Saturday, December 7

‘Ethnic Culture Tour a way to promote Sarawak heritage’


KUCHING: A recent road trip organised by Cultural and Heritage Department could be a great way to promote the state and its cultural heritage to outsiders.

The four-day ‘Ethnic Culture Tour’, which saw over 60 participants taking part in a convoy from Santubong near here to Mukah via Sibu, concluded its 1,200km journey yesterday.

According to the department’s director Salehhudin Md Salleh, the inaugural event has the potential to become an annual event, which explores several interesting locations across the state.

“Apart from finding and exploring places and the people, it helps promote and spur the growth of homestays available at the sites where the tour goes or make stops at,” he said at the closing of the tour at Dewan Sri Santubong yesterday.

Among the convoy participants were local arts and cultural enthusiasts, members of non-governmental organisations as well as big bikers from ‘Mean Machine’ and ‘Born Shaker’ clubs.

Among the highlights during the tour which kicked off last Friday were a seminar on ethnic performance and arts, a talk on culture by Datu Dr Sanib Said and Hak Hoklai, as well as a visit to learn about sago processing.