Jermaine Jackson talked briefly to Bernama during a recent trip to Malaysia on the group’s performance there and their future endeavour. The 70s Motown star has been to Malaysia before and was very much excited and thrilled to see the country again and spoke highly of the hospitality extended to him. “I have been coming to Malaysia since the 1980s. We come here because we love the hospitality,” he said with a gleaming smile. The welcome was elevated when the group gave an mesmerising performance at the annual Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015.  Sepang International Circuit had flown in the legendary American singers The Jacksons and fashion gurus George Kotsiopoulos and Cameron Silver for the gala dinner to celebrate the Grand Prix event. The Jacksons performance here during the grand prix was an extension of the 2012-2013 Unity Tour following Michael’s death in 2009. The group’s performance here was in aid of Bidara, a not-for-profit charitable body run by the wives of Kedah Barisan Nasional elected representatives.

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The Malaysian Insider published comments from Jermaine Jackson about Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction. Jermaine feels that that should be viewed in a positive light, particularly in allowing the young singing heartthrob to pursue a solo career. "I think if Zayn wants to go solo, then he should be given the freedom and space to carve out a solo career," he said. Jermaine's message was aimed at comforting the millions of One Direction fans worldwide, especially young teenage girls who were heartbroken when it was announced last week Malik was leaving the group. “Like all the other break-ups in music history, the fate of the band could go a number of ways, but one leaving the group to move on to bigger solo endeavours, is just another norm thing”, Jermaine Jackson said. "It's always going to be people saying: 'Oh! should stay... You shouldn't have gone'. But if he stays true to what he knows how to do, then he'll be fine," he said.

PETALING JAYA: Jermaine accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom paid a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku on March 28th. It was his third to the centre after previous visits in April 2009 and Dec 2012, which gave him an opportunity to get the latest update on the children there. Jermaine sang Jermaine sang "Daddy Home" a cappella and spent some time to mingle around with the children and cradled a one-week-old baby at the foundation, awaiting to be adopted.  Jermaine lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. “We want to spread the message of love and care for children all over the world. “These efforts will be carried out continuously through our songs and music,” he said. "I want to thank Sultanah to be a part of this organisation. "We (The Jacksons) go around the world with the message to save the children, save the world. This is who we are and what we present to people all around the world," he said. He added, The Jacksons also educate people through music to bring awareness to people around the world especially in songs such as 'Man In The Mirror', 'Heal The World' and 'Earth Song'. 

"We are proud with the Orphancare initiatives to save abandoned babies. When they received a baby in the hatch, they save the baby.  Faizah said since orphancare was established five years ago and that the baby hatch centre had saved 114 babies, who were given away for adoption. "More than 3,000 couples have registered with us to adopt the babies. We also follow the adoption procedure by conducting interviews and giving courses to the couple before they adopt the baby," she said. The foundation is a non-governmental organisation that has a partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to address the issue of abandoned babies. OrphanCare currently operated in Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Johor Baharu, Johor and Kota Baharu, Kelantan.

Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts. She said Berjaya Group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan was the latest to pledge financial support. Sime Darby Foundation will be donating a sum of RM1.05mil for three years. Sultanah Kalsom also spent time to cuddle a week-old baby girl, who will be up for adoption soon. The foundation’s chairman Tan Sri Faizah Mohd Tahir said 114 babies had been rescued since the foundation was set up in 2008. “We have three centres in Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru and Kota Baru. “Another will be set up in Sungai Petani,” she said, adding that unwanted babies due to various reasons could be left in the baby hatch for adoption. Faizah said the foundation would work closely with the authorities to get the babies adopted so that they could live a better life. She said raising children in an orphanage was not the answer and should just be a short term measure. “Every child needs a family. Orphanage is just a transit and not the solution,” she said. Faizah added that some 3,000 couples have signed up to adopt the babies. She said they would have to go for counselling and training courses before the babies were given to them to raise as their own. Also present was Pahang Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Datuk Seri Johny Ch’ng Ewe Gee.

With classic hits like ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘Rock With You’ and ‘ABC’, the Jacksons need no introduction. They have five number one albums, 18 number one hits and 17 Top 10 albums, and they show no signs of slowing down! Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon have over 50 years of music history and for the first time ever, they are bringing their gift of music to Malaysian fans for the annual Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Gala. Ahead of their The Jacksons’ much-anticipated performance we were able to squeeze in a short and quick interview with Jermaine to talk about his upcoming projects, the family legacy and more!

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Jermaine, Jaafar and Jermajesty attended the Asian Film Awards at The Venetian Macao on March 25th where they walked the red carpet marking the first official Asian appearance by Jaafar and Jermajesty. Jermaine will perform with his brothers tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur. View photos in our Facebook pages, one dedicated to Jermaine and another dedicated to Jaafar & Jermajesty