Saturday, April 05, 2014

20,000 visitors expected at Mukah Kaul Fest

KUCHING: A flurry of preparations is underway for the forthcoming annual Mukah Kaul Festival, which is expected to attract at least 20,000 visitors this year.

Sarawak Melanau Associations Federation president Dato Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Toyad said the festival, which would be held from April 25 to 30, would focus on the vast transformation of Mukah over the past 50 years.

“This is a special year as the state celebrates its 50th anniversary. The festival will highlight the immense developments that have changed Mukah in all aspects, especially in education, infrastructure, economy and the industries,” he told a press conference after chairing the Melanau Association meeting here yesterday.

The festival, he added, was into its 13th edition this year and it was also aimed at showing the richness of the Melanau cultures, arts and heritage.

The Mukah Kaul Festival 2014 logo is expected to be launched on April 12, and Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem is scheduled to launch the festival on April 26.

“We invite all the communities in Sarawak and other visitors, both domestic and international, to join us in this colourful celebration.”

Dr Leo Toyad said in past years the number of foreign tourists attending the festival was insignificant.

“There’s a lack of foreign travellers to Mukah mainly due to accessibility problems.

“But now that civil work has begun for a new airport, we hope to see more foreign tourists coming into Mukah in the near future.”

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