2015 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya Introduces Smart Partners

  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...

China-Malaysia Friendship Garden: The Tradition Continues

The week approaching Chinese New Year of the Goat/Sheep 2015 saw the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden as the site for the symbolic release of fish in the garden pool by the President of Putrajaya Corporation, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Aseh bin Haji Che Mat in attendance with YBhg Dato’ Hj. Mohd Sani bin Mistam, the Deputy Secretary General (Planning & Development) of the Ministry of Federal Territories.   In Chinese culture, fish is a lucky mascot so much so the pronunciation of fish in Chinese (yu) depicts another Chinese character meaning surplus. In ancient Chinese tradition, every family prepared an entire fish on the eve of the Spring Festival to symbolize a lofty desire for wealth in the coming New Year. The tradition was passed down through the generations, and to this day, fish remains a mandatory main dish in Chinese dining especially during festivals to commemorate significant dates or events. The Chinese also believe flowing water can bring wealth to the family. Hence many Chinese households, particularly the wealthy, featured pools filled with fish. In modern Chinese society, the pools have mostly been replaced with tanks and aquariums containing live fishes. The China-Malaysia Friendship Garden acts as a symbol of friendship between China and Malaysia and a bridge to enhance understanding and friendship between people of both nations for an everlasting friendly relation, perpetuating the historical relation established since the Malacca Sultanate and imperial China. The garden echoes a sister garden, dubbed “Zhi Yuan”, erected at the city of Dongguan prefecture in China. The release of the fishes will complement the beauty and ambiance of the Lingnan-styled...

Majestic Palaces – Landmarks of the Throne

Driving through the maze of roads in Putrajaya, you can’t help but notice there are places that you can snap a picture perfect photograph but you are NOT allowed to step into the compounds of these stately buildings to visit. These are not merely your public buildings, they are palaces fit for Kings and Queens and members of the royal households in Malaysia. Unless you are bestowed with a title from the King or Sultans (State Rulers) or you are invited to royal banquet or an event that involves the Royalty, you should consider yourself very lucky. But consider yourself lucky as you can still witness the great towering buildings of such that are made for public viewing in this country. In some countries, the palaces are built inside an estate and the only thing you can see is the princely gates to the palace. In Malaysia, palaces are built on hilltops or on a flatter land that can be seen by the royal subjects as they drive through the highways or the public roads. The Istana Negara or the National Palace can be seen as you drive along the NKVE highway. Similarly in Putrajaya, you do not have to take out your binoculars to see the Sultan Selangor’s palace. Istana Darul Ehsan The Sultan Selangor’s palace in Precinct 8 or officially known as Istana Darul Ehsan (Darul Ehsan Palace) stands majestically on the fringes of Putrajaya Lake. The palace was handed over to the Selangor Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, after it finished construction on November 20, 2000. Source: commons.wikimedia.org It symbolizes the appreciation from Malaysia’s Federal Government...

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