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Date: 1/4/2007
Le Tour de Langkawi News

Le Tour de Langkawi News
Malaysia celebrates 50th Anniversary of Nationhood with the launch of the 12th edition of the UCI stage race.

Le Tour de Langkawi will go beyond 2007, tourism Minister says
In a press conference held on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur for launching the race website  tourism Minister Datuk Sri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor certified that Le Tour de Langkawi (H.C.) will continue after the 12th edition due to take place in Malaysia between February 2-11, 2007.

Tourism Minister Datuk Sri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and LTDL chief operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamad checking the new race website. Photo: courtesy of LTDL. 

“We’re able to hold and run world class events in Malaysia and we’re looking beyond 2007.” This year, Le Tour de Langkawi is organized by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) and fully supported by the government as the race is a part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 program put in place for celebrating 50 years of nationhood. The target of attracting 29 million visitors by the year 2010 includes the promotion of the country.

“Cycling shows that Malaysia is a safe and nice place with modern infrastructures and a lot of sightseeing. Le Tour de Langkawi is unique because it is not based in just one location, unlike other sports. Due to the nature of the race which moves from venue to venue everyday, TV viewers around the world will have the opportunity to see the various parts of the country, from our most modern cities with its breathtaking skylines to the smaller towns and pristine rain forests and sandy beaches. Viewers will also be able to see our rich culture and heritage,” the Minister said, adding that the government is prepared to support the race for another two or three years before the private sector comes in.

Opening Celebration 2004

Malaysia Celebrates the Golden Jubilee of Independence
Malaysia will celebrate 50 years of independence. The month of August will be filled with a myriad of parades, cultural performances, street shows and carnivals to commemorate the country's Independence or Merdeka Day on 31st August.

It was on 31st August 1957 when history was made as the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag hoisted, with the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj leading the people in the famous shouts of Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! (Independence!)

For more than 30 years, Merdeka Day celebrations have been marked by parades involving uniformed personnel, corporate players, school children, cultural dancers, athletes and Malaysians from all walks of life. However, in recent years, the event has grown into a much anticipated and exciting month-long celebration nationwide.

This forthcoming Golden Jubilee celebration marks a significant milestone in the history of the nation. Join the enthusiastic crowd at the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur on the eve of Merdeka Day for the countdown to this momentous event. Another highlight of the year will be the Citrawarna or Colours and Flavours of Malaysia parade, an annual event showcasing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country. This will be the grandest celebration for this event yet.

Malaysia invites all visitors to share in the joy and excitement of this momentous occasion. Come and be mesmerised by a unique multicultural populace celebrating 50 years of nationhood in harmony and peaceful co-existance. You will truly be fascinated.
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