Tourism Malaysia – Majlis Rumah Terbuka Riang-Ria Adilfitri – Ipoh and Penang

Selamat Hari Raya! ­čśÇ
Yes, it’s a month long celebration. And it’s not over as yet!
Just last week I joined the team from Tourism Malaysia for a wonderful celebration with the local people of Perak and Penang. The recently appointed┬áTourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Moha┬şmed Nazri Aziz was present at both open houses. Throngs of people came and there were cultural performances, plenty of fabulous local cuisine and entertainment the whole evening.

Location: Padang Rengas, Perak.
Datuk Seri Moha┬şmed Nazri Aziz (in white),┬áTourism and Culture Minister.

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Now, I have not been to a public open house for years. Both evenings in Perak and Penang I was reminded again why our open house culture is so uniquely Malaysian. Thousands of people from all races, age and beliefs came together to enjoy a night of celebration, to greet their ministers and for some it was a form of family outing.
There were plenty of local food to feed everyone though there were a perpetual snaking queue at the food stalls.

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In Penang a similar setup was utilized. Continuous servings of Char koay teow, laksa, satay, Penang apom, ais kacang, roti canai, lamb and etc ensured everyone is full and happy, an epitome of Malaysian hospitality.

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Datuk Seri Moha┬şmed Nazri Aziz came over to say hi to the media before moving on to greet other attendees.

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This is my favourite apom in Penang. Look out for him in Pulau Tikus, in the corner coffeeshop just opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station. You would thank me for the tip once you tasted his apom! ­čÖé

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Nothing beats a bowl of well made Penang ais kacang on a humid night.

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More cultural performances and some local artists kept everyone entertained that night.

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Even┬áDatuk Seri Moha┬şmed Nazri Aziz came on stage to sing along to some songs. He’s such a sport isn’t he? ­čÖé

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Thanks Tourism Malaysia for the wonderful trip and experience! ­čÖé

Congratulations to Datuk Seri Moha┬şmed Nazri Aziz again for his appointment as Tourism and Culture Minister. I certainly hope we could achieve our target of 28 million foreign tourists to Malaysia next year for Visit Malaysia Year 2014!