Young faces in Sarawak tourism
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Local tourism is seeing an injection of young blood with youth volunteers taking part in and organising tourism and heritage activities.
For those interested in creative arts, the Borak Arts Youth Series on June 13 will be bringing in artists and experts for a one-day workshop on how to make a living in the arts.
The event is an initiative by My Performing Arts Agency (MYPAA) in partnership with Azam Sarawak and Azam Youth Central. Registration is free but space is limited for the event that will run from 9am to 5.30pm at the State Library. Those interested may register at www.mypaa.com.my/bays.
Meanwhile, on July 25 until 26, ‘Jejak Aspirasi Belia Bau’ will be held where youths can share their experience and interest. Among the schools that will participate are SMK Lake, SMK Paku, SMK Bau and Mas Gading Community College.
Other activities organised recently by Azam Youth Central were #AYC AnakPantai, flash mobs in three museums in Kuching (Sarawak Museum, Textile Museum and the Chinese Museum) with the cooperation of Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) as well as participating in the Sarawak Heritage Workshop by the Sarawak Heritage Society in Kuching held from May 15th till 17th.
“The #AYCAnakPantai is a program that educate the youths on how to appreciate nature where for instance we helped clean up the beach,” said Azam youth volunteer Nurhadiatul Sukinah Jamali during an interview for ‘Randau Semasa AzamZAM’ radio programme at Sarawakfm in RTM Sarawak recently.
According to Nurhadiatul, the beach-cleaning programme managed to round up about 30 to 40 people to clean up Damai Central.
“Throughout the event, we got positive remarks especially from the tourists at the beach that day. So, the programme has been beneficial in a way it taught us on how to appreciate nature more,” said Nurhadiatul.
Aside from that, Azam Youth volunteer Abang Sayyidi Qairulzaman said that the idea to organise flash mob in three different museum in Kuching came up during the Sarawak Tourism Forum by Ministry of Tourism Sarawak last month when FoSM invited them to carry out flash mobs in conjunction with International Museum Day on May 18th.
Glimpses of the flash mobs organised at the museums on International Museum Day:
“We also came up with the idea of inviting few buskers from Azam Youth Central to perform as part of a side activity in conjunction with International Museum Day,” he added.
Through the Sarawak Heritage Workshop, Azam Youth Central secretary and Azam youth volunteer Mohd Nazrie Salasian said that participants were also able to visit historical sites like ‘Batu Bergambar’ at Sungai Jaong, Santubong.
For more information about the upcoming activities, may contact AZAM Sarawak at 082 411799 or through their website at www.facebook.com/groups/azaminfo