Local council wants to develop Samarahan as centre for culture, F&B tourism

Dato Peter Minos

KUCHING, Dec 12: Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) aims to develop potential tourism products in Samarahan to be on par with other urban centres in Sarawak, with culture and food and beverages at its focus.

MPKS chairman Dato Peter Minos said in terms of population, Samarahan consists of Malays, Melanaus, Bugis, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Chinese and Orang Ulu.

This, he said, means that the multi-racial Samarahan division is rich in cultures, as well as has a wide range of food and beverages.

“That is why MPKS organised the Samarahan Food and Cultural Festival (SFCF) starting Dec 10 to Dec 16.

“The festival has been attracting thousands of people from all over the place. Despite the rain, people just flock to the festival site so MPKS is happy to see their attendance,” he said in a statement today.

Minos said the SFCF is just one of the early steps taken by MPKS to boost the tourism sector in Samarahan with the focus on nature, culture and food.

“We are starting (the efforts) now and give us time–we can do it.

“By 2023, I can foresee Samarahan will rival any city in Sarawak, not just as an educational and healthcare hub but also a centre for agriculture and tourism. Samarahan has everything for the above to take shape and happen,” he added. — DayakDaily