In an effort to entice foreign visitors, the Tourism Malaysia group announced its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign at the most recent ASEAN Tourism Forum. During this event, Tourism Malaysia unveiled its now controversial 2020 logo, which features monkeys, turtles, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.
Soon after this logo was shown to the public, Malaysians took to the Internet to vent their frustrations. Now, this little tourism logo has become a hot political issue for Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.
There is now a petition on change.org to get rid of the Malaysia Travel 2020 logo and make a new one. As of today, there are over 12,000 online signatures. The goal is to reach 15,000 signatures.
Mustaffa Azizi Idris, a resident of Malaysia, started this online campaign. In his petition, Idris says that the 2020 design is “appalling” and in no way represents Malaysia’s rich history and culture. He orders Tourism Malaysia to scrap this design and make a new logo. Many Malaysians also took to Twitter to express their disgust over this 2020 logo.
Although Idris has support from thousands of locals, it’s not likely his petition will get him anywhere. YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz hasn’t expressed any support for the “STOP Tourism Malaysia” petition.
Over the past few years, Malaysia has been investing a ton of money into its tourism infrastructure. A few of the most popular spots for international tourists include Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Tioman, Langkawi, and Penang.