( Photo:Official launch of the inaugural Malaysia Design Festival 2014 on 27 September 2014 officiated by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Haji Zainuddin, Chairman of Malaysia Design Council (MRM) with Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Present for the launch were all participating design associations President Sufian Yahuza, Persatuan Pereka Perindustrian Malaysia (Pereka), President Zachary Haris Ong, Pertubuhan Wakaf Reka Grafik Malaysia (wREGA), Deputy President Ar. Mohd Zulhemlee An, Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM), President Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir, Insititute of Landscape Architects (ILAM), and President Ar. Chris Yap Seng Chye, Malaysian Institute of Interior Design (MIID). Photo by Arez Ezman )
Zachary Haris Ong pioneered the coalition of design associations in Malaysia since 2011 which includes architecture, interior architecture, landscape architects, graphic design, industrial design and fashion design. Inspired by the current global state of design evolving to a multi-disciplinary approach, he requested participation from each association and led the first meeting at wREGA’s secretariat office.
The Malaysia Design Council accepted full authority of the coalition which became official in March 2012 presided by the Chairman Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Hj. Zainuddin.
On September 2014, the Malaysia Design Council and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, organised the first Malaysia Design Festival with the participation of design associations that focused on showcasing local design talents.