Padawan Raft Safari 2017

The annual bamboo rafting competition, the Padawan Raft Safari will be held on September 24 along Sungai Sarawak Kiri in the Padawan, about 40 minutes from Kuching City.

The three and a half hour down river rafting journey passes pristine jungle scenery and exciting rapids, forming a natural obstacle course for the rafters.

Different categories include the 40 kilometres Rafting Expert and Kayaking category, 26 kilometres Men Open Rafting, Women, Government Departments and Hotels & Tour Agencies.

Over the years, the Safari has attracted international and local participants ‘cruising’ down the Sarawak River.

For more information on the Safari and registration, visit http://mpp.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?lang=en&mod=webpage&sub=page&id=113

 Photo credit: Padawan Municipal Council
Photo credit: Padawan Municipal Council

Miri Monster Dash 4.0 Run

The Miri Monster Dash will take place on September 30, with the theme “Light up TheCity”, with proceeds dedicated to the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) and Malaysian Red Crescent, Miri Chapter (MRCS) Sunflower Center.

The run begins from 7.00 pm to 9.00pm to be held at the Marina Park City, Miri.

The first Monster Dash was held in 2013 on Halloween and has been held annually ever since participated by 17,000 runners and raised over RM450,000.00 benefiting four charities in the city.

Registration closes on September 17 and more information can be obtained at www.facebook.com/ouryouth.my

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Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes

The World War II Memorial service for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was held at Zu Tze Temple in Tabuan Laru on August 20.

The service was in recognition of the sacrifices of nearly 100 Sarawak volunteer drivers and mechanics who travelled to Kunming, China in support of China’s war against the Japanese invasion.

“Their heroic stories show the solidarity and compatriot connection between the Chinese at home and abroad. They made remarkable contributions to the victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression and the world anti-fascist war.” expressed Fu Jijun, Chinese Consul-General in Kuching,

Fu also offered his tribute and gratitude to the volunteers and their families as well as assuring them that the Chinese government would never forget their sacrifice.

The WWII Memorial for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was built last year with the assistance from the Board of Management of Zu Tze Temple and the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research.

Photo credit: Dr. Julitta Lim, President of the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research
Photo credit: Dr. Julitta Lim, President of the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research

Sarawak Tourism To Present “SARAWAKJE” Theme At Matta Fair

Sarawak Tourism will be presenting the theme, ‘SarawakJe’ at the MATTA Fair to be held at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur on September 8 to 10.

The theme, illustrates the “easiest connection” from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak for a quick holiday with just a 90-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Malindo Air.

Sarawak was also named “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” for the Fair, presenting its exotic and diversity in product experiences offered at a value for money price.

For upcoming MATTA Fair, visitors will be spoilt for choices with more than 100 Sarawak travel packages to be offered for sale at the Sarawak Pavilion, booth number 4M001 to 4M011 at Hall 5 of the PWTC.

#SarawakJe official displaying the hashtag
#SarawakJe official displaying the hashtag

 

Rumah Bengau Wins “Desa Perdana” Award

The people of Rumah Bengau longhouse in Kapit won the “Desa Perdana” award in the longhouse category, receiving a cash prize of RM50,000.00 and project worth RM100,000.00.

It was presented by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the Convention of Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) and Federal Village Security and Development Committee (JKKKP) at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on August 22.

The “Desa Perdana” Award is conferred to Village Committees that show good leadership in the development of the community’s socio-economic, education, information technology (IT) and cleanliness.

 A total of 582 villages participated in the competition at the district-level, 159 villages at the State-level and 23 villages selected for the National-level competition organised by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

The Rumah Bengau Longhouse representatives showing their trophy and mock cheque at the Desa Perdana 2017 Award at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. – Photo Credit: Bernama
The Rumah Bengau Longhouse representatives showing their trophy and mock cheque at the Desa Perdana 2017 Award at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. – Photo Credit: Bernama

Sibu Marathon 2017

The Sibu Marathon will be held on September 16 at the Sibu Town Square.

There are four routes of varying lengths available for participants, including a 5km, 10km, 21km and 42.195km routes.

The annual marathon takes place around the same time every year with the aim of showcasing the beauty of the ‘Swan City’, to explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage and to experience the local hospitality.

For more information or to register for the Sibu Marathon, visit: http://www.sibumarathon.com/

Shows Sibu Town Square, the venue for the Sibu Marathon runners flag off.
Shows Sibu Town Square, the venue for the Sibu Marathon runners flag off.

Sibu International Dance Festival 2017

Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will be held on August 29 to September 2.

First organised in 2012 by the Hornland Dance Theatre in Sibu, the Dance Festival is an annual event that portrays all forms of dances, traditional or modern, for all age groups and of all races and cultures. 

For more information on the Dance Festival and to purchase tickets from the official website: http://sidfestival.com/

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Penan Handwoven Bags

Handwoven bags supplied by Penan designers and weavers will be used as the official conference bag for the National Teochew Conference on August 15 to be held at the Pullman Kuching.

The Penan motifs are woven in the state colours of red, yellow and black, and will be given to the estimated 1,200 delegates from across the country that are expected to attend, combined with special guests from China and Singapore.

These Penan-woven bags were also the official bags during the Kuching Heritage Race which took place February this year, and received great feedback from the race participants. 

These bags are produced by Sarawak’s last semi-nomadic Penan artisans, under the support and coordination of the Ten Ringgit Club, a non-profit organisation that assists these artisans to sell their woven crafts as a supplementary household income, and the proceeds go to an education fund to provide tuition and education aid for Penan children.

Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.
Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.

AirAsia in Kuching

AirAsia has launched the Kuching-Langkawi-Kuching direct flight on August 8, a four times weekly flying on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

This is AirAsia’s 11th destination out from Kuching, including the direct Kuching-Pontianak-Kuching route which was launched on June 5.

3.2 million guests flew AirAsia from Kuching last year.

The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport
The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport

Normah Medical Specialist Centre Receives Gold Seal of Approval

The Normah Medical Specialist Centre (NMSC) in Kuching has recently been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by the Joint Commission International.

The Golden Seal of Approval was awarded to NMSC in recognition of its continuous compliance with internationally-recognised standards, and is testament to the quality treatment provided in providing a safe and effective care for local and international patients.

The Joint Commission International is a United States based non-profit organisation that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organisations and programmes.

NMSC is one of Sarawak’s leading medical institutes providing international class medical facilities and has found favour among Indonesians seeking medical treatment.

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