600 go head-to-head in Sabah’s 3rd Kiulu Adventure Challenge

KIULU: Over 600 people put their endurance to the test in the 3rd Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2017 here on Sunday.

The adventure race saw local and international participants cycle 30km past several villages; and run 13km along the Kiulu river, which is an international water rafting hotspot.

Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said that this year’s participation is encouraging, having exceeded its goal of 500 participants.


“This is also the first time Pekan Kiulu became the start and end point for the challenge. (Situating the race there), where 50 stalls were set up during the challenge, will benefit local traders and entrepreneurs.

“Not only is this is a sporting event, it is also a platform to promote the handicraft and traditional food and drink of the local community,” he told reporters after flagging-off the event.

Meanwhile, on the subject of tourism, the Kiulu assemblyman said that the construction of adequate infrastructure should be given emphasis to help develop rural tourism.

This includes improving roads, and providing clean water and power supply to rural areas.

“Therefore, I hope that the villagers and local community leaders will continue to give their support to rural tourism, thus boosting the economy of Kiulu,” Joniston added


Source: New Straits Times

Tattoos part of local culture, says Masidi

Kota Kinabalu: State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said tattoos in this part of the world have long been associated with culture and should not be equated with negative traits.

“In fact if you read the papers some of those caught for abuse of drugs are well mannered and groomed.

“So having tattoos alone does not reflect the character of a person. If you look at the Dayaks or Iban people in the olden days it is a sign of a warriors’ bravery and manhood.

“Even my late father he came back with a tattoo and later on in life I asked him about it, he said every brave man had to have a tattoo.

“In the case of North Borneo i.e. Sabah and Sarawak, tattoos are part of the local culture and have nothing to do with any negative implications,” he said, after officially launching the Third Sabah International Tattoo Convention 2017, Saturday. The event at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu would end today (Sunday).

Some 72 artists from 27 countries including Australia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Finland, Mexico, China and Malaysia are taking part in the annual event.

“I have met (and spoken) to some of them (International and local tattoo artist participants) for the third year now and they are reasonable people. I don’t see them as a spokesperson for ‘bad habits’.

“Eventually it’s all about personal choice and what they want to put on their bodies.

Yes, there are issues but I think we should focus on the positive parts of the convention itself.”

On the event itself, Masidi said the number of (artists) participants to the event has grown. “We realise the response from the international community has been very good.

We may need to have a bigger venue because of this increase in a participants.

“I believe later on today and tomorrow the crowds will come over to admire the various works by tatooists and this can only mean this convention which started as a small event is slowly become a good draw for international participants and tourists.

“I believe Sabah will become more well known with this event. If you look at the number of nationalities of participants its obvious that the its reputation is growing far and wide and Sabah’s image is spread all over the world.”

Event Founder and Organiser Carlos Benny Majakim said the Tattoo Convention event attracts many nationalities and was a platform also for them to engage in an exchange of their art and culture in a way.

“So basically it iss also an event to educate (each other). The tattoo artists participating here are generally in their 20s but you can also see a few artists who are over 50,” he said. – Neil Chan


Source: Daily Express

Local artist’s painting to feature on corporate stamps

KOTA KINABALU: Local artist, Josrie Haral, won top honors in the Sketching Competition for his painting of the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Building which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next March.

Josrie’s rendition of one of the city’s last remaining British colonial-era buildings won the first prize worth RM1,000 and will be featured on corporate stamps by Pos Malaysia to commemorate the centennial of the historic STB building, which was a former post office.

“It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations for Josrie Haral for his breathtaking landmark in the heart of the city,” said STB Chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai at the prize-presentation ceremony yesterday. He said Sabah Tourism was fortunate to have the heritage building as its headquarters, noting its address is also the official 0km of Kota Kinabalu, attesting to the building’s central location.

Joniston presented prizes to the other winners of the competition including Chong Jun Hao at 2nd place, winning RM800 and Mastini Asap who won RM500. Consolation prizes were also awarded to five other participants who each won RM100.

“The artworks of all top 8 award-winning sketches will be displayed for public viewing at the STB building for one month before being featured at the Sabah Art Gallery,” said Ar. Arnold Kwan Chee Hung, Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Architects Sabah Chapter (PAM).

Among the committee of judges evaluating the artworks include Curator of Sabah Art Gallery Jennifer P. Linggi, Arnold, Joniston, and organizing chairman Ar Patrick Vun.

Earlier in his speech, Joniston expressed his appreciation to PAM for organizing the competition earlier this month which saw 36 participants consisting of artists and students joining to appreciate and observe the STB building – a priceless heritage of the city. Artists were given a period of one week to complete their sketches.

The competition was also held in conjunction with PAM’s annual Borneo Architecture Festival where many other activities were held around the city, including a “Kiosk Design Competition” at DBKK as well as the International Design Conference next week.

The STB building is one of the three buildings here gazetted for conservation and heritage. Located on Gaya Street, it survived the bombing by Allied Forces during the Second World War in Jesselton when much along the same street was destroyed. The other colonial-era buildings are the Atkinson Clock Tower, which still stands and the Lands and Surveys Department building (later converted to the Department of Social Welfare) but was destroyed in a fire in 1992. Only a few columns remain on the site in front of the Suria Sabah shopping mall.

The STB building underwent restoration in 1989 and it was officiated open on January 19, 1991, to house STB.

Source : New Sabah Times

The 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: The third 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia was held as one of the tourism products to promote the state.

Sabah Tourism Board General Manager Gordon Yap said that the international event held for the third time is part of a programme to promote the state with big bikes which are popular especially among professionals.

“Sabah has a beautiful landscape, where bikers can enjoy their ride from the lowlands to long wide roads with ever changing scenery and we are very happy that the Borneo International Hog Rally decided to come to Sabah again”. He said this to reporters after officiating the 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia at the Hotel Ming Garden, Saturday.

Also present was Sabah Parks chairman Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin who is a big bike enthusiast. Yapp also said that, the expedition is also one of the tourism products which can cater to more international tourists.

“Hopefully, with the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway, it will be a game changer, and could attract more participation especially the international bikers to come to Sabah,” he said.

Seventy Harley-Davidson motorcycles and 120 international and Malaysian participants participated the 10-day expedition which started at Kota Kinabalu and will end in Kuching, Sarawak in conjunction with the 2nd Kuching International Bike Week 2017.

The expedition will take bikers from here to Kota Belud, Kundasang and from Keningau to Labuan, Brunei, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu and finally Kuching.

The ride will cover a total distance of 1,578km.

Source: New Sabah Times

Sabah annual art exhibition set to inspire, gets 614 entries

KOTA KINABALU: The 32nd Sabah Annual Art Exhibition this year received 614 entries, the most participation since its inception in 1985.

A major annual art exhibition starting next month until January next year, the event will showcase 90 selected pieces by secondary school students and professional artists.

Organiser Sabah Art Gallery (SAG) said the winners will be announced during the presentation ceremony on Oct 20, which will be officiated by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

“As usual, we have two school categories (lower and upper secondary) and and open category for artists.

“But what is interesting this year is we got 614 entries, the highest in 32 years because on average we have received 350 entries; so this year it nearly doubles.

“The reason was due to participation from the six zones (for schools in Sabah) which have increased drastically.

“Sandakan for example sent in 164 entries compared to the usual below 20 entries. This was achieved due to collaboration with the Education Department,” said SAG curator Jennifer Linggi when contacted.

She added that while the theme remained the same which is ‘Sabah in My Point of View’ where pieces involved any subjects or topics related to the State, it was evident that the standard of artworks have improved.

“There were improvement in terms of of techniques as well as signs of deeper understanding and interpretation of current situation and social matters.

“For example, a rhinoceros-related piece using doodle technique following the death of Puntung in the middle of this year, showed environmental awareness and at the same time utilises current contemporary style (of art).

“We also received a lot more Khat calligraphy entries this year.” she added.

Source : New Straits Times