Abdul Karim upbeat ‘D’Drift’ will trigger positive tourism impact

Abdul Karim (front row, third from left) flags off the DayakDaily D'Drift team this morning (June 29, 2020) together with (from left) Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd manager (Fleet and Vehicle Sales - East Malaysia) Andrew Law, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii and others.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 29: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes that the DayakDaily programme called ‘D’Drift’ will trigger something interesting for his ministry and related agencies can adapt it to promote Sarawak’s natural and cultural heritage.

“I’m made to understand that a team from DayakDaily which plans to go down to the ground to see potential new areas which I hope from your write-ups later on, your videos and your pictures will trigger something.

“That you will pick up and we, on our part will try to develop, whether it is from the ministry (of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports), whether it’s from STB (Sarawak Tourism Board), whether it’s from Sarawak Forestry Corporation, whether it’s from the Forestry Department and (from) those that are looking after our heritage.

“It will trigger something big and I hope you will uncover it and we will pick it up,” Abdul Karim said in an exclusive interview with DayakDaily at his office here recently.

He reiterated that Sarawak has many ecotourism products which he planned to develop such as the Ramsar site Kuching Wetlands National Park, fireflies and others that can attract niche markets to Sarawak.

“I’m very happy to see that DayakDaily is very passionate about this (heritage). I’m not trying to compare DayakDaily with the others, but I must say that those in DayakDaily will call me up and come over to interview me about things like this.

“And those in DayakDaily are very passionate about what I’m passionate about such as our heritage and our culture and about Sarawakians’ rights.

“And I can see that you are not just sitting down in the office doing interviews. You are making arrangements to go to the ground, visiting certain areas which are potential tourism products,” he added. — DayakDaily.