Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Talib: Kite fest platform to promote world peace

BINTULU: Borneo International Kite Festival 2009 is the best platform to promote peace and understanding among various

communities in the world, said Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

Although the world is not that safe this event can play a little role to get the people together in peace and harmony, said Talib.

With theme ‘Kite for Peace’, the festival was held for the fifth consecutive year at the Bintulu Old Airport and it reflected the 1Malaysia concept.

“Malaysians exist in a multi-racial society and live together harmoniously. In Sarawak, the 1Malaysia concept is synonymous with our way of life,” he said.

Talib was speaking on behalf of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the reception dinner and prize giving ceremony at ParkCity Everly Hotel here on Sunday night.

He said the festival helps to accelerate the domestic economic growth, adding that continuous activities of such nature will minimise the negative impact of the global economic downturn.

Earlier, Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis said even though there were many obstacles faced by the organisers this year, including the thick haze, the response from the public was overwhelming.

Thus, it has encouraged the organisers to plan for a much bigger and greater festival next year, and to strive to put Bintulu on the inter-national tourism map, said Ismail.

The kite festival here has become a significant event where international kite enthusiasts and tourists converge.

“We hope to attract a much bigger participation from the international kite enthusiasts next year,” he said.

Also present was Bintulu Development Authority general manager Mohidin Ishak.

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