Thursday, July 18

Musa wants Kota Belud Tamu Besar Festival on world tourism map

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KOTA BELUD: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman wants the culturally-rich Kota Belud Tamu Besar Festival to be given an international flavour.

He wants the festival — a gathering of people of different races, religions and cultures — highlighted on the world tourism map.

Musa welcomed the various initiatives and latest developments in organising the festival, including the parade of Bajau horsemen in their full regalia, and  handicraft products such as cloth, mat, hat and rotan products which could be commercialised as tourist items.

“The festival display the rich, unique and special cultures of the local communities. This is actually one of the special features or uniqueness of Tamu Kota Belud which was inherited several decades ago,” he said when opening the Kota Belud Tamu Besar at the Cultural Stage here yesterday.

The text of his speech was read by State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Musa said the Tamu Besar, which was a gathering of people of different races, religions and cultures, succceded in attracting local and foreign tourists and contributed to raising the social economy of the local residents. — Bernama