22 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Six-year old Maratova Elvira from Astana received a double surprise today when she received a prize from a Malaysian Crown Prince as the 450,000th visitor to the Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017.
The lucky girl was given a royal welcome by the Crown Prince of the Malaysian state of Selangor, His Highness Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Idris Shah, who presented her with an iPhone 7.
Maratova, who will be entering first grade next month, came to the Malaysia Pavilion with her grandmother, 60-year old retiree Orynbasar. She said she was surprised when she was welcomed as the 450,000th visitor to the Malaysia Pavilion by a Malaysian royalty.
“This is my first time visiting the Malaysia Pavilion. I’ve heard that it has many fun activities for kids and I kept bugging my grandmother to bring me here today. I did not expect to meet a Malaysian Crown Prince and receive a prize from him. The Malaysia Pavilion has made this a truly amazing experience for me,” she said.
Tengku Amir Shah, who is here at EXPO 2017 for the #MyButterflyEffect & Youth Week at the Malaysia Pavilion, commended the Malaysia Pavilion team for elevating the pavilion to be amongst the most visited at EXPO 2017.
“The Malaysia Pavilion has been inspiring conversations on Green Growth since it opened its doors. By presenting the Pavilion’s 450,000th visitor with a smart phone, we hope to keep this conversation going strong and expand our Butterfly Effect to include new audiences around the world,” he said.
The Malaysia Pavilion is one of the most visited pavilions, largely due its successful balance in championing Malaysia’s technological advances and best practices in green energy, as well as promoting Malaysia’s unique Truly Asia culture.
For more information on Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia