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YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Bin Wan Chik

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia

Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik started his professional career in the private sector after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona, United States of America. In the public setting, he dabbled as a Penang Municipal Councilor in 2008 and Penang Island City Councilor in 2013 until April 2018. He was called upon to the Federal Government of the New Malaysia after being elected as the Member of Parliament of Balik Pulau, Penang. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia.

With his vast knowledge and experiences in the private and public sector, he aspires to map Malaysia as the top 10 tourist destination in the world by leveraging on digital marketing and ensuring sustainability of the country’s cultural and heritage resources, especially in attracting high-end tourist. In addition, he is actively involved in empowering local artisans and craftsmen to further hone their skill as well as elevating the marketing aspects of their products.

At the international level, he believes cultural diplomacy will provide a strong bond between nations to promote global peace through tourism and cultural exchanges.

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