Dikir barat troupe wins award in China

A MALAYSIAN traditional musical performance, dikir barat, wowed visitors at China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo (Citie) 2017 in the southern province of Guangdong, China.

The show presented by the troupe Akademi Arjunasukma won the “Outstanding Performance Award” from the organiser.

Malaysian Consul-General in Guangzhou, Muzambli Markam, said the troupe also incorporated English, Chinese and Indian lyrics to impress the audience at the fair.

“The dikir barat performance at the Malaysian pavilion generated a lot of interest among the local media and visitors.

“Hopefully this will lead to more Chinese tourists choosing Malaysia as their preferred holiday destination,” he said.

The troupe had a tok juara, tukang karut, 10 awok-awok (chorus) and three musicians.

The Malaysian pavilion, coordinated by the tourism section of the consulate, also won the “Most Creative Booth” and “The Best Organisation” awards.

Meanwhile, Akademi Arjunasukma also performed at the National Day reception, which was attended by 400 guests including Guangdong and Guangzhou government officials, foreign consuls-general, Chinese corporate figures and Malaysians residing in southern China.

In his speech, Muzambli said total trade between Malaysia and Guangdong province exceeded US$25bil (RM105bil) last year, accounting to a quarter of the overall bilateral trade between the two countries.

“For the first half of 2017, total bilateral trade between Malaysia and Guangdong was recorded at US$15.4bil (RM64.7bil),” he said.

Guangdong Provincial People’s Government deputy secretary-general Zhang Hu said Guangdong would strengthen its cooperation with Malaysia in economy, people-to-people exchanges and culture.