Minister says tourism and culture are essential for Malaysian economic growth

Mr Ting (seated, second from the right) led the “draining” ceremony, accompanied by Semprai (seated, right) and Theo (seated, second from the left).

SIBU (April 27): Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato’ Seri Tiong King Singh said the tourism and cultural sector plays an important role in the growth of Malaysia’s economy.

He said tourists, especially foreign tourists, who visit Malaysia will leave with great memories and experiences thanks to Malaysian hospitality.

“In this regard, I would like to appeal to all community leaders, department heads, federal and state government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and all the people of Durin Bazaar to support our art, culture and national We urge you to continue strengthening and preserving your heritage.

“This is an irreplaceable treasure that will be passed down to the next generation and will serve as a catalyst for tourism based on cultural heritage,” he said at the opening ceremony of the Durin Cultural Carnival 2024 held today along the riverside of Durin Bazaar. said.

His speech was read on his behalf by Sarawak Chief Minister Joshua Ting’s political secretary. Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) chairman Semprai Petrus Ngerai, SRDC secretary Ng Siang Wei and carnival organizing committee chairman Datuk Teo Boon Siew were also present.

Tiong, who is also the Bintulu Member of Parliament, said Malaysia’s diversity and multiculturalism make it a popular international tourist destination.

He therefore welcomed any proposal to include the Durin Cultural Carnival in Sarawak’s tourism calendar, similar to the Borneo Cultural Festival.

“Borneo, and Sarawak in particular, is known worldwide for its rich biodiversity, and it is our responsibility to showcase and protect this beautiful treasure. To achieve this goal, we need the federal government and “It requires close cooperation and efforts between state governments and all stakeholders, including NGOs and individuals,” he said.

Ms Tiong believed the three-day carnival would strengthen the spirit of unity and unity among people of different races and religions.

“We hope that this event will make a big difference, especially in terms of economic development, to encourage young talents in Durin. It will also bring more local residents, even if on a small scale, The hope is that they will start businesses,” he said.

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