Message From Deputy Minister of Tourism Sarawak
|Yang Berhormat Dato’ Dr James Dawos Mamit
Deputy Minister of Tourism Malaysia
|Over the years, Sarawak Regatta which had its colorful past since the Brooke era back 1872 is indeed a very much anticipated event in my Ministry’s Tourism Calendar.
Come this 14-16 September 2012, once again the iconic Kuching Water Front will come alive amidst all the excitements, where people from all walks of life will converge not only to support their favorite teams but also to interact and enjoy the atmosphere of the day.
Introspectively, Sarawak Regatta which was traditionally associated with traditional water sports involving local participations has since undergone tremendous transformation, particularly in terms of service delivery and scope.
| Yes, it has always been my Ministry’s inspiration to promote this premier event as a potential tourism product. As such, proactive measures have been taken by the organizer to incorporate regional and international elements in the tournament. In line with this aspiration, the organizer spearheaded by Resident Office Kuching has incorporated special categories such as the Perahu kenyalang 7 paddlers involving participants from BIMP-EAGA countries, the “Perahu Tambang for tourists”, the Iconic Perahu Kenyalang 20 paddlers International(open) and just to name a few.
To enhance our service delivery system, especially in terms of information sharing and coordination as well as customers’ needs and expectations, the organizer will set up an Information Kiosk and a Corporate Boxed Seat which is especially tailored for those who want to see the event in comfort and relaxing atmosphere. In addition, wide arrays of fun filled programs are also in the pipelines such as Regatta Talent Search, “Kebaya” Fashion Shows, Trade Expo and Food Fair, Science and Innovation Carnival by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), the inaugural Brooke Swim and just to name a few. The climax of the event will see all the best team of the day compete in the prestigious “Raja Sungai or King of the River” category which will see the title holder WANGASAMAS defending the title.
The above programs all rolled in one, not only will add more excitements, memorable and delightful experiences especially for the tourists, but will also add value to their stay in the Land of the Hornbill. I hope the experiences gained will serve as a prelude for our preparation of Sarawak Regatta 2013,i.e in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Sarawak Independence within Malaysia which is expected to be more grandeur and exciting. As fringe event, we plan to incorporate the International Dragon boat race.
Lastly, I would to take this opportunity to congratulate and thanks the organizers, relevant agencies including the corporate sectors for their invaluable contributions, thus making this premier event a resounding success. For the tourists, participants as well as spectators, we hope you enjoy the occasion and have memorable stay here in Kuching. Thank you.