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KUALA LUMPUR – The presence of famed Chinese panda bear artist Liu Jin Chuan, in Malaysia would not only encourage cultural ties but also boost relations between the two countries.

The wife of the Prime Minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said Liu’s presence, known as the Panda Master, at the Giant Panda art exhibition at the National Zoo here was directly connected to the loan of the two giant pandas ‘Xing-Xing’ and ‘Liang-Liang’ for 10 years by the Chinese government to Malaysia.

“I understand that the Panda Master does not often hold exhibitions of his works and this exhibition is the first such exhibition in southeast Asia.

“The exhibition will send the message of universal peace which has been translated into his artworks.

“Hopefully it will touch the hearts and feelings of all visitors who love the environment and ensure our planet is preserved for future generations,” she said when officiating the ‘Live Painting With China Panda Master’ exhibition held at the National Zoo, here today.

Liu, 62, is the Chief Executive Officer of the China Association of Traditional Chinese Painting Artists and is noted for his Giant Panda paintings.

Following this, he was awarded the title Panda Master by the Chinese government.

Besides the art exhibition, Liu will also hold a drawing demonstration at the National Zoo for a week until Sunday.

The exhibition showcases 60 of his works including two titled ‘Blessing in the Jungle’ and “Joyful Family’, each priced at RM72,000, to be sold to art fans or visitors to support the Giant Panda fund.

Meanwhile, Rosmah also reminded the zoo administration to be more creative and innovative in organising events to attract the crowds.

She said the National Zoo drew 800,000 visitors a year, which is about 22,000 a day, and this figure could be increased if there was effort to improve facilities, promotions and holding more exhibitions. – BERNAMA

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