(KPL) Over 10,000 Malaysian and foreign visitors turned out at Royal Museum (Former Royal Palace) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Jun 22 for the long awaited Majilis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia Aidilfitri 2019 – MRTM 2019.

Organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia, MRTM 2019 aimed to celebrate the diverse culture and religions of Malaysia and to be the best platform to provide exposure and understanding among Malaysians and foreign visitors on the culture, traditions and customs practiced in a peaceful and united Malaysia.

MRTM 2019 visitors were entertained by traditional dance performances, live performance by local celebrities, seeing Aidilfitri decoration and enjoying various heritage food. 

This year edition of MRTM also drew dozens of foreign media representatives from 15 countries namely Japan, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, India, the Philippines, and Thailand. 

Held annually, the Majilis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia Aidilfitri programme has been part of the Malaysian government’s initiative to spur the tourism industry in attracting 30 million visitors with RM100 billion tourism receipts in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign by making Kuala Lumpur as the International City of Arts and Culture.

MRTM was launched in 2001 by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia to bring together people of all races to one place to enjoy main festivities such as Christmas, Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Tadau Kaamatan.

The celebration portrays the real atmosphere of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrated by Malaysians. Meanwhile, visitors are able to feel the vibes of gotong-royong by taking part in the process of preparing the festive meals such as ketupat, rendanf, dodol, sate, bahulu and lemang.

This festival gives visitors a special tourism feel as they will witness the uniqueness of cross cultural programme in Malaysians’ society.