LAWAS: This year’s Pesta Lawas, which will be held from May 25 to 27, will witness Batang Lawas being filled with boats, including those from a neighbouring country, in large numbers.
“Seven teams from Brunei and two from Sabah have confirmed their participation,” said Pesta Lawas and Regatta Lawas chairman Mohd Supaih Hamdan.
Participation was also received from local teams, including from the Lawas Chinese community, Landas (Land and Survey Department), Pusaka from Kuching, and the defending champion from Saratok (Citra Alti).
“It will be most interesting to see the participation of the Brunei teams. With bigger number of boats than usual, this will attract people to the Lawas Regatta,” said Supaih, who is also Lawas district officer.
The presence of the Sabah team is also expected to stiffen competition in the water sports, while the presence of the defending champion of Raja Batang Baram, Tedung Melancar from Marudi, is also expected to heat things up.
Spicing up the festival will be an exhibition on development, and over
300 stalls selling various items.
Meantime, the committee for Pesta and Regatta Lawas has been formed to ensure the smooth proceeding of the festival.
Supaih called on the people, especially residents of Lawas district, to prepare themselves well to welcome the influx of visitors besides maintaining cleanliness of the town.