A memorable day at the museum

Written by Aida Nadira

Kuching: It was well worth the effort considering our family of four came all the way on motorbikes from their home in Mile 13 on Sunday to visit the Borneo Cultural Museum (BCM) here in the city centre.

To my utter surprise, I was told that one of my daughters, 9-year-old Noor Shaziatul Amani, was the lucky visitor that day.

However, the family had no idea what it meant, but at the urging of Noor Shaziatul and her younger brother, Noor Derisha Afia, they began touring the museum.

At their urging, their father Mohd Sharil Muhirin, a 36-year-old contractor, was the first to take them on a motorbike, along with his wife Noor Azila Mohd Ali Kenapia.

So it was a complete surprise that fulfilling a child’s wish to go to a museum could be so rewarding.

Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamza (third from left) and his wife Datin Seri Zulaini Abdul Jabar (third from right), Sarawak Museum Director Nancy Jorhi (second from left) and other Sarawak Museum staff pose for a photo with Mohd Sharil Muhirin (4th from left) and his family, the millionth visitor to the Borneo Cultural Museum.

Noor Shaziatul, who became the museum’s one millionth visitor since its opening in 2022, was presented with a Samsung smartphone and tablet.

Mohd Shahril said it was his first time visiting the museum with his family.

“So, in response to the children’s wishes to visit the museum, we decided to take them here today (April 21),” he told reporters who met him at the museum.

“I’m still in shock because I didn’t know we would be the one millionth visitor to this museum,” he said.

His wife, Noor Ajira, 34, said museum staff clapped their hands when they arrived, but she had no idea what was happening.

“I was told that my daughter was lucky today, so we started touring the museum,” Assistant Kemas said.

After touring the museum for more than an hour, the family was surprised and told they were the one millionth visitor to the museum.

Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamza, who was present to welcome the family, presented gifts to the family.

Other gifts to families included T-shirts, mugs, tumblers and tote bags.

The family was then invited to a luncheon at BCM restaurant along with the minister and other dignitaries.

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