Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia together with the Tea Trader Association of Malaysia celebrated the 150 anniversary of the Tea industry of Sri Lanka at the My Star Tea Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 6 July 2017. More than 150 invitees that included Diplomats, Officials from Government and Private Sectors, Media personalities and Tea enthusiasts in Malaysia participated. The Sri Lanka High commission organized this event in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board and Colombo Tea Trade Association with the primary aim of creating heightened awareness of Ceylon Tea and to lay a platform for promotion along with other ongoing industry initiatives. My Star Tea Centre was decorated with many pictures thus promoting Sri Lankan identity and d theme of “Ceylon Tea”.
The event commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Guest of Honor, Datuk Seri Jayasiri Jayasena, Secatary General, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI), Mr Majintha Jayesinghe, Minister of Sri Lanka High Commission, Mr Tan, Under Secatary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, MrSanjeewa Pattiwila, Counsellor commerce and Mr CK Lew, Deputy Chairman of Tea Trade Association of Malaysia.
The Guest of Honor Datuk Seri Jayasiri Jayasena, recalled close bilateral relations and given that the two countries are celebrating 60 years since establishing diplomatic relations, celebrating the 150 anniversary of the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka become more opportune. Further he stated that bilateral trade has been increasing over the years and there is a greater opportunity for both countries to increase the trade relations in the future. Mr CK Lew, speaking at the event, praised the development of Sri Lanka’s Tea industry and highlighted how “Ceylon Tea” has gained global recognition over the years.
Traditional Sri Lanka dance depicting the tea culture, which was enthusiastically appreciated by the invitees. A biscuit with the 150-year logo sponsored by Maliban in either Earl Grey or Ginger Tea flavor made especially for the “Global Tea Party” also introduced at the venue to the Tea enthusiasts in Malaysia. All who attended the event were treated to traditional Sri Lankan food consisting of milk rice (kiri bath) with the sweetmeats and were served with different varieties of high quality Tea.