BANGKOK: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday launched the inaugural Malaysia Fest 2019 here showcasing the best of Malaysia through food, products and cultural performance.

Despite his tight schedule, Dr Mahathir spent about an hour visiting booths and having a taste of some of the authentic Malaysian street food at CentralWorld Square in the heart of the Thai capital.

The festival kicked off on Thursday in conjunction with the 34th Asean Summit, and will end on Sunday.

Also present were Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darrel Leiking, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Jojie Samuel and Malaysia-Thai Chamber of Commerce (MTCC) chairman Dr Hwee Khim Boo.

Dr Mahathir shaking hands as he arrives for the launch of the inaugural Malaysia Fest 2019 in Bangkok. Photo: Bernama

More than 80 companies and entrepreneurs from Malaysia, each with their own unique products and services, including frozen food, coffee, cereals, biscuits, confectionery, beauty products and handicrafts, are participating in the fest.

The Malaysia Fest 2019 is co-organised by MTCC and Conceptual Events Worldwide Co Ltd.

It is endorsed by Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok, supported by Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia (MITI), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.

Tourism products, travel package, as well as educational opportunities, healthcare facilities and products are also being showcased at the event.– Bernama