Thursday, March 26, 2015

India boost next for Sabah tourism

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman expressed confidence that the visit of popular dance troupe from India would go a long way to strengthen the cultural ties between the two countries.

He said festivals such as this showcased the diversity that we have in Malaysia, particularly in the state of Sabah.

“We live in harmony despite our diversity and it is my hope that we will all continue to appreciate the different traditions that each community brings, adding vibrancy and strength to the Malaysia fabric,” he said.

Sabah too can introduce its unique cultures to India as the state is a melting pot of over 30 ethnic groups, the Chief Minister said in a speech delivered by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun during the Festival of India in Malaysia – Folk Dance and Music from Punjab (Bhangra and Gidda) at the Culture and Arts Complex (JKKN) here on Tuesday night.

Organised by the Ministry of Culture, India and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the dance troupe from India showcased here for the first time in Malaysia the Bhangra and Gidda Folk Dance from Punjab.

Speaking to reporters later, Masidi said the dance festival has opened the eyes to look further to India as it has lots of potential to further develop Sabah tourism sector.