Malaysia is safe to visit, says Wan Azizah

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

Motac officer Izara Nadia Yuzihan (right) putting a face mask on Mohd Firas Mohd Faizal, seven.

Lunar New Year joy is still in the air in Penang as thousands turned up at the national-level Chinese New Year open house at the Esplanade.

Organised by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, the event saw several eye-catching performances by the sea.

Among the highlights was a lion dance on stilts performance by Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Muar, Johor.

The troupe, winner of 76 world and 83 national titles brought along six lions.

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Kung Fu Club delivered more excitement while Chinese cultural shows by Istana Budaya, Yan Yang Tian Acrobatic & Cultural Dance Centre and Soka Gakkai Malaysia showcased the vibrant and diverse culture in the country.

Local artists such as Masya Masyitah, Fuying & Sam, Geraldine Gan and Azmir Arif also mesmerised the crowd.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Federal Government was still going ahead with all major events but advised the people to follow self-protection advice given by the Health Ministry.

“Realising the importance of the tourism sector which contributes as much as 15.2% to our Gross Domestic Product, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has outlined short-term strategies known as ‘Quick Wins’ to support the industry.

“One strategy is to encourage more domestic travel in line with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.

“Over 200 tourism and cultural programmes are listed in the 2020 events calendar to help domestic travelers plan their holidays.

“We should send a positive message that Malaysia is safe to visit,” she said in her speech.

She launched the event on Saturday with yee sang tossing together with Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi and his wife Datin Zarinah Muhammad Ibrahim, and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and his wife Tan Lean Kee.

Also present at the open house were Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and other leaders.

Earlier in the day, some 3,000 face masks were distributed.Activities included cooking demos and craft workshops.

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