Yesterday (Jul 22), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad unveiled our new tourism logo and it has received much positive response from netizens − especially since the former logo was heavily criticized for its PowerPoint-like design.
However, some netizens pointed out that the new Visit Malaysia Year 2020 logo was plagiarised from other designs.
Viral posts pointed towards a Shutterstock photo (code 327258158), claiming that the VM2020 logo was plagiarised from it.
One netizen was even able to find two other elements that make up the hibiscus and wild fern.
To verify the claim, FeedMe Malaysia ran a check by quickly cropping away the background and trace them on the VM2020 logo. While all three elements might look similar when they are put side by side, none of them was identical when placed above one another.
In response to netizens’ criticism, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the VM2020 logo was completely original.
Citing to the 23-year-old artist who is a first-class degree holder, Alfred Phua Hong Fook, Mohamaddin said the logo did not plagiarise from any other design.
“A first-class degree holder would not humiliate himself by copying other people’s work.
“Only those who are not clever would resort to imitating others,” said the Tourism Minister, The Star reported.
“We do not have to react to such foolish criticism.”
There you have it, guys. We did the comparison and showed you the difference.
While they may look similar side by side, there is still a significant difference in the colour and shape.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.