Of Skytrex and the Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival 2018

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The Selangor state government through Tourism Selangor collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts Malaysia and the Department of Orang Asli Development Malaysia (JAKOA) to organize the Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival (SIIAF) 2018 recently which was held at the lush green National Botanical Park Shah Alam…

My friends and I were there early to check out the Skytrex Adventure Shah Alam as well.. so when we arrived, we took the free shuttle bus in to the forest to where the Skytrex Adventure Shah Alam was, and after signing the indemnity form and getting outselves geared up with our safety harnesses, carabiners and pulleys we got on the track…

We all had to go through a safety briefing before having to go through a trial area before getting onto the real track… some which were really challenging..

But we manage to do all the climbing, trails and tracks within and hour…and headed back to where we began, exhausted, slightly worn for wear, a little bruised (I banged my own neck on the rooe while trying to pull myself towards the end) but mighty proud of ourselves…

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Our day continued with the Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival (SIIAF) 2018, where there were many exhibitions as well as stalls selling souvenirs and indigenous arts and crafts…

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The festival was then officiated by DYTM the Crown Prince of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Selangor YAB Tuan Amiruddin Shari and the Executive Committee of Tourism, Malay Culture, Civilization & Heritage of Selangor, YB Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari…

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SIIAF 2018 was held so that visitors, both foreign and local could appreciate the cultural heritage of the indigenous people in Malaysia, primarily in the state of Selangor in conjunction to the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples that is being celebrated on the 9th August of every year.

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This year the theme SIIAF 2018 highlighted was “The Hidden Gems of Selangor Unveiled” which promised visitors a varied and diversed culture and heritage of these minority groups of people….

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I was definitely mesmerized by the colourful costumes as well as the music and dance of the different ethnic groups from Malaysia such as the MahMeri (Selangor), Senai (Perak), Jahut (Pahang), Temiar (Kelantan), Seletar (Johor) and the Temuan (Negeri Sembilan) as well.as those from five other countries that participated in this main event which were from Iran, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Laos.

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History was also made this year as the state government through Tourism Selangor had break the Malaysia’s Book of Records by having one of our collaborating party to design and build the world’s biggest kerchang, a traditional puzzle played by many of the indigenous tribes.

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The “Kerchang” is a puzzle normally given to potential suitors to see if they are intelligent enough or worthy enough to marry into the family in the tribe.. So normally the kids are trained to play “kerchang” from a young age
The puzzle is made from layers of bamboo rattan depending on the stage of the puzzle…

Actually the philosophy behind the puzzle was to see the ability of a person to find the way out if lost in the forest.. (or in my opinion, in any bad situations or if you were the type of person who just gave up quickly)

The winner would of course be the one who manage to free the rope or thread which is trapped in between the “kerchang” fastest…. It sure was thrilling and fun trying it out..

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