Bujang Berani documentary to debut on Sarawak day

Suhaimi Sulaiman

KUCHING: A new documentary series titled Bujang Berani which depict stories of Sarawak’s war heroes will make its debut on TVS next Thursday, in conjunction with the Sarawak Day celebration.

Yusmal Ghazali

The six-part documentary produced by Yusmal Ghazali aims to give its audience a stimulus of what the Sarawak Rangers experienced during their time in warfare.

Yusmal said the documentary will feature recollections from Sarawak war veterans on the communist insurgency in Sarawak involving the North Kalimantan Communist Party.

“Bujang Berani will have six episodes with 30 minutes of runtime each. I chose to produce Bujang Berani as I want the community to realise the sacrifices of those before us in protecting the sovereignty of the nation.

“If people know about the sacrifices they have made, they will appreciate our heroes better,” he said.

TVS chief executive officer Suhaimi Sulaiman said the debut of Bujang Berani was part of the network’s special coverage of the annual celebration.

“Sarawak Day is an important day in remembering the sacrifices of our forefathers and leaders. We want to commemorate this day with several special programmes,” he said in a virtual press conference today.

He also pointed that besides the Bujang Berani documentary, other programmes have also been scheduled in conjunction with the upcoming Sarawak Day.

“We have a special episode of the Ghazpirasi talk show which will feature Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, as well as community-building programmes such as ‘Above and Beyond’ and ‘From Sarawak with Love’,” he said.

Suhaimi also said the network is welcoming suggestions on future TV programmes through Pitch-It, to diversify the variety of content for their growing audience.

Meanwhile, to a question, Suhaimi said TVS’ current viewership has reached more than 7 million in audience reach while adding that the network has garnered the interest of viewers from Malaya.

“We believe with the speciality and uniqueness we have in Sarawak, we can package it with good storytelling which the audience can relate,” he said.