Orangutan and turtles in sunglasses logo had embarassed the nation

Husna Alias

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Ministry's decision to change the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2020 logo has been described as a long overdue move. Netizens were unanimous in saying that the logo of an orangutan and turtles in sunglasses had embarrassed the nation. Most who commented on the New Straits Times Facebook account said the design was not up to standard and should not have been used in the first place. Muhammad Sharil Tarmize said the ministry could do better by getting the services of talented local graphic designers.


Dzarith Miersya, 21, said a new, more creative logo was needed to showcase Malaysia.

“It is obvious the logo was hastily done. “It is good the ministry is going to hold a competition for a new logo before the best submission is chosen,” the 23-year old student said. Dzarith Miersya, 21, said a new, more creative logo was needed to showcase Malaysia. “We have a lot of talented designers who can create a better logo to show a modern Malaysia and at the same time highlight the multicultural society in the country,” the college student said. Meanwhile a 27-year old graphic designer, Muhammad Luqman Hafiz said the present logo was “too simplistic and not catchy enough”. “There a lot of room for improvement and hopefully the new logo will be much better than this,” he said.


“There a lot of room for improvement and hopefully the new logo will be much better than this,” Muhammad Luqman Hafiz said.

Siti Nur Hidayah binti Hashim, 26, said the new logo must reflect a modern Malaysia. “The ministry is doing the right thing by organising a competition for the new logo...this will not only minimise the costs but also involve the people at the same time,” the online entrepreneur said. It was reported that the Tourism Ministry has finally decided to ditch the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 logo featuring a grinning orangutan in sunglasses. Its minister Mohamaddin Ketapi was reported to have said that the logo had come under intense criticism from various quarters since it was introduced early this year. He said the ministry planned to organise a contest for people to come up with a new design.


Muhammad Sharil Tarmize said the ministry could do better by getting the services of talented local graphic designers.

Former Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had previously also come under fire for the logo, which featured the orangutan and turtle in sunglasses with its tagline "Travel. Enjoy. Respect". Nazri had unveiled the logo at a travel forum in Thailand in January. He said the orangutan and proboscis monkey in the logo were wearing sunglasses to show Malaysia was a sunny country. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd