Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sarawak Regatta to offer bigger cash prizes

KUCHING: The coming annual Sarawak Regatta 2008 will offer bigger cash prizes. It will coincide with the Kuching Festival and 45th anniversary of Sarawak forming Malaysia.

It is expected to attract more participants as the organiser, the state government, has planned to increase cash prizes in all categories.

“We will be promoting the regatta to neighbouring countries like Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat and Brunei,” said Assistant Tourism Minister Hamden Ahmad yesterday.

He said there would be side events like trade fair, exhibitions and stage shows to attract more people to the regatta and make it a renowned river event.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to launch the regatta on Aug 2 at 10am while Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin will officiate at the closing ceremony on Aug 3 at 4.30pm.

Hamden said last year more than 6,000 people including foreigners from 388 participating teams took part in the regatta.

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