Sunday, October 10, 2010

Borneo Cultural Village for Lambir

MIRI: A Borneo Cultural Village has been proposed for Lambir near here to boost the image of Miri as tourist and resort city.

However, a lot of money would be needed to realise the project which would be similar to Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan yesterday.

Dr Chan, who is also Minister of Tourism and Heritage Sarawak, disclosed this to reporters after officiating at the Borneo International Beads Conference 2010 here.

“We have identified 100 to 200 acres of land in Lambir and it is about 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. We will be working together with Sarawak Museum on some aspects of the cultural village featuring the cultures and lifestyles of various ethnic and indigenous groups in Borneo,” said Dr Chan. The Orang Ulu community will be among the main features with the beads and woven materials (as part of the culture, traditions and heritage of the community) to be placed among the proposed exhibits and displays.

There is also a proposal to set up a factory making bead products.

“It would be more interesting and great if we could put it all in. It is under planning as we need a lot of money.” said Dr Chan.

Meanwhile, Dr Chan expressed his disappointment with the look of Miri Handicraft Centre in the city centre.

“At least make it bigger and more presentable to tourists. We have been trying to do a few things to attract tourists and locals to visit it,” he added.

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