1.​There was a time when Malaysia was unknown to the rest of the world.

2.​When Malaysians went abroad and people ask where they came from, the reaction to their reply that they were from Malaysia, almost always evoke the comment, “Where is that?”

3.​But today most foreign people would know where Malaysia is. They would even know that Malaysia succeeded in changing itself from an agricultural country to an industrial country. And today 24 million tourists visit Malaysia in one year.

4.​All these did not just happen. The tourist industry has become a big contributor to the Malaysian economy because of action taken to make Malaysia well known.

5.​When RM 280 million was spent to build the Sepang F1 race-track there was a lot of criticism. It seemed like a waste of money as the sport was not excelled by Malaysians.

6.​One of the objectives was to promote Malaysia as a tourist destination and to showcase its attraction as a place to invest.

7.​The race was watched by more than 100,000 people including almost 30,000 foreign spectators. But more importantly the race was broadcast live by more than 300 TV stations worldwide. It is estimated that more than 300 million people watch the F1 race all over the world. They not only see the car racing but also many aspects of Malaysia’s development and facilities. For three days the TV audience saw beautiful Malaysia and a lot of Malaysia’s development.

8.​Advertising on Japanese TV is expensive, costing a million Ringgit for a three minute clip. But during F1 race Malaysia gets 2 hours a day for three days free TV coverage. Throughout the world 300 TV stations cover the race without our having to pay a single cent.

9.​If we add up the advertising value for three days on 300 TV stations worldwide, the cost would be much more than the total cost of building the track. Multiply it with 15 years and the publicity value of that track will add up to billions.

10.​If in addition we add the spending of some 30,000 tourists to see the race, the contribution to the national economy would justify the RM280 million we spent building the F1 race track.

11.​These events, the F1 race, the Tour de Langkawi bicycle race, LIMA and a host of other events earn the nation a lot of money, far more than the cost of holding this events.

12.​That is why I am saddened when the Government did not help out the organisers of the recently held Red Bull Air Race in Putrajaya. This race is held all over the world. Millions watch this race. The majority would be locals but many loyal followers travel to watch the race. The advertising value is very high, yet the cost of holding it is low.

13.​The organisers cannot really make money from the event. But it is good advertising for the country.

14.​The Government has contributed a small sum. But it should help more. And so should the big corporations.

23 thoughts on “PROMOTING MALAYSIA

  1. Hang Jebat Derhaka Sep 9,2014 11:58 PM

    Hi Earth 707,

    I guess your name is Jamie Ong. I just want to say I love your song. I’ve shared it with my friends in FB. I love Malaysia too. Thanks and regards.

    p/s: you have a nice voice too

  2. saidjon Sep 9,2014 7:08 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum Wrt.Wbt

    Dr Mahathir Mohamad, you are one of my beloved politicians and i do admire you. What you did for Malaysia and all other Muslims around the Glob means a lot to me, i do thank God we still have leaders like yourself, and few very few other people in other countries remains who really tries to change the life of Muslims to better,

    Dr need your advise, suggestion or guidance.

    I do have a dream and is to help me Muslim Ummah as you did, to put my name in the History as a good fellow human being and Muslim. it is still in initial stage, however i have many more things to ask from you or to tell you.

    “Allah will not change our lives unless if we do not change what is in ourselves”

    my email is:



  3. earth707 Sep 4,2014 4:12 AM

    Dear Dr. Mahathir,

    Selamat Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. This is my merdeka present for you:

    I wrote this song for you, to remember you and thank you. Nothing else more I can say because everything has written in the lyric. People say “music is beyond language”. The song is sung in mandarin, which is my mother tongue. Like this, I can expressing my personal feeling to the fullest what do you mean to me and some of us-the Malaysian. I did the lyric translation. This is a one man show music performance. I hope you will like the song.

    Hopefully you see this message. Thank You.

    Yours Sincerely,

  4. Tuntuah Sep 3,2014 8:38 PM

    It is about time we just kill israelis everytime we meet them.

    Sikit sikit lama lama jadi bukit.

    Malaysian dont like nepotisme especialy pkr people. Why they want to acept bini ketum be mb? I just confused.

    Why peguam negara very slow to take action when pendatang menghasut?

    Why makamah syariah tak amik tindakan terhadap peliwat?

    Why org cina not respect negaraku but claimed to be malaysian?

    Why org cina marah dgn islam padahal org islam tak peduli pun agama dier org?

    Why org india sakit hati dgn islam padahal kuil lagi banyak dr masjid kat negara ni?

    Najib need to be told that the taraf hidup in malaysia semakin membebankan.

    Najib need to be told that please layan melayu lebih dr org cina sebelum melayu berpaling ke arah lain.

    Well, nobody cares. Che det cares? Are you?

  5. wan Sep 2,2014 6:29 PM

    Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru

    Sebagai rakyat Malaysia saya merasakan cara mempromosikan taman tema ini di hadapan Galeria Di Johor Bahru seolah-olah merendahkan jenama Malaysia.

    Dengan arca angry birds menghempap kereta proton (pada pandangan mata saya berdasarkan model yang dipamerkan) saya tertanya-tanya maksud promosi tersebut.

    Tidak bolehkah digunakan arca model lain yang tidak menggambarkan produk Malaysia? atau memang kita tidak peduli?

  6. Murad Sep 1,2014 8:20 PM

    As Salam Tun,

    Probably can next Red Bull race use promoter mention by Abu for tahun melawat Malaysia 2014 !!!???

    Indeed Tun is superb salesman , I was one those fortunate Tun brings along when he goes for sales such to the CIS countries which I have learn a lot. Thanks Tun not belated yet as I can’t reach you before like this!

  7. kiteman Aug 31,2014 7:29 PM

    I am a Singapore, and visits Malaysia very frequently for social and work.  I never fail to admire your country for what it offers, large land, tallest building, its tourist attractions, its ability to host major events, and its guts in wanting to be the first mover in anything they do.  It is this very competitive spirit that its people have, and more so its government that impresses me for the many successes it delivers.


    I was at the Red Bull Air Race this May at Putrajaya – I made it a point to go there with my adult son as it is the first ever event of its kind in this part of the world, an event I  do not want to miss – being first of its kind.  I have been to many F1s, but never an air race. I  was hugely impressed with the entire show, and have only accolades for the event organizer for bringing this event in and for a spectacular display of organizational skills.


    This Air Race has given Malaysia another huge milestone in hosting world class events, amongst many other firsts.  Not only has this put Malaysia on the world map for its ability to host world class events, it has huge economic impact and follow-on tourist dollars.  The benefits to Malaysia is unquantifiable.  Putrajaya skyline has also become more visible and now achieved worldwide iconic status.  I know our Singapore government is fully supportive of bringing F1 Night Race to Singapore and have hugely subsidized the host event organizer the cost of hosting the event for the same reasons it gave Singapore a huge boost in touristy attractions and tourism dollar.   Without governmental financial support no event organizer will be able to single handedly bring in a show of this scale. It is just impossible.  The key message is that the potential positive economic impact to the host country far outweighs the subsidies the government has put in. 


    We believe your government has recognized the significance of the Air Race to Malaysia’s attraction on the tourist calendar, and the enormous economic benefits thereafter.  At the post race media conference, we heard your Minister for Youth and Sports acknowledged the success of this race and the significant benefit this will have to Malaysia, promising assistance to the event organizer.  This is very encouraging.  They have sacrificed a lot to make Malaysia proud.  We hope all major Malaysia corporations and the Government will extend more financial help to the event organizer to meet current and future obligations so that the show can go on. 


    I will be at the next Air Race for sure, this time with our corporate clients and hope for the future success of this event.


    All the best,

    Kite Man

  8. wajaperak Aug 31,2014 2:57 PM

    [Mayat yang tiba ke negara juga amat berterima kasih dan gembira dikebumikan di tanah air]

    Anda sudah melampau.Pemikiran bertentangan dan menyalahi sunnah.Cubalah emel saya..

    Terima kasih Tun.

  9. grkumar Aug 31,2014 6:29 AM

    You can take a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.

    Malaysians have had a quantum leap from the glorified malarial swamp it was when I was growing up there in the 1960’s to the time the government of the Tun came into office. I still recall the incident when Khir Johari was sent to meet Lord Carrington at Subang. Carrington arrived in his VC 10 ahead of my BOAC from London where I was a student returning from my studies.

    The English were outraged that a former colonial upstart had “snubbed” their foreign secretary to entertain and attend to a Japanese delegation (If my memory serves me well).
    The Tun (again if my memory serves me well) said through one of his aides, that protocol did not require the PM to meet the foreign secretary of any country. Moreover the Japanese had come to invest where others were reluctant and that was more important (At least that was the gist of the message).

    My late father told me then, make Bahasa your priority. The Malays are on the ascendancy. We laughed. But no for long.

    Malaysia has since been transformed into a first world nation with all the mods an cons of a first world country plus some. There are those who have managed to keep up wth the pace physically, superficially and mentally. Others still only superficially with all the trappings but no understanding of what it is like to be in the 21st century.

    The points made above are real and are cause for concern. But we can’t make people take up challenges, maintain our advances or keep up the pace of progress. We can’t. They either have t in them or they don’t.

    And the current government after all the support we have given them by our actions and omissions must learn to do things guided by a vision. If they have no vision and the people who support them are equally blind, then of course it will gradually go to the dogs.
    If there is one thing we can’t change it is change itself.

    There are two types of people in this world. The doers and the spectators who watch the doers expecting things to happen just by cheering. The current government is not a doer.

    The doers are those who will look at something and say why not as the Tun did during his tenure in office.

    The current government is distinguished by its way of doing things which is by looking at a situation and saying “Why? not why not

  10. mubarakchan Aug 30,2014 8:15 PM


    For Saudara Abu Aiya. When I first appeared on this Blog, I noticed that most Malaysians except those like mnm, dont be small minded, the rocket scientist from Singapore, hbt, yusof12, saxykorma etc – the ejects from the Ministry of Information, Singapore, could not see the wood from the trees – THAT THERE ARE HUGE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND FACTS OF THE REAL SINGAPORE SINCE 1959 AND THE MAGIC SHOW OF THICK SMOKE AND BROKEN MIRRORS as produced by the brilliant Lee Kuan Yew with his 26 failed Policies for Singapore and further strengthened by him WITH A HUGE DOLLOP OF SINGAPORE’S ONLY NATURAL RESOURCE- BLUFFOLOGY !

    Most Malaysian Chinese and all Singaporeans are scared of the brilliant Lee Kuan Yew. When his name is mentioned in private gatherings in Singapore, the participants would glance backwards nervously. Malaysian Chinese try to brush away the topic by talking about something else. Stupid.

    The brilliant Lee Kuan Yew based his ENTIRE CAREER ON HIS BRILLIANCE IN GETTING A DOUBLE STARRED FIRST IN LAW FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN 1947 ! It is alleged he obtained a Third Class in the London Bar Finals whilst his wife had 3rd place out of possibly 150 candidates. My wife was placed 7th out of 700 much later.


  11. Abu Alya Aug 30,2014 1:16 PM

    Salam Tun.


    While Tun is trying his best to promote Malaysia, our leaders are sleeping with the enemy, so to speak, to sell the country.

    What Tuan Mubarak said is true. Refer :

    If our leaders are not careful, the PAPigs in Singapore will SELL MALAYSIA hook, line and sinker via their marketing ploy, that is TPPA.

    Singapore is very good at promoting their ‘services’ as the broker or middleman for giant Corporations. They are basically traders who channels businesses for a piece of commission – they even market our Rambutans as Singapore Lychees 🙂

    The Singapore govt even copycat Tun’s authentic idea on F1-Racing and the Sepang success.

    Our problem now is, we have almost useless Ministers who although do not agree with Tun, they themselves have nothing original to contribute to the nations image. Just look at the archaic promotions done by Nazri & Son for tahun melawat Malaysia 2014.

  12. mubarakchan Aug 30,2014 10:53 AM


    The screaming headlines in the Singapore Government controlled Channelnewsasia today 30 August 2014.

    1. A banner advertisement in electric blue,’ WHAT MAKES YOUR WORLD BETTER.’ TNB MALAYSIA. It has always been at the back of my mind that not only are our fellow Malaysians brainwashed but one day they would be colonised by the one-street town of the Republic of Singapore like the British before them. And here is the evidence for the very first time. And the question I ask is, WHAT HAS A SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT OWNED CHANNELNEWSASIA GOT TO DO WITH TNB MALAYSIA apart from sponsoring an entity of a Government which loves to spy on us and its leader made all sorts of derisory remarks about the Malays. Has somebody gone mad ?

    2. A more interesting screaming headlline in the same edition of the Channelnewsasia, ‘ CHINA ANNOUNCES CUTS TO EXECUTIVE SALARIES AT STATE COMPANIES (GLCs).’ The cuts were down to 30% of the original salaries and expense accounts restricted. The executives are NOT CIVIL SERVANTS unlike our beloved Malaysia which CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY AND NO OWNERSHIP and their salaries ranges from RM2 Millions to over RM10 Millions in country 35 times smaller than China !


  13. tebing tinggi Aug 30,2014 7:04 AM

    Salam Tun,

    MH 370 and MH 17 has been good promotion for Malaysia , now Malaysia is well known all over the world .

  14. sibotak Aug 29,2014 9:20 AM

    Malaysia could promote itself not only through Economic Sports Political Exploitation
    We can make a Different approach here
    Something for a Change , Easier , Economical above all meant to
    It is just an Effort what next God Decides

    Formed an Effort to Unite the Muslims World
    No one can Touch us
    We don,t use weapons
    We form like a Tabliqh , Islamic movement
    A form of organization explore the conflicts between Muslims
    Make them sit & square matters out in the name of Allah
    Not fighting & killing each other

    The very cause of the Confusion , Killing of each Brothers
    Is due to The Physiological United States Led Lies to the World Design by Israel
    That results in Confusion between Islamic Brothers
    This Lies meant to Divide the Muslim Community
    every intentions to get the Muslim Divided , their Lies with little doubtful evidence
    that Sparks into Flames now into Roaring Inferno
    Russia succeeds in Slapping US assumptions of the Ukraine & MH false evidence by US
    Have Saves Russia being a Victim of US led Lies

    I sounds Crazy ,I don,t know but I like to make this effort to form this movement with Malaysia as an Islamic Nation from Asia to Stabilize Middle East
    An effort to unite the Muslim World in the name of Allah
    We are fighting Nobody
    We did not use Weapons
    We just making Efforts for Muslim World to be United
    As such all those LED LIES must be Eliminate

  15. Idea Aug 28,2014 9:05 PM

    Very smart thinking.

  16. musato Aug 28,2014 7:11 PM

    Assalamualaikum Tun.

    Malaysia di sini lahirnya sebuah cinta.

    Apa maksudnya jika sekali baca tanpa olahan? Tiada maksud apa apa.

    Cuma perkataan CINTA yang membawa makna. Macam baca novel remaja.

    Kita bercakap pasal negara selepas Lahad Datu dan MH. Tapi ungkapan CINTA seperti novel remaja.

    Seperti janji ditepati, ramai orang tak dapat bantuan banjir dengarnya.

    Seperti Islam Hadhari.

    Sayangilah tanahair bagaikan jasad dengan nyawa.

    Diselitkan cerita sikit kebetulannya ketika van jenazah melintasi Yang diPertuan Agong kedengaran pintu rumah saya diketuk ketika kebetulannya saya sedang menunggu anak balik dari sekolah.

    Saya cuma boleh mengucapkan ‘dari Allah kita datang dan kepada Allah kita kembali’.

    Mayat yang tiba ke negara juga amat berterima kasih dan gembira dikebumikan di tanah air.

    Apakah kita turut menyayangi negara seperti itu?

    Terima kasih Tun.

  17. sibotak Aug 28,2014 7:04 PM

    Many incidents , exposer can make Malaysia known
    Regardless We need to have a secure moderate healthy happy ahead
    We need good leadership , good govt , good citizen
    Good Chemistry to make it happen
    Looking at the World Threat now
    Are we prepared to secure ?
    As it is not Wrong that are Threaten
    It is the Weak that are being Threaten
    Its nor right nor wrong
    It is Strong or Weak
    We need National Servicemen to Strengthen our Govt
    We need to Mould future generations with Educations
    National Service enhance this Moulding
    It serves good for the Govt also the young generations
    Young generations that are Drifted with Drugs , Road bikers
    Showcases in Malls , Drifted wasting their time

    Get them serves for 2yrs , followed by annual reservists up to a retired age .This helps in building a better generations & better individuals of Malaysia for both Govt & its Citizens

  18. mokhtar Aug 28,2014 2:30 PM




  19. Hajar Aug 28,2014 2:21 PM

    Dearest YAB Tun,

    Tun (as PM) was once called ‘the best SALESPERSON in Malaysia’.

    Sadly, our current leaders at national level do not have Tun’s ability to think as business people. Most of them, ‘pendek akal…’. They are not able to see hidden profits.

    Thanks Tun for everything. You are still the best PM.

    *** May Allah SWT bless Tun and family ***

  20. Abu Alya Aug 28,2014 12:57 PM

    Salam Tun.

    1. After all your amazing hard work at developing and marketing Malaysia, those who took over your PM seat are bent to “SELL” the country very cheap to the foreigners.

    2. It is similar to a situation where one speculates a potential decline in the stock value and begin to “short-selling”. Is the Malaysia economy so weak and really going downhill that fast, that is causing fund managers betting and waiting to make a scoop on its downside? or there is an insider trading going on within the govt dictated by the likes of Soros and Rothschilds.

    3. Under Pak Lah we saw how ownership of landbank in Iskandar and Johor Baru Baharu, and KTM’s in Singapore exchanged hands.
    3.1 We also witnessed how a convicted corrupter cum sodomite was let loose prematurely.
    3.2 The cancellation of development projects planned by Tun.

    4. Under Najib, we are about to witness the selling of our MAS, Silterra and then perhaps falling into Singapore’s TPPA trap ( I wonder what the hell is Tok Pa negotiating for?)
    4.1 Tons of money transferred to offshore banks in the Cayman Islands for unknown development projects.
    4.2 Heavy investment via shady figures with exotic names who socialise with Paris Hilton and Arab princes in the Hollywood scene.

    5. Like the methodology of Idris Jala and Khalid Ibrahim, who sold assets only to show profit under their management and leadership, the two PMs who came after you also dont have much faith in the country and its people. In fact, they undermine all the achievements that Tun have brought to the country, exactly like what the Opposition want them to do.

    6. I noticed that the BN govt under Najib now, is becoming a hidden enemy to everything that UMNO stands for and is designed to kill UMNO softly under the guise of liberalism and moderation. UMNO is in the govt’s sabotage plan to further a foreign agenda.

    7. The Malays have been moderate all these while and they need not be pushed around just becos of their hospitable nature. The Chinese need not be too greedy and afraid becos never in hundred years will the Malay ever come close to achieve the 30% equity. Even within that percentage more than half are JVs and Ali Baba setups that benefits the Chinese business community.

    8. So, in the spirit of the “Hungry Ghost Festival” let us all Malaysian commit ourselves to be more generous and accommodating towards one another. As Tun always remind us, and I would like to put it in these words – “Sharing is Caring”. Let us not copy the ways of the Ikan Yu @ Sharks of the Singapore PAPigs who are always on the prowl and hungry for a kill. Let us not be their victim !


    Thank you Tun Mahathir
    without you,
    what would have we become?

  21. MsEmma49 Aug 28,2014 11:41 AM

    Salam Tun,

    Saya pon wondering mana budget 2 billion for tourism? rasaya di handle oleh pak menteri Nazri Aziz…. banyak yang di sponsor event concert2 yang memabukkan dan kontroversi… sorry to say la… arak, concerts,free sex semua tue dah ketinggalan zaman…. saya rasa kementerian pelancongan agak outdated dengan event2 yang dijalankan dan tidak strategic… apa2 pon akan berbalik pada leadership…

    Thanks Tun,

  22. PAShit a.k.a. DAPshit Aug 28,2014 10:32 AM

    Salam Tun,

    I have a nagging feeling that is surely felt also by millions of Malaysians that we have quite a few headless chickens running the country who don’t have a clue about strategic planning.


  23. balance Aug 28,2014 8:27 AM


    You are a very good businessman. Your thinking is beyond many leaders, ministers and bankers. Many want money or profit first other things later. You still the best lah!

    Thanks for making Malaysia a great nation.

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