Sarawak aims to set ‘Colours of Harmony’ record with at least 1,000 in ethnic attire at Kuching Waterfront on May 19

Abdul Karim (seated, third left) together with other distinguished guests in a photo after addressing the press conference at DUS Media Room on May 15, 2024.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 15: Sarawak aims to set a Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘most participants wearing ethnic attire in a choreographed dance performance’, titled ‘Colours of Harmony’, featuring at least 1,000 people, this Sunday (May 19) at Kuching Waterfront Square.

Announcing this, Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah urged all Sarawakians and visitors to wake up early and put on their full ethnic gear to be part of this record-breaking occassion and send a powerful message to the world that in Sarawak, “our diversity is our strength”.


“We anticipate at least 1,000 participants, but definitely, the more, the better. Your presence will add to the spirit of unity and celebration that defines ‘Colours of Harmony. Let us celebrate our heritage, embrace our diversity and set a new record together.

“Let ‘Colours of Harmony’ be a shining example of what we can achieve when we come together in the spirit of unity and mutual respect,” he said during a press conference at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly’s (DUS) Media Room today.

This event, which encapsulates the spirit and vibrancy of Sarawak, is organised by The Rotary Club of Kuching in partnership with Kuching North City Hall (DBKU). Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to grace the occasion.

Those interested to be part of this record-making occassion may register via the QR code above.

Abdul Karim emphasised that this endeavour is more than just an attempt to set a record—it is a celebration of global cultural heritage and Malaysia’s unique, diverse, and rich cultural heritage.

“Sarawak itself is home to at least 34 distinct ethnic groups, each contributing to the colourful tapestry that makes our State so special. From the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu to the Malay, Chinese, and Indian communities, we are a living testament to the beauty of multiculturalism.

“This event is a showcase of our unity in diversity. It is an opportunity for us to come together, not just as individuals, but collectively to celebrate and respect each other’s traditions and customs,” he said.

Apart from Sarawakians, the event is also expecting participation of international guests donning their traditional ethnic attire and performing a choreographed dance, highlighting the grace and beauty of Sarawak’s cultural expressions.

Abdul Karim commended The Rotary Club of Kuching and DBKU for their tireless efforts in organising this event, as well as all the participants and supporters who will be coming together to make this event a reality.

“Your enthusiasm and support are what make Sarawak a truly remarkable place,” he added.

Rotary International District 3310 Governor (Sarawak) Dr John Chan encouraged people to be part of the event by registering themselves via the QR code to be counted in the record-making attempt.

“People can also register on-site and it is better to come in full ethnic gear,” he added.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting, permanent secretary to the Ministry Datu Sherrina Hussain, DBKU Mayor Hilmi Othman, Sarawak Arts Council chief executive officer Dayang Mariana Abang Bolhassan, and organising chair Rotary International District 3310 Conference 2024 (DISCON) Mona Abdul Manap were also present. — DayakDaily