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KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- A slight drizzle failed to dampen the

spirit of the crowd at the colourful opening of the Citrawarna 1Malaysia 2011

extravaganza at the Dataran Merdeka here tonight.

Themed "1Malaysia Tourism Festival," the mesmerising event featuring

Malaysian music and dance attracted an estimated 100,000 people, including

foreign guests.

Taking centre stage was Malaysia''s unique cultural diversity, with the venue

in the heart of the capital having been transformed into a fairyland of lights

and colour. Multicoloured fireworks lit the city skyline.

The show was graced by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and

Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, his wife Puan

Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.



The Malaysian premier cultural event, already into its 13th year, was

broadcast live over RTM and also beamed to countries like Brunei, China,

Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Macau,

reaching an estimated TV audience of 25 million viewers.

Malaysia’s renowned tourism tagline, "Malaysia Truly Asia", came alive

through musical, song and dance performances highlighting six tourism products,

namely Parks and Gardens; Sports Tourism; Contemporary Arts; Fabulous Food,

Fruits and Shopping; Ecotourism; and 1Malaysia Green 1Malaysia Clean.

Spectators were also entertained by ethnic dance performances.

Tourism is one of the largest contributors to the Malaysian economy,

generating RM56.5 billion in tourism receipts in 2010 on the back of 24.5

million tourist arrivals.



Dr Ng said Malaysia aimed to welcome 36 million tourists with receipts of

RM168 billion by year 2020.

"To achieve this, we''ll continue to be creative and innovative in utilising

our nation’s resources such as nature, culture and history.

"However, the most important ingredient for Malaysia’s tourism success is

the commitment, dedication and support of all Malaysians,” she said in her


Tonight''s event was marked by the joyful "Joget 1Malaysia" finale which saw

the participation of some 5,000 performers as well as members of the public.

A tourism carnival was held earlier today, offering a wide array of

domestic tourism packages and the opportunity to savour other Malaysian

delights, including mouth-watering local fruits.



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