Kuching Heritage Week expected to boost tourism in city

Muda Hashim Garage Sale organising chairman Dzamaluddin Zainuddin (second left) presenting a souvenir tshirt to Abang Johari (centre) together with other event organising members.

KUCHING, March 24: The state government will be launching the Kuching Heritage Week next week to promote some of its historically and culturally rich sites and locations.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced that this is an effort by the state government to promote tourism attractions within Kuching City which are located mostly in Satok, Gambier Road, and Main Bazaar all the way to Padungan.

“We have also upgraded some facilities in these areas. Recently we have opened the new Masjid Bandaraya floating mosque, which is one of the main attractions within the Kuching Heritage site,” he said during the launching of Muda Hashim Garage Sale at Jalan Kulas in Satok on Saturday night.

Other big makeovers that the state government will implement is the renovation of the old Brooke Dockyard into a trading and shopping centre, as well as the extension of the Kuching Waterfront all the way to Kampung Masjid and Kampung Bintangor.

On top of that, the state government’s effort to initiate the electric bus service as well as the hydrogen bus service sometime after the end of April would also encourage more visitors and tourists to travel with convenience to more places within the Kuching Heritage sites.

He said with the Kuching Heritage sites attracting more visitors and tourists, this would mean more people would be looking to buy souvenirs within the heritage sites.

Abang Johari speaking during the opening ceremony of Muda Hashim Garage Sale.

“They will be looking for handicrafts like ‘kain keringkam’ and traditional cakes and food especially in Satok.

“This is an opportunity for you to earn income as well as to delve into the world of trading and business,” said Abang Johari.

In relation to that, the Satok assemblyman encouraged his constituents to embrace e-commerce and online trading, including the usage of Sarawak Pay as a cashless payment method in line with the state’s digital economy policy.

Abang Johari suggested the Muda Hashim Garage Sale organisers to organise seminars to educate and encourage Satok constituents interested in trading and doing businesses to use technology and online business methods.

This he said would not only help streamline their businesses but also can help market their products widely especially overseas through online means. — DayakDaily