KUALA LUMPUR – July 24, 2019: The launching of Visit Malaysia 2020 logo on Monday had instantly triggered a buzz in cyberspace with both positive and negative comments.
Starting with the emergence of talented Malaysian designers with their own artworks, the comments ranged from criticising the government’s choice of winner to defending the chosen logo.
Fazri on Twitter, expressed his anger and disappointment that the government had decided to run a competition instead of hiring a professional designer for the creation of the logo.
“Stop treating artists and creatives like a free resource. We went to art school, spent years of training, spent lots of money in developing our skills. Our labour is worth just as much as any other profession,” wrote Fazri.
He also pointed out on how he views the mentality of doing competitions at such a level.
“Oh, rather than pay one designer/agency and go through the hoops, let’s get 100 people to produce artworks for free and only pay for the one we like!”
“Imagine asking for 100 steaks, take a bite out of each and only paying for one,” Fazri added.
However, there were also many, who defended the logo and why it was chosen. One such person is Nadia Azlan, who expressed sadness that many of the critics did not bother to enter the competition with their drawn logo.
“When the logo was announced, graphic designers started to show off their skills. But when the ministry did the competition, participation was poor. That’s why we got a winner who drew vector from shuttershock,” wrote Nadia.
She was referring to the logo designer, Alfred Phua Hong Fook, who was accused of plagiarism as the hornbill graphic of his design bore an uncanny resemblance to that of a hornbill graphic vector sold online.
The contrasting views on the logo were retweeted and liked in the thousands, indicating how the public was divided on the matter.
Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi had meanwhile dismissed allegations that the VM2020 logo incorporated another hornbill illustration in its design.
“A first class degree holder would not humiliate himself by copying other people’s work,” he said of Phua, yesterday.