KUCHING: The Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) has received an allocation of RM5 million from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (Motac) for infrastructure repairs and upgrades.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the allocation was part of the RM20 million that had been approved by the federal government under the Provision of Special Project Facilities — ‘Projects under the Cultural Villages’ allocation.
“The allocation aims to repair and upgrade tourism product facilities featuring cultural villages in four different states, namely, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu and Melaka.
“It is hoped the allocation will upgrade the infrastructure and further boost the SCV’s position as one of the main cultural tourism attractions in the state as well as improving the safety and comfort for visitors,” she told a press conference held in conjunction with her working visit and the launch of the Sarawak Cultural Village Roof Restoration Project here at the Sarawak Cultural Village yesterday (Oct 3).
The minister pointed out that the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) had a great reputation among cultural villages in the country.
“That is why, in West Malaysia, we want to exemplify SCV and produce something similar, but it has not been easy.
“It was not easy to sustain the reputation, so I would like to congratulate the SCV for its excellent effort,” she added.
On the other hand, Nancy revealed that Motac also planned to hold several major events in Sarawak to boost tourism activities in the state.
“Among them are the ‘Damai Virtual Run’ scheduled for Oct 1 to Nov 15, the ‘Puteri Santubong Musical Drama’ on Dec 11 and 12, and the ‘Batang Sadong Bridge Marathon’ which is expected in December.
“We are preparing a number of big events around Sarawak, not only in Kuching, to attract more tourists to the state.
“As a result, I am hoping that the state government will authorise the implementation of these programmes in order to revive Sarawak’s tourism industry,” she said.
Nancy also reiterated Motac’s commitment to continue to assist in the development and promotion of Sarawak as one of the attractive tourist destinations in Malaysia.