Saturday, August 8

TV drama will help promote Sabah in Singapore


KOTA KINABALU: A family TV drama ‘Beyond Words’ to be shot by MediaCorp in Sabah would help promote the state in Singapore, and bring in more tourists from the island country.

The 30-episode series featuring popular Singaporean artists would be shot in various locations, including in and around Kota Kinabalu.

“Sabah has many beautiful places that would make a very good location for shooting TV drama. I hope MediaCorp will continue to choose Sabah for its future shootings,” said Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

Speaking to reporters during a lensing ceremony and press meet with MediaCorp Singapore here yesterday, Bangkuai said STB always welcomed any ventures that could help introduce Sabah to foreign visitors.

He said over 25,000 Singaporeans visited Sabah last year and about 10,000 tourists from the country had spent their holidays here as of July this year.

“The shooting, which is expected to take a month to complete, would not only attract visitors from Singapore but also other countries where the drama will be aired,” said Bangkuai.

‘Beyond Words’, where 20 episodes will be shot mostly at the Sutera Harbour Resort, and another 10 at several locations in Kota Kinabalu, will be on TV starting March next year.

“Our expectation is that by having a TV drama shot in Sabah, people will get to know Sabah better and get attracted to its beautiful surrounding. Of course, we hope there will be more tourists from Singapore next year.”

Also present to welcome the crew and artistes were Sutera Harbour Resort deputy executive officer Gerard Tan.