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.
Travel agents who are particularly interested in packaging UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be in for a good business potential with the launching of the inaugural Pontianak-Miri direct flight which was launched on December 12.
The combination of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Gunung Mulu in Miri Sarawak and the Borobudur in Jogjakarta, Indonesia will only be a few hours away for tourists to visit, thanks to Express Air Indonesia which provides connection with a stop in Pontianak, Indonesia.
The twice weekly Pontianak-Miri-Pontianak route will be on every Tuesdays and Saturdays with a flight duration of one and a half hours.
Christmas events including parades and Christmas tree decoration contests will be held throughout Kuching, Miri and Sibu in the month of December.
The 8th ChristmasTree Decoration Contest at the Sibu Town Square will take place from November 27 to December 31 and the Christmas trees decoration throughout the month of December in Sibu. The winner will be announced during the New Year Countdown.
The Kuching Christmas Parade will be held on December 2 at the MBKS Jubilee Grounds, which has been an annual event since 2007 and attracted over 6000 attendees last year.
The 10th edition of Miri City Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, beginning at Miri City Fan and the main streets of Miri.
A combined effort of the Miri City Council and 15 churches from in and around Miri, the parade is expected to attract 45,000 people this year.
The seventh edition of the Sibu Bike Week will take place on December 8 to 10 at the Sibu Town Square.
The three day event features activities including motorcycle and car exhibitions, Big Bike competitions, Swan City Ride, car drift and stunt bike shows as well as exhibition booths for all manner of bike and car paraphernalia.
In addition there will be entertainment such as tattoo exhibitions and competition, skateboarding competition, dance and local band performances, a “Battle of the Bands” and a Miss Sibu Bike Week contest.
The event aims to bring together big bike owners and enthusiasts as well as curious members of the community, to appreciate high powered motorcycles and the artistry behind them.
The Royal Brunei Airlines jointly with Sarawak Tourism Board recently organise a Familiarisation Trip (FAM trip) for Melbourne based tour agents to Miri and Gunung Mulu National Park from November 25 to 28.
The FAM trip consisted of five travel agents from Melbourne, who flew in to Bandar Seri Begawan and stayed at the Pullman Miri Waterfront and Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa.
The group visited the Gunung Mulu National Park where they went to the Lang, Deer, Wind and the Clearwater Caves, experiencing a canopy walk and visited the Penan settlement before proceeding to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort and Entulang longhouse.