In conjunction with the six months long Royal Belum International Festival 2014, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) and the Perak Information Department are jointly organising a Royal Belum-themed song-writing competition.

A press conference to announce the upcoming competition was held recently at the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh, to inform the public about activities slated for the Royal Belum International Festival 2014.

Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi told reporters that the objective of the song-writing competition was to enable the public to know more about Royal Belum. The competition is set to attract composers and lyricists to Royal Belum and seek inspiration from its natural beauty.

“We hope both locals and foreigners will gain from our promotional efforts to expose the premier state park. The winning song(s) will be integral to future promotions on Royal Belum. They’ll be turned into saleable items such as set box compact disc,” she remarked.

Syahruddin Abdul Hamid, Director of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) said that his department would collaborate with Radio Television Malaysia to select six best theme songs from the many entries. The winning song (s) will be commercialised.

“We’ll be organising the “Akarhijor” programme, which is based on natural elements surrounding the tropical rainforest. The “Citarasa” programme which introduces the varying local delicacies to visitors and the “1MCAT”, an activity to showcase the different forms of arts and crafts by local talents,” said Syahruddin to reporters.

As a prelude to events coming the way of the park, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) held a preview on Friday, September 12 at the Curve, Kuala Lumpur to inform KLites on upcoming activities at the Royal Belum

The organisers are accepting compositions from participants and will continue to do so till closing date on October 3. Malaysian citizens, regardless of age, sex and religion, are welcomed to participate.

Registration forms are available at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) office in Ipoh or download it from the department’s Facebook page.

Yvette