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Four members of senior management and a teh tarik or "pulled tea" competition. 

Allianz Malaysia Berhad kick started its Malaysia Day celebration with a twist this year with Zakri Khir (Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad and Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad), Joseph Gross (Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad), Charles Ong (Chief Financial Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad) and Sean Wang (Chief Operating Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad) competing in a teh tarik competition yesterday. 

The four men were tasked to make tea from scratch, to pull the tea from one cup to another, with no spillages and serve them in a cup. They were then judged on taste, technique and style by none other than Allianz Malaysia's resident tea lady and two employees. The competition which was not short of fun and laughter was won by Joseph.

Zakri said:"It is not every day that we get to loosen up our ties and have a bit of fun. If there is one thing Malaysians from all walks of life can agree upon, it is a good cup of teh tarik. In borrowing from Allahyarham Y.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah) - no matter colour, creed or religion we are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us, and is what makes us strong as a nation. So let's not forget that."

Malaysia Day is celebrated on 16 September 1963 to commemorate the joining of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia before Singapore broke away in 1965.

"Malaysia Day holds so much meaning for Allianz Malaysia. Every year we host a variety of events to value the significance of the date. Malaysia was builf on unity and moderation, so let us not lose that. Recognise it, embody it and remind yourself, not just this day, but every day of what it means to be truly Malaysian," added Zakri. 

In commemorating Malaysia Day this year, Allianz Malaysia will kick off various activities involving all employees nationwide in the lead up to the occasion. The activities were: changing of desktop wallpapers for all employees featuring the Rukun Negara (7 September); the launch of the 'Malaysia My Home' drawing contest for children of Allianz Malaysia employees (9 to 20 September); the use of Malaysia-Day inspired email signature banner for all employees featuring the Jalur Gemilang (from 12 September onwards) and a 'Come to Work in Traditional Attire' Day for all employees (15 September).

A carnival day will also be held on 21 September 2016 where employees can participate in Batik drawing and enjoy a screening of the hit Malaysian movie Ola Bola complete with kacang putih just like they did in the 60's!

Allianz wishes all Malaysians, a very Happy Malaysia Day! To find out more about Allianz Malaysia's Malaysia Day celebrations, visit allianzmalaysia.com or Allianz Malaysia's social media platforms at allianzmalaysia@facebook.com or instagram.com/allianzmalaysia/.    

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