Contrary to forebodings attributed to Friday the 13th, the weather last Friday was filled with sunshine and positive vibes at the entrance to the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden at Anjung Floria during an event to announce three Smart Partners for the 2015 Royal Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival. The festive mood was a clear sign of a flower festival that is set to be the biggest in Malaysia and expected to attract an estimated one million visitors, local and foreign.
In his speech at a ceremony to introduce the festival’s smart partners, the President of Putrajaya Corporation, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Aseh bin Haji Che Mat said this sets the pace for more smart partnerships for Malaysia’s premier flower festival that are currently in the pipeline. The three smart partners are Kumpulan Shapadu, Tourism Malaysia and Alam Flora. Kumpulan Shapadu is represented by Encik Shafiz bin Dato’ Hj. Shahrani, Group Managing Director, while Dato’ Hj. Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General represented Tourism Malaysia and Alam Flora Sdn Bhd was represented by Hj. Mohd Zain bin Hj. Hassan, the CEO.
On behalf of the organizers, Tan Sri Aseh expressed his appreciation to the smart partners for their support and commitment to the festival and mentioned this to be a beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for all parties involved. Tourism Malaysia will be promoting the festivals at international events and will have a dedicated exhibition garden during 2015 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya Festival. Kumpulan Shapadu took the honour of sponsoring the erection of this year Royal Garden thus ensuring the garden will remain a permanent fixture for future flower festivals. Alam Flora will sponsor souvenirs to the festival in the form of golf umbrellas, foldable umbrellas and hats for the crew of 2015 Royal Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival. These souvenirs items will bear the logo and associated promotional messages of the flower and garden show.
Tan Sri Aseh further asserted that Putrajaya Corporation has endeavoured to establish cooperation and smart partnerships with other government agencies and corporate bodies, as depicted by Kumpulan Shapadu, Tourism Malaysia and Alam Flora, in line with the government principle to take public sector to the people. He added that this effort will help alleviate the costs to organise such events and set an example for self sufficiency and wisdom in public expenditure.
“In addition, such smart partnerships will enable parties to promote their products and services while sharing to support the organising costs of the festival,” he added.
Tan Sri Aseh also took notice of the lantern decorations adorning the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden and he noted this bode well to provide the right ambiance and mood to visitors for the Chinese New Year of the Goat celebration coming just around the corner. He also took a sense of pride to mention that operations of various events and attractions at Putrajaya have begun to show a positive turnaround, indicating that support from local and foreign concerns are beginning to have an impact that is set to propel Putrajaya towards further success.
The cooperation and smart partnerships that are set to be established with other organisations in coming weeks is bound to establish the flower and garden show as a premier tourism attraction for Malaysia.
Putrajaya Corporation is the organiser of the Eighth Royal FLORIA Putrajaya International Flower and Garden Festival.