Monday, August 10

‘Kaul Fest a viable platform for Mukah folk to generate income’

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Adenan (sixth right) planting the ‘seraheng’ (traditional offering) to declare the start of the festival.

MUKAH: The Kaul Festival serves as a platform for the local community to seek opportunities for improving their economic standing, by way of introducing and promoting their products to domestic and foreign visitors.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem noted that the tourism sector remained a vital contributor to the state’s economic growth.

“Therefore, the local community should seize the opportunity during Kaul Festival towards generating lucrative income for themselves, as well as drawing more crowds to the event.

“The festival is one that brings people of various races together and at the same time, it promotes Sarawak – particularly Mukah – to the world,” he said when officiating at this year’s Kaul Festival here yesterday.

Adenan pointed out that tolerance and respect for one another had made it possible for the local folk to come together for the festival.

“In Mukah, there are families comprising members of different religious faiths, living under one roof in harmony. This is possible because the people here tolerate and respect one another. It serves as an example of how we manage to maintain peace and unity in our state,” he said, reminding Sarawakians never to bring up sensitive issues that could jeapordise that.

Adenan was at the festival’s launch with his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu. They were accompanied by Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg; Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, Mukah MP Dato Sri Mohd Leo Toyad Abdullah and Balingian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo.