Foreign troupes to add colour to cultural festival

Happy retirement: Tiong (second from right) presenting a bank premium certificate to a retiring staff.

SIBU: A total of seven foreign troupes will add merriment to this year’s Borneo Cultural Festival which kicks off today (Thursday) until next Saturday.

Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said in his opening address at the council meeting yesterday that the troupes would stage their performances during the final three nights at the town square.

The troupes are from Geochang Country, South Korea, which would perform drum percussion and live band. The others are from Guangning County, China (wushu and lion dance); Minqing County, China (traditional dance and singing); Nanping Municipality, China; Lan Yang Dancers from Taiwan; Indonesia Bamboo community and Ryythems International Folk Art Club from India.

Tiong said the annual signature event of this town would start with a parade tonight at the Chuan’s Corridor.

“All major component communities of BCF, namely the Dayak Pavillion, Chinese Pavillion, Malay/Melanau, Youth Pavillion, Arts and Cultural Belt and Trade & Exhibition will send their respective contingents to participate in the parade together with VIPs and bands,” he added.

The parade starts at 6.30pm going through Island Road-Channel Road-Workshop Road-Central Road-Raminway-Jalan Morshidi Sidek and Jalan Sanyan.

He added that Jalan Bujang Suntong would be closed after 5.30pm for the parade.

Separately, he said the council was flushing the drains around the shophouses once in every two months.

“The flushing is carried out by four teams of the council’s own workers. There are altogether 627 blocks of shophouses to be covered by the teams under the jurisdiction of SMC,” he said.

The shophouse drains in the town centre are flushed by using the fire hydrant and the others outside the town centre by using water tankers, he said.

The schedule for the flushing is available at its website at

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