20 Years On – Cyberjaya, A Resident’s Perspective

Cyberjaya, Sepang

Cyberjaya, Sepang

  1. Cyberjaya celebrates its 20th birthday this month. Cyberjaya started in May 1996 where the promise, aspiration and hopes of many generation X like Ritz and I. We were the early believers in a new way forward for the nation’s ICT through the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). It was the same year that Phd candidates Page and Brin began Google as research project at Stanford. Albeit thousand miles apart, the similitude of it is in the dawn of new creations. Being US graduates ourselves, we had no prejudice on technology initiatives, and not doubting in Malaysia’s ability to grow with ICT.
  2. Just before the turn of the millennium, we began our work-life, got married and commuted to Cyberjaya. We loved our new jobs but having the thought of daily commute from Bandar Utama to Cyberjaya was both time-consuming and increasingly costly by the year. Then LDP was the direct motorway into Cyberjaya. Every month, the LDP takes in more and more traffic and the odds of us having spent on average 2 hours a day on the road – was not the chore we wanted.
  3. In 2001, we moved our small family of three to Cyberjaya, adopting the city very early as we progress into our careers. Plus, we embraced the triple bottom line variant, the theme idea of Cyberjaya’s –  Live, Work, Play.  Then the town was small,  peaceful community with welcoming diversity and growing melting pot of talents.
  4. From three, our family grew to a family of five and from living in an apartment, we moved to a house in Cyberjaya, seven years later. Despite many challenges bringing up a family here we truly enjoyed Cyberjaya, its open spaces, its adorning trees, its fast track development, amidst the backdrop of Putrajaya.  Having close proximity to work, with near zero traffic, we were able to enjoy home-cooked food, and cherished time with the children.
  5. However, things did not happen magically, here in Cyberjaya. Patience,  persistence and effort got us and the community, the long waited public amenities. It was always the case of chicken-and-egg. For example, for many years, we went to the Cyberjaya Bomba’s makeshift mosques to pray and perform the Qurban. The Cyberjaya Bomba staff and household has been a great pacifier to the community. The long awaited Cyberjaya Raja Haji Fisabilillah mosque only existed 2 years ago and despite a daytime estimated population of 70,000,  we deathly have no hospital nor a Klinik Kesihatan yet within the vicinity. Despite Cyberjaya having the label of TwinCity (to Putrajaya),  residence then were not cordially welcomed  at the government clinics in Putrajaya. We were sent off to Klinik Kesihatan in Dengkil, to receive medical attention. Even to the point of wonder, if a child is born from a Cyberjaya dweller, when will it be that  Cyberjaya be recognise as his/her birthplace. Nonetheless, Klinik Gomez was the first clinic to open its doors to medical care and still operates to this day in Cyberjaya, we are happy patients to Dr Vasuki. Now, there are a few places where the community can get medical attention.
  6. Indeed, good things take time to happen – take Silicon Valley for example, it benefited from the talent pool of great minds across the globe, with universities like the Stanford, UC Berkeley, SFU, San Jose University and others played host, incubation and nurturing of these free-spirited creators. These universities were built in late 1800s and have produced great talents to whom were scientists, technologist, innovators and business owners, over decades. In comparison Cyberjaya, there is the Multimedia University (MMU) that started operation in 1999, followed by Lim Kok Wing in 2003, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences in 2005 and Universiti Islam Malaysia in 2015. Great minds like Prof Ghauth Jasmon, the first president of MMU did a fantastic job to get the early days at university off the ground and brought in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit into young minds. It’s the talented undergraduate students of MMU who gave birth to Upin Ipin in 2005 and BoboiBoy in 2009. Creativity is our strength. The (late Tan Sri) Othman Yeop Abdullah had strong caring for Cyberjaya to “be green, low rise and campus atmosphere” alongside then stewardship of Dato’ Karim Abu Bakar of Setiaharuman.

    The Skyline @ Cyberjaya 20 Years On

    The Skyline @ Cyberjaya 20 Years On

  7. Entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are children of settlers of the ‘Silicon Valley’, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google are children to academicians who grew up in an environment that embraces technology and promotes creativity. To date, 60-80% of the revenue from Microsoft, Apple and Google are from out of the US. Tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon are in Seattle and not Silicon Valley. These areas are the magnet for great technological minds that serve the world.
  8. It is a tall order to bring the best minds within a small nation like Malaysia. Most tech multinational companies that exist in Malaysia are sales outfits and they do not do real R&D in Malaysia. There were not many job opportunities for engineers and techies in the early days of MSC, and many ended up working in sales and marketing or custom-development arm of these tech company.  Credit is also due to two other gentlemen that help brought masses to Cyberjaya – Benjamin Ong of Prima Group and Micheal Ong of Quill Group Bhd – as well as the F&B life into the city. To this day, their buildings and their eateries are fully catered.
  9. I had the privilege to work as a software engineer at Intel MSC and work with talented pool of engineers. I also had the opportunity to work with young companies and software developers and talent was definitely what we lack of. But perhaps experience, confidence, perseverance, business acumens and the list goes on. There were many innovation created that Malaysia was not ready for back then.
  10. As for both of us, we decided to put our money where our mouth is. We live, work and play here happily. Over the years, we see more and more young couples, families and friends move to Cyberjaya. Things are changing. We are happy and blessed to have great neighbours and living in a peaceful city. Things do get better and we applaud Cyberview for making great efforts to make Cyberjaya liveable. We are happy to see that there are more activities for children who want to take up coding, varied learnings and of late multiple sporting activities  for the community within and outside Cyberjaya to participate. Without its people, its location and activities, the aspirations and dreams are just marketing buzzwords.

    Young minds at the Minecraft Gaming Competition 2016

    Young minds at the Minecraft Gaming Competition 2016

  11. That aside, we hope Cyberjaya becomes truly the entrepreneurial hub and living technology location that brings more technologist, great talents, innovators and business owners. Even though we no longer work in tech-space, we will continue to grow our small ventures from Cyberjaya – living, working and playing here.
  12. We expect Cyberjaya to continue to be the change, model and contributor to Malaysia’s future for  years to come. Let’s continue to make Cyberjaya a Malaysian dream.

With Peace,
Ritz & Eliza
Resident of Cyberjaya


Get Ready for WOW RUN Malaysia

WOW Run is around the corner and we hope you are all set to have loads of fun! For a smooth and exciting experience, kindly go through the info provided below.

Women Empowerment Dialogue by Gorgeous Geeks

Date: 25 Oktober 2015 (Sunday)

Time: 06:45am – 9:30am
Venue: Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Cyberjaya


6:45am : Warm Up
7:00 am : Flag Off by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir
7:30 am : Zumba by Aida Mohd
8:15 am : Fitness Challenges & Prize Giving
8:30 am : Women Empowerment Dialogue Session on Leadership at Bunga Raya Auditorium MDeC
9:30 am : End

Here are the updates!


  • Your racekit will be shipped to you 19 October onwards via POSLAJU. It takes 1 or 2 working days to reach you.
    Please update your shipping address to ensure someone can receive your pack.
  • The running BIB will be on your shirt. Please run in the running shirt on that day to ensure you get to collect your medal at finishing line.
    Only finishers running in the WOW RUN tee will get the medal.
  • We will provide you event layout and agenda in the race kit
  • ALL REGISTERED participants will get a SPECIAL hand balloon.
    Please pick it up from the Food Counter after Warm Up Session


Event Venue

  • Multimedia Development Corporation
    Address : 2360, Persiaran APEC, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor
  • GPS Location
    Latitude : 2.9224, Longtitude : 101.659
  • Here’s the directions on Waze.


  • Masjid Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah
    It is located along Persiaran Semarak Api, Cyberjaya.
    Here’s the direction on Waze
  • Surau @ Balai Bomba & Penyelamat, Cyberjaya
    It is located along Persiaran Apec, Cyberjaya.
    Here is the direction on Waze


There are four areas we suggest you to park at:

  1. Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Internal Parking Area.
    Our venue sponsor, the Multimedia Development Corporation will allow parking within their compound if you arrive before 6:40 am. After which, you need to park at other designated areas.
    If you park at this area, due to safety, we will only allow you to leave after 8:15 am; when all runners have reached finish line.
  2. Cottage Drive
    Take immediate left after you pass MDeC building to get into the Cottage Drive. You will see KFC, Nandos Chicken, Pizza Hut and PappaRich along this road.
  3. Jalan Teknokrat 6
  4. Jalan Impact

Parking Lot



  • Drop Bag Area
    Open from 6:30am – 9:30am
  • Food Counter
    Open from 7:30am – 9:30am. You can enjoy your food at the eating area. It is a nice lawn by the fish pond.
  • Zumba Area
    Don’t forget to run fast to Zumba on time. It starts from 7:30am – 8:15am
    Any girls can join the zumba. No registration is required.
  • Medic / Ambulans
    Paramedic & ambulans will be stations at event site, while one paramedic at water station
  • Medal Collection 
    Medal Collection is at the counter next to Bunga Raya Auditorium. You need to enter MDeC building to go to the Auditorium.
    Only registered runners who finish the run are entitled for medal.
  • Photobooth
    There is a photobooth close to the sponsors area. Get all the fun & exciting shots here!
    Open from 7:30am  – 9:30am
  • Sponsors Area
    Open from 7:30am – 9:30am
  • Women Dialogue Session by Gorgeous Geeks
    Starts at 8:30 am – 9:30am
  • Speakers Area
    This is for holding area for Women Dialogue Speakers
  • MDeC Parking
    You can only park in this area if you arrive before 6:40am.
    If you park at this area, due to safety, we will only allow you to leave after 8:15 am when all runners have reached finish line
  • Toilets
    There are 3 toilet areas in MDeC building.
WOW RUN Floor Plan

WOW Run Floor Plan



  • The run/walk starts and finishes at MDeC.
  • The water station is at the bus stop, right after SM Seri Puteri.
  • One paramedic will be at the water station
  • For safety,
    • Please keep left while running at all times
    • You are encouraged to run on the running path by the road
    • We will mobilize sweepers to pick up last runners along the route 8:30 am onward
    • There will be many marshalls on bike and foot to support you. If you need any assistance, just let them know.
  • Enjoy the run and do take a lot of pictures.
  • Use #WOWRUNMY when you share pictures so that we can find you. More info on Prizes Section below.

WOW RUN Water Station


  • Prizes for Challenges
    After ZUMBA, we are going to throw a challenge to all ladies
    1. Longest Plank
    2. Highest # of Burpees
    3. Highest # of Push Ups
  • The winner for each challenge will get a month FREE membership at the CURVES worth RM547.

Curves Fitness Center

  • Prizes for RunWithInsta Competition: #WOWRUNMY
    1. Most creative photo
    2. Most funny photo
    3. Run strong photoMake sure you use hashtag #WOWRUNMY when you share photos on instagram.
    Competition starts 6:45am till 8:15am.
  • The winner of each category gets a pack of Personal Care Products from Good Virtues worth RM216

Good Virtues

7. WOMEN DIALOGUE SESSION : Leadership by Gorgeous Geeks

We have put together an WOW-some WOMEN for you from diverse background. COME, JOIN US and CONVERSE

  • This session is limited to 50 pax only. Secure your seats HERE NOW!
  • Time : 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Venue : Bunga Raya Auditorium, MDeC
  • Speakers
    • Dato Ng Wan Peng – COO, MDeC
    • Karen Loh – Founder, Malaysia Women Marathon
    • Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir – Woman Activist
    • Anne Abraham – Advocate and Supporter for Women Leadership Development (TBC)
  • Moderator : Nadiah Tan Abdullah , HR Director, Experian Malaysia


We run & exercise for a better health, and your wellness is important to us.

  • We are expecting a good weather on that day, but should the air quality index is unhealthy; i.e, API reading for Putrajaya on http://apims.doe.gov.my/v2/  is above 100 on running day (as of 1 am 25th October), the run will be cancelled. However, zumba will be moved indoor & the women empowerment dialogue session will continue as scheduled. You can pick up the goodie bags and medal at MDeC on event day  from 7:30am – 9:30am.
  • The run will continue should the API reading is below 100, and we encourage all runners to bring and wear mask if the API is between 50 and 100.
  • Should it rain, WOW RUN shall continue.

If you have any questions, please email wowrunmy@nashata.com
See you soon!

WOW RUN 2015 Malaysia Updates – Medal & Sponsors

The WOW Run is 4 months away and it is getting more and more exciting as we are working hard to put together All Girls Fun Stuff for you. You can refer to our earlier post about the run if you missed it.

Wow Run 2015 Malaysia

So, here are a few updates!

Finisher Medal

  • Our in-house designer came out with this intricate design for the WOW RUN and here’s the final design.  It would look perfect on your grey running tee don’t you think?WOW RUN Medal

Running Tee –  Short Sleeves Options

  • We received requests for short sleeves, so now we are offering that option. If you would like a short sleeves shirt, you can register here 

WOW RUN Shirt Short Sleeves

If you choose the original long sleeves design, you can still register here instead

wowrun running tee

Supporting Women Communities

  • The WOW Run Malaysia is supported by Gorgeous Geeks and the Malaysia Women Marathon.
    Together, we are  putting together Women Empowerment topics for all our sisters. More info coming soon.


We are pulling together women related sponsors for you. The first is :

They are giving away special. gifts for ALL our runners, winners and online shoppers! Opps, if you have not heard about Good Virtues Co, they produce beauty care products from head to toe. Those who have registered will get an e-voucher to get a FREE shower cream when you purchase online.

What is unique about Good Virtues Co. is their products are  HALAL & free from Mineral Oil, SLES, ALES, Parabens, synthetic colourants, and are not tested on animals. They use 100% non-animal derived ingredients in our products.

Read our special feature on Good Virtues Co. and their products.

Good Virtues

Good Virtues

  • Cyberview
    The custodian of Cyberjaya is one of our initial key sponsors. Cyberview spearheads the development of Cyberjaya as a Global Tech Hub. They too started off Cyberjaya Network Women Network with an aim to  Empower Women In Entrepreneurship last September.



We have more to update but we will include them our next post. We will share who our guest of honor is, the route and more sponsor updates. So stay tuned & share the run with your friends and get them to join the excitement too!


First Half Marathon – For Wimpy Legs

The first experience is always memorable. So here’s my story running first half marathon.

My wimpy legs

I have always been a swimmer as swimming has low impact on my legs. Running was never my thing due to my weak legs since young. I would fall on my knees when I jumped to catch a ball when I was young. I was neither an athlete, nor a sportswoman, and I was always the first from the back to reach the finishing lines at school runs. I did no proud for my house.

I continued to swimming  and in-line skate when I was out of school, during university days and till today, I enjoy both. However, I got to know the beautiful running community in Malaysia mid 2013, and started running. I thought I should try after without much training, or rather 2 months preparation, my family and I managed to climb Mount Kinabalu in January 2013. We were slow but surely reached Low’s Peak (the highest peak at Mount Kinabalu). It was not easy, but not impossible.

Why Run Now?

I thought of giving it a try since there is no pressure to be super good, now that I am not at school. Although it is still a competitive sports, I could be myself and train at my own pace and improve. I could still try despite my limitations and no one would brush me aside for not being good enough.  So I started running when I have time. From 3 km to 5 km to 10 km and 12 km. I do not join running groups as I don’t have the luxury of time due to many many other commitments in hands. I train when I can steal the time, be it at night or early in the morning. Most of the time, unplanned, hence – alone 3 times on weekdays and every Saturday and Sunday for average of 5 km each run. Reality is – I need to train and collect mileage. There is no short cut for that!

I get a lot of support from friends and family. My daughters and husband run with me. It serves as quality and healthy time for the family. My cousin and friends who are avid marathon runners happily agree to pace me for my first half marathon. I have never ran or train more than 12 km. But due to time constraint, I gave it a try at the Cyberjaya Twin City Marathon on the 21st December 2014. Eda Fatimawati and Intan Suraya gave me loads of encouragement and tips before the run. Karen Loh the founder of Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) has always been supporting my intent to run a full marathon in 2015 by introducing me to running groups and giving me loads of encouragement. So does Lini Kazim, the iron lady. The undivided support from the running community is simply amazing.

Classy Looking Medal, Nice kan?

Classy Looking Medal, Nice kan?

How did the 1st Run Go?

At 5am, Eda, Intan and I started running from Persiaran Flora, Cyberjaya. The first 5 km was good, and both Eda and Intan said with the pace we were going at 7 min/km, we could finish in 2.5 hour. I was just aiming to finish, but upon hearing that remark, I thought I should finish below 3 hours. The next 6 km was alright despite running uphill twice at Cyberheights and along the Cyberjaya/Putrajaya intersection. After a 5 min subuh prayer at 12 km, my energy level went down. It was close to 7am and I was afraid of the sun. Somehow sunshine and my energy level never correlates. Plus, I have never ran more than 12 km before.

FInding Reason to Slow Down, so I took Eda & Intan's pic at km 17

FInding Reason to Slow Down, so I took Eda & Intan’s pic at km 17

My legs were heavier and I was not able to push the same pace as the first 12km. I kept looking at my watch and knew it would be hard to reach soon since my pelvic bone was stiff. I kept telling myself – “I don’t want to get injured”. So I took it slow;  ran and stopped a few times. Having to run with friends was fun. The route was rather plain, so a lil laugh and jokes with girlfriends helped. Eda (Nashata Fitness Evangelist) and Intan (Model of Nashata) ran effortlessly and that motivated me to be effortless too. But of course with much TRY. They were not pushing me rather, going at my pace.

It was a cool day, yet the sunshine tired me further..

When we were about 20 meter away from the finishing line, the timing was 2:57… and I was happy. We reached the finishing line at 2:58:05. We were greeted by my daughters and brother who completed their 5km fun run earlier. Dizzy and dehydrated, I took a sit and had my favourite drink.

Ran as Buddies Ran in a TeamUs – upon reaching finishing line. YAY!

I wouldn’t have made it under 3 hour without Eda and Intan. I was happy to have ran with these fabulous ladies. We made it as a team and no one was injured during and after the run.

My first 21km was a NUDGE to train more and harder. I have less than 3 months to train for my first 42km. It looks like I have to train 3 times harder.

With Max Lim RunwitMe, Intan and Eda

With Max Lim RunwitMe, Intan and Eda

So, What are the Health Benefits?

To me,

  • Running has definitely improved my eating habits. I tend to eat lesser and more fruits. My body naturally wants better food intake
  • I drink more water to stay hydrated
  • I have improved my stamina and strength. My legs are a lot stronger now –  no longer wimpy. So I am happy! I shall #runstrong!
Nashata is one of the sponsors at Cyberjaya Putrajaya Twincity Run

Nashata was one of the sponsors at Cyberjaya Putrajaya Twincity Run




Bagi mereka yang masih belum mencapai target marathon anda, DAFTAR SEGERA untuk acara Cyberjaya Resolution Run yang akan berlangsung pada 20 Disember 2013.


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