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7TH DUNHUANG TOUR ON THE SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FESTIVAL

Consul General conducted his first visit to Gansu Province to attend the 7th Dunhuang Tour on the Silk Road International Tourism Festival at the invitation of the Gansu Provincial Tourism Development Commission on 19 � 25 June 2017 at Yongjing County.

The seventh edition of the annual Tourism Festival was co-organised by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) was represented by Ms Yong Ee Chin, Deputy Undersecretary and Ms Caelia Kamaruddin, Senior Assistant Secretary from the International Cooperation Division.

The festival carried the theme of Experience Gorgeous Gansu and Tourism Development Along the Silk Road was officiated by Governor Mr. Tang Renjian. The organisers had also provided complimentary booths for the participating countries at the Silk Road Tourism Product Exhibition Area in Yongjing County to promote their travel line and display of tourism products. Tourism Malaysia Beijing and two other Malaysian companies, namely Regal Plus Pvt Ltd and Tastiway Sdn. Bhd. participated at the exhibition.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (News from Mission)

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Head Of State’s Parade And Rally At Celebration Square – Awg Tengah

KUCHING: The parade and rally in conjunction with the state-level birthday celebration of the Head of State will be held for the first time at the Celebration Square (Dataran Perayaan) near Stadium Negeri this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan stated this in a press conference at Stadium Negeri yesterday, adding that the parade and rally were always held at Padang Merdeka.

He said the celebration for Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud's 81st birthday will be held on Sept 9.

All this while, it was being held at the historic Padang Merdeka but Padang Merdeka is currently undergoing some works this year which is why we have to hold the celebration somewhere else, he added.

He also said the grand event will comprise six segments, starting on Sept 8 with the Majlis Doa Selamat at Masjid Jamek in Petra Jaya.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Amar Datuk Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang are expected to join Taib and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib for the Thanksgiving Prayer.

They will be welcomed by me, as the minister-in-charge of the three-day celebration. Other cabinet ministers and leaders are also expected to attend the religious event, said Awang Tengah.

On the day of the main celebration (Sept 9), he said the grand parade and rally would start at 8am, with 81 contingents expected to take part in the event.

He said the number of contingents signifies the Head of State's age � 81, and each contingent will be made up of 44 people, making the number of participants almost 4,000.

All the contingents will perform the march past and after that the Chief Minister will be invited to deliver his speech. Later, the Governor will be invited to perform the symbolic launching ceremony and to cut a special birthday cake to be presented by 81 pupils to the accompaniment of pyro salute and release of balloons, Awang Tengah elaborated.

After the rally and parade, the Head of State will adjourn to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to present state awards and medals to recipients.

In the evening, the Head of State and Chief Minister and their wives will attend a state dinner at the DUN complex, he added.

On Sept 10, Taib will attend a 'High Tea' reception at the Waterfront Hotel, during which he would present gifts to the needy and later on launch two exhibitions known as 'Pameran Dirgahayu' and 'Raja Kita' (Our King) there.

Present during the press conference were Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi and Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

Source: Borneo Post