Wednesday, October 20

Tourism Malaysia urges Malaysians to be unofficial ambassadors for VMY2020


Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad launching the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) logo at KLIA. Bernama Photo

KOTA KINABALU: Tourism Malaysia has urged all Malaysians to be the country’s unofficial ambassadors in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) to achieve the target of 30 million tourists and make Malaysia the top tourist destination next year.

Its chairman Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau said the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and several related agencies including Tourism Malaysia are now actively promoting VMY2020, but the cooperation from various parties was also needed for the VMY2020 campaign.

“Recently, the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched VMY2020 with a new logo. The government is going all out to promote VMY2020. Our target is to get 30 million people to come and visit Malaysia. We need the cooperation of everyone in Malaysia for that to happen and make this a reality for next year.

“I would urge all of you to appoint yourself as an unofficial ambassador of Malaysia, so we can all work hard and contribute to real success for VMY2020,” he said before witnessing the presentation of the Malaysian Book of Records (MBOR) recognition certificate to Minggu Muzik Malaysia (MMM) here yesterday.

At the event, MMM 2019 organising chairman Sylvester Fan represented the MMM to receive the recognition certificate from MBOR chief executive officer Datuk Micheal Tio, for its concert in the air as the ‘Highest Altitude Live Music Performance’ via the record-breaking AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.

The live mini concert which was held at a height of 38,000 feet featured MMM 2019’s star artiste Ayda Jebat and independent band Shadow Puppet Theater where they performed for 30 minutes during the two-hour-40-minute flight this morning.

Earlier, Fan said it was an honor for MMM to receive the recognition from the MBOR as they strive to create greater awareness both nationally and internationally for Malaysian talents.

“With Tourism Malaysia’s support, we intend to bring MMM to other parts of Malaysia as it will promote the local tourism industry and give budding artistes a chance to shine,” he said.

MMM is a week-long celebration of original Malaysian music with its inaugural edition to take place in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 9 to 15.

The most anticipated activity will be the finale concert held in conjunction with ‘Festival Permainan Malaysia’ (Malaysian Games Festival) and Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 14 to 16 at Dataran Merdeka organised by the National Department for Culture and Arts with the venue hosted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall. — Bernama