Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia Aidilfitri 2019 (MRTM 2019) organized by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia (MOTAC) received an overwhelming response with over 10,000 visitors visiting the Royal Museum (Former Royal Palace) on 21-22 June.Hari Raya or Aidilfitri is celebrated across Malaysia for a period of one month – the month of Shawwal that begins with Eid Ul Fitr. Public places across town are decorated to celebrate the festival of Eid. Public office come up with Open House events all through the month, inviting visitors to join the participation and make it inclusive for all cultures.
Decor outside The Olive Tree restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
MRTM, which began in 2001 with MOTAC, taking the initiative to bring together all races on to one platform – to organize and celebrate the main festivals such as Christmas, Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Tadau Kaamatan.
This celebration potrays the real atmosphere of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrated by Malaysians. Visitors were able to feel the vibes of gotong-royong by taking part in the process of preparing the festive meals such as ketupat, rending, dodol, sate, bahulu and lemang.
Entrance to the Royal Museum – former Rulers Palace
Visitors who visited the festival experienced a special tourism feel by witnessing the uniqueness of cross cultural program in Malaysian society.
Decor at the Palace grounds
Public Convenience Tent at the Palace grounds
Majlis Rumah was officiated by YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Dy Prime Minister. Other dignitaries included YB Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, arts and Culture, YB Haji Khalid Abd Samad, Minister of Federal Territories, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtira Wan Chik, Dy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, some cabinet ministers and other distinguished guests of MOTAC.
YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia
Dy Prime Minister flanked by Minister of Tourism YB Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi and Minister of Federal Territories YB Haji Khalid Abd Samad
Majlis Rumah is held to celebrate the diverse culture and religions of Malaysia. It aims to be the best platform to provide exposure and understanding among Malaysians and tourists on the culture, traditions and customs practiced in a peaceful and united Malaysia – all brought together in MRTM 2019.
A historical moment was celebrated on the second day of the program, when an event was recorded in the Malaysia Book of Records – 1,500 people drank the Bird Nest together together at one time.
1,500 people drink the Bird Nest creating a Malaysian record
What is Bird Nest
Jars of pure, nourishing goodness, homemade with plenty of care, relying on double-boiled premium bird’s nests, bottled fresh in small batches daily, free of preservatives, chemicals, bleaches, artificial flavours or colouring. You’ll receive them chilled in a box, ready to drink. An ideal refreshment for eat-clean enthusiasts, buoyed by a smooth, delicate texture from the gelatinous strands of bird’s nest & an uplifting natural sweetness from organic sugarcane extract.
Visitors were entertained by traditional dance and song performances by local celebrities
Visitors to the Majlis were treated to Malaysian culinary extravaganza and huge tents were set up to ensure a welcome ambiance…
A total of 27 international media representatives from 13 countries, viz. Japan, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, India, the Phillipines and Thailand were also a part of the grand celebration of Hari Raya and covered the program.
MRTM is held annually as a part of the Governments initiative to spur tourist growth attracting 30 million tourists with RM 100 Billion tourism receipts in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. The program also aims to promote Kuala Lumpur as the International City of Arts and Culture.