Category Archives: Celebration

‘More international participants at next year’s kite festival’

BINTULU: The ninth edition of Borneo International Kite Festival next year will see more participation from international kite enthusiasts namely from Europe, South and North America.

David Gomberg, the chairman of World Sport Kite Championships (WSKC) who said this explained that this year’s festival generated much excitement and expressed confidence that the festival could attract more international countries to be part of the event next year.

“This is such a wonderful festival and we are hoping to make this better than other larger festivals around the world,” he said when speaking on behalf of international participants during the appreciation dinner which was held at a hotel here on Sunday.

David who is American was also confident that all the 94 participants representing 24 countries have enjoyed the festival.

“This is one of the popular events on Facebook this week,” he joked.

As such, for the 9th edition, he said WSKC would try to get more participation from other international countries.

David thanked the organisers for their hospitality and wished everyone a safe journey back to their respective countries.

“We would spread the good news about the excitement that we had here this week,” he promised.

Meanwhile, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) public relations manager Mohamed Ansari Mohd Syed Ahmad said this year’s festival was a success.

“We received a very good response from members of the public even from the Head of State himself.

“He was impressed with the numbers of international participants in this year’s festival,” he said.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Openg gave his word to ensure that the event would be on par with if not better than other world class events held in the country, Ansari added.

“We need all the comments, feedbacks and support from everyone. Running a big event is not easy, there are ups and downs doing it, we hope to make this festival better and bigger next year,” said Ansari.

He also thanked the national kite flyers for taking time to participate in the event.

BDA secretary Bohari Kipli presented certificates of appreciation to all participants.





Daring acts of forefathers in defending Bintulu hailed


BINTULU: Attacks by pirates were common along the shoreline of Sarawak in the olden days before they were chased away by the Bintulu people twice, said Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

He said about 100 years ago, a daring community from Bintulu played a significant role in safeguarding the safety and security of Sarawak’s shores from the marauders.

“As documented in history, the Bintulu people attacked the pirates not once but twice.

“We chased them away for the first time on June 25, 1862 but they came back on April 12, 1869 and were chased away for the second time. Since then they were not seen any more in Sarawak’s shores,” said the Jepak assemblyman.

This flashback was shared by Talib when officiating at the Sarawak Special Affairs Department (Jasa) open house at the compound of Masjid At Taqwa Bintulu yesterday, which was also attended by Jasa state director Hassan Busu.

Talib said this daring act was one of the significant factors why Bintulu was chosen as the host for the 49th Malaysia Day celebration recently, apart from the fact that the town was the venue of the first Council Negri meeting chaired by James Brooke on September 8, 1963.

“Good planning by the current government has provided stability and abundant job opportunities for the people,” he said of the prosperity enjoyed by the people there now.

Earlier, Hassan said a total of 14 villages participated in the event by setting up food kiosk which offered a variety of traditional foods.

He said the event was aimed at strengthening rapport among the local communities and to promote the culture and tradition of Vaie Bintulu.

“We are hoping to promote these traditions because if there is no action taken, we are afraid some of our precious traditions will be wiped out from history.

“I was also told a special dictionary on the Vaie language will be produced, which is expected to be officiated by Talib in the future,” said Hassan.

Hundreds of people, including Temenggong Abang Suhaili Abg Mohammad, Pemanca Rosli Kamarudin, village chiefs and residents from the 14 participating villages attended the event.

Among the activities held were ‘hadrah’ and ‘silat’ performances, ‘bermukun’, stage show, bamboo cannon game and lucky draws.





Najib wants debate over Merdeka Day, Malaysia Day to cease

BINTULU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today called for a stop to debate over Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day, saying both the dates were meaningful and important in the country’s history.

“Aug 31 (1957) and Sept 16 (1963) are sacred dates,” he said at the Malaysia Day open house in Kampung Assyakirin, here.

Najib said it was more important to look ahead and not back in the interests of the people and country, with the federal government’s assurance of continued development for Sarawak in line with the state government’s vision to become a high-income state.

The prime minister said that from the time Sarawak gained independence within Malaysia, the federal and state governments had together brought about continuous change without the need for a new declaration.

“Many possibilities became realities for Sarawak,” he said, adding that it was important to maintain the good understanding between the federal and state governments.

Earlier, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud called for continuity in the national leadership established since independence to ensure that Sarawak became a high-income state. He said Najib’s father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, with the cooperation of the state government led by Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub in the 1970′s, had laid the foundation for Bintulu to become a progressive town through the development of petroleum and gas resources.

“Now, we want to step up our development, not depending only on natural resources but through the development of high-technology industries,” he said.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim was also present at the event, which was attended by more than 10,000 people.– BERNAMA