Friday, October 11, 2013

Festival turning Sematan into eco-tourism hub


KUCHING: Pesta Sematan will help to turn Sematan, a coastline area in Sarawak’s southernmost region, into a premier eco-tourism centre.

The festival, which is one of the government’s Blue Ocean Strategy approaches, will be held on Oct 25-27.

Event patron Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the response to Pesta Sematan since its inception in 2008 has been very good.

“Every year, it never fails to attract 20,000 people to come all the way to Sematan for the event, which offers various attractive activities. Since Sematan is blessed with a variety of natural beauty and attractions, we are confident of achieving this status (premier eco-tourism centre) in the near future,” he told a press conference yesterday.

A new feature this year will be Muaythai — a Thai combat sport — with 15 teams including Kelab Muaythai Headhunters from Perak participating in various categories.

“Muaythai is the newest addition, due to the increasing popularity of this sport in Lundu District (which covers Sematan). If possible, we want to have the Muaythai competition every year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lundu District Officer Azmi Bujang said the Muaythai competition is offering prizes totalling RM20,000 and has so far attracted over 100 participants.

“Most of the exponents are from outside Lundu District. Apart from one team from Perak, the other teams are from Sibu, Bintulu, Kuching and Samarahan,” said Azmi.

He also announced prizes totalling RM5,000 for the Sematan Outdoor Challenge, an annual activity for Pesta Sematan, which comprises a 26km cycling competition for both men and women, as well as a 10km run (men) and 6km run (ladies).

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