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Fresh Faces: Tourism Malaysia Sydney director Tuan Razali Tuan Omar

New Tourism Malaysia Sydney director TUAN RAZALI TUAN OMAR talks about Malaysia’s newest destination, what makes the country ‘Truly Asia’, and the best travel experience he’s had in Malaysia.


Where is the last place you travelled? 

The last place that I have travelled to with my family was Penang.

I love Penang as it caters to my whole family. The children were able to indulge in exciting activities like the longest tube water slide in the world, and the Monkey Business and Slingshot experiences at the ESCAPE theme park (, while my wife and I explored the heritage and popular street food of Penang.  


Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?

I'll always take my mobile phone with me whenever I travel to any destination. 


Why did you take up this particular role at Tourism Malaysia?

I was chosen by our management team to lead our Tourism Malaysia Sydney office.

I believe my career of over 25 years in many senior roles within Tourism Malaysia, having undertaken a diverse range of tourism promotions, events, and spearheaded TM Dubai may have contributed to the posting.

I'm confident that my experience can only add value to the rich experience that my team have in Sydney. I believe this role also allows me to work closely with the travel trade and media towards promoting Malaysia as a premier holiday destination to Australians.

It will definitely be challenging during Covid-19, but no doubt be a memorable experience.  


Tell us something travellers might not know about Malaysia?

Malaysia is Truly Asia; it is a bustling melting-pot of races where Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.

This multiculturism has made Malaysia a foodie’s paradise and home to many colourful festivals. 

Here, you can experience the buzz of towering skyscrapers looking down upon wooden houses built on stilts, while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs; trek up rugged mountains while rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life; or escape to the cool highland hideaways or stroll along warm sandy beaches. 

For a holiday full of surprises, for the young and old, thrill-seekers or sun-seekers, whatever it may be, there is always something here for everyone.


Tell us one thing that’s coming up in Malaysia that’s got you excited

One of the newest tourist attractions in Malaysia is Desaru Coast; it houses one of the world’s biggest waterparks, championship golf courses, globally renowned hotels and resorts, and a retail and lifestyle village. Five top things one can do is float down Malaysia’s longest lazy river, land with a splash on one of the spectacular water slides, have a round of golf, organize or be a delegate at the perfect conference, or savour local delights at the Riverside. (

One of the most-visited states in Malaysia, Selangor has several attractive new tourism offerings including Sky Mirror, a secret “island” right in the middle of the sea that has become known as the “Salar de Uyuni” of Malaysia.


What’s one travel experience you’ve had in Malaysia that stands out? 

I would say that diving in Sipadan Island was the best travel experience I've had in Malaysia.

Sipadan Island is considered one of the top diving destinations in the world and its water is reported to have over 3,000 fish species and hundreds of species of corals.

A dive in Sipadan Island always felt to me like I was diving in a big aquarium with abundant marine life and non-stop action\.


What’s your top travel tip? 

My top travel tip is to always experience different stages of dreaming, planning and experiencing the journey. #Dream Now, Travel Later.


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Written by: Tuan Razali Tuan Omar as told to Traveltalk
Published: 24 June 2020

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