Largest Sarawak themed mural maze at BCCK enters Malaysia Book of Records at 1,380sqm long

A collage of the largest Sarawak themed mural maze now on display at BCCK. Photo credit: BESarawak and BCCK

KUCHING, June 7: The largest Sarawak themed mural maze, which is set up at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), has set a new record in the Malaysia Book of Records with 1,380sqm in length, which was previously 1,370sqm.

Today, according to Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts (Creative Industry and Performing Arts) Deputy Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan, everyone will witness a significant achievement that will make Sarawakians proud.

He congratulated Absolute Cool Event and their strategic partners on the mural project, which was completed in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts Sarawak, and Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak).

“Today, we are all looking forward to the announcement of another record in the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Largest Sarawak Themed Mural Painting’.

“This is another exciting moment after my Ministry, in collaboration with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), entered the Malaysia Book of Records with the 76-hour non-stop ‘Bermukun’ performance last week,” he said today at the closing ceremony of the event at BCCK here.

Snowdan was representing Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the event.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Sarawak permanent secretary Hii Chang Kii (first left), Malaysia Book of Records chief operating officer (COO) Christopher Wong, Snowdan (third left), and others during the closing ceremony of Malaysia’s largest Sarawak themed mural maze painting at BCCK.

“Famed for its spectacular national parks and biodiversity, Sarawak is also known for its unique arts and cultural identity.

“This mural arts initiative was inspired by Sarawak’s amazing plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals (CANFF),” he said.

He went on to say that mural arts were known for their potential to create a collective thought space that can initiate dialogue about a subject or community issue by depicting it.

“It has the power to capture the spirit of local communities by enhancing the community’s social consciousness.

“In this context, it expresses and communicates Sarawak’s cultural identity,” he explained.

According to Snowdan, who quoted Abdul Karim’s speech, the Ministry involved student artists in this event to teach cultural appreciation and instill the next generation with a more robust understanding and appreciation of significant historical elements in the development and progress of local communities.

He added that at the same time, the students were encouraged to seek diverse approaches to contribute to their heritage preservation.

“My special thanks to the student artists from University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS: Faculty of Built Environment & Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM) Cawangan Samarahan, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, UCSI University Kuching Campus, and the University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) for their efforts in the accomplishment of this mural project.

“Let’s not forget the talents from the Sarawak Society for the Deaf who have also contributed to this endeavour.

“I am delighted to know that the voluntary donation collected on June 6 amounted to RM6,515.00,” he pointed out.

“For those who haven’t had the chance to come, we have one more day until tomorrow, June 8, to pay a visit and show your support.

“Once again, my heartfelt congratulations to the Absolute Cool Event, the organizer, and thank you to all the participating universities, the media, and the corporate sectors for giving their full support for this meaningful event,” he remarked. — DayakDaily