Bako National Park’s water supply issue resolved, says Sarawak tourism minister

Abdul Karim (fourth right) presents a prize to one of the winners of the Squid Jigging Competition at Bako Suntong Festival held in Kampung Bako on June 4, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, June 4: The issue of fresh water supply for overnight visitors at Bako National Park has been resolved, says Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said the swift action to resolve such an issue was necessary as the Sarawak government places great importance on visitors’ first impression of the national park.


“When they come here to stay in our chalets at Bako National Park or other national parks, issues such as a lack of running water and poor facilities would quickly become viral on social media.

“We do not want Sarawak’s image to be tarnished as a result of the facilities provided not reaching a satisfactory level,” he said when answering a reporter’s query after officiating the closing ceremony of Bako Suntong Festival in Kampung Bako here today.

Previously, Bako National Park has had a history of water supply disruption issues which could affect the number of visitors to the park.

At the same time, Abdul Karim commended the organisation of the inaugural Bako Suntong Festival, stating that the ministry will continue to support any new programmes that could help promote Bako as a tourist attraction.

“For first time events, we would usually look at the public’s reception and feedback.

“If it is good and will be held again next year, we will consider including the event into the Sarawak Tourism Calendar in the next three or four years,” he emphasised.

Also present were Demak Laut assemblyman Datuk Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, MTCP permanent secretary Sherrina Hussaini, Kuching Resident Dayang Joanita Azizah Abang Morshidi and Kuching District Officer Sofhi Jebal. — DayakDaily