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


Christmas Time in Sarawak

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.

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7th Sibu Bike Week

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.

For information, visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1360489157405964/

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Borneo Jazz Has anew “home”

The 13th Borneo Jazz find its new “home” at the Pullman Miri Waterfront hotel. It will be held on May 11 to 12 next year.

Borneo Jazz is an annual two-day international jazz festival that takes place in the seaside city of Miri, featuring a vast repertoire of Jazz genres.

The event also holds youth programmes and outreach programmes to help local aspiring musicians.

For more information, visit the Borneo Jazz website at https://jazzborneo.com/

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Royal Brunei Airlines FAM trip

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.

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More International Flights

The inaugural flights for the Kuching-Shenzen direct route and the Pontianak-Miri direct route will be taking place in December.

The Pontianak-Miri flight will be launched on December 12 while the Kuching-Shenzen inaugural flight is on December 26.

This direct flight is expected to increase the number of visitor arrivals in 2018 from Indonesia and China, while at the same time generate income for local transportation, Food and Beverage and related industries.

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Sarawak Tourism Industry Syndication

The Sarawak Tourism Industry Syndication ‘road tour’ began in Kuching on November 24, before moving on to Miri and Sibu on November 27 and 28 respectively.

The Syndication held annually is aimed  to touch base with local industry partners, renewing agreements and taking feedback as well as reviewing plans for 2018, with the aim of increasing visitor arrivals and tourism revenue into Sarawak.

The Sarawak Tourism Board renewed its marketing commitments from previous years while also taking suggestions on how to spearhead Sarawak’s tourism promotion to the world in the years to come.

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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