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“Malaysia, Your New Art Tourism Destination”

“Malaysia, Your New Art Tourism Destination”

The Minister of Tourism Malaysia, YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, is phenomenon nonetheless another sparkling and innovative tourism product today, a “1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2011” (MCAT 2011) Festival during a Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Organised for a second uninterrupted year, a festival will see many art-related events being reason from Jul to Sep 2011 with a support of private organisations including selling malls, hotels, art galleries and informative and gathering centres.

A sum of 17 events have been identified this year, doubled as compared to a prior year. For a initial time, 8 selling complexes are participating, namely Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit 88, Starhill Gallery, Publika Shopping Mall, Sungai Wang, Plaza Low Yatt,  KL City Walk, and Sunway Pyramid. An muster by a multitude of people with training disabilities will be reason during a Malaysia Tourism Information Center (MaTIC) in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur commencement July.

This year sees several state-level appearance as well, i.e. Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Pahang, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and a Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Activities being organized embody a MCAT muster during a World Rainforest Music Festival in Jul in Sarawak and exhibitions during a Sabah Terminal Airport, a Monsopiad Cultural Village, Artists Corner and many other galleries in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Over 100 galleries national will be participating in a MCAT 2011 upheld by some-more than 300 artists nationwide. Some of a artists to be featured are Yusuf Ghani, Raduan Man, Fauzul Yusri, Gan Chin Lee, Ting Cho Chien, Eston Tan, (Starhill Gallery) Adrian Ho (Sabah Art Hunt), Juhari Said, Stephen Menon, Chin Kong Yee, Ivan Lam, Choy Chun Wei Yau Bee Ling, Hamidi Hadi, Nor Azizan Paiman, Bayu Utomo, Clement Ooi, Nadiah Abdul Jalil (United Voices Kuala Lumpur), and Hasnul Jamal Saidon (Penang). Emerging artists embody Haslin Ismail, Samsuddin, Dhavinder Singh, Cheng Yen Pheng and Yim Yen Sum.

The northern segment too will exaggerate a clever illustration generally from Penang with a support of both Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery and art galleries in Penang. Langkawi will reason several art exhibitions organized by a Langkawi Art and Visual Association (LAVAA) with Tanjung Rhu Hotel, Sri Perdana Galleria and Underwater World participation. Both Alor Star and Kulim will also organize a Saturday Art Market to showcase MCAT activities.

Meanwhile, Resorts World Genting will have a month-long art festival in Aug to attract art collectors and enthusiasts to a resort. There will also be an art competition and a two-day festival to be reason during a Taman Tasek Raub, Pahang.

At Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), a 1Malaysia Artists, represented by a vital races in Malaysia, will emanate a vast board picture (3ft x 30ft). KLCC will also vaunt a works of a 1Malaysia Plate Project whereby 80 artists will paint and arrangement their design during a categorical corridor (piece is to fit a wall of 8ft x48ft).

An thought mooted by YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng, a MCAT Festival hopes to position Malaysia as a creditable end for art enthusiasts in a segment to suffer and acquire contemporary art, with museum-quality pieces, in line with a thesis “Malaysia, Your New Art Tourism Destination.” It is also a height for art enthusiasts, gallery owners, artists as good as a new era of collectors to forge business alliances, acquire new contemporary art works, share ideas and sell information about a new contemporary art of Malaysia. The festival is approaching to attract some-more high-yield tourists that in spin will boost a tourism industry’s grant towards a economy.


Date      :  14th JULY 2011

Venue :  Banquet Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

10 : 30 am :           Arrival of Guests and Distinguished Guests

10 : 45 am  :          Arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia

11 : 00 am  :          Welcome Speech by Y.B. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia


Opening Gambit

11 : 30 am  :          Group Photo

(Guest might ensue for refreshment)

11 : 45  am  :          Visit Art Display

12 : 00 pm  :          Refreshment for VIP and Guests


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Cuisine in Melaka


If historical buildings, churches, forts and temples could talk, they would spin one heck of a story. Unfortunately, they can’t. So most of us still need well-informed and articulate guides to wax lyrical as we hop into the time machine.

Yet heritage tour is what Malacca sorely lacks.

Despite its rich history and kaleidoscopic cultures, the city doesn’t “sell” its historic walks — there are no designated historical routes, heritage maps or specially trained guides who can cater to heritage aficionados or history buffs.

“I would say about 30% of our tour guides (out of 123 registered guides in Malacca), especially the senior guides, can conduct heritage tours,” claims Zamzam Kassim, the chairman of Malacca Historic City Tourist Guides Association (MHCTGA). In 2010, tourist arrivals in Malacca topped 10.4 million. “But I think we do need to groom ‘storytellers’ who can present Malacca’s stories and run a well designed and interesting walking tour.”

Of course, most guides are good at rattling off historical facts, naming people and places but at times the information is sketchy, distorted and lacks a storyline.

The rare exception is Penang’s popular walking tours run by Penang Heritage Trust (PHT). Through their own initiative, PHT designed thematic walking tours and trained city guides to interpret George Town’s colourful heritage.

“We must admit that licensed tourist guides in our country have been interpreting heritage through different angles,” says Jimmy Leong Wie Kong, the president of Malaysian Tourist Guides Council (MTGC). But the good news is, certified heritage guides will be roaming the streets of Malacca and George Town as early as September 2011 if the Ministry of Tourism (Motour) has its way.

Motour is scheduled to launch the pilot Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides (CHSG) course in July this year. Working closely with government agencies and NGOs including the National Heritage Department, PHT, Badan Warisan Malaysia, MTGC and Association of Tourism Training Institute Malaysia (ATTIM), the Ministry is drawing up training modules for the two-week course. The course will be held in Malacca and George Town, the two cities listed under Unesco World Heritage sites. “Based on Unesco guidelines, the course will train guides to do heritage interpretation, deliver accurate information on the World Cultural Heritage site, promote conservation and involve the local communities,” explains Ivin Mercy of Motour’s Industry Development Division. “A confirmed, licensed tourist guide, with at least two years of guiding experience, is eligible to enrol for the course.”

“With the CHSG training programme, successful participants should be armed with the knowledge and skills to plan heritage walks,” adds Leong. “Planning and designating routes for heritage trails should be done by the local tourist associations who can work with other tourism-related NGOs such as Badan Warisan.”

o For more info, contact Malaysian Tourist Guides Council:; E-mail: [email protected]

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Cuisine in Melaka


It is very heartening to see that our Tourism Melaka Web Portal site at has received more than 900,000 visitors. This historic mark was breached 3rd. March 2011.

Started in 2001 as a web portal to “Bring Malaccans Together and Malacca to the World”, began slowly. However, as the years go by, more and more visitors logged into our site as they searched for “Melaka” or “Tourism Melaka”.

For 2 years, our website was selected by Tourism Malaysia website as the site to promote Melaka. This helped in increasing our web presence before Tourism Malaysia revised their official website.

In July 2008, Melaka was announced to the world as a UNESCO World Heritage City together with Georgetown in Penang. This further boosted our web visitors and worldwide interest.

To date, about 500 visitors per day come to our front page at before going into our content websites for details about Melaka. We expect to reach our next target of 1,000,000 visitors in September or October 2011.

We welcome our visitors to our web portal site and for your continuous support in visiting Melaka and our websites.

Thank you.

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