent reforms will seek to ensure fiscal conduct that is more sustainable, inclusive and growth enhancing. This will, in turn, seek to improve the investment climate, reduce the cost of living and doing business, raise national competitiveness and promote greater economic prosperity," it added.

Some of the touch points of the fiscal reforms are as per the following:

Expenditure:
  1. Review all major public projects, especially those financed outside of the development budget, and related contingent liabilities.
  2. Review incurred future debt-related operating expenditure commitments.
  3. Reprioritise publicly funded projects responsibly.
  4. Shift expenditure allocations to prioritise general well-being, including social protection for the disadvantaged.
  5. Ensure government procurement by open tender.

Revenue:
  1. Assess the entire revenue base of the federal government to improve its breadth, responsiveness and progressiveness.
  2. Improve accountability of state-owned enterprises and other public assets to enhance efficiency, accountability and revenue contribution.

Deficit and liabilities:
  1. Reduce borrowing and restructure liabilities to ensure greater fiscal sustainability.
  2. Fully account for federal government liabilities – both direct and contingent liabilities incurred via government guarantees.

Inter-governmental (federal-state-local) fiscal relations:
  1. Restructure federal-state-local government relations to more equitably share revenues and costs of providing public infrastructure and services. In this regard, special consideration will be given in the spirit of the constitutional commitments made in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement to Sabah and Sarawak.

Accrual accounting and asset-liability management:
  1. Adopt accrual accounting to better take stock of federal government's assets and improve the asset-liability management framework that would identify mismatches and risk.

Sovereign risk and capital market management:
  1. Evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively. The treasury function of the federal treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved.


Hence, PH said it is "fully committed" to undertake responsible and progressive fiscal reforms, to be implemented in an orderly, transparent and systematic manner to enhance fiscal equity, transparency and accountability, and support accelerated productive investments and economic growth.

It's a brand new uncharted territory for a lot of us, especially those of us who was born into a country that was ruled by Tun Dr. Mahathir, and see the debacle that happened after he stepped down and now with him leading Pakatan Harapan into Putrajaya. Time is changing and it is exciting.

Results from General Election 14 | #PRU14



Here's the unofficial results as it comes in from the various streams across Malaysia this PRU14.



Take the power back from Politicians


If you are running a business and you are serious about growing that business, one of the key ingredients is how to make the supplier or vendor work for you without having to scrutinise every single detail in the transaction and process required to achieve a quality supply.

You introduce competition because competition helps improve the supply in so many untold ways that may even surprise you. Most of us running a business or purchasing an item, or who are customers of a service, are at least vaguely aware of this basic economic principle of how competition exerts pressure on the efficient use of resources to produce a better product or service.

Strangely, or not so strangely, it can be applied to the political process as well. A tale of two or more suppliers can easily be translated to a tale of two or more political parties.

Interestingly enough, when we have the power to choose, we have power over suppliers or political parties. It appears to be true too, that during the time when our power peaks on May 9, we will be treated like honoured guests. Notice too, for example, it is the only period most of us are addressed as tuan or puan more times than we address the political leaders as such.

This power we hold for, unfortunately, only about two weeks is potent indeed.

We must use this great power to make a choice; otherwise when the power wanes and fades, most of us will be left with our little voices that can hardly move the gigantic government machinery to our benefit.

One of the reasons is perhaps because we are taken for granted. We are like soft furry lemmings obediently heading even to the edge of the cliff.

So what must we do? How do we extend our power beyond the two weeks of the election campaign? Fortunately, there is this idea: many leaders have talked about it and I would like to share it with you here.

This idea requires many furry lemmings to understand it and put the power into action. Only then will the power return to the people for a lot longer than just two weeks.

Simply, we change the vendor or the current political party ruling the government or the states. All things considered equal, at the whiff of questionable conduct or suspicion of underhanded tactics or even underperformance, like a purebred business venture, the rational decision is to change.

If all of us understand this simple concept, which works so well for business and competition, it will open up the kind of control, check and balance, transparency and accountability for which most of us have been crying and whining for years.

Imagine, with such an attitude, poor transparency and accountability, abuse, corruption, decay, bad practices, favouritism, cronyism, poor performance etc cannot last for more than one term, and leaders cannot get away with it, because as soon as the people catch a hint of something going awry, the power of the people will ensure the competing political party is called in to govern and all that has rotted will be rectified.

The result is that the political parties will begin to serve the people, as they are supposed to do.

The caretaker government’s role

For those of you who are unsure what role does a caretaker government play once the Parliament is dissolved to prepare for the next General Election. Here's an excerpt that will help you understand them.
Infographics from Bernama.


By Syahredzan Johan

Elections these days are hard- fought affairs. The margins of victory can be very slim. Any advantage that one side has may affect the outcome of the elections.

That is why there is a need to ensure elections are fair to all those contesting.

The dissolution of Parliament does not mean that the Federal Government and the various state governments are also dissolved along with the legislature.

When the legislature is dissolved to pave the way for elections, and until a new government is formed, the one that governs the Federation or the states is known as the “caretaker government”, according to the practice in many Commonwealth countries, including Malaysia.

However, the Federal and state constitutions do not expressly provide for the caretaker government. The constitutions are silent on the role of these “caretaker governments”; they are not provided for expressly by law.

A caretaker government is a minimum government. It is only supposed to ensure the day-to-day administration of the state can continue without disruption as a caretaker.

A caretaker government should not, for example, do anything which may bind the new government. It should not announce new government initiatives or make new policy decisions. It should not enter into new agreements or undertakings. It should also not make new appointments.

Most importantly, it should not use government machinery and resources in any way which would give any political party an advantage.

The reasoning is simple; the caretaker government no longer has the full mandate of the electorate. As the legislative branch has been dissolved, there are no checks and balances to the actions of the executive branch.

Unfortunately, the caretaker government convention is not respected or followed by the Federal or state governments.

Every day since dissolution, there are reports of initiatives or handouts by an incumbent government, on both sides of the political divide.

The caretaker government convention is also recognised in other jurisdictions. In most other jurisdictions, the caretaker government is not codified and is merely a convention.

However, the convention is respected and adhered to strictly by the incumbents.

Ideally, this should be the case in our country. There should not be a need to codify the convention into law by way of legislation. But because our political parties do not appear to respect the convention, we may need to enact a law to enshrine the caretaker convention and ensure its compliance.

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