KOTA KINABALU, Jun 5 – 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. He said hehave always promoted Sabah to his fans and friends outside Malaysia whenever he can. He said he would recommend the beaches and islands and especially, his hometown of Kota Belud to potential visitors. He told this 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. He said the album is about his personal journey and challenges as a singer in the last 10 years. he said he directed his own music videos in the album.
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. — Bernama