Padawan raft safari to go international

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PADAWAN: The Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts will inject funds to help Padawan Raft Safari to be organised and elevated into an international event.

Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the participation of about 100 participants in the 18th edition this year reflected that the event was well received among the public.

Therefore, he said, it is time for Padawan Raft Safari to be held on a larger scale with proper management as well as infrastructure upgrades.

“The ministry will inject funds to make this event a success.

“I want to see Padawan Raft Safari to be on par with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) and other events such as dragon boat race and regatta.”

Abdul Karim, who is also Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development said this during the closing ceremony of Padawan Raft Safari 2022 at Dewan Serbaguna Kampung Git, yesterday (June 26).

He said that by upgrading the safari into an international event, it could bring many foreign participants and the tourism and hospitality sector could benefit as well.

He disclosed that the allocation would be used to upgrade the infrastructure at the event location as well as for organising the event itself.

Abdul Karim also stressed that when organising an international status programme, it must meet the standards so as to not give a bad impression on the event.

In the meantime, the beauty of the flora and fauna in the area should be taken care of because it is a valuable treasure and he called upon the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) alongside the residents to ensure the river is well managed.

At the event, Abdul Karim also presented trophies to the winners of the various events held during the safari.

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