Sarawak’s ‘Ketek’ food delivery app breaks barriers as first in world to offer Iban language option

The Ketek app team poses for a group photo at the Ketek Application Pre-Launch Ceremony held at a hotel in Kuching on Feb 24, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Feb 25: Sarawak’s food delivery application (app), ‘Ketek’, has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first delivery service app to include Iban as one of its preferred languages.

According to a news report released yesterday (Feb 24) by the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), the app was created by a Sarawakian who was inspired by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg after the ‘ketek ajak’ trend went viral.

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the app, Nur Suhardy Yakop, mentioned that the app is named ‘Ketek’ to enhance the digital economy in Sarawak.

He went on to say that the addition was carefully considered based on the needs and distribution of Sarawak’s population, primarily the Iban people, to make reservations easier via the Ketek app.

Ukas quoted Nur Suhardy as saying this at the Ketek Application Pre-Launch Ceremony at a hotel here yesterday (Feb 24).

During the same event, Qadafi Johari, the co-founder of the Ketek app, stated that the app’s delivery coverage will extend throughout Sarawak, including rural areas.

“For everyone’s information, we will start from Kuching to Lawas, including providing coverage in rural areas such as villages that have never previously received delivery service coverage like this,” he explained.

As stated in the news report, the Ketek app has received positive responses from Sarawakians interested in becoming a sender or ‘runner’ for the new application.

It is understood that the application not only delivers food but also grocery items, pharmacy items such as medicines, and courier packages.

Meanwhile, Nur Suhardy stated that the application will be developed and expanded to Sabah, Brunei Darussalam, Kalimantan, and eventually to the states of Peninsular Malaysia. — DayakDaily