Borneo International Kite Festival

Bintulu – The 15th edition of Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF) will be held at Old Airport Runway, Bintulu, starting from September 25 until 29, with local and international amateur and professional kiters showing their respective uniqueness and vibrant arts and culture to be depicted in their kite design motives.

The five-day event will include kite making workshops, design and demonstrations and cultural performances

The highlights of this year’s BKIF   is the attempt to create and break the Malaysia Book of Record of the “longest arch kite tunnel”.

BKIF  will also organize the Asia Pacific Sportkite championship  which  is opened to all kiters from all countries and also the performance of “Stunt-Kite” by Air-Rex Japan former winner of 2008 World Sport Kite Championship at France.

A total of 81 kiters from 27 countries, that is, Singapore, Japan, China, France, Poland, Indonesia, England, Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Canada, Columbia, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia and Switzerland will be present.

Borneo International Kite Festival is hosted by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and supported by Sarawak State Government.

For more information, can log on to borneokites.com or contact Mr Muammar Quaddafi Bin Abdul Razak at 086 332 011 ext 443.

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Remembering The Unsung Heroes

KUCHING – For members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Associations of Australia and New Zealand (NMBVA) its annual “home coming” to Sarawak will always be a day to look forward as they will gather together at Heroes’ Cemetery at Jalan Taman Budaya here to remember their fallen comrades.

This year, the veterans were accompanied by their families and friends for a return visit on August 29 and held a solemn gathering at the Heroes Cemetery here.

It was an occasion to remember their fallen comrades who laid down their lives during the confrontation with Indonesia (1963 – 1966) and solemnly placed commemorative plaque as a tribute of their sacrifice. 

Also present to commemorate this event  were the  Minister of Transport, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, High Commissioner of Australia, Excellency  Andrew Goledzinowski and High Commissioner of New Zealand, Excellency Hunter Nottage,

Picture shows  Datuk Lee, flanked by guests,  placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave  at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.
Picture shows Datuk Lee, flanked by guests, placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.

New Sarawak Museum, Largest in Malaysia

The “new look” Sarawak Museum, the largest in Malaysia and second largest in Southeast Asia, will be opened to the public by the end of next year, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

 The project also includes the conservation of the historic Old Sarawak Museum building built in 1891, which is a landmark in its own right.

The world-class museum, with 6,000 square metres of interactive and engaging exhibition, has a well-curated selection of unique artefacts and specimens.

“It will be ready to take visitors on an interactive journey showcasing Sarawak’s history and life of the communities in the State,” said the Minister.

“The cavernous collection and storage space complement the State-of-the-Art research facilities that will keep the vast array of state-owned priceless museum collections safely preserved for future generations to enjoy” he said at the handing over of the site

Its dedicated spaces support the museum’s ambition towards becoming the leading research institute on the material culture of Borneo.

The new museum project was completed in May this year at a total cost of RM308 million and is equipped with digital facilities and incorporated with technologies to enhance visitors’ experience.

Photo shown The New Sarawak Museum to be officially open to public 2020
Photo shown The New Sarawak Museum to be officially open to public 2020

Sarawak To Pursue Responsible Tourism

KUALA LUMPUR– The Sarawak State government is pushing Responsible Tourism  as part of its responsibility to make tourism business sustainable and viable.

Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg said that “By understanding the nature of Sarawak’s tourism setting, product portfolio and its fragile eco-system, it is only fitting to practise Responsible Tourism to ensure that Sarawak is a better place for visitors to visit and local people benefiting for the business.”

The Chief Minister was speaking at the welcoming dinner for delegates of the World Tourism Conference at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on August 26. 

“Responsible Tourism minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts, while generating greater economic benefits for the local people and enhances the well-being of the host communities in improving working conditions and access to the industry” he added.

He said the State’s Tourism promotional campaign, the Visit Sarawak Campaign, is highlighting key themes of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food, and Festival (CANFF) and is more focused on local people, aimed at generating better tourism business and ensuring that visitors having the best of what the State has to offer.

Picture   shows  guests at the  WTC Welcoming Dinner with the Chief Minister  (eight from left ) flanked by  Sarawak’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on his left  and  the Federal  Minister of Tourism, Arts and  Culture, Datuk  Mohammadin Ketapi on his right.
Picture shows guests at the WTC Welcoming Dinner with the Chief Minister (eight from left ) flanked by Sarawak’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on his left and the Federal Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi on his right.

Tidal Bore Festival (Pesta Benak) 2019

SRI AMAN – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Pesta Benak or Tidal Bore festival, will be  held on September 27 – 29 in Bandar Sri Aman.

Centered around the natural phenomenon where water rushes up the Batang Lupar River causing waves as high as three meters and this phenomenon attracts local and international surfers.

The three-day event features longboat paddling competitions and also showcases talents such as singing, water sports and also food and trade fairs with nightly entertainment.

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Kuching Marathon 2019

KUCHING –   The annual Kuching Marathon is expected to attract more than 15,000 runners and will be held on August 18 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.  

A full marathon of 42 KM, half marathon of 21KM, 10KM and 5KM respectively will be featured in this year’s 6th edition which is now augmented as International Road Race recognized by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).

The full marathon will take runners through and past the administrative centre of Kuching North and through some of the more historic parts of Kuching South before heading back to the finish line at the iconic Padang Merdeka.

Prizes will be awarded for the completion of the full marathon, half marathon and 10km runs with individual categories for Men, Women and Veterans while the 5km fun run is open to runners of all ages

The run offers an opportunity for participants to soak in some of the unique architecture and rich history of Kuching city.

Isuzu Malaysia is the main sponsor for this year’s marathon. Details and participation in the Kuching Marathon 2019 can be found at www.marathonkuching.com.

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Another Jazz Festival On September

KUCHING – The third edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be held from September 27 and 28. It is an outdoor jazz festival overlooking the majestic Sarawak River.

Performances by world-class musicians, including Ning Baizura, Harvey Malaiholo, Swaiv, Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club, Q Sound, Xanaduduo, Ushera, Sitti Navarro, Saxx In The City, Dave Brewer and The DooDaddies, Z Yan and Violinist Nisa Addina are on the pipeline.

KWJF 2019 will also features a bazaar which will see participation from local vendors comprising arts and craft, including food and beverage vendors. The bazaar will increase the value of the festival by giving festival-goers a more holistic experience, especially tourists, where they were able to purchase local products and various delicacies.  

This year KWJF has chosen the digital route and collaborated with the “Sarawak Pay” app to promote the two-day event.

Organized by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the event is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts,  Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

 For purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, please visit www.kuchingwaterfrontjazz.com and KWJF’s official Facebook page.


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Hornbill Makes A Presence In The Land Of The Merlion

SINGAPORE – Sarawak has firm plans to increase its footprint in the Lion City with the setting up of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS).

STATOS is one of strategies undertaken by Sarawak State Government to explore the global market, hence to bring in more investments, promote trade and attract more tourists to Sarawak.

The office will serve as a one-stop centre for investment and businesses as well as tourism players in Singapore for those want to know more about Sarawak. It will also be the hub of communication between exporters and importers from Sarawak and Business communities in Singapore.

STATOS will facilitate Sarawak tourism through several ways such as creating complete database on Sarawak tourism products and activities by undertaking analysis on tourism trends and tourist preference as well as expenditure patterns in Singapore and globally.

STATOS was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg on June 20, and is located at 80, Robinson Road, Singapore with its office hours from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Monday to Friday,

For further details, please contact [email protected]

Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20
Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20

Celebrating Kuching’s 31st Anniversary

KUCHING – More than three decade of achieving its’ city status, Kuching, the City of Unity, is unique with its vibrant and multicultural races that live together in  harmony.

With this year’s theme “Empowering Smart Community” sees the revolving of Kuching in olden days to a modern setting with changes throughout the 31 years, the celebration centers around culture, living heritage, food and festival.

The Council of the Kuching South and Kuching North City Halls are jointly hosting a month- long activities, including the Kuching Festival Food Fair (July 26 – August 16), Kuching Got Talent, Silat competition at Kampung Sourabaya Waterfront (August 3-4), Angling competition at Kampung Senari Jetty (August 17) and an ‘Uptown Cat Exhibition’ at the Cat Museum in DBKU Complex (August 17),

A badminton tournament at Datuk Seri Haji Wan Junaidi Hall in Kampung Goebilt (August 18), a Muaythai championship at the Amphitheatre (August 24), and the ‘BandarayaKU Walk’ across Kampung Bintangor Besar Bridge (August 31) will also be on the list of activities to be organised in and around the city during the celebration.

Kuching attained its City status on August 1, 1988.

For more information on activities, may log on to https://dbku.sarawak.gov.my and https://mbks.sarawak.gov.my

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Revealing The New Sarawak Ad Panel On Airasia’s Aircrafts

KUCHING – Five AirAsia aircrafts are now displaying the Visit Sarawak’ Campaign’s advertisement panels on its overhead luggage compartments featuring enticing destination’s visuals including delicacies, festivals, nature and landmarks.

The aircrafts fly to the various cities in the region including in Malaysia, Thailand, Indo – China, Indonesia, China, India, Brunei, and Singapore.  

This promotional initiative will give Sarawak greater brand visibility in the region targeting travellers. It serves to convey not only the promotional messages but a chance to showcase Sarawak iconic visuals and is one of the best platforms to boost destination visibility.

The revealing was officiated by Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, witnessed by Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia and Syed Anuar bin Syed Ahmad, Managing director of Laduni Services at the Kuching International Airport here on August 13.

Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.
Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.