Kuching is set to host a three-day International Summit on Peace from September 6 to 8 that will bring together over 800 JCI representatives from international social and youth organisations
The joint effort between the Junior Chambers International (JCI) and Sarawak Government, the Summit will take place as a prelude to the International Day of Peace on September 21.
It will provide a platform for young people from across the globe to join in dialogues and plans of sustainable solutions to achieve world peace.
The programme features training workshops, plenary discussions, keynote addresses by international leading speakers and tours showcasing Kuching’s cultural and religious diversity and harmony.
Detailed information on the programme and registration can be found at the event’s website at www.peaceispossible.cc/summit.
Kuching City was chosen to be the host for this year’s Summit due to its reputation as a City of Unity, and JCI President, Dawn Hetzel said that Kuching not only provides the perfect location but also demonstrates how a peaceful communities can co-exist.
“It will empower active citizens everywhere to begin analysing their own community needs and provide sustainable solutions that create the same united and peaceful culture.” she mentioned in an interview.
Visitors in Sarawak will be able to learn more about the Bidayuh community with the completion of a Bidayuh Museum by the end of the year.
The museum, currently under construction is located at the circular “Baruk” building at Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) headquarters at Ong Tiang Swee Road.
The Association has been amassing a collection of its cultural relics and archives relevant to the Bidayuh people and will be displayed.
The Baruk is conveniently located near the DBNA main office and has a restaurant, which serves authentic traditional Bidayuh cuisine.
Meanwhile, DBNA’s President, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik called for more exhibits from fellow Bidayuhs including photographs, documents and any relics of historical relevance to further enhance the and improve the museum collections.
The soft launch of the Baruk Museum took place on July 24.
The Air Asia inaugural Pontianak-Kuching direct flight was inaugurated on June 5.
The 45 minute flight departed from Supadio International Airport in Pontianak at 12.10pm (Indonesian time) and touched down in Kuching International Airport at 1.50pm to a rousing welcome from the traditional kompang group.
Also present at the landing were the Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Assistant Minsiter of Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the Indonesian Consul-General in Kuching, Muhammad Abdullah, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz and Air Asia’s Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar.
To celebrate the new route, AirAsia has launched promotional fares with tickets priced at RM89 one way until April 2, for the travel period of June 5 to September 30.
The visitors’ arrivals into the State was very promising and as of April, arrival has shown an increase of 17.26 percent as compared to the same month in 2016 said the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Making his maiden speech at the State legislative Assembly recently as the new Minister, expressed his confidence that Sarawak will be able to achieve the targeted five million tourist arrivals for the year and generating an estimated tourism receipts of RM8.9 billion to be channel to the State coffer.
The arrivals in 2016 saw a 3.19 percent rise as compared to 2015, and with the ever growing global tourism business, Datuk Karim expressed optimism that the target will be reached, as long as Sarawak continues its promotion momentum.
The newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, will now take the lead on Sarawak’s tourism in addition to his other State’s Ministerial portfolios.
Now the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Abdul Karim stated that “while he foresees a lot of challenges ahead, he will use his position to ‘bring good things to Sarawak’ through tourism”.
Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the cabinet reshuffle on May 6, which include Datuk Abdul Karim’s new position as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, a post previously held by him.
Sarawak has proven that it has the potential to be the location for large scale sports tournaments, both local and international.
The response from sports fans in Sarawak was incredible during the 18th Sukma Games on July 23 to 31 last year, which took place throughout the different cities in Sarawak, as well as the Malaysia Open at Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya, on April 4 to 9, to the point where it impressed legendary badminton players such as Datuk Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan.
The stadium during the Malaysia Open was filled to 85 per cent capacity, surprising Chong Wei, who expressed optimism for the future of badminton events in Sarawak. “The huge crowd augurs well for Sarawak badminton. I hope that more international badminton tournaments can be held in Sarawak,” he added.
“For the first time, I received lots of cheers and applause from spectators outside China,” Lin Dan stated in an interview, as he too was caught by surprise by the great reception the tournament received.