Exploring the Upper Reaches of The Sarawak River

Kayaking, a water sport which involves paddling using a double-bladed oar and a kayak, has been gaining popularity as one of the must-try activities among adventure lovers and thrill seekers while visiting Sarawak.

The experience will become more valuable when kayaking and enjoying the beautiful sight of our Borneo rainforest canopy, encountering wildlife and sharing the experiences with the people of the area. 

The package started out as a family-based business in 2011, the Semadang Borneo Adventure, also known as Semadang Kayak, features their tour focusing on adventures along the Upper Sarawak River with products ranging from river kayaking, bamboo rafting, caving and jungle trekking.

Semadang Kayak has well trained, friendly professional staff and certified guides to ensure the safety of all their guests during any of its activities.

With the risk assessments duly undertaken, Semadang Kayak has been consistently providing an adventure of a lifetime for all guests.

With their motto, “Arrive as guests and leave as a friend”, Semadang Kayak provides a personalised service and having you to leave home with memorable experiences in Borneo.

At present, tours have been temporarily suspended since March 18 to adhere with the government’s decision of the restricted movement order due to the current Covid-19 outbreak.

To know more, visit its homepage  at https://www.semadangkayak.com/ to get an insight of what are the tours and adventures available.

Picture shows the kayaking and bamboo rafting tour.  (Photo courtesy of Semadang Kayak)
Picture shows the kayaking and bamboo rafting tour.
(Photo courtesy of Semadang Kayak)

Temporary Closure of Accommodation at Niah National Park

KUCHING – Accommodation facilities at Niah National Park, including the Madu and Bukit Kasut Trails, will be temporarily closed for major renovation and upgrading works until January 2021.

The project to upgrade facilities at the Park will take a period of approximately a year to complete.

The public is advised to adhere strictly to all the safety notices at all time while undertaking activities within the National Park area and any inconvenience caused is very much regretted.

For further inquiries and clarifications, the public may contact the Niah National Park’s office at +6085-737454/450.

Photo of the Great Cave, Niah National Park.  (Photo courtesy of Borneo Adventure)
Photo of the Great Cave, Niah National Park.
(Photo courtesy of Borneo Adventure)

Animals at Matang Wildlife Center in Good Hands

KUCHING – A team of committed staff and individuals will continue to take care of more than 30 animal species at the Matang Wildlife Center during the current Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

With minimum manpower present, they will still continue to give attention to these animals particularly feeding, cleaning the enclosures, behavioral enrichment exercise and minor maintenance works at the center.

To know more, visit Sarawak Forestry Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarawakforestry/

Picture shows staff at the Centre preparing meals for the animals.  (Photo courtesy of Sarawak Forestry Corporation)
Picture shows staff at the Centre preparing meals for the animals.
(Photo courtesy of Sarawak Forestry Corporation)

A Different Ramadan Celebration

KUCHING – With the Movement Control Order (MCO) in place until May 12, the atmosphere of Ramadan, the hustle and the bustle of the Ramadan Bazaar and the general festive preparation for the breaking of fast, is surely missed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, locals as well as visitors to Sarawak.

As Malaysians are practicing social distancing in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is impossible to have a physical bazaar. However, Ramadan is simply not Ramadan in Sarawak without local delicacies such as Bubur Pedas, Sarawak Laksa, Mee Kolo, Umai (raw marinated fish), Teh C Peng (three-layered iced tea) and much more.

This Ramadan, thanks to the MCO, locals need to plan ahead and cook their own buka puasa dishes or alternatively order traditional favourites through e-bazaar services and apps.

“Although this year Ramadan is celebrated differently, we will  still continue with our tradition of  donating to the poor and with the help of technology,  spread positive and inspiring messages to cheer everyone,” said Sarawak Tourism Board’s (STB), Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.

“Indeed, Ramadan is a time of prayer, spiritual reflection and reaching out to aid the needy, more so during times of crisis such as this. While we stay safe at home with our families, we can also connect with friends and relatives virtually, still fostering a spirit of community bonding during this difficult time. We should continue to be grateful for we still can celebrate Ramadan with our families with food on the table,” she added.

This pandemic shall pass. To all Muslims out there, stay safe, stay at home and selamat berpuasa.

Photo shows a bustling Ramadan bazaar at Kubah Ria, Kuching, taken in 2019.  (Photo by Kuching Browsecities Enhancing Lifestyles)
Photo shows a bustling Ramadan bazaar at Kubah Ria, Kuching, taken in 2019.
(Photo by Kuching Browsecities Enhancing Lifestyles)

STB Office Closure Due to The Covid-19 Outbreak

The Management and staff of Sarawak Tourism Board wishes all Muslims, partners, readers and well-wishers a Blessed Ramadan.

Please be informed that our main office will be closed from March 18 to May 12, to adhere to the Malaysian Government’s official instruction on the closure of Government institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

It is our utmost concern, especially towards our staffs, tourists and visitors alike, to keep safe and help to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

For further information, please contact us via email at [email protected] or visit our website at www.sarawaktourism.com.
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Temporary Closure Notice Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching, Sibu and Miri

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Malaysia has issued a Restricted Movement Order which includes temporary closure of all government premises starting March 18 to April 14, 2020.

However, our tourist information services are still available and we can be reached through our mobile phones as follows:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 6pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 9am to 3pm

Visitors’ Information Centre:

KuchingSibuMiri

Mr Loji Tungging
(+6012-8821711)

Ms Angela Linsam
(+6013-5396787)

Ms Jane Chong
(+6013-8165566)

Ms Nujaimi Laudin
(+6011-19832186)

Mr Alfonso McKenzie
(+6016-8785947 – National Parks)

Ms Affisiah Sijali
(+6014-2086488 – National Parks)

Ms Siti Nabzah
(+6010-9630572)

Ms Prisca Wong
(+6014-6567321)

Mr Jessie Mangka
(+6013-8282168)

Mr Mohd Amirul
(+6013-8131977)

Mr Yusup Labo
(+6013-8371007)

Ms Audrey Foo
(+6019-8904886)

For further information, visit our Visitors’ Information Centre Official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/vicsarawak/ or www.sarawaktourism.com.

Office Closure Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

This is to inform that our office will be closed from March 18, 2020 to April 28, 2020 to adhere to the Malaysian Government’s decision on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our utmost concern and caring are towards our staffs and visitors alike to help contain this deadly virus.

For further information, please contact us via email at [email protected] or visit our website at www.sarawaktourism.com.

Thank You, ADAP 4ORTY Global!

BINTULU – For the third time, a local company, Adap 4orty Global presented personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the hospitals, polyclinics and quarantine centres in Bintulu, as well as the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching for the frontliners involved in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.

Previously, the organisation donated about 11,000 hand gloves, 688 disposal suits, 200 pairs of shoes and 40 boxes of face masks.

Apart from that, they also presented electrical equipment such as fans, refrigerators, spraying machines and toiletries.

“This is one of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. We are always ready to help, and we recommend the hospitals to continue contacting us for futher assistance”, said Adap 4orty Global spokesperson Francis Ngu Hown Hua.

Photo shows the donations presented by Adap 4orty Global to Hospital Bintulu.  (Photo by New Sarawak Tribune)
Photo shows the donations presented by Adap 4orty Global to Hospital Bintulu.
(Photo by New Sarawak Tribune)

Another Round of Support from University Malaysia Sarawak

KOTA SAMARAHAN – On March 6, 2020, four medical institutions in Sarawak received health equipment from University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) to assist the front-liners who were battling against COVID-19.

The recipients were Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Sarawak Heart Centre, Samarahan Health Clinic and Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ).

SGH received 23 litres of hand sanitiser, nine intubation boxes, and 100 face shields; Sarawak Heart Centre received one intubation box and 30 face shields; Samarahan Health Clinic received two sampling boxes, five litres of hand sanitiser and 50 face shields; while KPJ received two intubation boxes and 50 face shields.

Previously, UNIMAS had also delivered two self-manufactured intubation boxes and 100 custom-made face shields to SGH, hand sanitiser to their own Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM), the UNIMAS Health Centre, residential colleges and the Kota Samarahan Royal Malaysia Police.

The intubation box was customised by Dr Charles Bong Hin Joo, a lecturer from the Faculty of Engineering UNIMASN and his team so that it would have sliding doors on both sides for easy tube insertions.

The hand sanitiser was developed by researchers from the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology led by Associate Prof Dr Samsur Mohamad and his team, while the face shields were jointly constructed by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Faculty of Built Environment, and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Photo shows Prof Dr Wan Hashim, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation handing over the items to Aida Aminah, Science Officer at SGH. (Photo by UNIMAS News)
Photo shows Prof Dr Wan Hashim, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation handing over the items to Aida Aminah, Science Officer at SGH. (Photo by UNIMAS News)

Support for Our Unsung Heroes!

KUCHING – The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development had distributed a total of 177,893 packs of food to the front-liners from 16 agencies from divisional to district levels across Sarawak from March 24 to April 2, 2020.

“Yesterday (April 2), I have approved requests for additional packs from PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) and PGA (General Operations Force) as additional staff had to be deployed to further beef up on the enforcement of MCO (Movement Control Order)”, said the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

Apart from food, the Sarawak Government has also provided “Rest Rooms” at the Astana Wing Riverside Majestic to the medical staff who are front-liners at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). It was made possible with the collaboration by Chong Estate Realty in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

“As of yesterday (April 2), 50 rooms were used by 120 doctors, nurses, assistant medical officers and drivers”, she added.

On behalf of the state government, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah recorded her sincere thanks to all front-liners.

“We salute you for your committed services and sacrifices to combat and contain Covid-19.”

Photo of Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development. (Photo by The Borneo Post)
Photo of Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development. (Photo by The Borneo Post)