By Rosli Abidin Yahya
Bandar Seri Begawan - In an effort to boost its economy and make the island more attractive to visitors, Labuan is set to host more events for tourists, said Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman, the Chairman of Labuan Corporation.
Datuk Suhaili, also a member of the Malaysian Parliament in Labuan, remarked that apart from the annual Labuan International Sea Challenge in May, the island will host other activities, starting with the 2006 countdown at Labuan Square.
"There will be fireworks and stage shows by some renowned Malaysian artistes as Labuan ushers in the New Year," he disclosed at the Trade and Tourism Expo 2005, currently being held at The Mall in Gadong until September 23.
On February 1, Labuan will celebrate Federal Day to commemorate its entry into the Federal Territory of Malaysia with other states like KL and Puterajaya. There will be assemblies, poetry recitals, self-defence demonstrations, patriotic performances and some spectator sports, he revealed.
On April 15 and 16, participants from the BIMP-EAGA region will compete in the Nusantara Canoe Race for cash prizes and trophies worth RM20,000. "Supporters could also take part in a unique `canoe tugof-war, and the strongest team will take home some attractive prizes," he added.
The Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge 2006 is going to be held for two days from April 28, when participants will race from Labuan to Miri and be flagged off at the Labuan Harbour Regatta.
The Food and Fruits Festival 2006 meanwhile will be held from July 29 to 30 at the Labuan International Sea Sports Complex.
From August 17 to September 16 next year, the island will hold month long celebrations to mark Malaysia's independence and promote the unity of its various ethnic groups.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin