Kuala Lumpur 29th February 2016 - The media reception for the Malaysia Super Sale this year was held at Sasana Kijang, the Museum & Gallery of National Bank of Malaysia which was opened in 2011. It is a centre of knowledge and learning excellence that embodies the Bank’s commitment for the development of thought leadership and for regional and international collaboration in central banking and financial services.
Upon arrival the Mega FAM participants was greeted with a creative showcase on various Malaysian handicrafts. The media was even given a chance to create a Batik pattern of their own. In attendance were the media form ASEAN region and travel agencies representatives from Africa and the Middle East.
After a short welcoming remark from Hazlini Harun, the Manager of the Museum and Art Gallery, we were brought to the Art Gallery first which houses a rotating display of the Central Bank of Malaysia’s art collection. The spacious area is very delightful and calming too.
We then proceed to the Numismatics Gallery. This gallery tells the early history of money and go back to a time when objects of different shapes and sizes were commonly accepted as currency within the region.
If you're a numismatists, you'll probably wanna spend a lot of time here. Old money is so interesting!
We then proceed to the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, where we learn about the important role and responsibilities of the Central Bank of Malaysia in maintaining the financial and economic health of the country.
The Vault is probably the highlight of this gallery. To view it you'll need to enter some codes and then only will the frosted glass clears for a while for you to view this treasures. We're told it's the real deal but they could just be pulling our legs.
The final stop was at the Children’s Gallery which is filled with hands-on games and activities based on the concept of ‘Save, Spend and Share’. The entry to this section is a also tunnel made of RM1 Million. No I'm not kidding.
After the visits, we were given a chance to have a hands-on training on how to properly frame artworks so that'll it last longer.
Despite the short time, it was a fun workshop. Next on the agenda was the Seminar Session for the 1Malaysia Super Sale.
We were welcomed by Ms. Azizah Aziz (left), Director of Corporate Communication Division, Tourism Malaysia. In her remarks, she presented the latest statistics of visitors to Malaysia. Ms. Baizuri Baharum (right), Head Secretariat of Shopping Secretariat Malaysia then presented to us the current and upcoming tourist attractions and also how the 2016 Malaysia Super Sale will be conducted. Check out their Calendar of Events so you can plan your trips to Malaysia wisely!
We also heard some briefings from various theme park and mall operators, sharing the activities that they have planned for 2016. There is certainly a ton of activities and deals for all those visiting Malaysia this year. Not just shopping but also sporting activities too.
One of the slides shared was this, which I'm kinda proud of hehe.. despite our small population of not more than 450,000 people, we manage to score high on the most generating tourist market statistic. No surprise really because we all know how we love to drive down to Miri or Kota Kinabalu for some R&R due to the strong Brunei currency.
To end the seminar, we were shown the award winning video of 'Malaysia Truly Asia" sung by non other than the renowned Malaysian artist and Tourism Advisor of Malaysia, Yuna. Personally, I've loved this song from the first time I heard it last year. So soothing and video is nicely done.
The final program of the day was the Welcome Reception hosted by Museum & Gallery of National Bank of Malaysia. The guess of honour was Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia. In his speech he emphasised more reasons why Malaysia is the right destination for tourist who wishes to experience Asia as Malaysia has a vast variety of races and religion which has showcases their own unique tradition from culture to food.
The event ended with some really good food and entertainment of various cultural dances and songs. It was a really long day but everyone truly enjoyed it. For more info on traveling to Malaysia, simply visit the official website of Tourism Malaysia. You can also drop me an email via my Contact page.