FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4 OCTOBER 2013. London, England) A contemporary Malaysian sculpture entitled: “Salam – London” by artist Ch’ng Huck Theng was presented as a national gift by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation MATRADE CEO Datuk Dr. Wong Lai Sum to the City of London during the Malaysia Night 2013 celebration at Trafalgar Square, London. Receiving the national gift on behalf of the City of London was the Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick, at the present of Deputy Malaysia High Commissioner Zakaria Nasir.
In a conversation with Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick, Datuk Dr. Wong said: ” The sculpture Salam – London not only showcased the creativity of a Malaysian contemporary artist, but carries the flag colors of both Malaysia and United Kingdom representing the close friendship between the two countries. The word ” Salam” is a malay word customarily by Malaysian as a greeting to people. This word carries the well-wishes of ‘may peace, harmony and prosperity be with you.’ The artist purpose of this creation was also to showcase and share the pride of Malaysians living in peace and harmony in a society with different races and multiple religions.” Victoria Borwick received the sculpture and commented the sculpture was beautifully done. She has no doubt the relationship of the two nations will continue to thrive.
Malaysia Night in London this year has more than 30,000 strong crowd from far to near to enjoy Malaysian food, culture, music and art. The event was organized by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation at its 4th edition. Since 2010, the event was well received and the crowd kept growing from year to year.
The opening act of the night showcased the Malaysian spirit through a mix performance of “silat” (malay martial art performance), Chinese lion dance and Indian dance. Chefs from 20 Malaysian finest restaurants in UK participated in the event this year. Celebrity chefs such as Tim Anderson, Caroline Mili Artiss and Ian Penggely were there impressing the crowd with food demonstration via the big screen. Beside good Malaysian foods, many programs were running at the square including Australian singer Bonnie Freechyld amazed the crowd with malay songs like Getaran Jiwa and Belaian Jiwa.