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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Oct 25: Film tourism can attract foreign direct investments (FDI) and thus contribute to the Sarawak economy, says Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap.
Yap stated this on Monday night (Oct 24) during the Sarawak Invitational Creative Arts and Film Tourism Awards Festival (SICAFA) 2022, which was held at an eatery here.
“I am impressed by the Sarawak Artistic, Entertainment, and Creative Association’s (Persatuan Kesenian Hiburan Dan Kreatif Sarawak) efforts to promote film tourism as one of Malaysia’s sub-industries through SICAFA 2022.
“This type of event is not easy to organise because it requires a large financial commitment, and I understand that it takes a lot of effort for a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
“Promoting creative economy is analogous to “it takes two to tango”, in which every NGO must work hand in hand with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to develop new economic sectors that benefit society as a whole,” he asserted.
Yap, also Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Kota Sentosa branch chairman, went on to say that organising an event centred on the creative economy and culture is a good way to foster collaboration between industry leaders and the government.
“I have high hopes that close collaboration between NGOs and the GPS government will be expanded in order to stimulate the economic growth ecosystem for the sake of Sarawak’s prosperity and the wellbeing of our people from all walks of life,” he added.
Meanwhile, SICAFA chairman Abdul Malik Abdullah announced that the SICAFA2022 Gala Dinner will take place on Dec 16 at the Dewan Baitulmal Kuching.
Also present at the event was Persatuan Kesenian Hiburan Dan Kreatif Sarawak president Benny Jeremiah, Anas Popcorn chief executive officer (CEO) Kawi Li, and participants from Sabah, West Malaysia, and Kalimantan. — DayakDaily