Deputy Premier wants all efforts made to put Betong on tourism map as must-visit destination

Uggah (front, second right) rings the gong to officially launch the Gawai Dayak Open House at Rh Anyie Rajit, Matop, Paku Spaoh, while others look on today (June 9 2023).

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by Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, June 9: Deputy Premier Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas wants Betong to be on the map for tourism destinations and to attract more visitors to enhance the division’s socio-economic status.

He said that he will speak to Minister of Tourism Dato Sri Tiong Ting King to make it a reality as this would enhance the socio-economic status of the division so that its residents may benefit from it.

“We also want Betong to be a production house for the traditional handicraft of the Iban community, especially in the making of traditional woven clothing and other unique crafts from the area.

Uggah said this before officiating at the Gawai Dayak Open House at Rumah Anyie Rajit Matop Paku, Spaoh organised by Sarawak Tourism Federation today.

He continued to say that the government would also want to make a miniature fort at the famous Bukit Sadok as another tourism attraction.

“This is to commemorate the brave Iban warrior chief Rentap, who fought and retaliated against the Brooke administration during the 19th century.

Uggah also hoped that new leaders and the younger generation would continue to develop Betong and bring better social and economic prosperity to the division through culture and arts.

“With this tourism attraction, we can showcase our way of life and share with the rest the world our culture and tradition as we live in unity and harmony. This would further show what is the true meaning of ‘Segulai Sejalai’ and ensure that we all prosper in the country.

Earlier, Uggah and guests were welcomed in full Iban tradition by longhouse folks, where he also witnessed the traditional ‘miring’ ceremony being carried out by a ceremonial bard.

Also present were Deputy Minister of Tourism and Entrepreneur Development Dato Gerald Rentap Jabu, Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu, Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Gramong, former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, the event’s organising chairman Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat and community leader Temenggong Richard Mulok. — DayakDaily