SIBU: Some 80,000 people, young and old, from all walks of life jammed pack Sibu Town Square Phase One to have a glimpse of their favourite idol Shila Amzah during the launching of Visit Sibu Year 2017.
The petite Malaysian singer, who is also a singing sensation in China, amazed the crowd with her electrifying performance.
Audiences in China first came to know Shila in 2012 when she won the reality singing contest Asian Wave, which brought her a contract with the Shanghai Media Group.
Her appearances last year in I Am A Singer, a popular reality show pitting professional singers against each other in China, made her a bigger sensation as she impressed not only with her powerful voice but also fluency in ‘Putonghua’ (mandarin).
State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg represented the Chief Minister to grace the event.
The secretary-general of Tourism and Culture Ministry Tan Sri Dr Ong Hong Peng, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and his wife Datin Sri Pauline Leong, Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King and deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong were present.
The Visit Sibu Year 2017 mascot, known as ‘Bubu’, was unveiled during the event. Besides Shila’s performance, traditional and modern dance performances as well as singing were also held.
The launching of Visit Sibu Year 2017 is aimed at introducing Sibu to the world map and to have more air connectivity to Sibu. SMC decided to push forward the air connectivity issue through the launching of Open Sky For Sibu.