Malaysia's Role in "Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea"
Envoy Stresses Strong Ties in Luncheon with Media
were A. Rashid Mohd Zain, trade commissioner of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation; Mohd Shukri B. HJ. Abdullah Sani, counsellor; Sulochana K. Indran, counsellor; Mohd Marzuki Mohd Amin, second secretary; and Col. Abdul Aziz Ahmad, defence attache.Several of the Korean staff from the embassy also took part in the luncheon.
The following is the full text of the Malaysian envoy's speech read by Minister Counsellor Abdullah Zawawi Tahir.Distinguished Members of the Media,
Ladies and Gentleman
A very good afternoon to you! It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Embassy of Malaysia for this luncheon gathering as a mark of our appreciation to the members of the media here in Korea who have been major players in supporting our work at the Embassy to bring Malaysia and the Republic of Korea closer together. I am confident our luncheon will also allow us to get to know each other better and further enhance our working relationship. 2. In fact, media practitioners and diplomats have many things in common. Essentially, both are engaged in communication aimed at building relations, smoothing tensions and fostering understanding. I am very much aware of the importance of the media and its relation to work of the Embassy.
21 December 2011
Malaysia's Role in "Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea"Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea brings the world together in May, 2012 to celebrate The Living Oceans & Coasts. Malaysia, as an official participating nation, has been allocated a space on the third floor of the International Pavilion. Malaysia will stand out with its theme “Malaysia’s Biodiversity Heaven: A Gift from Nature.” This theme captures Malaysia’s rich biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial, and also its multicultural harmony, unique in the world. The Malaysia Pavilion takes the visitor through a conceptual journey from under the sea to the land above, matching, at every step along the way, Yeosu’s needs with world-class answers from Malaysia. Answers like the world’s best managed mangrove forest, the world’s largest Chengal tree, a multicultural and multiracial harmony unrivalled in the world ... and many more. To present them, Malaysia Pavilion comprises: The Living Reef, Island of Dreams, Haven of Biodiversity, Legacy of Ages and Land of Harmony. A performance stage, souvenir and take-away counter complete the ground floor. Malaysia Pavilion will catch the attention even from afar, with an attention-grabbing front façade, a combination of a traditional fishing boat and coral lattice with pulsing lights, symbolising the harmonious connection of humankind and the ocean. More awaits inside, past the Continental Shelf map at the Reception which touches on Malaysia’s geological past including its Gondwanaland roots. The Living Reef section begins with a Blue Ghost projection, a 3-D presentation which allows us to take a close look at a typical Malaysian reef. Then, inside an immense brain coral structure, the visitor will enjoy a spectacular, 180-degree undersea experience. The Aquatarium surrounds their senses of sight and sound, enveloping up to 80 visitors within its 1 massive wrap-around video. 83% of the world’s coral ecosystems are found in Malaysian waters and, from the Aquatarium’s sea-bed point-of-view, there’s plenty of up-close evidence of that. The Island of Dreams section showcases Malaysia’s many paradise islands. Malaysia boasts some of the world’s top island destinations like Langkawi and Tioman. Malaysia’s biodiversity makes great dive experiences so it is no wonder that Sipadan is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Beside the mock-up beach with virtual waves lapping at the shore, one part of this section covers the “5-star islands” aspect of luxurious resorts and sun, sea and fun like never before. Another part presents the communities of the islands – their lifestyles, their daily activities and more. A special highlight presents important work being done with poverty eradication programmes, efforts which may well prove interesting to coastal communities in other parts of the world.The next section, the Haven of Biodiversity, consists of a mangrove sub-section and rainforest sub-section. The visitor steps into the heart of a lush mangrove forest of animal, plant and bird populations that are among the most numerous and varied in the world. Discover Matang, the world’s best-managed mangrove reserve. As they walk, the succession of Avicennia, Bruguiera and Rhizophora are visible through the glass they’re walking on. They wind their way through biodiversity, from the sounds and smells of morning to the dancing fireflies of the night. At the rainforest sub-section, through a combination of replica rainforest, information panels and even a virtual hostess in traditional Sarawakian dress, the visitor learns what makes Malaysia’s rainforests such natural wonders to behold. That it is among some of the oldest rainforests in the world. That more than 90% of Malaysia’s freshwater comes from its rainforests. That it is home to unique flora and fauna such as the world’s largest flower, the world’s largest pitcher plant and even the world’s largest Chengal tree. Malaysia’s rainforests are truly treasure troves of biodiversity. At the Legacy of Ages section, the visitor can glimpse Malacca in its heyday, one of the world’s busiest entreports of its day where Korean was one of 84 languages spoken. See the trade routes of old, the artefacts of the spice trade and the heritage preserved today in Malacca’s UNESCO heritage streets. Indeed, Malaysia’s heritage of maritime excellence is very much alive still, traced from the traditional boat-making skills of renowned master craftsmen like Pak Dollah through to events like Sabah’s Regatta Lepa-Lepa right up to the present-day Monsoon Cup that brings some of the world’s top racing yachts and their crews to the nation. Then, bask in the best of Malaysia at the Land of Harmony. Today’s Malaysia is a fascinating tapestry of so many different cultures and traditions - some of them only found in Malaysia – all coexisting in harmony. On the large LED screen, the visitor will see vivid testimony of the special Malaysian blend. Every frame is an expression of harmony and celebration. Images of modern Malaysia showcasing its progress. Malaysians from all walks of life working hand-in-hand, living happily together. The joy of its national harmony, celebrated in music, spectacular dances, colourful weddings, fascinating festivals and traditions, the world’s most exotic tastes and more. Malaysia is many cultures, many peoples. But all united as 1 in progress for the nation.At the take-away counter, chefs behind the mock-up boat serve a visual feast as well as great taste. Visitors will be amazed at how their food is prepared, before it gets to them. And at the souvenir shop, you can pick up an interesting souvenir. The visitor leaves the Pavilion on a high to colour, music and movement at the performance stage. 4 times a day, the performance stage will pulsate to glittering cultural performances, ending their visit in the most memorable way. During non-performance times, the stage will be used for handicraft demos. A visit to Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2012 will be a truly memorable event and one that should not be missed.
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