Wednesday, February 19

Pesta Lawas 2014 to pull in crowds

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KUCHING: Pesta Lawas 2014 is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors compared to 80,000 visitors last year as more exciting and interesting activities have been lined up.

Naroden, Awang Tengah and Maria talk about Pesta Lawas.

According to Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, committee members came up with many improvements.

Many unique and interesting things about Limbang will be portrayed in the five-day event from today (yesterday) until Sunday.

‘Among the highlights are local food products including the popular smoked Tahai fish, cultural and heritage, handicraft, regatta, Lawas Kitchen, 1Malaysia community stalls and autoshow,” said the Bukit Sari assemblyman during a radio interview with RTM which was broadcast live from the studio yesterday.

The minister of public utilities and industrial development said in preparation for the three-day event, an entrepreneur seminar for local entrepreneurs to exchange ideas was held yesterday, while a primary forum today.

He said 15 cooperatives from throughout the country will take part in the event including those from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Brunei.

The public will take part in an interactive activity organised by the State Domestic Trade Consumerism and Cooperative Department.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem is expected to launch the One District One Industry and the Co-op Fest Se-Borneo programmes on Saturday.

Awang Tengah said the event taglined ‘Maitah ke Lawas, bisai hantap mataga’is a platform to promote Lawas to outsiders.

The Co-op Fest Se-Borneo will feature successful stories, roles and benefits of setting up cooperatives.

Awang Tengah said the Friendship Bridge linking Brunei and Limbang had solved the congestion problem and this will encourage more visitors from the neighbouring country.

Also taking part in the interview were Limbang Resident Maria Hasman and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Entrepreneur and Development), Datuk Naroden Majais who talk about entrepreneur-related activities.