Friday, October 09, 2015

2015 Borneo Bead Carnival launched at Sabah Museum

KOTA KINABALU: Bead makers in Sabah have been urged to explore the potential of marketing their product outside of the State.

“We have to look at the potential outside of Sabah when we are in business…we need to go beyond our border and it is a natural progression to expand our business,” said Tourism, Culture and Environment minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, in his speech yesterday at the launch of the 2015 Borneo Bead Carnival held at the Sabah Museum Complex near here.

He also said that Sabah bead works were popular with West Malaysians, and this signified the potential of the Sabah beads to be marketed in Peninsular Malaysia. He added that he will be having a meeting with the board of directors of the Sabah Tourism Board to look into ways to expand their marketing forays into West Malaysia.

“The domestic market is still under exploited…it is the opportunity for us to expand the bead business, which is sought after by West Malaysians,” he said.

In his speech, Masidi also called on bead makers in Sabah to forge networking with their counterparts from other parts of the Borneo isle. He urged them to acquire some knowledge from bead makers of Kalimantan.

At the same time, he also commented that the State Museum needed to do more to attract visitors to visit the facility.

“Perhaps the museum could be more creative in promoting its exhibits,” he said.

He added that there were not many people visiting the museum and urged Sabahans to adopt the ways of Europeans, who visit museums for knowledge and to learn about past histories of the local inhabitants.

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