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Sunday, June 5, 2016
Singer Gary Chaw is Sabah tourism ambassador
KOTA KINABALU: Local-born singer Gary Chaw has been appointed Sabah tourism ambassador.
Sabah Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Pang Yuk Ming made the announcement at a welcome dinner he hosted for the singer at a hotel last night.
Chaw, 37, a singer-cum-songwriter based in Taiwan will assume his role as ambassador for two years until June 3, 2018.
"I have always promoted Sabah to my fans and friends outside Malaysia whenever I can. I would recommend the beaches and islands and especially, my hometown of Kota Belud to potential visitors," he told those present at the event.
About 100 of Chaw's fans from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were specially flown by the singer to attend the event on sponsored flights, including AirAsia and MAS.
Chaw will soon release his new album, A Friend, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his involvement in the music industry.
"The album is about my personal journey and challenges as a singer in the last 10 years. I directed my own music videos in the album," he said.
The singer holds his first concert in Sabah for an estimated 2,000 fans, including some 1,000 from throughout the country, at the beachfront of Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Tuaran today.
Chaw sings mostly Mandarin pop and rhythm and blues and is well known in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Taiwan.
He is of Hakka and Murut heritage and lives with his wife and two children, aged five and eight in Taiwan.