Updates on Several Major Malaysian Events
Every year, we enjoy several big Malaysian events where we would jostle about in huge crowds trying to score the best deals available. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation, jostling about is no longer allowed for the sake of public safety. March saw the introduction of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which caused all public events to face a very sudden and unexpected cancellation. However, with COVID-19 cases under control now, the Malaysian government has lifted restrictions on interstate travel and group gatherings in enclosed spaces, albeit with some limitations still in place under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). On 28 August 2020, the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that the RMCO, which was originally meant to end on 31 August 2020, would be extended until 31 December 2020 in the interests of public health and safety. Following the announcement, many events have had to reschedule and even postpone until a future as yet undetermined date. Here are the current updates on some of the biggest Malaysian events and how they’re planning to proceed.
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has an annual fair called the MATTA Fair that Malaysians have always looked forward to each year due to all the travel offers one could find at the fair. Originally scheduled for 13–15 March 2020, the MATTA Fair has been deferred again and again, following the announcement of a global pandemic, and then the announcement of the MCO, and finally the ease into the RMCO. Per their latest update, the MATTA Fair has been scheduled for 7–8 November 2020 at the Putra World Trade Centre, a well as a MATTA Fair Online which is to run from 9–15 September. As the RMCO has been extended until the end of 2020, they are expected to put in place safety and health measures such as temperature screening, implementation of social distancing by limiting crowd size, as well as contact tracing.
Malaysia IT Fair
The Malaysia IT Fair is another annual event that many Malaysians look forward to each year, especially the tech community, because the country’s IT vendors will usually display the latest in technology at the fair. Unfortunately, the organiser for the Malaysia IT Fair, Unified Distribution Technology Sdn. Bhd. (UDT), has decided to postpone the event indefinitely. In their latest update, they say they look forward to seeing us again in August of 2021.
Branded Baby Warehouse Sale
The Branded Baby Warehouse Sale is a relative newcomer compared to the rest, only having been around since 2018, but they have had many events throughout the years, and each event is always packed with parents both expectant and current. Ever since the announcement of the RMCO on 7 June, the Branded Baby Warehouse Sale has already had two events to date: the Branded Baby Warehouse Sale at Quill City Mall from 5–9 August and the Branded Baby Warehouse Sale at Tropicana Gardens Mall in Kota Damansara from 28–31 August. During both events, they have implemented strict yet efficient standard operating procedures for visitors to ensure proper measures are taken in compliance with the RMCO, such as setting up a booth for temperature checking with multiple MySejahtera QR codes for multiple visitors to scan at the same time. Each visitor is also given an IKEA reusable shopping bag to minimise handling of items by staff. As the RMCO has been extended until the end of this year, they are expected to continue maintaining the SOP that they have been practising for their upcoming event, which is the Branded Baby Warehouse Sale in Quill City Mall from 10–13 September.
Taste Fully Food & Beverage Expo
Among all the Malaysian events, there is one that attracts almost everyone: food. Following the great success of their Garden Court Cafe (GCC) Craft Market held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Taste Fully Food & Beverage Expo by Lanceford Exhibitions (M) Sdn. Bhd will be proceeding with their Food Expo in Spice Arena Penang from 2–4 October. This would have been their 55th Taste Fully Food & Beverage Expo, but due to COVID-19 and the MCO, they were forced to cancel their events in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Ipoh until the MCO was lifted. Nevertheless, they have already had 50 different expos since 2011, and the next one would still be just as amazing as the rest, with up to 100 famous brands across 150 different stalls.
Among Millennials and those from Gen Z, costume play a.k.a. cosplay is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle that involves more than just dressing up as your favourite characters, but also getting into character and roleplaying. There’s no bigger cosplay event in Malaysia than Comic Fiesta. Comic Fiesta had a humble beginning in 2002, with only 500 participants at the time. It grew exponentially until 2019, which saw over 65,000 visitors at KLCC in that event alone. Over the years, Comic Fiesta has hosted stage performances by local talents, and in the last 10 years, Comic Fiesta has also invited many special guests from various anime, comics and games (ACG) industries, such as American animator Phil Ortiz, Japan-based pop culture blogger and TV personality Danny Choo who also happens to be the son of Datuk JimmyChoo, and Japanese pop-rock band Myth & Roid. Understandably, many youths and young adults (and even not a few among the older generations!) in Malaysia have been looking forward to the largest annual ACG event in Malaysia to geek out and immerse themselves in Japanese pop-culture, but unfortunately for this year, following the announcement by the Prime Minister that the RMCO has been extended until 31 December, the Comic Fiesta committee has decided to postpone this year’s event until next year.
So there we go, those are the updates on major Malaysian events that everybody has been looking forward to. Are you relieved that your favourite event will be taking place after all? Are you disappointed that your favourite event has been cancelled or postponed? Or would you like to give a shoutout to your favourite event that’s not covered here? Let us know in the comments below!
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