S4S to organise Sarawak Carnival to celebrate Sarawak Day on July 22

Organising chairperson Sylvia John Gomek at a press conference with other members of the organising committee.-dayakdaily.com

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KUCHING: Civil rights movement, Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) to Sarawak Carnival featuring native handicrafts , authentic native dishes and a gathering of big bikes in conjunction with Sarawak Day celebration at the compound of Telang Usan Hotel on July 22.

Organising chairperson Sylvia John Gomek said today workshops will also be held on Sarawak traditional handicrafts from the Iban, Orang Ulu, Bidayuh, Malay and Chinese and the history of Sarawak.

She said Alim Mideh will give a talk on the history of Sarawak at the workshop.

Sylvia said a fee of RM25 will be charged for an adult and RM15 for a student to participate in the handicraft workshop and a talk on Sarawak history.

“We will also have a big bike gathering, expected to be participated by 100 big bikers, to be led by Francis James Noew,” Sylvia told reporters.

She said stalls will be set up to sell the handicrafts, food and drinks and beauty products.

Later in the evening, dinner will be held with local live band Soul Staz in attendance and a fashion show by designers to showcase local designs.

Sylvia said dinner tickets, costing RM35 each, are available from members of the organising committee.

She urged members of the public to come to the Sarawak Carnival as it marks an important historical event in Sarawak.

“When we launched the campaign for the Sarawak Day in 2013 until 2016, our message was about the significance of July 22 for the present and future generations to remember,” she said, adding that talks, forums, Independence walks and bicycle rides were held in the campaign to promote awareness on the historical importance of July 22 to Sarawak.

She said over 500 rights activists, not only from Sarawak but also Sabah, came to celebrate Sarawak Day at Padang Merdeka in 2013 and last year, it was a flag-raising ceremony, led by Lina Soo.

Sylvia said the Sarawak Day in Serian was called off after it was stopped by the police and the local authority last year.-dayakdaily.com