Celebrating the women of Sarawak

Organising committee members and members of both associations along with Lau (seated, fifth left) and Liu (seated, sixth left).

KUCHING: An event called ‘Sarawakian Maidens, Culturally Beautiful — Photography Competition and Charity Dinner’ will be held to celebrate Sarawak’s multicultural women in conjunction with the 110th International Women’s Day.

According to organising chairperson Liu Moi Kiaw, the charity dinner and competition finale will take place at 6.30pm on March 8 at SJK Chung Hua No 3’s assembly hall.

The event is promoted by the Sarawak Federation of Chinese Women Association and organised by the Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Serian Pan Chern Liew Clan Association’s Women Section.

She explained that the multi-ethnic costume photography competition is open to all Sarawakians aged 18 and above and divided into five ethnicity categories — Malay, Chinese, Dayak, Orang Ulu, and Indian costumes.

“In each category, the first, second, and third winners will each get RM600, RM500, and RM400 respectively — to be presented during the charity dinner,” Liu said during a press conference at Kingwood Inn yesterday.

As part of the publicity for the photography competition, she said participants would perform a catwalk show along the Darul Hana Bridge at 7.30am on the morning of the day of the event.

She said that each participant was required to submit a registration form with a fee of RM150 — which includes one VIP dinner ticket, catwalk performance, professional photograph session, one photograph, and hair styling.

“The closing date for registration is January 10, and the photograph shooting will be done on January 11 and 12 from 9am to 5pm at Maison Monica, Jalan Tun Jugah branch,” she said, adding that each participant must provide their own traditional costume and styling.

Organising committee members and members of both associations along with Lau (seated, fifth left) and Liu (seated, sixth left).

Meanwhile, on the charity dinner, Liu said, “We are targeting approximately 100 tables for the charity dinner. Dinner tickets are priced at RM60 per seat for VIP tables and RM80 per seat for VVIP tables.”

She said that the guest of honour at the charity dinner will be Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Sarawak Federation of Chinese Women Association president Lau Chiew Eng said that in conjunction with International Women’s Day, her association aimed to promote local multi-ethnic culture, strengthen relationships among women of different races, and create opportunities to communicate and form strong bonds.

“We hope through this International Women’s Day event, women will be encouraged to participate, celebrate, and foster bonds to establish racial harmony,” she said.

Tickets to the charity dinner are now available for reservation. Those who are interested can contact Lau (013-801-9699) or Liu (016-809-6599).