Sarawak setting up shop in KL


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Mar 2005

KUCHING: Foreign tourists and Malaysians in the peninsula will soon be able to enjoy popular Sarawak dishes and buy the state’s handicraft from a special shop in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. 

To be housed in a historical double-storey shophouse, it will have four sections namely a jungle cafe, handicraft shop, an art and craft gallery and tourist information centre. 

The “Sarawak in KL” project is being undertaken jointly by the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Tourism Ministry. 

SEDC Leisure and Tourism group’s director Jeffery Wei said yesterday that the project would later involve the Sarawak Tourism Board and the state Craft Council. 

He said the renovation work on the shophouse, which was located between the Federal Hotel and Century Hotel, was now underway, adding that the Sarawak Shop was expected to be operational in a month’s time. 

“The shop will be a trendy place, and it will sell all the iconic products from Sarawak. 

“The jungle cafe will offer the famous Sarawak laksa, kolok mee and other dishes,” Wei said. 

He said the art and craft gallery would be designed in the form of the traditional Dayak longhouse. 

Wei said Sarawak’s craftsmen would also be giving demonstrations of their work at the gallery.  

The shop, he said, was mooted, as the peninsula is the state’s major domestic tourism market. 

“We also want to target foreigners visiting Kuala Lumpur and Sarawakians in the peninsula who miss home,” he added. 

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