Tuesday, June 25

Melanau Cultural Centre coming up

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Adenan and his wife exchanging greetings with visitors to the Pesta Kaul Mukah 2014.

MUKAH: A Melanau Cultural Centre here is expected to take off as one of the new happenings aside from the construction of the new airport here.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg announced this when he attended the ‘Pesta Kaul Mukah 2014’ here in Taman Kala Dana Mukah yesterday.

The curtain-raiser to the calendar event involved no less than the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, who officiated at the festival.

“The construction of the (Melanau) centre was an idea of our Chief Minister, and it has been approved, but it is still in the rolling plan,” Abang Johari said, but did not elaborate further.

He added that the construction of the new airport here would also allow tourists to see and enjoy the unique culture here, and they can then share it for the rest of the world to see.

On the other hand, phase two of the Dalat Waterfront would give a new impact to the Dalat district, according to Abang Johari.

“We are going to develop phase two of the Dalat Waterfront which would be able to give a new impact to the Dalat district, much like in Kuching,” he enthused.

Meanwhile, Adenan opined that the diverse races and culture of Sarawak was a boon for the state, hence the need to preserve the distinctive cultural heritage.

“The diversity of races and cultures in the state is a uniqueness that we possess, and it should be preserved so that we can progress further,” he said when officiating at the festival.

Adenan added that the people of the state were capable of living harmoniously together despite the racial diversity.

“We are able to live peacefully together, and unite our differences in a way that cannot be threatened by other people. This peaceful and harmonious state should be strengthened and always progress to a level that is better than the last,” he stressed.

Also present were Mukah MP Dato Sri Muhammad Leo Toyad, Igan MP Datuk Abdul Wahab Dolah, Balingian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo and other guests.