Mutual respect, goodwill and Islam

January 25th, 2020
Family members and friends tossing yee sang in conjunction with Chinese New Year in Ipoh.NSTP/ABDULLAH YUSOF

LETTERS: IT is clearly stated in the Constitution that Islam is the official religion of Malaysia and there is no restriction in the practice of other religions.

The tenets of the Constitution reflect a tolerant attitude and respect among the adherents of different religions.

While Islam does not condone inter-religion mobility, it nevertheless adheres to the principles of co-existence and non-discrimination.

There is no forced proselytisation or persecution in attracting people to the faith, only through the demonstration of deeds and an ethical and moral way of living.

Islam promotes harmonious interactions among its believers and adherents of other faiths through mutual respect and goodwill, as well as by providing facilities for places of worship in recognition of the right to practise one’s faith.

This is evident in Malaysia where mosques, churches, Hindu temples and Chinese temples adorn the landscape of this country.As such, the rituals of worship and their celebrations are part of the gamut of Malaysian life.

Although the rituals of worship are restricted to its own adherents, there is no constraint in sharing the celebratory joys of another’s religion.

Thus, the opposition to the celebration of Ponggal and the hanging of Chinese lanterns in schools are not in line with the Islamic concept of Muhibbah.

It is trite to assume that participating in such activities would adversely affect one’s faith.

Far from being an attempt to proselytise, they create awareness of the cultural practices of people of other faiths.

We should, therefore, not allow bigots to create suspicion and dissension among the people.

Wishing all our Chinese friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

by MOHAMED GHOUSE NASURUDDIN

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/01/559455/mutual-respect-goodwill-and-islam

Creating a conscious global community

January 25th, 2020
International Islamic University Malaysia students planting saplings as part of the ‘Go Green With Sultan

WEDNESDAY was the International ‎day of Educationn celebrating the role of education in peace and development.

To quote United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation director-general Audrey Azoulay, the occasion calls for all of us to play a role in making the right to education a reality for all.

It is our responsibility to future generations, she said.

As a responsible institution of higher learning of international reach, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) actively supports the event to ‘position education and the learning it enables as humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirms the role of education as a fundamental right and public good.

It wil celebrate the many ways learning can empower people, preserve the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace’.

In so doing, IIUM has acted on several initiatives to move the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in decisive ways by using the Whole Institution Transformation (WIT) approach.

It is based on a comprehensive 2019-2020 roadmap,to transform the current mechanical approach and structure institution-wide.

This will promote education for sustainable development within the context of IIUM, and also Malaysia where the nexus of people, planet, prosperity and peace (4Ps) is deemed critical.

This is where Learning to Become (LTB) is most relevant.

The WIT approach embraces both the IIUM philosophy and the National Education Philosophy (Falsafah Pendidikan Negara), while realigning them with Unesco’s four pillars of learning for the 21st century.

With LTB, it creates a holistic curriculum, blended with local and global dimensions to provide a well-defined ‘glocal’ framework (thinking global and acting local) that is uniquely IIUM in character and substance.

The IIUM stance is distinctively ‘human-centric’ in its strategic intent and direction.

This is facilitated through universal (Islamic) wisdom and perspectives based on the ‎Quintuple Helix Model, which is values-based rather than business as usual.

Thi is successfully cascaded down IIUM-wide via 29 flagship programmes, covering all the 17 SDGs, with emphasis on SDG4 (Quality and Inclusive Education).

Needless to say, they are fairly distributed throughout the university involving all sectors – academics, administrators and students, including the local and indigenous communities around the university.

This synergy is refreshing for co-learning and co-creating to inculcate sharing between the two communities that share common values and concepts, but apply them differently in their translation.

In this sense, sustainable development can be traced back to the various cultures, including the early days of Islam some 1,500 years ago.

To date, the impact and outcomes of WIT to IIUM are very encouraging. They can be categorised into five aspects:

BREAKINGdown of academic/administrative silos in transformational ways;

BUILDING of voluntary ‘teams’ and ‘teamwork’ across the academic/administrative structures based on shared aspirations and interests in meeting the overarching SDGs of 4Ps plus partnership;

ALLOWING for greater creativity, mobility and (social) innovation in translating SDGs within local context and relevance for problem-finding and problem-solving;

ENHANCING community engagement in co-problem-solving based on the 17 goals and beyond (that is, whenever the local worldviews are not met); and,

CAPTURING new combinations of data and information from the various flagships, and transforming them into ‘new’ (decolonised) knowledge and wisdom over time. Some of them illustrate well the four pillars of learning with LTB added on holistically to achieve the ‘human-centric’.

Ultimately, all these aspects will‎ be further analysed and articulated into academic programmes and platforms that will embed SDGs as part of the on going knowledge change and advancement in line with IIUM’s mission towards a just and sustainable future for humanity

With these in mind, the current effort proves to be exciting, by expanding the existing body of knowledge, especially in areas where there are still gaps to be closed.

In particular, it points to ‘spirituality’ and ‘spiritual knowledge’ from a faith-based perspective that is relevant to IIUM, if not the myriads of faith-based institutions globally.

Understanding this from the LTB viewpoint will bring many more active learners on board through not only heightened level of awareness, but also the broadening of the educational vista worldwide.

For example, a ‘new’ SDG (SDG 18 – Spirituality and Spiritual Knowledge) could be envisaged to complement the current framework in order to better realise LTB.

The work and synergies unleashed in IIUM have been phenomenal, meaning that if SDGs are appropriately pursued, the outcome of saving humanity as the key thrust to project a conscious global community (read LTB) can be realised.

The writer, an NST columnist for more than 20 years, is International Islamic University Malaysia rector

By Dzulkifli Abdul Raza

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/01/559457/creating-conscious-global-community

NST Leader:Celebrating our diversity

January 25th, 2020
Bask in our differences-our diverseness should unite, not divide us. NSTP/AIZUDDIN SAAD

MORE than a billion in China and millions around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year today, ushering in the Year of the Metal Rat with prayers and feasts.

It is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar, which marks the beginning of the new lunar year.

Also known as the Spring Festival, it’s considered a time to honour deities and ancestors, and to be with family.

The event always sparks a rush of travel, which the New York Times has dubbed ‘the world’s largest annual human migration’.

Understandably, fears of a viral pandemic have cast a pall on celebrations; China has locked down 10 cities hit by a new coronavirus outbreak that has, to date, killed 26 people and infected some 830 others.

For Malaysians, Chinese New Year is an inclusive affair, to be celebrated in true ‘muhibbah’ spirit – a cultural festival that is as embracing of others as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas.

Given that a quarter of the population is of Chinese descent, Malaysians from all walks of life and religions joyfully partake of the festive occasion, just as they do during other celebrations.

Such cultural and religious appreciation, which has strengthened the bonds of friendship and enhanced interracial and inter-religious harmony, is a longstanding Malaysian tradition.

We are one of the few countries where people are integrated into one cohesive group in a colourful weave that has been made stronger because of our different backgrounds.

At 56, Malaysia stands tall and proud with more than 15 different races, some 100 languages and at least seven different faiths.

This rich tapestry is Malaysia. We have been celebrating this diversity for so long, learning to respect one another, understanding a culture and revelling in it.

A healthy admiration of the breadth and depth of each culture. A sign of Malaysia’s maturity as a sovereign state.

Economically, Malaysia has seen a meteoric rise in growth over the last couple of decades. Rapid changes in social structures inevitably bring new challenges, especially to a young nation like ours.

Subversive elements are always lurking to undermine our cultural diversity.This Leader will not rant on recent reported incidents which have aroused suspicion, mistrust and hatred in some communities.

Suffice to say that such disruptions we must guard against. We should not allow them to seep into our consciousness and destroy what we have built.

This Leader wants Malaysians to march on and celebrate our diversity. Continue fending off the subversive elements. Bask in our differences – our diverseness should unite, not divide us.

We cannot afford to convulse in a frenzy of racist hatred, reminiscent of the May 13, 1969, racial riots. It would be ashamedly regressive.

Cultural diversity is to be celebrated.

It is the key to getting along with each other. Hari Raya, Deepavali, Christmas, Chinese New Year and what-have-yous – they are occasions that promote harmony, goodwill and unity.

We have many things to be thankful for. Every celebration is a reminder of what it means to be Malaysian.

This newspaper wishes everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2020/01/559459/nst-leadercelebrating-our-diversity

Prudent start to CNY

January 25th, 2020
A woman shopping for Chinese New Year decorations in Kuala Lumpur. -NSTP/Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese New Year celebration appears subdued as most consumers shy away from extravagant spending.

While the festival has always been a boon time for players in the retail and hospitality industries with consumers flooding shopping complexes and retail shops and booking hotels for reunion dinners, it’s quieter this time around.

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Johor Chapter marketing communications consultant and secretary Yvonne Loh said consumers were more prudent as reflected by the low number of bookings for reunion dinners this year.

“Normally, people will book three to four weeks ahead of Chinese New Year. Many hotels complain of poor business. It’s not a good sign. It looks like families are mindful of their spending for CNY this year.

“Not only are hotels feeling the pinch, shopping centres, too, are quieter compared with previous years,” she told the New Straits Times.

Loh said the increase in prices of goods could be one factor.

“Reunion dinners, for example, can be expensive. A table of 10 persons normally starts at RM500.

“It can be costlier as the prices of ingredients such as abalone, oyster and salmon have gone up due to seasonal factors. Suppliers hike the prices to take advantage of the once-in-a-year festive affair.”

MAH Johor Chapter committee member Michael Bay said many Singaporeans and Malaysians working in the nation-state did their festive shopping and preparations in Johor Baru to take advantage of the weakened ringgit.

“Nevertheless, hotel occupancy remains an issue as the industry has to contend with the rise in unregulated short-term accommodations like Airbnb.”

Bay said hotels in Johor Baru were struggling to compete with operators of the food and beverage industry, especially during the festive season.

“There seems to be a drop in the number of in-house dining patrons.”

Bay said hotels need to focus on factors, including pricing, food varieties, taste, presentation and quality, to attract customers to their restaurants.

Puteri Pacific Johor Baru and Persada Johor International Convention Centre marketing manager Lily Othman said hotels in the city were facing stiff competition from restaurants and hipster cafes in terms of bookings for CNY reunion dinners and get-togethers.

“Consumers are not spending less, but they have more options now.

“For this year, we have maintained our buffet prices. Apart from family reunion dinners, we also cater to corporate functions and group bookings.”

By Sarah Rahim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/559577/prudent-start-cny

3 coronavirus cases in Malaysia include 2-year-old boy

January 25th, 2020
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad speaking to the media on the coronavirus outbreak during a press conference in Putrajaya. On his right is Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told a news conference here today that three confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been detected in the country.

The three are Chinese citizens who were among eight quarantined at a Johor Baru hotel over the past few days.

The individuals are relatives of a 66-year-old coronavirus patient from Wuhan who is currently being treated in Singapore.

They comprise the man’s 65-year-old wife and their two grandsons, aged 2 and 11.

Malaysian Health Ministry staff using a thermal scanner to scan passengers arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Jan 21. -NSTP/Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor.

This morning, the trio was moved to the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where they have been placed in isolation and are being closely monitored.

They are reportedly in stable condition.

The 36-year-old mother of the two kids, though having tested negative for the coronavirus, was also admitted to keep her children company.

The family was part of a group of 10 Chinese nationals from Wuhan who had flown from Guangzhou to Singapore on Jan 20, before entering Malaysia.

Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. -AFP

While in Singapore, the 66-year-old man and his son (the father of the two boys) began presenting with symptoms of the virus and were admitted to hospital.

On Jan 22, Singapore health authorities announced that the duo had tested positive for 2019-nCoV.

The remaining members of the group, which includes a family of four who are close friends of the first family, tested negative for the virus.

By New Straits Times.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/559584/3-coronavirus-cases-malaysia-include-2-year-old-boy

Preventing a deadly outbreak

January 25th, 2020

“WORLD War Flu”, read the screaming headline in UK’s The Sun newspaper yesterday. Notorious for sensationalising stories, The Sun may have just got it right this time though as the planet could be facing a pandemic of global proportions at the start of a new decade.

The novel coronavirus, a mysterious new strain first detected in Wuhan, China, has infected 600 plus people and killed 17.

The death toll continues to rise with the virus detected in 25 cities in China.

Other countries which have detected the highly contagious virus include Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and lately the United States and Macau.

The stringent checks via thermal scans at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as well as other airports around the country, is an indication that Malaysia is scrambling to prevent an outbreak of this contagious disease.

Coronaviruses are named for the spikes that protrude from their membranes, which resemble the sun’s corona.

Our neighbour Singapore is investigating three people that have been hospitalised and quarantined.

They were recently in China and are exhibiting symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus.

Symptoms of infection include a high fever, difficulty in breathing and lung lesions.

Milder cases may resemble the flu or a bad cold, making detection very difficult.

The incubation period – the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms – is believed to be about two weeks.

The novel coronavirus can infect both animals and humans and in Wuhan, initial investigations revealed that the first cases were linked to workers at a market that sold live fish, animals and birds.

But Chinese scientists now believe that the virus is capable of spreading from person to person, increasing fears of a worldwide epidemic.

Thankfully, we have not detected any cases in Malaysia yet. Health authorities say some 300,000 passengers have already been screened at KLIA .

“Some have recorded high body temperature readings but none were linked to the virus,” said deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Even so, Dr Lee urged individuals who have been to China within the last 14 days and are having fever, cold or pneumonia to visit the nearest healthcare centre, where health officials have been instructed to be on high alert and take appropriate action to address the situation.

The Ministry of Health has taken steps to improve screening at all entry points to the country but our porous borders are a cause for concern.

As our neighbouring countries (Thailand has confirmed four cases) are affected, the risk of this strain “jumping borders” increases daily.

I doubt the MOH has the manpower to monitor every airport, air, land and sea entry point.

This needs a concerted effort by the Home Affairs Ministry (via the Immigration Department), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAM) and even the army if necessary.

More importantly, time is of the essence. As more cases around the world are announced daily, Malaysian authorities should step up efforts to prevent the novel coronavirus from being transmitted here.

As it is, health authorities are already swamped with dealing with cases of dengue (all-time high), the re-emergence of polio and tuberculosis, H1N1 in Sabah and the spike of influenza incidences.

One has to ask why the sudden deluge of infectious, viral diseases in Malaysia?

Access to cheap and affordable air travel could be one reason as the rise of budget airlines has enabled more people in Malaysia and the region to travel easily.

This could be the reason we are seeing diseases from the 70s and 80s like TB, polio and typhoid making a comeback.

These disease are prevalent in poorer countries and foreign workers who arrive in Malaysia without proper health screenings could be carriers.

Health screenings at our borders must be made compulsory now. We have to be vigilant because the novel coronavirus should not be taken lightly.

Scientists have compared it to SARS that killed nearly 800 people across mainland China and Hong Kong between 2002 and 2003.

China is already in a public health crisis amid fears that the strain may mutate and further spread. It has now effectively shut down the epicentre of the virus.

Wuhan is in lockdown mode. All transportation to and from the city have been suspended. And no one from this city of 11 million will be allowed to leave.

The Chinese authorities said that the measures in Wuhan were needed to “effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the safety and health of the people”.

Sale of live poultry has been banned and the mayor has cancelled public activities and gatherings during the Chinese New Year holiday.

The lunar festivities are the biggest concern because hundreds of millions of Chinese will criss-cross the country, exacerbating the crisis. The public have been advised to avoid densely populated areas.

And as the infection spreads, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stopped just short of declaring the Wuhan outbreak as a public health emergency.

Calling it “an evolving and complex situation”, it’s director-general said an expert committee would convene to discuss more evidence from its teams on the ground.

But some other countries have not waited for WHO’s findings to act now.

North Korea has banned all tourists into the country.

With Malaysia actively promoting VM2020, this would be an unthinkable step for us to take. The travel and economic backlash would cost us potentially billions.

But certain steps must be taken immediately. Screening at our airports for tourists from Wuhan may be inadequate.

Flights to and from the Chinese city should be suspended, at least until we can be sure the coronavirus outbreak is contained.

By Brian Martin.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/on-your-side/2020/01/24/preventing-a-deadly-outbreak

Tried-and-true method of learning English

January 25th, 2020
Students are engaged in an NiE activity while Cherubin (second from right) facilitates.

TWENTY years ago, Dr Gunadevi K Jeevi Subramaniam had the chance to attend a Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) workshop by The Star in Langkawi.

Since then, the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) coordinator of Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, has been using newspapers in the class. She finds the methodology most effective.

Having observed a recent NiE workshop for students at the polytechnic, Dr Gunadevi, 53, reiterates that NiE is indeed impactful.

“NiE benefits weak and proficient students alike. It adds interest to class lessons and keeps them on their toes, ” said Dr Gunadevi who is also the NiE programme director at the polytechnic.

“This is something new for the students and they like it. They are more involved and engaged because they do things like search, cut, paste, prepare presentations and answer questions from their friends.”

At the workshop conducted by Star-NiE freelance consultant trainer Anna Cherubin, students were taught how to skim and scan the newspaper for information.

Dr Gunadevi said that students got to brush up on important skills.

“NiE is very relevant to skills we need to teach the students.

“Furthermore, most of them don’t buy the newspaper and having the physical newspaper on hand will encourage them to read more, ” she said.

Happy with how engaged the students were, the polytechnic is subscribing to 100 copies of the NiE pullout per issue for their English lessons.

The bi-monthly, 16-page colourful pullout tackles themes set by the Education Ministry. The levels are broken down into three namely elementary, intermediate and advanced so that teachers will be able to adapt their lessons according to their students’ proficiency levels.

Also included in the pullout are two sections – BRATs and Earn Your Band 6.

Students will be able to read articles written by their peers participating in The Star’s BRATs Young Journalist Programme, while Earn Your Band 6 aims to improve the English proficiency of those taking the MUET.

English lecturer Ahmad Faiz Sapuan, 32, thought that the workshop was a good introduction of the newspaper to students as a learning material.

“Students don’t really read the English newspapers. Not all students have excellent language proficiency, but with the ready-made NiE activities, we can retain students’ interests using real issues.

“I think they would be more interested to learn new words now. Previously, they tended to stick to the same words when they wrote. This time around, I can see that they were introduced to many new words, ” he added.

After attending the workshop, second semester student Nur Farhanah Abuthalha, 19, is looking forward to more English lessons with the newspaper.

“The workshop was good because I learned a lot of new things from it. I can see that more can be done with the newspaper. Aside from just reading it, we can use it to learn English along with the NiE pullouts.

“It is different compared to learning with the textbook. In the newspaper, it is easier to learn new words as we can understand what context it is used in.”

She also said that NiE helps her relate studies to real life.

“I study economics and many stories related to the subject can be found in The Star newspaper. It helps in my studies as well as prepares me for my future career.”

Another student Danish Apandi Rustam Apandi, 18, said that the workshop was fun.

“It was something new for us. I found out that many students don’t actually know how to use the newspaper, so it’s good that they taught us how to. In my opinion, I think the newspaper is still very important and useful today, ” said the second semester student.

“The newspaper talks about real world problems, unlike the textbook. This way, we know more about the world and our country. It’s definitely more fun to read from the newspaper than the textbook. The newspaper has more content in it.”

This year, the education pullout by Star Media Group will see 20 publications.

Subscription is through schools only. The first issue of NiE rolled out last Wednesday and will be available every other Wednesday.

For more information, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300-88-7827 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Alternatively, teachers can contact the nearest sales representatives listed in the table.

By EMILY CHAN.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/01/19/tried-and-true-method-of-learning-english

2020 Chinese New Year Goodies for SIDMA College Staff

January 23rd, 2020


According to the 2020 Chinese horoscope, the Lunar New Year which starts on 25 January 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and for this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals with new opportunities for finding true love and earning more money. “2020 is going to be a very successful year for all of us”

In conjunction with the upcoming of this auspicious celebration, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah, who has been very well known for his generosity, caring and sharing of profits with his employees, every year without fail, took the opportunities to share out festival goodies to his staff during Malaysian national festive celebrations such Hari Raya Aidiladha, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year(CNY).

On 23rd January 2020, this special event of distribution of Chinese New Year Goodies was organised with the full collaboration of SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) Committee members under the leadership of Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, who was attending another official function, distributed the goodies to SIDMA staff that will be celebrating the Lunar New Year starting from the 25th January 2020. Special goodies such Mandarin oranges, CNY cookies and nuts were distributed. Madam Azizah also took the opportunities to wish all the staff celebrating the Lunar New Year “Gong Xi Fa Cai”. She hope that the year 2020 will bring more and better opportunities especially to SIDMA College and all its staff.

SIDMA College staff who have received the Chinese New Year goodies conveyed their special thanks and cheers to Prof Dr Morni and family and Madam Azizah and family for their caring and sharing attitude, and who has being very emphatic towards his staff particularly during special occasion such as during this Lunar New Year celebration.

Prof Dr Morni and family, Madam Azizah and family, SIDMA Board of Management and Mr Zain Azrai took the opportunity to wish all lecturers, staff, students, relatives and friends “A very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020” . “Gong Xi Fa Cai”!

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/256-2020-chinese-new-year-goodies-for-sidma-college-staff

Entrepreneur Development ministry is now known as Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry

January 22nd, 2020
Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

PETALING JAYA: As part of the Government’s efforts to strengthen the cooperatives movement, the Entrepreneur Development ministry has been renamed as the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry.

According to the ministry, the decision was made following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (Jan 22).

“In line with the Government’s initiative to strengthen the cooperative movement, the Cabinet meeting on Jan 22 agreed that the Entrepreneur Development ministry to be renamed as the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry,” it said.

The announcement was made by the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 22).

Previously, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said the name change was important following feedback from the cooperative movements, which had played an important role in the country’s economy.

Redzuan was also quoted as saying that the request for a rebranding was made by some 6.1 million members from 14,237 cooperatives across the country.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/22/entrepreneur-development-ministry-is-now-known-as-entrepreneur-development-and-cooperatives-ministry

Malaysia ranks 14th most Instagrammable place in the world

January 22nd, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Travel channel “Big Seven Travel” has placed Malaysia in its Top 20 list of most Instagrammable places in the world.

The Big Seven Travel channel, which has a social audience of 459k followers (56% Male, 44% Female; ages 18-34) ranked Malaysia at 14th place as one of the most photogenic countries in the world out of 50 countries.

The channel showcases photography and videos of the most exciting places globally, which is shared on social media platforms.

Other countries who made the list include neighbouring countries such as Bali, Indonesia in eighth place and Singapore in fifth place.

Sydney, Australia was ranked as number one, followed by Hong Kong and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at second and third respectively.

Meanwhile other cities which made it in the Top 20 include Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Paris, France, according to Big Seven Travel.

At the same time, a survey by Big Seven Travel found that 67% of people visited a new destination while 61% of people booked a hotel after seeing it on Instagram.

It also said that 33% of the people surveyed said that they researched about their upcoming holiday destination on Instagram.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/22/malaysia-ranks-14th-most-instagrammable-place-in-the-world