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Tourism a Bridge for Cultural Exchange: Malaysia’s MOTAC Minister
05 February 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, has begun the new year by outlining his vision for the months ahead. Malaysia is committed to driving the industry in a more sustainable direction, and the minister’s recent comments provide a roadmap for this journey.

“The cultural diversity of our nation is a treasure and we will continue to emphasise the importance of cultural integration, dialogue and cooperation among different communities and promote the concept of cultural diversity, said the minister in a New Year message posted to Facebook on 1 January. “This allows everyone to proudly share our collective cultural heritage, making it an exclusive recipe for creating highlights in the tourism industry,” he added.

Mr. Tiong first took on the role of MOTAC Minister on 3 December 2022, with a remit to guide Malaysia’s continued emergence from the shadow of the Covid-19 era. During that time, international borders have been reopened and Malaysia’s tourism, arts and culture sectors have been noticeably reorientated to align with a more sustainable, community-focused ethos.

“In 2023, we set sail, step by step, hand in hand, realising our vision and further advancing the development of these sectors,” said the minister in his message, before offering his wishes for the year ahead: “May 2024 be filled with hope, and let us continue to unite and strive for the prosperity and glory of Malaysia. Once again, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and the very best in everything. Peace and prosperity to the nation,” he added.

The minister also crystalised his vision for the tourism industry, as being more than just an engine for economic growth; he describes tourism as a bridge for cultural exchange and international friendship. In the months ahead, the minister expects to see many more crossings on this bridge, as increasing numbers of international visitors experience the natural, cultural wonders of Malaysia.