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2009 Events Listings

Posted by on Feb 8th, 2009
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** Information from Tourism Malaysia

FEBUARY

Le Tour de Langkawi 2009
9 February 2009 Until 15 February 2009
Known as the greatest cycling event out of Europe, Le Tour de Langkawi features world’s top cyclists to compete against each other. Starting from the island, the race will encompass challenging routes along Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast, before it ends at Dataran Merdeka in the capital city.
Phone: 603 8996 0871/2
Fax: 603 8996 0859
Email: ltdl2008@tdl.com.my
Website: www.ltdl.com.my

14th Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival
16 February 2009 Until 23 February 2009
The windy season is back at Bukit Layang-Layang in Pasir Gudang for this exciting international event that sees competitive participations from England, Germany, United States, Ghana, Cape Town, Japan, China and ASEAN countries.
Venue: Johor
Phone: 607 251 3720 / 21 / 22
Fax: 607 251 5260

Kenyir Motorcross Championship
21 February 2009 Until 22 February 2009
Calling all race enthusiasts! Don’t miss this extreme sport event that attracts participants from Malaysia and around the world including Japan, Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong, China, France, Austria, New Zealand and other countries. This great event takes place in the vicinity of Lake Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia.
Venue: Pengkalan Gawi, Lake Kenyir Terengganu
Phone: 609 822 3100
Fax: 609 822 3104
Email: ketengah@ketengah.gov.my
Website: www.ketengah.gov.my/kenyir

Zoom! KK City Tourism Treasure Hunt 2009
21 February 2009 Until 22 February 2009
An annual event held in conjunction with the Kota Kinabalu City Day Celebration. Treasure hunters search the City high and low while getting to know places of interest in Kota Kinabalu and beyond. Everyone is welcome to join the hunt with attractive prizes to be won.
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088-521800 (DBKK) / 6088-211732 (Tourism Malaysia)

Langkawi Ironman Triathlon 2009
28 February 2009 Until 28 February 2009
Touted to be one of the world’s most renowned extreme sport events, the Langkawi Ironman Triathlon will witness more than 900 participants testing their mental and physical strength to the limit. Participants will have to compete in a gruelling 3.8 km swim, 180.3 km cycling race and 42.2 km marathon.
Venue: Langkawi, Kedah
Phone: 603 2692 3171/3050
Fax: 603 2692 9031
Email: srsgroup@tm.net.my
Website: www.ironmanlangkawi.com.my

Malaysian Grand Prix (GP) Sale 2009
28 February 2009 Until 5 April 2009
The Malaysian GP Sale is back! Make a beeline for shopping complexes nationwide as they offer irresistible bargains in conjunction with the annual Petronas Malaysian Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix. Locals and foreign guests will be spoilt for choice as they enjoy tremendous bargains in this month-long sale.
Venue: ALL
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Website: www.malaysiamegasale.com.my

MARCH

Photography Competition in conjunction with Flora & Fruit Festival 2009
1 March 2009 Until 31 May 2009
Unleash your creativity by taking photographs of Malaysia’s beautiful blossoms and win great prizes. Get your cameras ready!
Venue: Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1146
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Colours of Malaysia (Main Launch)
8 March 2009 Until 8 March 2009
Malaysia’s premier cultural extravaganza is back to dazzle and entertain locals and visitors alike. Colours of Malaysia is a cornucopia of spectacular traditional performances, colourful parades as well as exquisite arts and crafts. The national-level launch takes place at Kuala Lumpur’s Dataran Merdeka. Don’t miss the marvellous food fiestas held at various parts of the country in conjunction with this event:

– Citrarasa Melaka
13 -15 Mar *Bandar Hilir, Melaka
– ‘Nasi Seratus’ Festival Kota Bharu
20 – 22 Mar *Kota Bharu, Kelantan
– Citrarasa Sarawak
27 – 29 Mar *Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak
– Citrarasa Kuala Lumpur & Food Trail
27 Mar – 5 Apr *Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Gear up for an entire month of fun as the Colours of Malaysia roadshows hit the states of Johor, Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu and Penang!

Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1146
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Penang International Food Festival 2009
13 March 2009 Until 21 March 2009
Enjoy a remarkable gastronomic experience in Penang, hailed as the food capital of Malaysia! This food festival offers a chance for visitors to enjoy Penang’s culinary creations as well as its excellent parties. Venues include the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA), Batu Feringghi beach as well as the island’s famous streets.
Venue: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) , Batu Feringgi, Penang
Phone: 604 262 0202
Fax: 604 263 1020
Website: www.tourismpenang.gov.my

Raptor Watch
14 March 2009 Until 15 March 2009
For the 10th time, this year, The Malaysian Nature Society celebrates this annual event with its signature event, “Raptor Watch”. This event grew out of the need to protect these raptors and their habitats; it is now an all out festival packed with entertainment with a myriad of activities, fun & games, talks, performances and exhibitions.
Venue: PNB Ilham Resort, Melaka, 10th Mile, Port Dickson
Time: 8.00am -5.00pm
Phone: 03 2287 9422
Email: public.relations@mns.org.my
Website: http://www.mns.org.my

APRIL

Malaysia Water Festival 2009 (Launch)
3 April 2009 Until 5 April 2009
Desaru, a beautiful beach retreat in Johor, will be the venue for the launch of this year’s Malaysia Water Festival. Enjoy a host of beach activities and water sports such as jet-ski challenge, parasailing, kayaking, yachting, boat racing and lots more. Other main water sports events in the country are:

i) Langkawi Water Festival
10 – 11 April Pantai Chenang, Langkawi, Kedah

ii) Labuan International Sea Challenge
28 Apr – 3 May *Labuan
Venue:Desaru, Johor
Phone: 607 224 9960
Fax: 607 223 7554
Email: info@johortourism.com.my
Website: www.johortourism.com.my

Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2009
3 April 2009 Until 5 April 2009
Catch the 10th edition of F1 action in Malaysia! Witness the blazing action at one of the most high-tech circuits in the world. With the extreme hot and wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, the skills of the world’s finest drivers will be tested to the limit! Don’t miss it, be there in Sepang!
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
Phone: 603 8778 2222
Fax: 603 8778 2227
Website: http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/

Langkawi Water Festival 2009
10 April 2009 Until 11 April 2009
Come and join the locals to celebrate at Pantai Chenang with more than 100 categories of sea- side and water related games.
Venue: Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Phone: 604 969 8080
Fax: 604 969 8081
Email: info@tourismlangkawi.gov.my

16th Regatta Lepa Semporna
18 April 2009 Until 19 April 2009
Be awed by the traditional sailboats of the Bajau people, known as Sabah’s ethnic seafarers. Lots of fun-filled matches such as tug-of-war, kayaking and boat racing will be held. The highlight is the selection of the best ‘lepa’ or sailboat.
Venue: Semporna, Sabah
Phone: 6089 781 518 / 6088 232 121
Fax: 6089 781 472 / 6088 265 540
Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Labuan International Sea Challenge
23 April 2009 Until 3 May 2009
Welcome to the amazing Labuan International Sea Challenge (LISC)! For six days, international participants will take part in a variety of competitions such as:

i)Labuan International Game Fishing Tournament
(28 Apr -3 May *Layang-Layang Island)

ii)Labuan Cross Channel Swimming Challenge
(1 May *Papan Island)

iii) Stage Performances and Beach Tele-matches in support of LISC ‘09
(1 – 3 May *Labuan International Sea Sports Complex)

iv) Labuan Round Island Kayak Challenge
(2 May)

v) Kayak Sprint
(3 May *Labuan International Sea Sports Complex)

Venue: Labuan
Phone: 6087 408 744 / 422 622 / 408 740 /741
Fax: 6087 419 622 / 426 582
Email: mtpl@labuantourism.com.my; admin@labuantourism.com.my
Website: www.labuantourism.com.my

Selangor Water Festival
24 April 2009 Until 26 April 2009
Get ready for a splashing time with activities such as boat racing, kayaking and underwater treasure hunts. Sandcastle building and ‘catch the duck’ contests are ideal for all in the family.
Venue: Pantai Bagan Lalang, Sepang, Selangor
Phone: 603 5511 1122
Fax: 603 5513 1199

Perhentian Underwater Challenge
24 April 2009 Until 26 April 2009
Perhentian Island, a world-renowned tourist destination, is set to draw both local and international visitors at this time as it presents underwater photography competition off the island’s coasts, exciting traditional games, beach soccer and volleyball. Earth awareness programme such as ‘clean the beach’ activity, will also be conducted.
Venue: Perhentian Island, Terengganu
Phone: 609 626 2946
Fax: 609 626 1946
Email: mtpnterengganu@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

International Rafting Expedition
26 April 2009 Until 3 May 2009
The expedition requires participants to raft about 360 kilometres on the Pahang River. The event, to be happening for eight days and seven nights, will see participants served with village feasts upon arriving at several spots along the rafting route. Cultural performances will be among the highlights at these venues to celebrate the rafting adventure.
Venue: Kuala Lipis, Pahang
Phone: 609 517 1624 / 23
Fax: 609 517 1626
Email: pkbf@tm.net.my / pkbf@streamyx.com
Website: www.pkbf.org.my

MAY

Sabah Fest 2009
2 May 2009 Until 3 May 2009
The state’s most anticipated event, Sabah Fest features spectrum of cultures and traditions through dance, music, fashion and food. The festival is a prelude to the Harvest Fest celebration happening statewide.
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088 232 121/212 121
Fax: 6088 265 540/212 075
Email: shahira@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Wesak
9 May 2009 Until 9 May 2009
Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha. Buddhists all over the country celebrate this day with religious offerings and rituals which are usually held at Buddhist temples. Be awed by the grand processions that take place at night in cities like Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Melaka and Penang.
Venue: ALL
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Harum Manis Festival
9 May 2009 Until 10 May 2009
The Harum Manis mango is only found in the state of Perlis. Here, during the Harum Manis Festival, visitors can savour its taste else than get to know the different benefits of the fruit.
Venue: Bukit Bintang Harumanis Mango Field, Sg. Batu Pahat, Perlis
Phone: 604 985 3701
Fax: 604 985 2373

Tadau Kaamatan
30 May 2009 Until 31 May 2009
The Tadau Kaamatan or Harvest Festival in Sabah is an opportunity for everyone to give thanks in celebration for the bountiful harvest. (Sabah and Labuan)
Venue: Sabah
Phone: +6088 212121
Fax: +6088 212 075
Email: info@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Floral Parade in conjunction with Flora & Fruit Festival
30 May 2009 Until 30 May 2009
Don’t miss the breathtaking sight as ornately decorated floats in various hues make their way along Dataran Merdeka. As for its awards, the jury will select the best displays according to benchmarks such as design originality, concept, construction, animation and floral exhibit.
Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1146
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

JUNE

Flora & Fauna Festival
1 June 2009 Until 30 June 2009
The Flora & Fruit Festival in Malaysia is held in conjunction with the local fruit season. Enjoy the excellent nutrition and great taste of local fruits!
Venue: Fraser’s Hills, Perak
Phone: 609 517 1623 / 24 / 60
Fax: 609 517 1626
Email: pkbf@tm.net.my / pkbf@streamyx.com / mtpnpahang@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Eco Paintball / Rainforest Festival
1 June 2009 Until 30 June 2009
Held in Putrajaya and several other states in Malaysia, the eco-paintball competition is hailed as one of the world’s most exciting outdoor sports. A combination of childhood games such as ‘tag’ as well as ‘hide-and-seek’, paintball is a match which normally consists of two teams competing against each other. The shooting game uses ‘paint gun’ as the weapon whereas ‘paintball’ – a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule containing coloured liquid – is used as the bullets.
Venue: Putrajaya, Rompin, Kenyir Lake, Bukit Cerakah, Royal Belum, Jelebu, Taman Negeri Wang Kelian, Kuala Lipis, ALL
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1146
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Gawai Dayak Festival
1 June 2009 Until 2 June 2009
Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state’s indigenous people, particularly the Ibans and Bidayuhs, in their traditional costumes. Ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and ‘tuak’ (home-made rice wine) are made to the gods of rice and prosperity. This unique festivity is a ‘must-see’ occasion for local and foreign tourists alike.
Venue: Sarawak
Phone: +6082 423 600
Fax: +6082 416 700
Email: stb@sarawaktourism.com
Website: www.sarawaktourism.com

Flower Festival
5 June 2009 Until 6 June 2009
The Flora & Fruit Festival in Malaysia is held in conjunction with the local fruit season. Enjoy the excellent nutrition and great taste of local fruits!
Venue: Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Phone: 609 517 1111
Fax: 609 514 6900
Email: mtpnpahang@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

24th Sabah Dragon Boat Race 2009
21 June 2009 Until 21 June 2009
One of the state’s main annual events, the Sabah Dragon Boat Race has drawn international participants from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China and Brunei.
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088 232 121/212121
Fax: 6088 265 540/219 401
Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

JULY

Malaysia Mega Sale 2009
4 July 2009 Until 31 August 2009
Malaysia’s most popular shopping event is back! Visitors will find amazing discounts and special offers on a wide array of goods such as branded apparel, household equipment, electrical appliances, accessories and many more. Be sure to check out the bargains at shopping malls, specialty outlets and boutiques all around the country!
Venue: Throughout Malaysia, ALL
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Email: enquiry@malaysiamegasale.com.my
Website: www.malaysiamegasale.com.my

Arab Events, Buskers & Concerts
10 July 2009 Until 8 August 2009
Fans of Arabian music can enjoy sensational performances right here in the city! Great concerts such as the KL Samrah Festival, Ziryab and Ahlan Wahsahlan will be held at Bukit Bintang and other main parts of the city to greet the arrival of guests from the Middle East. Get ready for an electrifying time!
Venue: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2617 6272
Fax: 603 2698 3819
Email: mtpkl@motour.gov.my
Website: www.kualalumpur.gov.my

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival
10 July 2009 Until 12 July 2009
Musicians from around the world gather to perform diverse ethnic music in a living museum known as Sarawak Culture Village. The festival is set to bring ardent fans of music from all corners of the world.
Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
Phone: 6082 423 600
Fax: 6082 416 700
Email: pauline@sarawaktourism.com
Website: www.sarawaktourism.com

The Great Durian Festival (Festival Jom Makan Durian) 2009
24 July 2009 Until 26 July 2009
Durian, locally known as the ‘King of Fruits’, takes centre stage in this festival. Visitors can sample an assortment of lip-smacking delicacies made from this unique fruit. Be part of this festival and enjoy lots of interesting programmes such as exhibitions and contests on the different varieties of durian available throughout the country.
Venue: Bukit Gantang, Taiping, Perak
Phone: 019 574 0767 / 605 255 0413
Fax: 605 855 4967, 605 253 6027

AUGUST

Merdeka Month Celebration
1 August 2009 Until 31 August 2009
The date marks a commemoration of Malaysia’s 51st year of Independence, celebrated in a joyous mood by all Malaysians. Highlights include parades, fireworks displays and much more! Join in the merriment!
Venue: ALL
Phone: 603 2615 8188 / 8888 1957
Fax: 603 2693 5884 / 8888 3904
Email: enquiries@tourism.gov.my
Website: www.tourism.gov.my

Sandakan Memorial Day
15 August 2009 Until 15 August 2009
This event honours Australian allied prisoners who lost their lives at the Prisoners of War (POW) camp in Sandakan during World War II. A memorial service will be conducted on the day.
Venue: Sandakan Memorial Park, Sandakan, Sabah
Phone: 6089 224 026
Fax: 6089 274 659 / 272 112 / 213 452
Email: Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my

Mystic of Carey Island
22 August 2009 Until 22 August 2009
In this annual event, the island’s native community known as Mah Meri, will perform prayers for their beloved ancestors. Highlights include display of figurines and story telling of the earlier generations of the Mah Meri people.
Venue: Carey Island, Kuala Langat, Selangor
Phone: 603 5511 1122
Fax: 603 5513 1199

Ramadan Bazaar
22 August 2009 Until 19 September 2009
In conjunction with the Muslims’ fasting month of Ramadan, the Ramadan Bazaar is organised throughout the country. This bustling evening bazaar offers sumptuous delicacies for the breaking of fast. The official launch will be held along the popular Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Visitors can sample delicious treats and watch the cooking demonstration of ‘bubur lambuk’, a savoury porridge that will be highlighted as Kuala Lumpur’s ‘signature fare’.
Venue: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2617 6273
Fax: 603 2698 3819

SEPTEMBER

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
20 September 2009 Until 21 September 2009
After fasting from dawn to dusk for a month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a day that signifies victory for Muslims everywhere. On this special day, Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be lots of tasty delicacies to make the celebration memorable!
Venue: ALL
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

OCTOBER

Penang World Music Festival
2 October 2009 Until 4 October 2009
Music lovers get to revel with spectacular performances staged by world-renowned artistes and local musicians in a natural setting of lush greenery. The cool evening breeze and the hypnotic ethnic rhythms will make it a night to remember!
Venue: Botanical Gardens, Penang
Phone: 604 – 262 0202
Fax: 604 – 263 1020
Website: www.tourismpenang.gov.my

Deepavali
17 October 2009 Until 17 October 2009
Deepavali or the ‘Festival of Lights’ is celebrated by Hindus with prayers, family gatherings and festivities. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional goodies.
Venue: ALL
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

NOVEMBER

Labuan World War II Memorial Day
8 November 2009 Until 8 November 2009
On this day, visitors from the Commonwealth nations gather in Labuan to pay tribute to the fallen World War II heroes. Dignitaries who will be attending the ceremony include representatives from embassies and high commissions in Malaysia as well as military officials from the Commonwealth countries.
Venue: Labuan
Phone: 6087 408 740 / 741
Fax: 6087 426 582
Email: admin@labuantourism.com.my
Website: www.labuantourism.com.my

Hari Raya Aidiladha
27 November 2009 Until 28 November 2009
Commonly known as Hari Raya Haji, this festival marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mekah which is performed by millions of Muslims annually. It is also known as Hari Raya Qurban. Muslims in the country celebrate the festival with prayers and the sacrifice of cattle.
Venue: Throughout Malaysia , ALL
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Malaysia Savings Sale
29 November 2009 Until 31 December 2009
The Malaysia Savings Sale is back and offers 37 days of fantastic retail therapy, great dining experience and fun-filled entertainment. This sale comes at a perfect time, coinciding with the Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as the Malaysian school holiday season. Visitors can shop and save as most items which range from apparels, accessories, home décor to dining, leisure and holiday packages will be offered at discounted prices.
Venue: Throughout Malaysia, ALL
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Email: enquiry@malaysiamegasale.com.my
Website: www.mymegasale.com.my

DECEMBER

Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA ’09)
1 December 2009 Until 5 December 2009
This is a high-profile biennial event featuring the latest technologies in the aerospace and maritime sectors. Manufacturers, industry players, senior government officials and key decision makers converge here to make the best of this excellent platform. Visitors can marvel at an impressive showcase of highly advanced technology.
Venue: Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, Langkawi, Kedah
Phone: 603 4142 1699
Fax: 603 4142 2699
Website: www.lima2009.com.my

Monsoon Cup Terengganu
11 December 2009 Until 17 December 2009
A prestigious sailing competition, the Monsoon Cup Terengganu is dubbed as the ‘Formula One of Sailing’. It is also the 50th event under the Swedish Match Tour leg. Locals and foreign tourists will find a range of interesting programmes held to coincide with the competition, including displays of Terengganu’s splendid arts and heritage.
Venue: Terengganu
Phone: 603 2142 2882
Fax: 603 2142 2822
Website: www.monsooncup.com.my

Christmas
25 December 2009 Until 25 December 2009
The Christmas spirit is made merrier with Malaysia’s tropical weather and friendly people. Visitors will be spoilt for choice as there are many restaurants, bistros, shopping malls and hotels that offer great promotions planned specially for the occasion. Join in the celebration and have a sunny Christmas in Malaysia!
Venue: Throughout Malaysia , ALL
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

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  1. Hey don’t forget MNS’ Raptor Watch on March 14-15 at PNB Ilham Resort to see migratory birds flying back from winter feeding grounds. And for other wild adventures check out Nature Escapes

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