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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, April 6: The vast array of arts and cultures from the various ethnic groups in the state, particularly in Miri, can help lure more tourists, opined Assistant Minister for Tourism, Art and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
In saying this at the launching of Association of Artists and Visual Arts Miri (PPSVM) at Pustaka Miri today, Lee vowed to help make Miri a city of arts and culture as part of his ministry’s efforts to rope in more tourists.
“I believe with the launching of the association, it will help develop and promotes tourism activities more effectively.
“Miri is a unique city in Sarawak. As we all know, Sarawak has it all, 27 different ethnic groups, and Miri is home to these groups,” he reminded those present.
Lee said there was a need to organise more events and activities; otherwise, tourists and visitors would be bored while here.
At the event, Lee pledged RM5,000 to PPSVM for its activities. He said the state government was always supportive of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that aimed to help promote tourism.
PPSVM, headed by Noel Belulok, was registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) on Oct 9 last year. It is formed by a group of arts and craft enthusiasts with the aim of promoting locals arts. — DayakDaily