Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) poses for a photograph with (from left) STB chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abul Karim Rahman Hamzah, MTACYS permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee and STBG acting CEO Angelina Bateman during attended the Rainforest World Music Festival at Sarawak Culture Village (SCV) in Santubong, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will ensure facilities at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) are upgraded for the safety of and to meet the standards of tourists visiting the area.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said certain improvement have already been made on its building and facilities.
“Though we have to retain the original design, some of the walkway is made of bamboo wood, and we upgraded it taking into consideration the safety of the people who come to visit the cultural village,” he told reporters after the walkabout at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2019 held at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) yesterday.

He said with the on-going upgrading and renovation works, he believed it would be able to attract more visitors to the venue, especially those participating in future festivals.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) poses for a photograph with (from left) STB chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abul Karim Rahman Hamzah, MTACYS permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee and STBG acting CEO Angelina Bateman during attended the Rainforest World Music Festival at Sarawak Culture Village (SCV) in Santubong, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

“We will continue to upgrade it, and the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has plans to upgrade certain facilities at the end of the cultural village next year.

“This will definitely give a much comfortable and conducive environment for visitors,” he said.

He then said the RWMF’s fringe event that is first Rainforest in the City (RITC) at the Kuching Amphitheatre has also managed to attract many locals and tourists.

“From my understanding, the number of visitors to RWMF has increased as compared to last year. I want to congratulate Abdul Karim and his team for making it successful,” he said.

He added that aside from the festival, visitors are also attracted to Sarawak’s unique and harmonious culture.

Earlier, in a press conference Abdul Karim said nearly RM15 million had been allocated by the state government to carry out upgrading and renovations works at SCV.