Negaraku Expo 2017 expected to showcase govt initiatives

The month-long event utilises the latest technology that promotes interactive methods

By D KANYA KUMARI / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

The 2017 Negaraku Expo — an interactive international exhibition being held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, for a month from today — is expected to expose the public to the multiple facilities and initiatives that have been spearheaded by the government, as well as upcoming projects that are planned to be launched nationwide.

Dubbed as the “the most expensive exposition held in Malaysia so far”, it utilises the latest technology that promotes interactive methods which will effectively engage adults and children alike.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the expo was completed within record time as the organiser had only a month to set it up.

“The expo, which is made up of five domes, serves to highlight the infrastructure enjoyed by Malaysians — in addition to pointing out government initiatives that focus on the welfare of Malaysians,” he said.

Among the highlights of the expo is the third dome that showcases the telecommunications sector, that would also give the general public the opportunity to speak to leaders of the country.

“On a regular basis, the phones there will ring and people could pick it up to hear a recorded explanation about our telecommunications industry and how it has developed.

“But over the course of the month, we are also going to get our national leaders — including the prime minister and his deputy — to call those phones; any lucky visitor would be able to have a conversation with our prime minister,” he added.

Abdul Rahman said while the concept may seem similar to the existing Petrosains exhibition, the content of the exposition is different.

“The idea was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and it only started taking form on Oct 15. Now, it is already set for the opening,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said the government is expecting 500,000 visitors over the course of the expo until Dec 15. Visitors of the expo will be able to enjoy free entry and its collaboration with ride-hailing company Grab will see a discount of RM5 for all rides to and from the expo.

“We believe this is a good way to encourage more people to use public transportation. It would also be an effective method to manage traffic in the area,” he said at a press conference after touring the expo yesterday.

Najib — in a video recording displayed at the expo — said the steps taken by the Malaysian government to focus on the nation’s development and growth is to push the country to becoming a high-income nation.

“It is to make this country more inclusive, fair and sustainable. To ensure that everyone is granted equal opportunity without leaving anyone behind, as well as to ensure a stable and successful future for everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated in a report on Nov 12 that the 14th General Election (GE14) will take place within the next 180 days (six months).

The Barisan Nasional coalition’s five-year term since the last election ends on June 24 next year. Recently, analysts have predicted for the GE14 to take place between April and May 2018, nine years since Najib took office as prime minister.