VM2020 logo emits strong Malaysia vibes, says graphic designer

VM2020 logo emits strong Malaysia vibes, says graphic designer

A Penang-based graphic designer said the new Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) tourism campaign logo, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 22, truly reflected what the nation was all about. (BERNAMA)

A Penang-based graphic designer said the new Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) tourism campaign logo, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 22, truly reflected what the nation was all about.

The VM2020 logo was designed by 23-year-old graphic designer Alfred Phua Hong Fook, who had beaten over 500 other entries in a competition held between March 11 and March 24 after the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture decided to scrap the previous version.

Danz Chee, who has 15 years of logo design experience under his belt, said the official VM2020 logo has brought out strong “Malaysia” vibes with its simplistic Batik-style design, the fitting colour scheme of “Jalur Gemilang”, as well as the usage of iconic national trademarks, which are the rhinoceros hornbill, the red hibiscus and the wild fern known as “paku pakis”.

“I’ve checked out other entries from the contest, some of which are pretty well done, but I personally find the winning logo really screamed out what Malaysia is really all about,” Chee told Bernama.

Not long after the unveiling of the VM2020 logo, allegations of plagiarism through other logo designs began to brew up in social media platforms.

A different version of the VM2020 logo went viral on social media, alleging that the graphic designer had plagiarised from another hornbill design associated from a stock image, but the allegation was later dismissed by Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

This, however, did not stop netizens’ accusations of strong resemblance to a combination of multiple stock images, they believed were applied in the official VM2020 logo.

Chee explained that professional graphic designers normally do not trace stock images completely but rather use them, as well as other relevant logos and photos for designing references to develop a firm grasp of its design concepts and ideas.

He also said that graphic designers also look up these references to prevent any possible conflicts or clashes of resemblance.

“Say for instance, a client would want a tiger as their logo, and of course, we would have to look up real photos of a tiger as references and develop the important aspects of a tiger, such as its fur patterns. We would then modify them to our own desired art style, but still retain its resemblance as a tiger. You do not want to end up with a design of a cat when your client expects a a tiger,” he said.

He added that the modern trend of minimalism art style also played a huge role in the preference of the logo design, given the examples of known companies such as Adidas and Pepsi shifting their complex logo design to a more simplistic form over time. -- Bernama


Seeking to attract more Arab tourists to Tasik Kenyir

Seeking to attract more Arab tourists to Tasik Kenyir

KUALA BERANG, July 27 (Bernama) -- Tasik Kenyir should be developed as a tourist destination to lure more visitors from the Middle East.

Rural Development Deputy Minister R. Sivarasa said the Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) has been urged to plan various new initiatives to further enhance the marketability of Tasik Kenyir among tourists.

“Ketengah needs to look at new markets, especially the Middle Eastern countries, by highlighting the attractiveness of the water element in Tasik Kenyir,” he said when officiating the 2019 Kenyir Festival today. He was representing Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

The event held at Pengkalan Gawi, Tasik Kenyir here, was also attended by Terengganu Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman and Ketengah chairman Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad.

Sivarasa said the ministry through Ketengah had allocated RM38 million for the implementation of commercial infrastructure projects and social amenities programmes to be enjoyed by visitors to Tasik Kenyir in line with the goal of making it an international tourist destination.

“Soon we will also upgrade the road network in Pengkalan Gawi... as well as the landscape to revive the beauty of the flora in Tasik Kenyir,” he said.

Sivarasa advised residents around Tasik Kenyir to exploit the entrepreneurial opportunities presented by engaging in food business, sale of souvenirs and craft, operating boat houses and speedboats leading to economic spin-offs.

The festival being held from Thursday until tomorrow is targeting about 80,000 visitors with a revenue of RM1.6 million.

Meanwhile, Zulkifli said that until June this year, Tasik Kenyir received 257,192 visitors.



Resumed ECRL project to spur more development, industrialisation

Resumed ECRL project to spur more development, industrialisation, says Loke

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will resume, after nine months of negotiations, with alignments and stations restructured to make it more viable. -- Bernama photo

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will resume, after nine months of negotiations, with alignments and stations restructured to make it more viable.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the resumption would have a positive impact on the well-being of the people in terms of social economic development.

“Once completed in 2026, we will see more development and industrialisation in the east coast,” he said after THE relaunching of works on the tunnel here today.

“This section from Dungun to Mentakab is the least impacted by the realignment deal.”

The contractors will prioritise works on the tunnels and viaducts along the proposed alignment from Dungun to Mentakab in Pahang over the next one month to propel the construction of the re-negotiated RM44 billion rail network.

The supplementary agreement inked between Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) on April 12 in Beijing paved the way for the resumption of the ECRL project to proceed at a lower cost, compared with the price tag of RM65.5 billion.

The focus of the renegotiated project will be on the design and physical works of the 14.13km tunnels in 23 locations, as well as preparatory works for 39.03km of viaducts in 65 locations situated within the 223km stretch from Dungun to Mentakab where no rail alignment changes were made under the improved ECRL project.

Earthworks at several ECRL tunnel sites, including the 871m Dungun Tunnel, 1.1km Paka Tunnel, and 2.8km Kuantan Tunnel, and site clearing and pile testing on multiple sites for viaducts have commenced.

Loke said, despite the realignment involving diversions from the original design, the government would keep the option open for future development when the need arose.

Asked whether the project would encourage existing investors in the more developed states to shift or expand their operations to the east coast states, Loke said it could entice existing firms to expand, but more importantly there would be new investments.

“The joint-venture with CCCC ensures new investments.

“We are not building the railway at the expense of other states. We may see expansion, but not relocation.”

The improved ECRL project involves a distance of 640km that will entail rail alignment changes between Kota Baru in Kelantan and Dungun, Terengganu, with the introduction of a new southern alignment from Mentakab in Pahang to Port Klang in Selangor that runs through Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

The entire project will see the construction of 30 to 40 tunnels along its alignment from Kota Baru to Port Klang, with the longest tunnel measuring about 7km to be built in the Jelebu-Semenyih area.

The project will also witness the construction of multiple viaducts with a total length of approximately 100km.

Loke said Environmental Impact Assessment reports had been submitted where land clearing had started, and more would be submitted as the project progressed.

“This is a national project. It is apolitical.

“It involves states not won by the present government.

“It is for the country and the people,” he said, adding that it was well-positioned as a national infrastructure project as it linked cities and towns, upgraded public transport in rural areas along its entire 640km rail network that would traverse five states and Putrajaya.

~New Straits Times~

东铁周四正式复工 2026年秒竣工启用

东铁周四正式复工 2026年秒竣工启用

陆兆福(左5)主持东海岸铁道计划复工。左起阿末苏海米、尤索夫依斯迈、凯鲁阿迪、阿米努丁、阿末山苏里、诺若拉扎里、阿都拉曼尤诺斯及达维斯。 东海岸铁道计划(ECRL)复工,预料2026年12月启用。





“我被告知马来西亚铁道衔接公司(MRL)与中国进出口银行(China EXIM Bank),将针对东海岸铁道计划的贷款已经敲定。因此,有关东海岸铁道计划贷款附加合约预料会在近期签署。”






“在这3段工程当中,223公里的B段工程的路线没有更改,这个工程占了整个东铁计划的34.8%,而A段工程的路线会有少许更改,C段工程的路线则作出最大 的更改,2段工程全长417公里。”


他说,整个东海岸铁道计划,登嘉楼州共计6个站,包括甘榜拉惹(Kampung Raja)、瓜拉登嘉楼、柏拉岸(Pengkalan Berangan)、龙运(Dungun)、甘马仕(Kemasik)及朱盖(Chukai),以及2个供乘客和货柜的站。

“在登州,也需要建造3个地下隧道,这包括龙运隧道、北加隧道(Terowong Paka)及关丹隧道。”




“届时,像是珍拉丁(Cherating)、龙运(Dungun)、瓜拉登嘉楼、督巴里(Tok Bali)及哥打峇鲁。”











Tourism industry expected to generate RM100 billion next year

Tourism industry expected to generate RM100 billion next year

Malaysia’s tourism industry is expected to generate RM100 billion in revenue next year.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said his ministry is confident of achieving its target of 30 million tourist arrivals next year, contributing to the RM100 billion in revenue expected from both international and domestic tourism, compared to a projected revenue of RM92 billion for this year.

“Kelantan is among the states expected to attract a higher number of foreign tourists to Malaysia. A total of 5.5 million tourists are expected to visit Kelantan this year. Tourist arrivals to the state will increase further next year and this will help boost the number of tourists coming to Malaysia,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony of the 2019 Kelantan Folk Arts Festival (FKRK) here today.

Also present were Culture and Arts Department (JKKN) director-general Tan Sri Norliza Rofli, Kelantan Culture, Tourism and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Md Anizam Abd Rahman and Narathiwat deputy governor Patimoh Sadiyamon.

The FKRK introduced in 2017 is one of nine cultural programmes listed in the cultural tourism sector calendar in nine states to highlight unique local cultures as tourism products.

Among the activities held at the FKRK this year were Rebana Ubi, Kertuk and Dikir Barat competitions and performances by the Kelantan Percussion Symphony Orchestra.

Meanwhile, Mohamaddin said his ministry is always open to proposals from state governments in the effort to revive the traditional art forms in their respective states.

“For instance, the Mak Yong cultural performance has been allowed to be continue in Kelantan by mutual agreement. We would like to say thank you to (the) Kelantan (state government) for giving a new breath to Mak Yong, now it can be watched at the Kelantan JKKN Auditorium,” he said.

The PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) -led government in Kelantan had previously banned Mak Yong, a dance drama, in the state on the grounds that it had animist and Hindu-Buddhist roots.


Three new products to attract tourists to Islamic Civilisation Park

Three new products to attract tourists to Islamic Civilisation Park

KUALA TERENGGANU, July 14 (Bernama) -- Three new tourism products will be introduced at the Islamic Civilisation Park (TTI) here to attract more visitors to the park and further boost the tourism industry in Terengganu.

TTI Management Sdn Bhd general manager Fazrul Isham Mohd said the new products to be made available at the park before end of the year would be a mini theme park, bird park and a 3D museum, expected to cost between RM2 million and RM2.5 million.

“We will submit as proposal paper on the projects to the state government for approval to achieve our target of getting 700,000 tourist arrivals by end of this year, from 665,000 last year,” he told Bernama.

He said the three proposed products would be in addition to the various attractions already available at TTI, such as the monument park, river cruise, the Crystal Mosque and the B Beteng restaurant.



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Terengganu targets 6.5 million tourists by 2025

Terengganu targets 6.5 million tourists by 2025

The Terengganu government is targeting 6.5 million tourist arrivals with a projected revenue of RM6 billion by 2025.

State Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said in order to achieve the target, the Terengganu Tourism Department has prepared a Terengganu Tourism Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

“The state government will continue to intensify promotions and exciting, creative and unique events making full use of the tourism products in the state so that the objective is achieved, thus providing economic spin-offs to the people of Terengganu,” he said.

Ariffin, who is also Alor Limbat assemblyman, said this to reporters when met after attending a tourism-related meeting with nine non-governmental organisations at Wisma Darul Iman here today.

He said the state government was confident of reaching its target of five million tourists before the end of this year with an increase in the domestic tourism segment via the organisation of large-scale events such as Kenyir Festival at Kenyir Lake, Terengganu Beach Carnival at Batu Buruk and Cultural Week in several districts in July and September .

Terengganu recorded 4.79 million tourists arrivals last year.