Kuching Heritage Race 2018

The third edition of the Kuching Heritage Race will be held on January 27 with new routes, highlighting more of the city’s amazing heritage and culture.

The theme for this year event is “Culture Meets Nature,” and will include teams of two to six people ‘racing’ through Kuching to test their knowledge on the city’s history, spanning the different eras of Sarawak and Kuching’s development.

The first Kuching Heritage Race in 2016 had 42 teams and 156 participants from around the world, and raised RM20,000 to provide customized wheelchairs for handicapped children.

Image shows participants in Kuching Heritage Race 2017
Image shows participants in Kuching Heritage Race 2017

Grit & Grace: The Grandeur of Monochrome Malaysia

 The Grit & Grace: The Grandeur of Monochrome Malaysia photo project is currently being held at the Old Courthouse in Kuching on January 6 to 21, from 10am to 10pm.

The photo project by photojournalist SC Shekarwith its 330-page photobook compilation showcases the beauty of Malaysian landscapes and cultures of the people, all in black and white.

The exhibition partnering with Grab offers discounted rides to the exhibition, with a promo code GRITGRACEKCH offering an RM8.00 discount.

The Grit & Grace project is supported by KhazanahNasional under the ‘Negara Kita’ campaign.

For more information on the photo project and exhibition, visit http://www.scshekar.com/gritandgrace

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First Cruise of 2018 Berths in Kuching

The Cruise Ship ‘Star Legend’ of Windstar Cruise was the first cruise ship to dock in Kuching this year, at Sim Kheng Hong Port on January 8 at 8.45am.

194 passengers, predominantly from Europe and the United States, disembarked from the Cruise to visit Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and experience a tour around the Cat City.                                                                  

This is the maiden voyage by Windstar Cruises, and is the first cruise of nine scheduled to berth at Sarawak’s harbours.

Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.
Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.

Visit Miri Year 2018, “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo”

The Visit Miri Year 2018 (VMY2018) logo and tagline “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo” were unveiled at the Miri Marriot Resort and Spa on November 30th last year.

In addition to the tagline, Miri City Council announced their intention to utilise modern digital platform such as social media, search engine optimisation, mobile apps, online hotel platforms and online digital marketing to promote the VMY2018.

Following the unveiling of the VMY 2018 logo, the new version of Miri App v1.1.which features information on tourist attractions, eateries, accommodation, transportation and other useful visitors’ information was released. It can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cst.miriapp

Miri will see roughly 30 new events next year including the opening of the Miri Handicraft Centre, 40th anniversary celebration of Malaysia Dragon Temple Krokop 5, the International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia, Sarawak Native Festival, South East Asia Poet Convention and a pet expo.

The signature events of Miri will continue, with dates set for the Borneo Jazz Festival, Miri Country Music Fest, AfroLatin Conference, Miri Colours Rush Run, Miri International Marathon Run and Bazaar Gong Xi.

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Sarawak Tourism Board Focus on Digital Marketing

Sarawak Tourism Board is prepared to be the first agency to bring the Tourism sector into the digital economy.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of STB, Mary Wan Mering said starting this year, STB would beimplementing marketing strategies leveraging on Information Technology (IT) and the internet to the fullest.

The strategies are in line with the State Government’s new direction into the digital economy.

Working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, STB plans to help local tourism partners moving their products and services online, particularly within rural longhouse homestay owners.

Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching
Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching

New Permanent Secretary of MTACYS

Hii Chang Keehas taken his new postas the new permanent secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports (MTACYS) as of January 2018.

Previously serving as the Resident of Sibu Division, Hii promised to work closely with MTACYS Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in every aspect, pointing out the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak as one of the points of focus.

He joined the civil service in 1992 and has served as the Sibu Municipal Council Secretary before taking the Resident SibuDivision post.

Taking Hii’s place as the new Sibu Resident is Charles Siaw, a former Industry and Investment Promotion division head for the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development.

Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee
Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee


Visit Sibu Year 2017 Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony for the Visit Sibu Year 2017 (VSY 2017) will take place on December 31 at the Sibu Town Square.

The ceremony marks the end of Sibu’s fruitful tourism year with a variety of local performances both modern and tradition.

The event coincides with the Year End Countdown, celebrating Sibu’s entrance into another year of tourism as successful as the last.

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Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

The 8th edition of Sibu’s Christmas Tree Decoration Contest is in full swing, turning the Sibu Town Square into a Christmas wonderland.

Some of the trees are made from ribbons, some are made with recycled road maps, while others are made to look like Santa-shaped trees.

Throughout the Sibu Town Square, smaller decorations are set up like angel figurines, candy canes and smaller trees.

The winner of the competition will be announced during the New Year Ceremony on December 31.

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square
Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square.

Christmas Parades March On

The annual Christmas Parades in Kuching and Miri marched on with more participants than ever, despite heavy rain in Miri.

The Kuching Christmas Parade took place on December 2, and had 14,000 participants including costumed street performers, marching at 7pm with 16 heavily decorated Christmas floats in accompaniment.

The 10th edition of the Miri Christmas Parade’s took place on December 10 and drew approximately 45,000 participants despite the heavy rain throughout the night.

Source: theborneopost.com
Source: theborneopost.com

400 Museum Artefacts to Be Returned To Sarawak

An excess of 400 Bornean ethnographic artefacts will be returned to Sarawak early next year from the museum in the Delft, Netherlands which will bolster Sarawak’s artefacts collection.

The symbolic hand-over took place recently between the Deputy Mayor of Delft, Ferrie Forster and the Director of Heritage Delft, Janelle Moerman to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah and Director of Sarawak Museum Department Ipoi Datan held at Prinsehof Museum.

Sarawak’s vision in becoming the ‘Global Centre of Bornean Heritage by 2030’ will be greatly aided by this return of heritage artefacts.

Once the artefacts have reached the shores of Sarawak, the Sarawak Museum will be holding an exhibition in the Textile Museum in Kuching to showcase the articles to the public, as the Sarawak State Museum Building is still under restoration and renovations.

Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.
Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.