The allegations that it Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) logo is copied from another logo and that it's a grammatical error is on one's slogan, are groundless, said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mohamaddin Ketapi .
While denying the accusations and describing the non-problem, he said the ministry would maintain the logo in all promotion campaigns for VMY2020.
& # 39; Those who don't really understand English will get what the slogan means. On the logo being copied, the designer is a holder of the first class and also received a graphic design award. D & # 39; r is not a problem with copy-paste.
& # 39; I respect everyone's opinion, but it's not a reason for us to keep this logo. The accusations are basic and uncertain, ”he said after opening the Leonardo Opera Omnia exhibition today in the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.
The VMY2020 logo, which was released yesterday, was claimed not to have been copied and modified from any of Shutterstock graphic designs, but also had a grammatical error on its slogan. The allegations went viral to social media today.
At the Leonardo Opera Omnia exhibition, it's the high-definition digital propagation of the image-determining work of & # 39; An Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci shows, Mohamaddin said it was hoping to strengthen the ties between Italy and Malaysia through culture and paintings.
"I hope in the future Malaysia and Italy can create a more cultural project, stimulate more cultural tourism activities and also diplomacy exchanges to strengthen the ties between the two countries," he added.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of the Italian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Silvia Marrara, said the project was one of her cultural diplomacy activities in & # 39; a distance from a distance between Italy and Malaysia, such as facilitating & # 39; e knowledge and an understanding of Italian arts and science.
"For those who can't travel the world to see the original pieces that are scattered in various museums or churches, Italy has hoped everyone would have the opportunity to experience it," she said their talk.
The month-long exhibition will feature 17 of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces, including the famous Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Madona Benois and Cecilia Gallerani.
The exhibition starts today until August 15 at the National Art Gallery. Access is free.