Celebration of all things Malaysian

(Far right) Visitors admiring the unique photographs by Malaysian blogger Lam Ching Fu based on his travelogue ‘My Journey by Bus’ at the Made-in-Malaysia festival in REXKL, Kuala Lumpur.

AIRASIA Foundation and REXKL celebrated Malaysia Day by organising a festival aptly named Made-in-Malaysia.

Vintage and art enthusiasts came together to share their passion for art, fashion and all things Malaysian.

The two-day festival was aimed at promoting unity among Malaysians, and showcasing the nation to locals and visitors alike.

Visitors and tourists enjoyed a wide array of local treats and snacks as they visited various booths, including a vintage flea market featuring Malaysian memorabilia from the 1960s to 1980s.

They took a trip down memory lane at the booths that displayed unique collectables ranging from everyday household items to classic jewellery.

The festival also featured various talks and activity workshops feauring speakers like Tourism Malaysia food ambassador Datuk Chef Wan, film director Tan Yew Leong, musician and composer Pete Teo as well as documentary maker Indrani Kopal.

REXKL, a former cinema, also houses the foundation’s newly opened goodwill store Destination: GOOD.

Destination: GOOD is a social enterprise hub that currently retails about 400 responsibly and ethically produced handcrafted items from more than 30 social enterprises across Asean.

The retail space and movement encourages people to shop and travel sustainably.

Foundation executive director Yap Mun Ching said the crafts sold at the store goes towards helping the craftsmen venture into startup entrepreneurship and expand to the international market.

The foundation also provides grants to small enterprises to create job opportunities for underprivileged communities.

Yap said the festival was a great platform to celebrate the country’s diversity while strengthening unity.

“We truly hope this festival is able to showcase our love towards Malaysia and its diverse cultures and we will try to make it a yearly event, ” she added.

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