Donation for PIGB S.K. Weston for Student Excellence Awards Ceremony (Makem) 2013 which was held on November 14, 2013. This contribution will be used to purchase gifts and banquets students at the ceremony.
The Operation Manager Mr. Jay (left) presented a cheque to Mr. Junaidi Omar Ali PIGB of S.K Weston.
They have huge noses, big bellies and live in groups. They are not your ordinary tree swinging monkeys and they don’t eat ripe bananas. They have webbed feet and are able to swim. We are talking about the Proboscis Monkey - a rare and endangered animal found primarily in Borneo and predominantly in Sabah.
Malaysia will be hosting the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) in 2014, the nation’s biggest and grandest tourism celebration that welcomes the world to see, feel and experience the endless possibilities of the country. This is the best time to witness and experience dazzling parades and processions, colourful cultural shows and exhibitions, fabulous food festivals, exciting sports and adventure, enchanting music and arts festival, shopping extravaganza, nature thrills and spills and many more.
A unique mascot is vital to create a visual impact and easy association with VMY 2014 among the locals and tourists alike. In the past, the orang utan, leatherback turtle and hornbill were used to promote Visit Malaysia Year and state - level tourism campaigns.
For VMY 2014, a new animal mascot is needed in order to trigger more excitement and anticipation of this grand celebration.
The Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia has decided to use one of the most endangered animals in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as the mascot for VMY 2014 – the proboscis monkey.
Aptly known as the long - nosed monkey, the proboscis monkey best encapsulates the essence of Malaysia Truly Asia.
This elusive monkey belongs to the Asian langurs and is the only member of the Nasalis genus. Proboscis monkeys are primarily found in Borneo particularly in Sabah, Malaysia.
Like the diversity encapsulated in the Malaysia Truly Asia branding, proboscis monkeys also possess diverse skills. They frequently leap from tree limbs and hit the water with a comical belly flop, as well as attract their mate with their unusually large and long nose. The proboscis monkey also has webbed feet, which enable it to swim. In fact, proboscis monkeys are fairly good swimmers. Naturally, they have always been crowd pullers especially for eco-adventure tourists who would not miss a chance to catch a glimpse of this monkey.
Unlike other wildlife species that are scattered around the country, proboscis monkeys are mostly concentrated in Kinabatangan, Sukau, Sandakan, Klias and other parts of Sabah. The use of the Proboscis Monkey as the mascot for VMY 2014 will give credence and recognition to wildlife, and thus, instill a new spirit and interest among tourists to appreciate the gift of nature as a national tourism asset.
In addition, having the proboscis monkey as the mascot will also elevate Malaysia in the eyes of the world, by promoting its nature and wildlife conservatory initiatives through tourism.
The mascot will appeal to people from all walks of life and inspire them to be involved in nature conservation and voluntourism efforts, in line with the global tourism aspiration of responsible tourism and green tourism. All in all, choosing the Proboscis Monkey as the mascot for VMY 2014 is indeed a perfect choice.
Courtesy content from MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD
WESTON: General Manager KO-NELAYAN Y. Bhg. Datuk Hj. Masood Hj. Salleh (second right) presented a mock cheque worth RM2,686.00 to a representative from Kg. Weston Tuan Hj. Ismail Hj. Mohd Nor (left), witnessed by General Manager Konel Venture Sdn. Bhd. Encik Andarias Angkaus during a ceremony on the 3rd May 2013 at Weston Wetland Park, Beaufort. The amount of donation contributed is based on the number of tourists who have visited Weston Wetland Park between June 2012 and April 2013.