August 2020 Merdeka discounts and deals

August is marked by celebrations and events leading up to Malaysia’s National Day. But it’s well-known to all Malaysians as a time of major discounts and deals for Merdeka in August too. To make the most of all the deals major brands and retailers are offering before the month of August 2020 is up, we’ve narrowed down some of the best discounts that you can take advantage of – from free Hokkaido cheese tarts and beauty products to RM1 ice cream. 

1. Breakout – 50% off 2nd escape room game

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Thrill-seekers and those who want to be detectives will be glad to know that Breakout Malaysia is having a 50% off tickets on second games for their interactive escape rooms until the end of August 2020.

This deal applies to tickets (RM50/pax) from Monday to Thursday. Those swinging by on Fridays and the weekend will get a 25% off deal too. There are over 12 escape rooms with different themes and puzzles, as well as difficulty levels, to explore.

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Breakout Malaysia has outlets at NU Sentral and Avenue K, featuring different sets of stories. Those in for a scarefest can drop by the Avenue K outlet for a puppet-themed story called Mr. Oswald’s Greatest Show, where you’ll have to work out the identity of a mysterious puppeteer.

You can also opt for an Online Escape Room Session (RM250/5 pax) where you’ll navigate an escape room as a team of hackers trying to save a missing person. It’s also live, so you’ll be interacting with actors to solve puzzles through Zoom. The whole session will last you up to 60 minutes, and you can join on your smartphone, tablet or PC, with 4 of your pals dialing in too. 

There’s also a 20% discount on tickets for this online escape room until further notice. Just use “breakout20” code when you’re checking out for tickets to get this deal. 

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Get your tickets to Breakout Malaysia here.
Promotion period: 8th July 2020 – 31st August 2020

2. The Body Shop – up to 70% discount on beauty and body products

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Frequent sanitising leads to dry hands – an issue we’re all facing since we’re spamming hand sanitisers to keep COVID-19 at bay. So The Body Shop’s 70% discount on selected beauty products is timely for us to stock up on body creams, besides replenishing our stash of makeup and perfumes. 

Here, you’ll find 50% discounts on a series of their top-selling items, including their Vanilla Body Butter (RM33) and Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion (RM34.50). You’ll also find 70% off their Wild Argan Oil Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub (RM34.50), a gentle exfoliator to help you get rid of flaky skin. 

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This promotion is valid at their physical stores and online. Those who are not keen on navigating online stores will be glad to know that you can sort their current deals according to tiers of how much you’ll be saving too, so you can easily sniff out the best discounts. 

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See all The Body Shop locations here

Promotion period: 15th August 2020 – 31st August 2020

3. K Fry – up to 20% off online and self pick-up orders

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Ever since homegrown brand K Fry opened their doors in Malaysia, there’s been snaking lines at their outlets with many wanting to get their share of the popular cheesy Korean fried chicken. 

In the spirit of Merdeka, they are having up to 20% discount on your entire bill for online orders and self pick-up. You’ll get 15% off minimum orders of RM50, and 20% off bills over RM100. 

All you have to do is use the following codes: KFRYMERDEKA15 or KFRYMERDEKA20.

Other must-tries include their signature K-Fries, with 2 flavours to choose from – Bulgogi Fries (RM14.90) or Kimchi Fries (RM16.90) – and their Snow Cheese Series, which has powdered Cheddar cheese on crispy Korean fried chicken, that you can have spicy or seasoned with garlic too.

Or go for heartier Korean staples such as pajeon, tteokbokki, and rice balls. 

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See all K Fry locations here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

4. Shoopen – 63% discount on 2nd pair of Korean-style shoes

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Shoopen is a shopper’s hideout for trendy Korean footwear and accessories. To celebrate Malaysia’s 63rd National Day, they’re having a 63% discount on every 2nd item purchased at their stores and a buy-1-free-1 special on selected items at their stores. 

Get your hands on ridged-sole sneakers (from RM83) or ballerina mules (from RM92.50) that are popular in Korea right now. Other footwear styles that you’ll find here are trainers, sandals, slides, and house slippers for men, women, and kids. 

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There’s also a selection of tote bags, backpacks, and fanny packs besides shoes.

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You can find Shoopen outlets at Pavillion KL in Kuala Lumpur, IOI City Mall in Putrajaya, and Paradigm Mall in Johor Bahru. 

Promotion period: 13th August 2020 – 31st August 2020

5. Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart – free Hokkaido tarts

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Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts launched a sweet deal in August that saw customers getting a pair of free Baby Hokkaido Tarts (U.P. RM2.50/pc) with every purchase of any 3 regular-sized Hokkaido tarts (from RM5.80/pc) on Wednesdays. 

You’ll want to drop by any of their outlets to enjoy this deal on the last Wednesday (26th August 2020) of the month. You’ll have flavours of Durian, Blueberry, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, or Original to choose from.

See all Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart locations here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

6. Hush Puppies – 63% discounts & 63 cents for 2nd item

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Hush Puppies is known for their comfy shoes that are stylish and affordable too. As the brand is turning 63 years old and celebrating Merdeka this August 2020, they are having a massive 63% discounts on all bags, shoes, accessories, and clothes at their stores.

And that’s not all – you’ll only have to pay 63 cents for every 2nd item purchased when you’re shopping at their physical stores. This deal applies to the lower-priced item purchased, which means that you can have your pick of women or men shoes, wallets and purses, all for less than a ringgit – if you buy another item with it.  

See all Hush Puppies’ locations here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

7. Samsung Malaysia – free Galaxy Fit-e & Galaxy Buds

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Samsung Malaysia is having a Gemilang Celebration Offers on their products in the spirit of Merdeka. Discounts for mobile & IT products last until 31st August 2020, and there are further deals on TV, soundbar, and digital appliances with promotions lasting until 30th September.

On a while-stocks-last basis, you can get a free Galaxy Fit-e or Galaxy Buds, or RM400 instant rebate, when you purchase RM3,000 worth of Samsung mobile and IT products.

There are 13 products to choose from – including the Galaxy S20 (RM3,599), Note20 Lite (RM2,299), Tab S6 (RM3,099), and Galaxy Watch (46mm) Bluetooth (RM1,299) – to snag the gifts. 

To claim the deal, purchase any of these products from your nearest Samsung authorized retail outlet, then submit a proof of purchase on Samsung’s official website to redeem your gift and have it delivered to you. 

Check out Samsung Malaysia’s full list of deals during Gemilang Celebration Offers here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

8. Daboba – RM9.99 for 2 drinks

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Boba lovers will want to take advantage of Daboba’s RM9.99 for 2 drinks deal that takes place every Wednesday to get their bubble tea fix. 

This is valid only for their Classic Milk Tea Series, and for a medium-sized cup. Choose from 5 options: 

  • Authentic Milk Tea (RM7.90)
  • Japanese Roasted Milk Tea (RM7.90)
  • Pearl Milk Tea (RM8.90)
  • Grass Jelly Milk Tea (RM8.90)
  • Cheese Milk Tea (RM8.90)

You can also add on additional toppings (RM1.50) of Honey Golden Pearl, Red Beans, Nata de Coco, Oreo, or Cheese if you’re looking for some extra bite or creaminess in your drink.

At Daboba’s outlet at Paradigm Mall in PJ, there’s also a special Merdeka Promo that runs until 31st August 2020, where you can score a free cup in the Classic Milk Tea Series if you order 2 drinks from their Roasted Brown Sugar Series

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Daboba outlet in Paradigm Mall
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See all Daboba locations here

Promotion period: Until further notice

9. Photobook – up to 65% off photo books

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Photobook is a handy website that compiles photos into neat books for those who still prefer an analogue way of rounding up keepsake photos. For August, they are having up to 65% discounts on photo books so it’s a great time to take the plunge if you’ve been thinking of customising a coffee-table book filled with your photos and memories but have yet to do so.

There’s also a 45% sitewide discount on pillow cases, framed prints, canvas prints, polaroids, and prints that you can get your personal photos printed on. The Insta Cards (RM33) is a set of 34 cards with your photos printed in a square polaroid-type template – great for those who are looking to create a mood board, or to bring a personal touch to your post-CMCO home makeover.

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Their website is really simple to use too. All you have to do is upload your keepsake photos and resize them to fit given templates, and Photobook will do the rest of the work – printing it out and delivering it to your doorstep.

Shop at Photobook here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

10. The Face Shop – free Natural Sun Eco sunblock

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Puteri lilins who have no choice but to brave the KL weather to run errands will want to make the most of The Face Shop’s free sunblock deal that ends on 31st August 2020. Simply purchase any of their Natural Sun Eco’s sun care products (from RM79) from their physical or online shops to get the 2nd item for free. 

There’s also the same buy-1-free-1 deal on their Jeju Volcanic series that comprises pore-care masks, cleansing foams, and nose strips. Those dealing with mask-nes – or acne from wearing masks – should give their Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Cleansing Foam (RM43) that deals with sebum build-up and combat oily skin a try.

Then follow up your skincare routine with the Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack (RM70) to help reduce the appearance of your pores. The lower-priced item will be the one going for free if you’re mixing and matching products. 

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There’s also a Merdeka Sale going at their stores currently, which includes deals such 4 facial masks for RM31 and 20% on selected beauty and skincare products with an additional 11% off after the discount.

See all The Face Shop locations here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

11. Black Whale – RM1 Ice Cream

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Black Whale is a spot many of us frequent to get our Brown Sugar Milk Tea fix. But their Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream (RM6.90) and Dark Choco Ice Cream (RM7.90) are worth a try for those with a sweet tooth too. 

This August, you can get their 2 new Japanese-flavoured ice creams – Shizuoka Matcha with generous swirls of chocolate syrup, and Sakura Peach that’s a summery combination of peach and strawberry syrup – at just RM1 each compared to the usual price of RM5.90 each.

All you have to do is pay for them using ShopeePay at any Black Whale outlet nationwide. 

See all Black Whale locations here

Promotion period: 17th August – 31st August 2020

12. Subway – RM6.30 for 6 cookies

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Subway is known for their foot-long sub sandwiches. But many of us can’t help but to drop their outlets for their chewy cookies that’s a highlight alongside their hearty sandwiches. 

For Merdeka, you can get your hands on a pack of 6 cookies (U.P. from RM2.55/each) for just RM6.30. And you’ll get to select from their usual line-up of cookies, including popular flavours such as Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia and Oatmeal Raisin.

See all Subway locations here

Promotion period: 17th August 2020 – 31st August 2020

13. Domino’s Pizza – buy-1-free-2 deal & 50% off all pizzas

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Domino’s Pizza is the go-to spot for those who want a slice of thin-crust pizza and breadsticks at an affordable price. It helps that there are always coupons and deals to get at their stores too. For August, discounts are massive – you can get 50% off all pizzas, up to 50% off desserts and cheesy stixs, and a Buy-1-Free-2 deal to top it all off.  

The Buy-1-Free-2 deal lets you get a regular pizza, along with a free regular pizza and breadstick at just RM31.90, with savings of over RM40. Plus, they are also offering free deliveries and you can apply multiple coupons on a single order to further maximise your savings too. 

See all Domino’s Pizza locations here

Promotion period: 17th August 2020 – 31st August 2020

14. MyKori Dessert Cafe – 50% off second Kakigori

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When the Malaysian heat gets too hot to tahan, drop by MyKori Dessert Cafe. They are having a 50% discount on the second bowl of mini kakigori (U.P. from RM12) – or Japanese shaved ice dessert – if you order a large bowl of Honeydew Kakigori (RM26).

We recommend these refreshing flavours to get for your mini kakigori –  Mont Mauve Kakigōri (U.P. RM17), which comes with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, and Passion Fruit Kakigori (U.P. RM14), with bites of passion jelly and boba pops. 

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There are also other interesting and sweeter flavours to try. Milo Kakigori (U.P. RM13) comes with milo nuggets and syrupy milo sauce, and Popcorn Kakigori (U.P. RM12) that comes topped with a generous handful of caramel popcorn and a drizzle of caramel toffee sauce. 

See all MyKori Dessert Cafe locations here

Promotion period: 4th August 2020 – 3rd September 2020

15. Pestle & Mortar Clothing – buy-1-free-1 deals

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Support local by shopping at Pestle & Mortar, a homegrown streetwear brand that’s known for its hoodies and T-shirts. They are having a massive Merdeka buy-1-free-1 deal until 31st August 2020. This deal will be available at both their physical and online stores. 

While the deal only applies to selected items, you can expect to see T-shirts, fanny packs, umbrellas, and pins going at discounted prices and up for grabs for free if it’s the lower-priced item. 

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This modernized Kung-fu Jacket (U.P. RM428) is going for a quarter of its usual price at RM171.20.
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See Pestle & Mortar’s locations and list of stockists here

Promotion period: Until 31st August 2020

16. Auntie Anne’s – 2 pretzel stix packets for RM10

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Auntie Anne’s brings back their Happy Stix Together deal for Merdeka this year, which sees 2 pretzel stix packets going for RM10. You can choose from these pretzels flavours, all priced at RM5.40 originally: 

  • Chocolate Mint Stix
  • Green Tea Stix
  • Cinnamon Sugar Stix
  • Sour Cream & Onion Stix
  • Coffee Stix

You can also look out for their Rolling Tuesday deals, which sees 21% discounts on Pretzels and Cheese Nuggets (RM11) and Pretzel and Sausage Bites (RM12) on every Tuesday until further notice. There’s also an 18% discount on Pretzel and Jumbo Cheese Sausage (RM13).

See all Auntie Anne’s locations here

Promotion period: 1st August 2020 – 30th September 2020

August 2020 discounts in Malaysia

Wrap up August with celebrations for Malaysia’s National Day and these must-check-out discounts and deals. There’s plenty of food deals and discounts at retail outlets to keep the last 3-day weekend of August 2020 packed with discounts on meals, thrills, and retail therapy. 

For more things to do during Merdeka, check out our other articles: 

Cover image adapted from: @thefaceshop_sg, @hushpuppiesmsia & @mykoridessertcafe


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