Malaysia’s strength is in its variety of cultures. Even with the recent use of race in local politics, the country should not forget that the various races have woven a fabric of cultures that is not only beautiful but unique.
Sea travel was the main way of travelling before the advent of the airplane. Nowadays, most travellers fly around to get to far away places – quickly and efficiently. Yet ships and cruises are still important as sea travel was the main way of travelling before the advent of the airplane. Not only that, they offer a more relaxing way to travel, not to mention a romantic link to the past when travelling by sea was the only way to get to exotic places far away from the shores of home.
The Tourism Ministry’s corporate communications head, Mona Fairuz Nordin recently highlighted the Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Taxi Advertising Campaign launched by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen in Raub, Pahang. Forty-one taxis, bearing the tourism promotion advertisements, participated in the campaign in the district. The taxi drivers had attended the “Mesra Malaysia” course organised by the ministry and the Pahang tourism office early last year.
Shark hunting is a very controversial issue in Asia. Perhaps even as controversial as the whale hunting in Japan, given that shark’s fin soup is a delicacy and a must-have at almost all Chinese wedding receptions in Malaysia. So, in order to eat it, someone has to catch it.
Recent reports highlighted the fact that India has won two global awards namely World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Tourist Board, Incredible India, respectively at the World Tourism Mart 2011. India’s Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai was quoted as saying that India has recorded five million tourist arrivals this year and they wanted to add another five million within the next two to three years.
It would be good news if Sabah and Sarawak got a new regional airline. In making the call, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the new airline was vital and could concentrate on meeting the increasing demand of passengers flying from Sabah and Sarawak to various domestic and international destinations.
The Malaysian film industry has come a long way since its Golden Age in the 1950-s and 60-s, where big names like P. Ramlee and Saloma would draw huge crowds. Then it hit the doldrums in the 1990-s largely due to the TV and VCR and the conditions imposed by the authorities regarding the storyline, content and issues that were “not encouraged”.
It is truly unfortunate that Thailand, and much of its capital Bangkok, is so badly inundated by the floods this year, but Malaysians and visitors to our country can heave a sigh of relief that its capital Kuala Lumpur has a good chance at preventing an occurrence of such great proportions with its flood prevention plans, including the SMART tunnel.