10 things to do in Malaysia during Lunar New Year
Malaysia’s tourism industry is in its busiest time of year and the country’s top tourist attractions are looking to boost the economy this year with a range of events and activities.
Malaysia is gearing up to host the Lunar New Years Eve festival this month, with events ranging from live performances by pop stars to a spectacular fireworks display.
A total of 6,000 people are expected to attend the festivities.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Azizuddin said in a video posted on the Ministry of Tourism’s website on Friday.
“We hope people will be ready for the big events and festivals that we’re bringing to Malaysia.”
Malaysian Tourism Authority chairman Abdul Hadi Ibrahim said on Friday that the agency will organise events at all the tourist attractions including the popular nightlife hotspot at Bandar Seri Begawan, which is expected to attract up to 1 million people.
The event has been postponed after an investigation by the Department of Culture and Tourism found the event was not “appropriate for Malaysia”.
The agency is working with the government and the industry to identify the appropriate venues for the festival.
“This will be a great event and it’s going a bit differently this year, so we are not sure when the festival will take place, but it will happen this year,” Mr Ibrahim said.
Tourism Minister Datawaziri said the government would be promoting Malaysia as an attractive destination for international visitors during the Lunar new year.
“Malaysians are going to feel the warmth of the sun, which will bring happiness and cheer to everyone,” she said.
“I hope that we’ll be able to welcome more visitors to Malaysia this year.
There are many opportunities for tourism in the country, especially in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.”
Malay Tourism Authority chief executive Abdullah Nurul said in an interview with The Straits Times that he hoped the event would boost tourism in Malaysia and that “there will be more opportunities for Malaysians to travel”.
“It will also bring new jobs, so it’s a good thing for Malaysia to get more international visitors in the economy,” he said.
The Lunar New years celebration has been held annually since 1875 and is one of the most important celebrations in the history of Malaysia.
It is considered a national holiday in Malaysia, and is celebrated by the countrys government with the national flag flying at half mast at each government building.
The first major Lunar New year celebrations took place in March last year, with hundreds of thousands of people in the Malay peninsula.