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.



Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer The Malaysian Insider
    MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer

    The partner of an American passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has spoken about how a Fox executive who was recently sacked by the news station had contacted her offering to raise funds on her behalf. Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood is among the 239 people on board the missing plane, told the Sydney Morning Herald... …

  • My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh The Malaysian Insider
    My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh

    A week after the tragic crash that took the lives of veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius, his son Ramkarpal recounts the final hours with his father that fateful day. This is his story, as told to V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor. “My parents (Karpal and Gurmit) had gone to Pantai Hospital... …

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle Associated Press
    In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192. …