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Be creative, hold more events, rep tells commercial areas
Tarikh : 04 Feb 2019  Sumber Berita: "The Borneo Post"

Lee (right) performs the eye dotting ceremony on a dragon head while Ting (on Lee’s right), Teo (back row left), Yii (behind Lee) and others look on.

MIRI: The management of commercial areas should be more creative and hold more events at their areas.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said making the events more lively would attract more visitors.

“A city must have life, there is no point to have beautiful buildings but there is no activity.

“Thus, it is important for the management of commercial areas to organise activities which can lure more people to visit their areas,” he stated when officiating at The Traditional Unicorn and Traditional Lions Dance Championship at Miri Times Square on Saturday.

The Senadin assemblyman pointed out that Miri city needs more events to support its status as a resort city, citing the Miri International Marathon as an example which has proven to be successful in attracting some 2,000 people from various areas to join the event.

“My ministry will give total support to any tourism-related event such as sports, education, recreational and many others.

“Thus, we encourage the organisers to organise more events particularly international based events.”

On the championship, he was happy to note that Miri Wushu Association had trained many young people in Wushu martial art, lion dance and dragon dance.

In addition to that, he said the association had also produced many athletes to represent Sarawak in Sukma.

Thus, he thanked the association for the commitment to promote Chinese traditions and culture through martial arts, lion and dragon dance.

Also present were Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Miri mayor Adam Yii, Steve Teo who represented Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, head coach for Miri Wushu Association and coach master Tiong Ching Chiong and a representative from Miri Times Square.