International Borneo Fest 2018

The centre court concourse of Suria KLCC turned into a mini Borneo rainforest as they celebrated “Beauty in ethnic diversity” of Sabah and Sarawak at the first leg of the International Borneo Fest 2018…

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It was definitely fascinating getting to indulge in the rich culture and heritage of Malaysia’s biggest states Sabah and Sarawak..

Sadly, the international fest was only held for 2 days giving us just a little glimpse of the richness of cultural heritage in Borneo.. (Personally, I would have loved to be able to immerse myself in more of the fascinatinf culture and heritage of Sabah and Sarawak…)

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There were interesting booths which we could find authentic Sabah and Sarawak delicacies such as Sarawak layered cakes which are just soooo colourful, black pepper, rice wine…

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The International Borneo Fest 2018 was officiated by YB Ms Teresa Kok, the Member of Parliament for Seputeh; alongside Datuk Haji Hashim Wahir – Kumpulan Suria KLCC Chairman; Dr Laurence John – the Sabah and Sarawak Heritage Association of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chairman and Advisor; Mr Benedict Jimbau – Marketing Director of Tourism Sarawak and Mr Ben Chong – Suria KLCC General Manager….

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About 20 ethnics from Sabah and Sarawak participated in the International Borneo Fest 2018 consisting of the Iban, Kadazan, Murut, Melanau, Bidayuh, Kelabit, Kenyah, Penan, Orang Ulu, Kedayan, Bajau and Rungus to showcase their different culture and heritage..

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There was also an ethnic dance and drama tari competition with interesting ethnic dances that revolves around legends and myths of the ethnic groups included Uley Nugan, Rejang Be’uh, Hivan Joh or Long Dance, Kuda Pasu, Ngauk Ai, Bandung, Serahang, Entupat, Sumirid, Sazau Papar, Sigar Nyikoh Jojak and Sazau Papar Sabah..

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We were fortunate to get to witness a warrior dance performance by Ayun Lundai Crew, Sape Orang Ulu – which is one of the traditional musical instruments played by Orang Ulu from Kayan, Kenyah and Kelabit ethnics as well as the ‘uprover people’ who lives in the longhouses along the rivers of Central Borneo and Kalimantan….

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