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KUCHING, Nov 6: Kuchingnites took to social media to express their excitement over the visit of Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to the Cat City today.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Kuching International Airport at around 1.30pm on a British Royal Air Force aircraft.
“We are excited that Sarawak is chosen as part of the British royal couple’s seven-day official visit to Malaysia,” wrote Rainforest Fringe Festival on its Facebook page.
A video of the royal couple’s arrival at Kuching International Airport was also uploaded on social media by Facebook user Shahrul Sabaruddin at https://www.facebook.com/shahrul.sabaruddin.7.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are scheduled to visit Sarawak Culture Village, a unique award-winning living museum on the foothills of Mount Santubong at Damai Beach.
The seven-hectare site combines history, tradition, lifestyle and architecture, and is equipped with seven unique traditional houses to educate visitors on Sarawak, its people and their cultures.
Receiving the royal couple were Sarawak Economic Development Corporation chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain and Sarawak Culture Village general manager Jane Lian Labang.
The prince also had a 15-minute private dialogue session with six community leaders representing the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Malay and Chinese communities.
After Sarawak Culture Village, Charles is scheduled to tour Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) at around 340pm, while Camilla proceeds to the Old Court House in the city to meet representatives of a non-governmental organisation, Purple Lily.
Founded four years ago, Purple Lily’s mission is to “inspire and empower women and girls to thrive and shine” by providing life skills training and financial education.
Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which is the biggest orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sarawak, was established in 1975 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned orangutans.
The rehabilitated animals roam freely in the rainforest and usually return to the centre at feeding time.
About 1.3km away from the rehabilitation centre is SBC, set up in 1998 to initiate programmes for the conservation, utilisation, protection and sustainable development of biodiversity in the state. — Dayak Daily