Hornbill Unleashed

October 2, 2017

State DAP hails Abd Karim’s decision to allow Oktoberfest in Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Related imageDAP Sarawak supports Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah’s stand to allow Oktoberfest to be held in Sarawak.

However, its chairman Chong Chieng Jen called on the state Tourism Ministry to be more proactive in inviting organisers and international beer brewery companies to organise such events in the state.

“It is utter stupidity on the part of the authorities in Peninsular Malaysia to stop Oktoberfest and the ‘Better Beer Fest’ and the police to be involved in stopping such international event.

“This is a clear sign that the country, under Umno/BN working hand-in-hand with PAS, is moving towards a more extremist and less tolerant country.

“What has always been an annual festive event is now seen as a taboo by the Umno/BN/PAS pact,” the Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman said in a press statement yesterday.

In Selangor, Chong claimed, despite the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government having approved the holding of such events, police under the instruction of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi moved in to stop the events.

Chong said Sarawak Tourism Ministry should capitalise on this self-created fiasco of the Umno government to Peninsular Malaysia and actively invite organisers and international beer and wine breweries to hold such events in Sarawak.

“Every year, the Oktoberfest attracted six million tourists to Munich to take part in the 16-day celebration.

“It is not a mere festival, but a major tourist attraction business.

“The significance of having such events held in a grand scale in Sarawak is not only to boost our tourism market, but more importantly it will also showcase to our counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia the thriving multi-racial and multi-cultural society of Sarawak.”

In addition, Chong proposed that besides promoting the beer festival, the Ministry of Tourism should also consider promoting ‘Sarawak Tuak’ (rice wine).

“There is a sufficient number of backyard breweries and variety of Tuak from different fruits that can be showcased and promoted in a ‘Tuak Festival’.

“If the Tuak festival and the Sarawak Tuak can be successfully promoted overseas, it will provide great economic opportunities to our natives and rural community.”

Source : The Borneo Post Online




  1. First, maintaining law and order including neutralizing extremist’s threat for the citizen to carry out their legitimate social-economic activities is the job of the law enforcement agencies, and these agencies have done it well for SEA Game to be held without any incidences caused by extremists. 2nd, if now PAS complains about legitimate events which were regularly held without incidence, and BN follow up with support for a ban, then what is the difference for the BN supporters to give their vote to BN or PAS. They might as well give it to Harapan. If PAS is a responsible party and has information on extremist’s threats, they should work with or assists the law enforcement agencies to neutralize such threats without delay.

    Comment by limpehkong — October 2, 2017 @ 2:54 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawak and Sabah must not be infested with bigots although Kemas were set up in rural areas to indoctrinate rural children. Dayak and Christian parents in the rural areas must be fully aware of Putrajaya’s real intention of setting Kemas in all rural constituencies.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — October 2, 2017 @ 1:49 PM | Reply

  3. Octoberfest is banned while Anifah Aman wants to export Najib’s Global Movement of Moderates as an example to lead the world?

    Comment by K Sankaran — October 2, 2017 @ 12:35 PM | Reply

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