MALAYSIA WELCOMES THE WORLD
Malaysia is strategically located in the centre of South East Asia, between Thailand and Singapore, with a warm climate all year round. Malaysia Truly Asia which is its tourism campaign theme truly reflects the multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual people of Malaysia. Malaysia is famed for its rich culture and foods, and home to the world’s biggest flower, Rafflesia and longest cave chamber, Mulu Caves and some of the world’s finest beaches.
Zooming into Malaysia is its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, the largest and most populated city in Malaysia with about 1.8 million people. Since the 1990s, the city has played host to many international events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 2014 MTV World Stage and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
Kuala Lumpur is also home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers, which have since become an iconic symbol of Malaysian development. With its multiculturalism, strategic location, world-class facilities and vast experience in hosting international events, Kuala Lumpur is the ideal location for hosting the inaugural International Music Video Awards Festival in 2020.
Fun facts and Trivia!
• The world was introduced to MTV (music video) back in 1983 through Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. MTV was a new and unknown music channel back then until this music video put MTV into mainstream attention.
• MTV World Stage 2014 which was held in Malaysia and aired globally to 154 countries across the MTV networks and even garnered another 25,000 followers for MTV’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in just four days.
• Malaysia’s top entertainer is P.Ramlee. A multi-talented artiste, he rose to fame through films and recording between the 1940s and 1970s, becoming the most popular Malay actor, singer and composer.
• Chow Kit Road was jam-packed with over 100,000 people gathering to watch a concert held by Malaysian singer, Sudirman Haji Arshad who was known as “The Singing Lawyer”. It became one of the most remembered events in the entertainment history of Malaysia.
• The music video Di Matamu by Sufian Suhaimi garnered 56,458,000 views on YouTube, the highest in the Malaysian music industry and was acknowledged in the Malaysia Book of Records.
• Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza is considered as the Mariah Carey of Malaysia. Her popularity in the region is evident with over 120 awards and 6 million record sales under her belt.
• Malaysia has produced some singers who are highly recognised abroad, performing in prestigious world-class venues overseas and winning international singing awards, from Yuna, Zee Avi, Siti Nurhaliza, Shila Amzah, Sudirman, Fish Leong, Michael Wong, Ah Niu, Sheila Majid and many more.
• Chilla Cha became the first Malaysian singer to win Super Diva, China’s No. 1 reality show in 2019 recently, beating thousands of contestants from over 30 cities in China and international contestants. The show has over 3.6 billion viewers worldwide.
• Adibah Noor’s “Terlalu Istimewa” album features an eponymous ballad in response to a rape and murder case of a 10-year-old girl. Ten children were involved in the music video and the song won the overall champion, the best ballad, and best vocal at the 2007 Anugerah Juara Lagu.
• Yuna made history for Malaysia when her duet song, “Shine Your Way” with Owl City was longlisted for Best Original Song in 2014. Then in 2017, her song, “On Ghost Ridge” was one of the 91 songs longlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Original Song.