SIBU: With TVSarawak set to go on air on Oct 10, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state-owned television station will feature the best of Sarawak.
“On Oct 10, we will launch a TV station from Sarawak, so we not only have RTM, TV3 and Astro Awani, we have our own TV station. So, on Oct 10, tune to Astro channel 122, TVSarawak will be on air.
“We will be able to communicate to outsiders and they too can see what Sarawak has through our TV programmes – I have chosen Oct 10 as the date as the day marks the birthday of the Head of State,” he said when officiating at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) convention in Sibu on Saturday.
The chief minister said with Sarawak being the first to have its own TV station in Malaysia, he would reintroduce Sarawak-centric programmes which were scrapped under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal administration.
“I have told Tun (Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud) that I will be reviving Bintang P. Ramlee, he replied with a smile.
“Under PH back then, not only did they scrap Bintang P. Ramlee, they also removed other programmes such as the Chief Minister Cup debate programme. So, we wait and tune in on Oct 10,” he said.
Abang Johari said through the TV station, the culture of the people from Lower Rajang to Upper Rajang will be also showcased for all to see.
“We have a lot of talents – who doesn’t recognise (Sarawak-born singers) Dayang Nurfaizah and Bob? Now we have Miss Universe Malaysia from Sarawak. We can also show our culture and our products,” he said.
The chief minister said the TV station would also focus on the scenery and what Sarawak has to offer in terms of tourism.
“The road to Kapit from Sibu is a sight to behold, comparable to the road in Cape Town, South Africa. That can become a tourism potential for Upper Rajang areas.
“If tourists were to come to here (Sarawak), we can show the area to them, that is our (tourism potential),” he said.