Sabah CM: cultural bodies must work with Tourism Board to promote ethnic groups, heritage

SIPITANG, March 30 – Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal wants the cultural associations of every community in the state to cooperate further with the Sabah Tourism Board.

He said this would enable their unique and distinct ethnic heritage to be promoted to tourists, thus attracting more visitors to their specific districts.

“Cooperation is important so that tourists can see the uniqueness of their various ethnic cultures, not just during times when festivals are organised.

“In addition, we also want the cultural heritage of every ethnic community in Sabah to be well guarded,” he told reporters after opening the 14th Sabah Irau Rayeh Lundayeh cultural celebrations here, which was also attended by Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob,  Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedict and Sabah Lundayeh Cultural Association president Datuk Pengiran Lalung.

At the event, Mohd Shafie also approved an allocation of RM400,000 to the Sabah Lundayeh Cultural Association to organise various activities.

Meanwhile, at another ceremony, Mohd Shafie announced an RM2 million allocation to build the Sipitang District Information Centre.

The information centre will be designed as a gallery where relevant literature and historical information, including the names of Sipitang leaders from the time of the British occupation.

Article appeared on Bernama.