KUALA LUMPUR: It's a truly extravagant and successful celebration. The Visit Malaysia 2007 launch was celebrated in pomp and splendour at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa here last night.
Even the rain did not dampen the spirit of the tens of thousands, both local and foreign, who gathered as early as noon to witness the celebration.
Colourful fireworks illuminated the sky throughout the celebration.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the campaign and the 60m-high Eye on Malaysia ferris wheel.
Abdullah arrived at 9.05pm in a Bufori car but it took him almost 20 minutes just to reach the stage as he was surrounded by scores of people who gathered around the moving vehicle to get a glimpse of him.
The event was telecast live to 10 countries like Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
The crowd, which comprised some 600 foreign journalists and ambassadors, was earlier treated to cultural performances and singing by Anita Sarawak, Michael Wong and Sheila Majid, among others.
The two Malaysians who are eyeing to be the nation’s first angkasawan – Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Kapt Dr Faiz Khaleed – went up on the stage to meet Abdullah.
The prime minister then proceeded to the Eye on Malaysia on a boat across the lake.
After launching it, Abdullah took a ride on one of the gondolas to get a breathtaking view of the capital at night.
The Eye on Malaysia will be opened to the public today.
The crowd was then treated to another round of fireworks display and a jet-ski stunt.
American tourist Michael Bernath, 42, said the campaign was “very attractive and beautiful”.
“People here are very helpful. There are so many different cultures here. I will definitely come back in the future,” he said.
Source : STAR
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