The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has been drawn to a young Ibanian, Wesley Anak Juntan, who customized 'Borneo Barbie' dolls which recently have been trending in social media.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, has said Wesley's handmade pieces could be commercialized in tourism locally and abroad.
“What Wesley created has given me an idea where his artwork could become a new tourism product based on art and culture.
"I told Wesley to turn this hobby into an endeavor to produce more dolls donning traditional Malaysian dresses like these, and market them overseas," she said in a statement.
Nancy said her ministry would connect talented people like Wesley to agencies like the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation to help them develop their product line-up.
She also urged other Malaysians to continue to innovate and create more unique cultural and artistic products that can boost tourism in the country.
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