MaTEx is an industry level certification programme for tourism products and services, comprises five newly developed standards for travel agencies, adventure tourism, product/site operators/owners, event management companies, and MICE/event venues. Standard for homestays and kampungstays are under development and expected to call for applications for its pilot project in January 2020, making it standard number six under certification scheme.
Each the standards has approximately between 100 – 150 indicators or requirements for companies to comply with in order to be certified under MaTEx.
MaTEx aims to grow tourism businesses to the next level, improve the quality of tourism products and services, and subsequently enhance tourists’ trust and confidence in Malaysia’s tourism products and services. The programme also aims to recognise quality tourism products and services.
The theme for the 2019 National Day and Malaysia Day is ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’ (Love Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia) to stress the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of the people as well as shared prosperity.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said it was hoped that the theme would instil integrity and strong character among Malaysians.
“The government has also decided to retain the official logo for last year’s celebrations this year, with the addition being the new theme,” he said in a statement here today.
He said the song ‘Malaysia Bersih’ (A Clean Malaysia) will be the main song for the celebration, but ‘Kita Punya Malaysia’ (Our Malaysia) will also be sung to fire up the spirit of patriotism, apart from sowing the culture of integrity and rejecting corruption.
The minister also announced that the National Day Parade on Aug 31 will be held in Putrajaya, and Malaysia Day in Kuching on Sept 16.
Gobind, who also chairs the 2019 National Month Celebrations Main Committee, said the launching ceremony of the national-level National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang events will be held on Aug 3, at Dataran Pahlawan in Malacca.
He said the ceremony was scheduled to be officiated by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would also be in attendance.
“Malacca was selected as the venue for the launching ceremony due to historical factors, as it is the state where the declaration on the country’s independence was made on Feb 20, 1956, namely in Banda Hilir,” he said.
In the meantime, Gobind said various events have been planned in conjunction with the National Month celebration to invigorate the spirit of patriotism among the people.
He also called on Malaysians to express their love for the country by flying the Jalur Gemilang at their homes, offices, business premises, as well as on their vehicles to enliven the celebration.
“The government also encourages the people to voluntarily come up with various initiatives to celebrate the National Day and Malaysia Day to cultivate the spirit of unity,” he added.
PETALING JAYA: The balik kampung journey is what most Malaysians will look forward to every festive season.
To capture that happiness, especially with the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, Malaysia Airlines released a special Hari Raya video on Sunday (May 20).
Titled “Sama-Sama Balik Raya (Let’s go back for Raya)”, the two-minute, 40-second video delves into the question as to why we travel miles to return home for the celebration although we feel that the experience is similar each time.
Malaysia Airlines Group chief executive officer Izham Ismail said the answer is what warms our hearts as Malaysians.
“The festivity begins the moment we start our journey home. We see the same people, we visit familiar places, and eat the same food.
“We take pride in being a part of our guests’ balik kampung journey.
“To us, nothing is more rewarding than to ensure they arrive home safely and be reunited with their families and loved ones for the festive season,” he said in a statement Monday (May 20).
The festive video can be viewed on Malaysia Airlines’ official social media channels.
In the spirit of Hari Raya, Malaysia Airlines is also running a social media campaign, #MHFundMyBalikKampung to unite families for the festive season until May 29.
The winner with the most unique caption and the most votes will win return tickets home on Malaysia Airlines for Hari Raya this year.
To join, participants will have to post a photo with a caption of their balik kampung story on Instagram.
They have to share the reason they are unable to go home to their loved ones and include both departure and arrival destinations in the caption.
Tag the campaign at @MHFundMyBalikKampung and include the hashtags #MalaysiaAirlines and #MHFundMyBalikKampung in the caption.
Participants must also make sure their profile is set to public until May 30 for their submissions to be eligible.
Malaysia Airlines will repost the photos and caption on the @MHFundMyBalikKampung profile where participants can invite friends and family to vote by liking it once their posts have been featured.
Malaysia Airlines also reminded passengers travelling this festive season to do web check-ins by logging on www.malaysiaairlines.com, or via its app, to avoid long queues at the airport.
Passengers are also encouraged to arrive at least four hours earlier at KL International Airport (KLIA) and three hours at other domestic airports before their scheduled departure time in order to clear all travel formalities.
Arguably, unforgettable travel memories always make through experiences, rather than just visiting the places of interest. Therefore, the major travel players like TripAdvisor and Airbnb are also better offering experiential travel to the customers, for them to dig into the discovery of local cultures and lifestyles. One thing you must know, Malaysia is an amazing country to explore over a melting pot of multicultural adventure and diversity.There’s something so unique about exploring a new place, not as a tourist, but as a traveller. So, for all the travellers and adventure seekers out there, here’s the ultimate list that you probably want to add into your 2019 to-do-list,
The Kampung Life
To escape from the busy routine, there are plenty of kampung homestay you can go-for to experience the beauty of nature and be surrounded with flora and fauna. Take part in the host family’s lifestyle – be it staying over a traditional rumah papan or a slightly modern house. Get involve in their family activities like tapping rubber, harvesting fruits, catching fish, etc. Add more fun to your visit by joining their traditional games like sepaktakraw, congkak, gasing, and batu Seremban. Additionally, what’s better than having the opportunity to take part in local celebrations like weddings or festivals!
Learn to play and experience the traditional musical instruments, traditional dance, wayang kulit performance or batik painting. Approach the local craftsmen around, they will be more than happy to welcome you for joining the workshops or classes! If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll be amazed with the uniqueness of the handicrafts, and what’s better, to take home your masterpieces as souvenirs!
Into The Culinary
Malaysia is an amazing place for good food with variety of traditional multicultural dishes hence making it a great place for culinary tourism! As much as you enjoy eating the local food, the experience will be doubled up with fun as you also learning how to cook it, from getting the ingredients at the market, to all the preparation take place for the dishes. Check out for the availability of cooking classes these days, you can’t miss it.
For adrenaline junkies, you wouldn’t want to miss trying some hardcore activities like water rafting, rock-climbing, or slightly extreme mountain or hill climbing. Malaysia is surrounded with islands and oceans that you can easily access for snorkelling and scuba diving. Go on an adventure by luring into tropical rainforests, jungle trekking and camping to experience the great outdoors scene with only the sounds of insects and sleeping under the stars at night.Getting out of the big city and daily busy routine sometimes would certainly give you better mind and happy soul. Get these tips to travel like a local, observe intimately on the culture, immerse yourself in the unique differences, especially if you get to the smaller cities on the outskirts.