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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Oct 3: The federal government has allocated RM5 million to upgrade tourism facilities at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).
Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Minister Dato Sri Nancy Shukri said the allocation was part of RM20 million approved under the Provision of Special Project Facilities—“Projects under the Cultural Villages”—which aims to repair and upgrade tourism facilities featuring cultural villages in four different States, namely Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu and Melaka.
“Of that amount, a total of RM5 million has been allocated to SCV to upgrade infrastructure and further strengthen its position as one of the main cultural tourism attractions in the State besides improving safety, image and comfort for its visitors.
“Motac has been tasked with coordinating these projects, while the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has been appointed as the implementing agency at the Sarawak State level,” she said at a press conference during her work visit to SCV here today.
Upgrading works in SCV will begin in mid-October and are expected to be completed by June 2022.
“The implementation of this project will be able to further improve the quality of facilities around SCV. I hope it is able to attract the interest of tourists and visitors to visit SCV to see for themselves the unique products available here,” Nancy added.
At the same time, SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain through a live video conference during the event announced the reopening of the village in conjunction with the nation and Sarawak entering Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan.
“Syukur alhamdullilah, Sarawak Cultural Village is now open to the public who must comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which include only fully vaccinated visitors being allowed to enter this living museum.
“I am pleased to announce that we are offering special promotion rates to both locals and non-Sarawakian visitors until end of 2021.
“During this promotion period, the entrance fee for Sarawakians is only RM20 per adult while the rates for non-Sarawakians is only RM60. Visitors may buy the ticket through the official website www.scv.com.my,” he added.
Also present were State Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Motac secretary-general Datuk Wira Dr Noor Zari Hamat, MTAC permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee and SEDC general manager Abdul Hadi Abdul Kadir. — DayakDaily