Monday, July 18, 2016

Borneo Cultural Festival - Malay/Melanau pavilion set to enthral visitors

SIBU: The Malay/Melanau Pavilion at Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) 2016 is set to mesmerise the crowds by showcasing the communities’ rich culture and tradition from July 21 till 27 at Sibu Town Square Phase 1.

The Pavilion working committee chairman Ibrahim Laili told reporters yesterday that a host of programmes had been lined up to excite visitors.

“The Malay/Melanau Pavilion this year differs slightly from that of last year as there would be more emphasis on traditional performances. There would also be a ‘Silat’ demonstration besides live band performance. BCF Star Idol to unearth new singing talent would be held on the closing night of the pavilion on July 27,” Ibrahim said,

adding that the stage performance starts from 8pm till 11pm nightly.

He pointed out that Assistant Minister for Science Research and Biotechnology Dr Annuar Rapaee would grace the opening of the Malay/Melanau Pavilion on July 22, while Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, is expected to officiate at the closing on July 27.

Adding on, Ibrahim revealed that the procession for BCF 2016 would be on July 21 at 6.30pm involving all the pavilions namely: Chinese, Dayak, Malay/Melanau and Youth.

Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh is expected to lead the procession.

Going into details of the programme, Ibrahim said Malay Union Club (MUC) and ‘Melayu-Melanau Bersatu’ (MMB) would man the stage on July 21.

He said the topics for that night’s performance are ‘Melestari Tradisi Melayu’ and Malay traditional wedding.