ARTAID17: BEBAS paints a Malaysia free from negative impact of HIV and AIDS

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Hey guys, the ARTAID17 is back for the third installment in the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) art exhibition series, is uniting 40 established and emerging Malaysian contemporary artists on a mission to free the country from the negative impact of HIV and AIDS.

Themed Bebas (Freedom), this year’s collection critically tackles stigma and discrimination – arguably the single largest barrier to HIV and AIDS healthcare – as well as other inequities that harm, hinder, and hamper progress in the AIDS response.

Professor Dato' Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation speaks at the Opening Night of ARTAID17. In the background, ARTAID17 contributions from ARTAID series regular Arif Fauzan Othman, "Penjuru Belenggu" and "Di Dada Penjara".
Professor Dato’ Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Chairman of the MAF said:

Through effective prevention programmes, Malaysia has been successful in halving new HIV infections in the past decade. The Government has also been providing free to HIV treatment since 2006. However, only 40 per cent of people living with HIV are receiving treatment, a very low percentage considering that free medication is provided by the government. Feeling the threat of stigma and discrimination, many people living with HIV continue to live their lives in fear and on the fringes of society. Many are afraid to come forward for treatment for fear of being exposed, refused treatment, and discriminated against.
We have also seen the negative impact of stigma and discrimination in all aspects of life – employment, education, healthcare, and law enforcement – despite evidence showing that HIV, if treated, has no impact on productivity and risk of onward transmission through casual contact. From employees being demoted, forced to resign, and terminated to students having their diplomas withheld – all on the account of their HIV positive status – injustices occur everyday and they sadly go unnoticed and unreported. As the MAF expands its efforts to address this situation through policy change and community empowerment initiatives, what better way to create awareness and a stronger sense of urgency than ARTAID17.

Returning to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) ARTAID series as advisor and curator of ARTAID17 are Ahmad Zakii Anwar (right) who is also a Trustee of the MAF and Noor Mahnun Mohamed (left), respectively.

The ARTAID series is the brainchild of Ahmad Zakii Anwar, undoubtedly one of Malaysia’s most illustrous and celebrated fine artists renowned for his still-life portraits and paintings. It began three years ago when he rallied his peers, including those from Indonesia, to help him raise funds for the MAF, of which he is a Trustee.

Now serving as advisor of ARTAID17, Zakii said that: 

I am proud to see how much the ARTAID series has grown, from a group of artists who just wanted to contribute back to society to an annual art exhibition showcasing some of the most compelling works of our homegrown talents on subjects related to HIV and AIDS that are often considered taboo. Thanks to the concern and generosity of collectors and other patrons of the arts, we have raised close to half a million ringgit in the past two editions.

Proceeds from the sale of the ARTAID17 collection will be channeled to the MAF for its high-impact HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support programmes benefiting particularly underprivileged women and children in hard-to-reach settings.

ARTAID series regular Cinta Ayuandrea with her ARTAID17 contribution "Secret Admirer".

Afiq Faris returns to the ARTAID series with his ARTAID17 piece titled "Gold Fence".

Returning for the second time as curator of ARTAID17 is visual artist, printmaker, and art writer, Noor Mahnun Mohamed.

“Building upon the lessons learned from last year’s ARTAID exhibition which explored the theme of ‘love’, I feel there is a need to dig deeper into our conscience and examine the HIV and AIDS situation in Malaysia that continues to be shrouded in myths and misconceptions,” she remarked.

“This year’s theme, Bebas, poses the existential question of freedom and liberation. When viewed from the lens of HIV and AIDS, it espouses the notion of freeing our minds from the root cause of stigma and discrimination – be it ignorance or apathy – and challenging our long-held beliefs, biases, and prejudices.

“As a society, we simply must catch up to the progress made in the AIDS response. It saddens me that, even after thirty years, we are still talking about stigma and discrimination. But until we put an end to it, the discourse must go on,” she concluded.

Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj with this ARTAID17 contribution "The Black Sheep with Golden Horns". 

The ARTAID17 exhibition is currently on view at White Box @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas until 27 September 2017. It is open to the public for free from 11 AM to 9 PM daily.

Visit the ARTAID17 webpage to view the complete list of participating artists and their artworks, pricing and up-to-date sales status. To make your purchase or enquire further, contact Arif at 012-9594596. All purchases are eligible for tax exemption.

Just a bit more on Malaysian AIDS Foundation: The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed in 1993 to raise and administer funds to support the activities and programmes of the Malaysian AIDS Council and its Partner Organisations. MAF funds high-impact HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes such as harm reduction, s helter homes, financial and medical assistance schemes as well as HIV health literacy and empowerment activities for underprivileged women and children living with HIV and other key populations nationwide. Learn more at

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28 September, 2017


Dutch Lady reintroduces Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project through Anugerah 3K with 4.0 times more participation in state level

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Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project

This year, definitely is a milestone for the collaboration between Dutch Lady Malaysia and the Ministry of Education as the dairy company’s involvement in Anugerah 3K programme was renamed Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project; and for the first time, resulted in a 4.0 fold increase in participation. This project is an initiative from Dutch Lady Malaysia as a mean to help address and prevent the development of noncommunicable disease (NCD) among the young generation.

Anugerah 3K (Kebersihan, Kesihatan, Keselamatan) is an annual national awards programme which educates and recognizes primary and secondary school children in their efforts to improve their school environment based on three key aspects – hygiene, health and safety, in which Dutch Lady Malaysia is a strategic partner for the health component and the main sponsor for Anugerah 3K programme since 2015. The increase in participation can be attributed to extension of the programme to state level this year, where winner schools are selected from every state in Malaysia.

SMK Puteri Ampang students demonstrating how to 'move' such as exercise in their school programme

From the central region, SK Kampong Medan and SMK Kota Kemuning emerged as champions for Anugerah 3K category in Selangor; SK Putrajaya Presint 9 (2) and SMK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) were on first place for the same category in Putrajaya; and SK Taman Koperasi and SMK Puteri Ampang were the state winners for Kuala Lumpur. The latter also swept up first places from the Drink and Move categories respectively with SMK Sinar Bintang winning the Be Strong category.


Dutch Lady Malaysia’s Managing Director, Ms Saw Chooi Lee said that Drink.Move.Be Strong is a campaign that advocates drinking two glasses of milk a day and spending at least an hour on physical activities. “We are proud to have collaborated with the ministry since 2015 to inculcate these healthy lifestyle habits among school children; and we are pleased to continue our corporate social responsibility to help address noncommunicable disease (NCD) issues among the young generation through our Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project,” she added.

Explaining the benefits of Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project which includes nutrition talks and outdoor physical activities in school, Saw said: “Our aim through this project is to educate and inculcate healthy dietary and active lifestyle habits among Malaysian children from a young age. This, in turn, helps to build a stronger, healthier generation.”

The Anugerah 3K -- Kebersihan, Kesihatan & Keselamatan
She added that unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are the key risk factors to noncommunicable diseases (NCD) development. Hence, Drink.Move.Be Strong is also initiated to help address Malaysian children’s nutrition issues found in the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS). The research indicated that one in five children studied is overweight or obese; and nearly half the children suffer from calcium and vitamin D insufficiency.

It is also reported that a high proportion of school-aged children have low physical activity. Therefore, there is a pressing need for better nutrition and dietary practices, as well as regular physical activity among Malaysian children as a mean to reduce the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases (NCD).

“As the leader of the dairy industry in Malaysia, it is our responsibility to support the government’s education agenda to assist them in producing a generation of excellence for our country’s future. Through Anugerah 3K, we are able to do just that. For the past 4 years, we have reached 2,245 schools and 178,250 students with our in-school nutrition talks and Dutch Lady Drink.Move.Be Strong physical activity programmes. This is important because students who take good nutrition and do not skip their breakfast are often perform better at school.”

With regards to the increase in school participation this year, Deputy Minister of Education I YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan said that he is very pleased that school participation in the programme has grown immensely since the last year, from 51 to 200 schools.

He attributed the growth in the key decision to kick-start activities earlier in March at state level.

“By creating a momentum before entering the national level, which starts in the second half of the year, more awareness of Anugerah 3K and Dutch Lady Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project can be raised. This has definitely encouraged higher participation from every state in Malaysia” shared Dato’ P. Kamalanathan.

“We are proud of our achievements in the 3K program and Drink.Move.Be Strong Special Project,” said Zahariah Binti Abdul Halim, principal of SMK Puteri Ampang, one of the winners of the programme and project.

“Our participation provides the students an opportunity to improve and learn more about the school environment and how to incorporate milk drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Zahariah continued. 

Students of SMK Puteri Ampang drink up their milk for strong bones and other nutritional benefits!

“We conducted activities and events to foster a healthy lifestyle among students in our school, such as organizing talks, co-curriculum activities, and also inviting famous personality to provide encouraging words in support of our efforts to educate and foster healthy practices that are balanced with good nutrition intake and physical activity daily.”

Participation for Anugerah 3K and Dutch Lady Special Project Strong state-level submissions took place between March to early May 2017, with prize-giving ceremonies for winning school in each state starting mid-May. Winning schools at the state level will be evaluated for the awards at state-level with the final results to be announced on 30 October 2017.

For more information on Dutch Lady Drink.Move.Be Strong campaign, please go to this page

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26 September, 2017