Sunday, April 30, 2006

Showcase of the Melanau in Sarawak


By Achong Tanjong

Bruneians are among over 10,000 people who attended the Pesta Kaul Mukah 2006 at Taman Kala Dana, Mukah in Sarawak.

The week-long festival featured a series of activities by the Melanau, who have been celebrating ceremonious Pesta Kual for decades.

The community gathered to show off their cultural heritage as well as handicrafts, cuisine, costumes, games, and dances.

This year, the festive event was opened by Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Village chief of Tanah Jambu Haji Asar bin Hj Beruddin was impressed by "the local hospitality and cultural showcase during the celebration".

He also said the objective of his visit to the Pesta Kaul Mukah was to foster closer ties with the community, take the opportunity to learn about the culture, and learn how a large-scale event is organised by the Melanau.

Ceremonies aside, the festival also saw booths set up by various Sarawak's government agencies and communities to showcase local food products and handicrafts.

Popular Malaysian artistes such as Ezad Exists, Zamani and champion of Bintang RTM 2004 Rina Azhar also teamed up with Bruneian singers Christina Bulan, Ahmad Solhi and Sazzia to entertain the visitors.

Pesta Kaul Mukah is listed in the Sarawak Tourism calendar as one of many cultural events to attract tourists to Mukah.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Sunday

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