River cruise in Sibuti soon?


MIRI: Sibuti possesses vast tourism potential, and the government intends to tap it by initiating a river cruise package of sorts for a start.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said such a package would enable tourists to enjoy the natural beauty and, if they are lucky, catch sight of crocodiles basking by the river banks of Sibuti

“This new product is one of the government’s efforts to promote the tourism sector in Sibuti, which comprises Lambir, Bekenu and Niah.

“With the great natural beauty and uniqueness of the local cultures here, I have high confidence that this product will help change the landscape of at least Bekenu town,” he said at a function in Bekenu recently to present People Friendly Houses (RMR).

To go with this proposed package, Abang Johari said his ministry was going to build a waterfront project in Bekenu.

However, he did not divulge details of this proposed plan other than saying that it would complement existing tourism promotions to boost Miri’s image as a resort city.

At present, Sibuti’s attractions include Lambir National Park, Niah National Park, Bungai Beach, and Bakam Beach.

“Sibuti possesses vast tourism potential which have yet to be developed properly. We do not want Sibuti to be left out from the mainstream of tourism development.”

However, Abang Johari said all these proposed projects, which were expected to cost millions, would only be successful if there was total participation and support from the locals.

“Without support and direct participation from the people, we will not be able to meet the objectives set.”