Thursday, February 09, 2017

Happenings: SMK Sultan Abdul Samad students rise to the challenge with Caltex™ Havoline® and ONE Championship™

On wednesday, the 8th of February 2017, a select group of secondary school students from SMK Sultan Abdul Samad in Petaling Jaya had a once in a lifetime chance to meet up with  two of the Mixed Martial Arts competitors from the ONE Championship series through a CSR community initiative spearheaded by Caltex Havoline. 

Caltex Havoline brand ambassador and ONE Championship competitor, Ev Ting, along with ONE Championship Vice-President Rich Franklin and local Malaysian athlete Agilan Thani (who is quite a funny bloke and can take up stand up comedy when he retires from competing), showed off a few defensive martial arts moves with the students. The aim is to empower them through these physical fitness activities and inspire them to face life’s toughest challenges with endurance, strength, training and also the use of one's mind whilst doing so. 
 Ev and Agilan sparring

“At Chevron, we value people. The passion that drives us towards excellence is the same passion that inspires us to commit to giving the best to our partners, customers, and communities. Just as Caltex Havoline puts the fight back in your engine, we want to empower the youth to fight for their dreams,” said Asim Khan, who is Caltex's Area Business Manager - Cluster.

Though the athletes are in the thick of training for the upcoming ONE: Throne of Tiger on 10 February at Stadium Negara, they took time off to bond with the students of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad and taught them a few of their defensive moves that they will be using in their cage fight. Two lucky boys got to learn how to do a choke hold!

As Ev introduced the exercises, he also encouraged the youth to fight hard for their dreams.
“These students have faced various challenges at quite a young age. I readily agreed to join this activity because I wanted to empower the students through physical fitness to develop their strengths and endurance to overcome life’s obstacles,” said Ev.

“This community initiative is the first-of- its-kind for SMK Sultan Abdul Samad. Both the students and teachers are excited to meet the fighters of ONE Championship and the live demonstration is a smart way to inspire the youths – a manner they can resonate with, that is also in line with our values that we practice at our school,” said Puan Zarina Awang, Principal of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad.

I witnessed personally how some of the students there were truly inspired. Some managed some one on one time with Ev, Rich and Agilan. I just stood there and observed what was going on. The thing about some of these community activities is that it covers a lot of different angles. It isn't only education in the form of studies that is covered by such initiatives. This meet up with some athletes from a MMA championship may be slightly different. A unique angle that our young can experience, this time courtesy of Caltex. 

After the training exercises, the athletes and Rich spent some time designing tambourines with the youths, writing inspiring messages that speak of what they had learnt from the session. 

These collectibles will be auctioned at ONE: Throne of Tigers on 10 February 2017. The proceeds of the auction will be given to the school to carry on their good work with the youths.

Caltex Havoline is ONE Championship’s Southeast Asia regional partner for Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. 
 (L-R): Agilan Thani, Malaysian ONE Championship athlete, Rich Franklin, ONE Champhionship Vice-President, Asim Khan, Area Business Manager – Cluster Chevron Malaysia Limited, Ev Ting, Caltex Havoline brand ambassador

(L-R): First row: Ev Ting, Caltex Havoline brand ambassador, Rich Franklin, ONE Champhionship Vice-President, Agilan Thani, Malaysian athlete.
Last Row: Maylin Nor Adzaman, Chevron PGPA senior executive, Mokhtar Ali b. Ismail, Chevron PGPA Manager, Leslie Chong, Channel Sales Manager of Chevron Lubricants, Asim Khan, Area Business Manager – Cluster Chevron Malaysia Limited, Nur Nazurah, Indirect Channel Marketing Specialist, Gian Keong Lim, Chevron Commercial & Industrial Marketing Manager.

About Chevron Malaysia Limited

Chevron Malaysia Limited has been operating in Malaysia for over 75 years under its retail

brand, Caltex®, offering high quality products and services. To date we have more than 420

service stations strategically located throughout Peninsular Malaysia and more than 200

employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal

operations. The Chevron products that available in Malaysia include Caltex with Techron® fuel

and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron

Malaysia Limited is available at

About Havoline ®

Since 1904, Havoline motor oils have provided outstanding performance. In 1946, Havoline

introduced its “New and improved Havoline Motor Oil,” which for the first time featured additives

that inhibited corrosion, provided detergent and dispersive action, reduced piston ring wear at

both low and high temperatures, and protected against engine rust. Today’s Havoline lives up to

its heritage with its latest technology: Havoline with Deposit Shield ® Technology, an advanced

formulation that protects your engine from harmful deposits to deliver optimum performance.

Havoline suite of products include passenger car engine oils, motorcycle oils and other ancillary

products such as coolants, automatic transmission and brake fluids providing total engine


About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in

Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports

entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world

champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE

Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world

with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro,

Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, Physique TV, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.

About Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Abdul Samad

Established in 1963, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Abdul Samad is a coeducational

secondary school located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. We are proud of our academic

accolades, our student achievements and our prizes in national competitions. The school

excels in sporting activities, having won first place in football and cricket in the MSSD

competition. It also won the Under-15 title in the first National Junior Scrabble Championship in


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