Sarawak International 4×4 Jamboree returns with more participating countries

Some 4x4 trucks during last year's Sarawak International 4x4 Jamboree.

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KUCHING, Sept 9: Off-road four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle enthusiasts are in for a treat as the Sarawak 4×4 Travel and Adventure Club (Sakta) is organising the fourth Sarawak International 4×4 Jamboree 2019 slated for Sept 12, 2019.

A statement from Sakta said the jamboree, to be flagged off by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at 7am that day at the old Bintulu Airport in Bintulu, will see some 180 4WD vehicles with 430 participants from 12 countries.

They will be travelling through the districts of Tatau, Sebauh, Tubau and Belaga with a night stay at Long Bangan Kenyah longhouse, and end the journey with a dinner back in Bintulu town on September 15, 2019.

One of the 4×4 trucks braving the testing off-road track during last year’s Sarawak International 4×4 Jamboree.

“The first Sarawak International 4×4 Jamboree was held in 2016 with 55 vehicles participating. The following year saw 70 vehicles. For the third Jamboree last year, 180 vehicles and 480 participants from all ages, from as young as 18 years old to 72 from six countries to make it one of the most memorable jamborees thus far,” said Sakta.

Sakta was founded in 2005 and officially registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in 2007.

The club has been able to continue to organise the jamboree as an internationally recognised “Gateway to Adventure Nature” 4WD event for Sarawak.

This event is also endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Participants taking a break mid road during 2018 Sarawak International 4×4 Jamboree.

Acknowledged as the international 4×4’s prestigious event in the state, it opens up opportunities for more enthusiasts throughout Sarawak, Sabah, West Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, United Kingdom, United State, Philippines, France, Canada and beyond to share the passion of negotiating through rugged off-road trails and tracks, and enjoy the serenity of unspoilt natural, cultural and historical places of Sarawak from one division to another.

“The harder, more challenging to reach are part of the thrills that participants eagerly awaited,” said Sakta. — DayakDaily