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Art Talk @ Matrade

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in collaboration with National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia organized for the first time ‘Art Talk @ MATRADE’ with the theme Malaysian Art Going Global. The Art Talk is aimed to increase the awareness on the development of art sector in Malaysia as well as the potentials to elevate the sector to global market. It also serves as an excellent platform for participants to listen to the experiences by prominent galleries and artists which have been promoting Malaysian arts in the international market. MATRADE CEO Dato Dzukifli Mahmud gave the welcoming speech and Chairman of NVAG Dato Mahadzir Lokman officiated the event. Among the three invited speakers were Professor Jailani Abu Hassan, Mohammad Nazli and Ch’ng Huck Theng. About 150 guests from the art related industries attended and there was a showcase of artworks from Galeri Segaris, Galeri Chandan and sculptor Ch’ng Huck Theng.

A Show of Feminine Touch

In conjunction with its 62nd Anniversary Celebration,  the oldest registered art society in Malaysia – Penang Art Society – played host for the first time in organizing the International Women Artists Exhibition where 93 female artists from 11 different countries participated. While the majority were Malaysians, the rest came from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, Australia, Pakistan, Iran, Finland and Germany. Guest of Honour was the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng, accompanied by President of Penang Art Society Ch’ng Huck Theng, Organizing Chairperson Cheong Mei Fong, Teh Ee Ming and Haryany Mohamad from the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery.


More than 150 friends, artists and art lovers attended the opening ceremony.  During the ceremony, Ch’ng presented his painting entitled ‘PEACE’ to the Chief Minister.


Wild luxury : We Brought a Zoo

Images courtesy of  Jamala Wild Life Lodge &

Waking up to the roar of the lions, bathe while a bear gazes on the opposite site of your window or seeing the sharks swim by near your dining table, and you are fully surrounded by the world’s most dangerous animals. For animal-loves who seek to have an intimate experience with the wildlife, the Jamala Wildlife Lodge is where a world of adventure, excitement and luxury awaits…

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge located within the National Zoo & Aquarium, is Canberra’s first all-inclusive luxury resort. The lodge is split into three accommodation precincts, where guests get a chance to relax in 5-star African inspired accommodation hubs, each with its  own unique wildlife experience. Specially designed to integrate with the exhibits, the lodge aims to raise animal awareness and to give guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse in the wildlife world in an opulent and fairly unique surroundings. What makes Jamala an interesting lodge is not just about living with the animals but it is the story behind the lodge. ‘Jamala’ is named after the owner’s beloved king cheetah that died due to renal failure, and that explains the existence of the lodge as the owner’s efforts to support the conservation of endangered species.


At night, you hear the deep roar of the lions, joined by ghostly scream of the cheetahs and bears, with their eyes fixed on you next to your bed. When you finally drift into relaxing sleep, if they started to howl, don’t expect a good night’s sleep. Once they are close enough to you, you can almost feel the vibrations in your ribcage! Day or night, you are going to experience the fear in the heart, as the room is separated by only a millimeter-thin glass from a few fierce friends.Jungle Bungalows


Have you ever wondered if sharks and human can actually be friends? Yes, only in uShaka Lodge, you get to experience hand feeding these majestic creatures under the guidance of shark experts. This magnificent lodge, boasting of two bedrooms, is located within an aquarium building with a private access to the shark tank. Surrounded by Colobus monkeys outside the room, the lodge also has its own lounge, an infinity pool, spa and a terrace to watch the monkeys. With a truly African lodge theme, every part of the room is embellished with Africa’s artworks, fine carvings and artefacts, bringing a small slice of Africa into Canberra.


Nothing could beat the Giraffe Treehouses, where you can interact with the giraffes without leaving your room. The Treehouses overlook a petting zoo full of alpacas and also the resident giraffe, “Hummer”. This gentle and shy creature might even greet you at the balcony. So remember to reward your friendly neighbour with some treats when he visits you in the enclosure. Giraffe Treehouses


Guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace accompanied by white lions, hyenas and/or snow leopards, before sitting down to enjoy a three-course African inspired gourmet cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Dinner will be served in the Rainforest Cave or in uShaka lodge, and you will be flabbergasted with its unique wildlife sanctuary.


The animal kingdom is full of wonder and amazement.  Join in the all-inclusive overnight packages that includes with two private tours, and you will have the opportunity to take part in two distinct experiences:  the early morning expedition and afternoon tour. A light breakfast is available in the Rainforest Cave between 7am and 8.15am prior to the tour. The morning tour provides you with a glimpse behind scenes where you can discover the creatures at their best; watch them in action and learn about the workings of the zoo. If you are looking for interesting animal facts, explore the zoo together with the expert keepers in the afternoon of a fascinating insight.

Malaysia Setting Foot in Germany

Malaysian footwear and accessories industry have recently gained special exposure in Germany at the Global Destination for Shoes (GDS) and Tag It! event held in Dusseldorf, Germany. A total of 10 Malaysian companies, with the assistance of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), have participated in this international trade fair. 

GDS and Tag It! event is considered a good platform to highlight Malaysian capabilities in the footwear and accessories industry and it also helps create a stronger presence for Malaysian products in a global market particularly the European market.

The event concluded with RM42 million of export sales generated by the participating Malaysian companies.

In 2014, Malaysia’s global exports of footwear rose by 4% to RM 493.10 million as against 2013. For the first half of 2015, exports of footwear totaled at RM263.6 million, an increase of 7.9% as compared to the same period of last year.

International buyers that are keen to source from Malaysian companies can contact MATRADE by visiting or email to

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