Minos (left) with Tourism Malaysia officials at Bung Bratak.

KUCHING: Tourism Malaysia Sarawak Office will promote Bung Bratak Heritage Centre (BBHC) overseas through its worldwide offices, says Bung Bratak Heritage Association (BBHA) chairman Datuk Peter Minos.

He briefed seven Tourism Malaysia officials during their visit to Bung Bratak on Thursday (Oct 22).

He touched on the centre’s interesting history, the sentimental and cultural value of the place to the Bidayuhs of the Jagoi-Bratak area in Bau and Lundu, and what Bung Bratak had to offer tourists and visitors.

“What attracted the Tourism Malaysia officials the most was how the Bidayuhs from Sungkong came and settled at Bung Bratak over 750 years ago,” he said in a recent statement.

He said they were also impressed by the living nature at the Bidayuh historical site, including the primary tropical forests, flora and fauna, the waterfall, and the beautiful mountain scenery, in addition to the Bidayuh cultural heritage with the two longhouses, baruk, and the bamboo bridge.

According to Minos, the Tourism Malaysia officials had commented that the place was ‘very local, very original, and very authentic – foreign tourists will love them all’ and that foreign especially Western tourists loved living nature and the natural environment rather than cities as they had grown tired of the latter.

“If and when the funds are available, the very summit of Bung Bratak will be turned into a viewing and camping area, being flat and the size of a football field.

“It will be a hit for campers, especially the adventurous youths eager to enjoy nature and roughing it out.”