Pesta Ujud shines spotlight on Kg Kelka heritage, art, and culture

Among activities held at Pesta Ujud was the slippery pole climbing event.

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KUCHING, July 25: Pesta Ujud is among the new attractions designed to attract tourists to Simunjan and Sarawak in general.

According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) report, Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Dato Sri Nancy Shukri stated that Pesta Ujud also provides a new way to highlight the area’s heritage, culture, and art programmes.

Nancy, who is also the Batang Sadong MP, expressed optimism that Pesta Ujud will become a landmark event of Kampung Kelka village residents in Simunjan and generate additional income for them.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us to improve ourselves by learning many new ways to attract domestic and foreign tourists to our place,” she said on Sunday (July 24) at the closing ceremony for the second edition of Pesta Ujud at the Kampung Kelka hall in Simunjan.

Meanwhile, Simunjan assemblyman Awla Dris noted that this year’s Pesta Ujud has been running since July 16 in conjunction with the 59th anniversary of Sarawak’s independence.

He added that various activities and events such as fishing, “mento senek” (catching prawns), pillow-fights, slippery pole climbing, and many more were held to add to the festivities. — DayakDaily