KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board held its first ever EPIC Night Run on November 30 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.
The event received 2,500 participations from amateurs to professional runners representing people from all walks of life, competing in two run categories, the 3km and 5km run along the main tourist attractions in Kuching.
Aimed to become a signature event owned by Sarawak Tourism Board, the run augurs well to spread awareness on the its EPIC culture.
‘EPIC’, a better and simpler acronym for Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity and Caring are the core values that STB is keen to share and will bring outside of the organisation, sharing it with the tourism fraternity and the public as whole.
Throughout the evening, as a trendy way to get the message across all participants, the its deeper meaning was brought alive, observed and practice in the fun night run.
Other than the run, there were also music performances, lucky draws and best dress winner to wrap up the night.
BINTULU – The launching of Royal Brunei Airlines inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bintulu was held on November 5, 2019 at the Bintulu Airport.
Hosted by the Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad in partnership with Sarawak Tourism, Royal Brunei Airlines is the first international airline to fly to one of the cities in Sarawak and introduced it as their next destination city in conjunction with the RB Link initiative to connect the cities and towns within Borneo Island.
Other than making travelling within Borneo easier, the Bandar Seri Begawan-Bintulu route will also benefit both Bintulu and its neighbouring town with the best pricing and five-star services, as well as connecting international markets such as China, Japan, UK and Australia through Brunei.
“Sarawak tourism sees this as a strategic partnership with Royal Brunei in the promotion of Sarawak on the Visit Sarawak Campaign, we are partnering in a right direction”, said Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.
The flights to and from Bandar Seri Begawan and Bintulu will operate five times weekly on a brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts by Malindo Air. The first flight arrived at Bintulu Airport at 2025 hrs and was welcomed with a water canon salute.
SIBU – The inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Sibu on November 14, now opens the central region of Sarawak to the world through another strategic hub in the region.
Connected under the Royal Brunei RB Link initiative, Sibu is now connected to STB’s focus markets including cities of Beijing and Shanghai in China, London in the United Kingdom and Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.
“With the connectivity provided by Royal Brunei, Sibu can now look forward to be accessible to the world through another important hub, Bandar Seri Begawan. Not only it serves as a link for local business community to the outside world but also facilitating the growth of tourism into Sibu and the Central region”, said STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.
She added that the connection augurs well for central region as the abroad is currently pursuing an aggressive promotion campaign which we have recently launched in Europe and we are expecting tourist movement early next year.
Earlier, on November 5, Royal Brunei also celebrated its inaugural flight to Bintulu which receives positive feedbacks from the locals and are expecting movement of tourists.
Royal Brunei’s six times weekly flights to Sibu and the five times to Bintulu are operated by Malindo Air on its brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts.
SINIAWAN – “RAJAH” a feature film on the White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, is an upcoming Hollywood feature film on the first White Rajah to be shown on the big screen throughout the world.
The filming of ‘Rajah” has gone well for the past one month with shooting taken in various places of attraction including the rustic town of Siniawan, Fairy and Wind Caves, Santubong, Sarawak Cultural Village and Borneo 744.
The movie is also being spiced up with fantasy and romance to make it more suitable for commercial viewing,
The film is based on Brooke’s life when he first arrived in Borneo in 1839 in search of adventure and fortune and later to be known as the ‘White Rajah” of Sarawak.
‘Rajah’ stars include famed Hollywood actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malaysian actors, Shaheizy Sam, Bront Palare, Datuk Rahim Razali and also Sarawak born actors Kahar Jini and Peter John Labang.
It is directed by Michael Haussman and produced by Rob Allyn.
‘Keringkam’ a handcrafted textiles of gold thread sewn by Malay women of Sarawak was officially introduce to the outside world at the ASEAN Lifestyle Week held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently.
Keringkam is traditionally hand-crafted with fine embroidery work, using mostly gold and silver-colored course threads.
There are two versions of gold-thread woven handiworks, the longer version called “Selendang Keringkam” (Shawl) and the shorter type known as “Selayah Keringkam” (Veil).
Widely adorned and worn by Malay women in Sarawak during the early years, Keringkam is said to be popular among women from the aristocratic circle.
It is exquisitely heavily and could worth more than a few thousand ringgit, depending on embroidery motifs and designs.
The art of Keringkam is a proud legacy and it is an important part of Sarawak’s Malay heritage.
KUCHING – For members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Associations of Australia and New Zealand (NMBVA) its annual “home coming” to Sarawak will always be a day to look forward as they will gather together at Heroes’ Cemetery at Jalan Taman Budaya here to remember their fallen comrades.
This year, the veterans were accompanied by their families and friends for a return visit on August 29 and held a solemn gathering at the Heroes Cemetery here.
It was an occasion to remember their fallen comrades who laid down their lives during the confrontation with Indonesia (1963 – 1966) and solemnly placed commemorative plaque as a tribute of their sacrifice.
Also present to commemorate this event were the Minister of Transport, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, High Commissioner of Australia, Excellency Andrew Goledzinowski and High Commissioner of New Zealand, Excellency Hunter Nottage,
KUCHING – The third edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be held from September 27 and 28. It is an outdoor jazz festival overlooking the majestic Sarawak River.
Performances by world-class musicians, including Ning Baizura, Harvey Malaiholo, Swaiv, Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club, Q Sound, Xanaduduo, Ushera, Sitti Navarro, Saxx In The City, Dave Brewer and The DooDaddies, Z Yan and Violinist Nisa Addina are on the pipeline.
KWJF 2019 will also features a bazaar which will see participation from local vendors comprising arts and craft, including food and beverage vendors. The bazaar will increase the value of the festival by giving festival-goers a more holistic experience, especially tourists, where they were able to purchase local products and various delicacies.
This year KWJF has chosen the digital route and collaborated with the “Sarawak Pay” app to promote the two-day event.
Organized by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the event is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board.