SIBU: Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) has the potential to be a world-class event if it is held on a larger scale. Ac cording to Mini s ter of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the state government through his ministry will always support the organisers of such cultural events.
He congratulated the organiser of BCF, namely, Sibu Minicipal Council (SMC) for initiating it 15 years and for reflecting the various diverse cultures in Sarawak.
“SMC has forged friendships with many different cities such as China and other places. This is where I believe you can expand on this. “For example, in Kuching, we have the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) which is 21 years old this year. And this year alone, we can see thousands and thousands of people coming to Kuching just to attend it.
“Thus, I believe SMC as the organiser of BCF can also do the same thing. We have got so many diverse cultures that we can showcase.
And probably in the years to come, you can invite all the cities which SMC has befriended to showcase their different cultures and dances in Sibu and turn BCF into a Borneo World Culture Festival,” he said when closing the BCF at the Sibu Town Square on Saturday night.
Among those present were Permanent Secretar y of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and Youth, Hii Chang Kee, Chairman of SMC, Datuk Tiong Thai King, Sibu Resident, Charles Siaw, and organsing chairlady, Rogayah Jemain.