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Biggest Expo On Ornamental Stones Planned In Langkawi In October

Last Update: 08/03/2018

By Hamdan Ismail

LANGKAWI, March 8 (Bernama) -- Come October, the International Ornamental Stones Culture Association, a non-governmental organisation which has over three million members in China and Singapore, plans to hold one of the biggest ornamental and culture exhibition in Langkawi.

A 35-member delegation from the association led by its president, Zeng Jin Ng, was here recently to explore the possibility of organising the exhibition, which would be the first ever to be held by the association in Malaysia.

During the visit, the delegation held a meeting with Langkawi  Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Organisation secretary, Ahmad Phisol Ishak, apart from visiting several tourism attractions here.

Zeng told Bernama here the exhibition would be in line with the China Government's connectivity and cooperation policy of ?One Belt, One Road', which in a way would share its arts and culture with the rest of the world.

"We picked Langkawi (as venue for the exhibition) due to its position as a well-known tourism destination ,not only among people of China but also those from other countries," he said.

Meanwhile, Chinese art and culture expert Prof K. C. Tan, who was among the delegates said interest towards ornamental stones was overwhelming, particularly among middle and high class societies in China.

"Collecting ornamental stones, which the Chinese believe brings good fortune, is now viewed as a hobby of the rich, and this exhibition will stir the interest further beyond China's boundary," he noted.

He said the global geopark status accorded by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation on Langkawi had made it the appropriate place to organise the exhibition.

Ahmad Phisol pledged to assist the association within his capacity to organise the exhibition which he hoped would be another grand event in Langkawi.

"The association which has many members spread across several provinces in China, Hong Kong and Singapore can make a great impact to promote Langkawi further as a tourism destination," he added.



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