Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Kinabatangan River Festival to be held September


By Awang Ahmad

KINABATANGAN: The Kinabatangan River Festival which not only showcases the unique cultures of the Orang Sungai but also the natural wonders of this treasure trove of wildlife will be held on September 24 this year.

Minister of Tourism, Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad, is scheduled to officially launch the event while Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat is also expected to be present.

Set against the 450-km long Kinabatangan River as the background, the festival will be celebrated at Kg. Sukau, Kg Bilit, Kota Kinabatangan town and Batu Tulug which are all popular tourist destinations.

Organising chairman, Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, who is also the Kinabatangan MP said Kg Sukau well-known for its proboscis monkeys and exotic birds will be the venue for traditional water sports while Kg. Danau Bilit will host Orang Sungai cultural shows and beliungan, a sport that involves the villagers catching fish using traditional methods.

A climbathon will be held in Batu Tulug, a place believed to be the ground of ancient Chinese travellers.

There will also be a River Expo at the Kota Kinabatangan bus terminal.

Courtesy of New Sabah Times

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