Sarawak at WOMEX

Sarawak Tourism Board representatives attended this year’s World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Poland on October 25 to 29 to promote Sarawak’s trademark event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Also attending this 23rd edition of WOMEX was local musician and artist Alena Murang and musician Eldrick Udos or ‘Bob’.

Both Alena and Bob have performed at the RWMF and are also impassioned supporters of maintaining and passing on the Bornean cultural heritage.

Alena and Bob were interviewed alongside RWMF Events Director, Angelina Bateman by Drago Vovk of Radio Sraka during the Expo.


From the right, Anglina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka.
From the right, Anglina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka.

Langkawi Development Authority Partnering with Sarawak

The Langkawi Development Authority is creating collaborative tour packages with Sarawak and Sabah to lure more tourists, especially from Europe.

The states have complementary tourism strengths, with Sarawak’s Mulu and Niah National Parks being able to complement Langkawi’s island tourism concept, Lada Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Azizan Noordin said.

Accessibility to these tourism attractions has been favourable with the launch of the AirAsia direct flight between Kuching and Langkawi and has recorded a high load factor since it was inaugurated in August.

Direct flights into Langkawi from China as well as future plans for flights from Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and India to Langkawi will also enable tourists from those countries to extend their holiday to Sarawak.

Cultural performance during Kuching-Langkawi Inaugural Flight.
Cultural performance during Kuching-Langkawi Inaugural Flight.

National Parks and Wildlife Department

Sarawak will soon have its National Parks and Wildlife Department aimed to better manage Sarawak’s protected areas.

It will focus on wildlife protection and accelerating gazettement of totally protected areas in the state.

The roles of relevant existing departments such as the Forest Department and Sarawak Forestry Corporation are being redefined to make way for it.

Deputy Chief Minister Of Industrial & Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister Of Urban Development & Natural Resources, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this new department would focus on promoting tourism in national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, creating a more coordinated manpower to financially managing these areas.

As Sarawak places priority on conservation, with the state’s gazetting of over 944,000ha to date and involvement in projects like the Heart of Borneo, this new department would work towards growing conservation tourism in the state.

Wooden bridge over a river in Lambir Hills National Park
Wooden bridge over a river in Lambir Hills National Park

Mas, the youngest Semenggoh Orang Utan baby is now “Adopted”

The youngest Semenggoh Orang Utan baby is now being  “adopted” by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Malaysia, His Excellency Md. Shahidul Islam.  

Baby Mas’ formal adoption was  made during  Md. Shahidul’s visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre on September 23.

The adopters’ programme coordinated by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation aims  to  raise  funds for Semenggoh’s conservation programme and  help raise awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation in Sarawak.

The centre now houses 28 Orang Utans, aged between 1 and 46.

Year old Orangutan named Mas, after the three-letter abbreviation code for ‘Malaysia’ as she was born on Malaysia Day. Photo Credit: Sarawak Forestry Department.  
Year old Orangutan named Mas, after the three-letter abbreviation code for ‘Malaysia’ as she was born on Malaysia Day. Photo Credit: Sarawak Forestry Department.

Sarawak Museum close till 2020

The Sarawak Museum will be closed for two years starting October this year for restoration and is expected to be reopened in 2020.

The museum opened to the public in 1891 and housed historical artifacts including  local indigenous arts, crafts and structures as well as collections of local animals, while building itself is a historical remnant of ‘old Sarawak’.

The refurbishment to the billding will include replacing all mechanical and electrical works which will cost close to RM38 million.  

The Museum received an average of 400,000 to 600,000 visitors a year.

For further information on the closure, please visit http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/

Sarawak Museum in Kuching
Sarawak Museum in Kuching

Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017

The Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017 was held on September 6-9 at the Megalanes Bowling Centre, becoming the first of the two international bowling tournaments to be held in Sarawak.

More than 500 athletes from 13 countries participated including Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, while some 120 Sarawak players competed as well.

The last time the champion being held here was in 1998 and Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was very positive on bringing it back.

Plans are underway to hold the 18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championship on November 11 to 17, which will involve players from 16 countries.

Crowds gather to watch the Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017. Image credit:  Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017 Facebook page.
Crowds gather to watch the Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017. Image credit: Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017 Facebook page.

Anniversary of Brooke Gallery, a year of success

The First Year Anniversary for the Brooke Gallery will be celebrated on September 24 at Fort Margherita.

Over the course of one year, the gallery has recorded over 26,000 visitors, with some 13% of them being global visitors from at least 70 countries.

The gallery has also received more than 60 schools and their field trip groups, welcomed more eight ambassadors and high commissioners and heads of state, including the former president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

The anniversary celebration will include an Inaugural Cardboard Boat Race on the Sarawak river as well as fun activities for secondary school students based on Sarawak’s history and heritage.

Image shoes aerial view of Fort Margherita where the Brooke Gallery is housed.
Image shoes aerial view of Fort Margherita where the Brooke Gallery is housed.

Borneo Fest A Big Success

The inaugural Borneo Fest was a great success after being held on September 11 at the Suria KLCC to promote Sarawak and Sabah to local and foreign travellers.

This festival focused on educating West Malaysians and foreign tourists about the history of Malaysia’s formation as well as showcasing Sarawak and Sabah’s unique culture, crafts, music food and fashion.

A variety of activities were featured in the one-day event including a Borneo fashion competition, cultural dance performances and a ‘sape’ musical presentation by Saufi Aiman Yahya, Alena Murang and Anderson Kalang, three famous sape players from Sarawak.

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