Malaysia gives pandas from China new names

Children and other spectators watch Xing Xing (left), one of two giant pandas on loan from China, inside the Giant Panda Complex at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Children and other spectators watch Xing Xing (left), one of two giant pandas on loan from China, inside the Giant Panda Complex at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Xing Xing, one of two giant pandas on loan from China, sits inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Xing Xing, one of two giant pandas on loan from China, sits inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Xing Xing, one of two giant pandas on loan from China, is fed an apple inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Xing Xing, one of two giant pandas on loan from China, is fed an apple inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor look at Xing Xing, a male panda, during the opening ceremony of Panda Complex at National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor look at Xing Xing, a male panda, during the opening ceremony of Panda Complex at National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor feed Xing Xing, a male panda, with bamboo during the opening ceremony of Panda Complex at National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor feed Xing Xing, a male panda, with bamboo during the opening ceremony of Panda Complex at National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Children and spectators watch Xing Xing (centre), one of two giant pandas on loan from China ,inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Children and spectators watch Xing Xing (centre), one of two giant pandas on loan from China ,inside the Giant Panda Complex enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The two giant pandas from China have been given new names and will be known as 'Xing Xing' and 'Liang Liang'.

At the launch of the Giant Panda Conservation Centre here, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that Fu Wa, the male panda, had been renamed Xing Xing and Feng Yi as Liang Liang, which means 'prosperity' and 'pretty' respectively.

"The pandas now have two names - one given by China and the other given by Malaysia," he said.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry had organised a contest to suggest new names for the two pandas and received some 2,000 suggestions.

The pandas arrived in Malaysia on May 21 to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.

Malaysia will be Xing Xing's and Liang Liang's home for the next 10 years.