Aimed at spicing up Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2017, a souvenir-designing competition was organised for the very first time. Held in Kuala Kangsar, the competition was initiated by the Perak Tourism Association with the collaboration of Perak Tourism Management Berhad and Universiti Teknologi Mara. The objective was to encourage talented Perakeans to create new souvenirs for Perak.

The competition, according to Kamil Shafee, President of Tourism Perak Management Berhad, began in April and ended on June 17. Samples of 25 selected designs from each category will be presented for viewing on August 26. The final is on September 24.

“Design of the souvenir is up to the individual. However, they have to include contemporary elements such as the theme of VPY 2017. The products are divided into the following categories, wood, ceramic or polymer, fabric, plastic, metal and recycled things,” said Kamil.

Prizes offered are worth RM30,000. The souvenirs, said the President of Perak Tourism Association, Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir, would be sold at an outlet along the Kinta River walk.

“Our efforts won’t stop here alone, we’ll do our best to promote Perak and people behind the souvenirs,” said Odzman.

Murals will also be part of the tourism plan. Shahrom Abdul Malik, President of Kuala Kangsar’s Municipal Council said the murals would be based on the history of the Perak Sultanate.

“Five local artists will be on the mural-drawing team. We’ll start in September and hope to complete it in time for HRH Sultan Perak’s birthday in November,” he continued.

Rosli Mansor