Monday, September 19, 2011

‘Promote Gudi Festival all over the state’

BINTULU: The Gudi (kite) Festival is a crowd-puller, and hence it should be organised all over the state.

Deputy chairman of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Dato Seri Celestine Ujang Jilan said yesterday that he hoped other bodies would come forward and organise the festival in their respective areas to help promote the game statewide.

“I hope the Tourism Ministry will look into it and plan it accordingly to get the involvement of other cities, probably by organising the event on a rotation basis,” said Ujang at the opening ceremony of the Gudi Festival at Bintulu Old Airport yesterday.

He revealed that since Miri had sent the biggest contingent to the festival this year, the festival was scheduled to be held in Miri next year.

“However, Bintulu remain ever ready to host the event to promote the town and what it can offer,” he said.

A total of 156 participants are joining in the festival which was officiated at by Assistant Minister of Public Health and Utilities Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

When it was first introduced in 2009, there were only 50 participants. Last year, there were about 120 participants.

Ujang said he was happy with the overall response as it meant that interest in kite flying was fast catching up, not only here but in other parts of the state as well.

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