Abg Jo joins festival-goers at RWMF

Abang Johari (centre) playing a traditional percussion as Abdul Karim (second left) and others look on.

By Wilfred Pilo and Emellia Tamoh

KUCHING, July 13: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg joined thousand others to enjoy the second day Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).

He expressed content that the iconic festival, into its 22nd consecutive year, continues to attract a large crowd.

“The key attraction for visitors is still our harmonious culture in Sarawak. That is our strength,” he told reporters at the music festival here today.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was present.

Abang Johari admiring the various products at the Craft Bazaar, while speaking to Sarawak beads expert and honorary beads curator, Heidi Munan.

Abang Johari was also content with the vast improvement in facilities for the RWMF, as well as the upgrading of the many cultural buildings and concert venues at SCV.

Assuring that the state government will continue to support RWMF, he emphasis the need to upgrade facilities at SCV for the safety and comfort of visitors.

One such upgrade in the future would include the Internet and Wi-Fi facilities in the area, he reiterated.

We have retained the original design of the walk ways at SCV and we ensure safety measures of the facilities, as well as making it very accommodative for tourists and visitors.

“We have plans to upgrade the facilities, especially at the end of the walkways to create better environment. At the same time, Sacofa will boost the Wi-Fi facilities in this area,” Abang Johari said.

The chief minister added that other events leading to the RWMF had attracted good response and visitors, such as the “rainforest in the city”.

He also visited the craft bazaar prior to the RWMF concert.

RWMF 2019 celebrates diverse music genres, cultures and heritage, as well as interactive participation in a host of music tutorials alongside arts and crafts workshop.

The three-day culture-filled event ends tomorrow. — DayakDaily