Satok Fest 2012 di Medan Niaga Satok, Matang, Kuching

Medan Niaga Satok to host Satok Fest

Posted on December 12, 2012, Wednesday

KUCHING: The sixth annual Satok Fest will be held at the new Medan Niaga Satok from Dec 28-31.

Over the four days and nights there will be various cultural events, musical performances and competitions.

Visitors can sample local delicacies while browsing through handicrafts and other cottage industry products on offer at the exhibition booths and stalls.

Other highlights include the Satok Idol singing competition, traditional Malay silat, Zapin and Bergendang competitions, dart championship, extreme games demonstration, Satok Strongman and a special performance from the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) troupe.

On Dec 31, there will be a New Year countdown and a fireworks display to welcome 2013.

“During this festival, a lot of cultural items will be presented besides promoting our cottage industries. Niaga Satok is very much related to this industry whether it is products sold at the wet market, dry market or handicraft,” Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg told a press conference yesterday.

The 2012 Satok Fest is jointly organised by the Satok Tourism Co-ordination Association, Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and RTM.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said to make Medan Niaga Satok and Kubah Ria new tourism draws, a high-tech contemporary jetty based on an Australian model will be installed for river taxis and other transportation, and be equipped with modern fish landing facilities and lighting.

“The government has spent more than RM10 million to widen the Matang road and a major road to connect Jalan Matang to Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman at the heritage site to create better access to this area. In addition, the ministry along with Sarawak Tourism Board have purchased a catamaran boat costing RM1.5 million.

“The boat along with various perahu tambang will be applied to routes along the Kuching Waterfront, Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and Niaga Satok.

“All these are to bring in tourists to this particular area. Our model is based on what we have seen in Australia and the potential is very promising here,” he said.

For the second phase of development, a mini theatre will be built to showcase cultural elements, said Abang Johari, who added that this is modelled after one in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Satok assemblyman said the pedestrian walk at Kampung Boyan, near Fort Margherita will be lit to create a fairytale-like scene after dark. Abang Johari stressed that the projects were to ensure Kuching is developed into a unique destination.

“Kota Kinabalu is different as it faces the sea. Melaka has its river but it is quite small when compared to the river in this city, which I would say is just nice. Furthermore, the vegetation here is very natural and we want to balance this.

“In this sense, we will add certain important infrastructure. Niaga Satok provide a good spot for this vision,” he said, adding that it would begin full operations next month.

sumber: Borneo Post

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