EXPO 2017 Visitors Go On Butterfly Hunt Around the World to Win A Trip to Malaysia
9 SEPTEMBER 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Butterflies were the talk of EXPO 2017 here yesterday as the Malaysia Pavilion was aflutter with activities to celebrate its remarkable success at EXPO 2017. The “Butterfly Pavilion,” which it is has come to be fondly referred to, kicked off the celebrations with a Commissioners Breakfast Party and ended with a prize-giving ceremony for its #MyButterflyEffect Butterfly Hunt.
Set against a backdrop of the larger-than-life butterfly that overlooks the Malaysia Pavilion foyer, the Commissioners Breakfast Party brought together over 100 EXPO participants, including other country Pavilion Commissioners, Directors and delegations, to commemorate the friendships forged during the three months of EXPO 2017.
Following countless conversations, business meetings and social activities throughout EXPO 2017, guests reminisced on their shared experience over some authentic Malaysian cuisine, including nasi lemak and teh tarik. Also there were H.E. Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abd Rahman, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Kazahstan, and Tan Sri Norliza binti Rofli, Director General of Malaysia National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).
According to Michelle Lau, Director of the Malaysia Pavilion, the Malaysia Pavilion has much to celebrate as it is among the top most visited pavilions and most active for business programmes at EXPO 2017. It was also awarded the only Honourable Mention for Best Interpretation of the EXPO 2017 Theme by the prestigious US-based Exhibitor Magazine.
In recognition of winning this award, the Malaysia Pavilion organised the #MyButterflyEffect Butterfly Hunt with a prize of a roundtrip for two to Langkawi Island in Malaysia. The hunt sent EXPO visitors on a “worldwide” search for butterfly clues hidden at some of the other country pavilions that also received Exhibitor Magazine Awards.
“Throughout EXPO 2017, the Malaysia Pavilion has reached over 20 million people with #MyButterflyEffect conversations on Green Growth. We are extremely grateful for the support and winning an Honourable Mention simply inspired us to reward EXPO visitors for being part of these conversations. From chasing butterfly clues at EXPO 2017, one lucky visitor now has the opportunity to chase real-life butterflies in one of Malaysia’s eco-tourism hotspots,” said Lau.
That lucky winner was 40-year old Zhanna Maguzumova from Astana, Kazakhstan who, along with her daughter, Layan, followed hints shared on social media throughout the day. She was announced as the winner at the grand prize-giving ceremony at the Malaysia Pavilion, where the hunt ended with the final butterfly clue.
“I am thrilled, and still cannot believe that we won this dream prize! I have never been to Malaysia before, but my parents and many friends have, and when we came today we were so happy to find out about this Butterfly Hunt. We have visited the Malaysia Pavilion 32 times already, and my five-year old daughter especially loves the butterflies on the clean energy beam inside the pavilion. That is why she was so excited to participate. She has been dreaming of traveling to the islands of Dominican Republic, Maldives and Malaysia and praying for this dream to come true,” Maguzumova said.
Adding to the colour of the event was the JKKN cultural dance troupe dressed in traditional attire.
JKKN and Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation, under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia, have been actively involved in Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017, providing a colourful and cultural element to the energy-centric pavilion.
JKKN is represented by members of the JKKN Arts Group, which provides a daily cultural showcase themed “Malaysian Borneo & Nature” – in line with the EXPO 2017 theme - “Future Energy” – to showcase Malaysia’s natural resources.
Their daily repertoire showcased the colourful dances and costumes of the different ethnic groups in Malaysia including including Sangbai, originating from the Bajau tribe in Sampoerna, Sabah; the Malay traditional dance in Sarawak Nopeng Kinek; Ngajat of the Iban tribe in Sarawak; and Magunatip from Murut, Sabah.
Three craftsmen from the Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation also demonstrated different types of Malaysian craftsmanship daily such as hand-drawn batik, a traditional art form native to Kelantan, Ribu-ribu weaving from Sabah, and embroidery beading from Sarawak.
The favourable reception to these daily cultural performances and art demonstrations has added to the success of the Malaysia Pavilion.
Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by its agency Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) with the support of the Title Sponsor Tenaga Nasional Berhad. For more information on Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia