Nazri: We didn’t pay any advertising house any money
The new Visit Malaysia 2020 logo has gotten a lot of unwanted, negative attention from social media after it was presented at a launch of at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The logo features caricaturish sketches of an orangutan hugging a proboscis monkey alongside a turtle on a beach, all wearing sunglasses, the logo’s text incorporates the Petronas Twin Towers.
Despite the numerous criticisms, Tourism and Culture minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the ministry did not spend a single sen on the logo as its in-house design department came up with it.
“Criticism is normal, we cannot get the consensus of the whole of Malaysia. If we want to wait for everyone to agree, even by 2020 it (the logo) will not be completed,” told Nazri to MalaysiaKini.
Twitter user, Joolee (@tanjoolee) said the logo showed lack of self-respect of the Tourism Ministry. “Travel. Enjoy. Respect? The hideous logo indicates a severe lack of self-respect on the part of Tourism Ministry,” she tweeted.