Sunday, June 16

Sarawak’s flora and fauna inspire writers


FOR THE ALBUM: The delegates in a photo call at the Annah Rais longhouse.

KUCHING: The diverse flora and fauna in the state are the source of inspiration for writers including those who write Chinese novels.

A group of 50 members of the Southeast Asia Chinese Writers Association even went as far as the traditional Bidayuh village of Kampung Annah Rais yesterday to seek new ideas for their work.

They were led by Brunei Chinese Writers Association president
Sng Teck Ann, who said they were enticed to come to Sarawak after reading a book on the state’s
beautiful nature, written by a famous writer.

He said they were in Brunei earlier, for a writers conference and had come to the state by bus, stopping first in Sibu to tour the Rajang River before proceeding to Kuching and Annah Rais.

“Actually, Sarawak is not uncommon in Chinese literature. In fact, there is a popular book among us which touched on the Rajang River. That’s why we chose to come to Sarawak,” he said.

The delegation included members from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, China and the United States.

Meanwhile, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang, who welcomed the visitors, said novels and other forms of books are among the best ways to attract tourists to the state.

“I hope there are literature works on Sarawak, especially Kuching, to share the wonders of the state with the world,” he said.