Malaysia Travel Guide

Visit Sibu Year 2017 “SIBU, HEARTLAND OF BORNEO”

The Visit Sibu Year 2017 Phase 1 was launched on March 12, 2016 in Sibu Town Square (also known as Dataran Tun Datuk Patinggi Tuanku Haji Bujang bin Tuanku Othman) by Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who was representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

The launching began with the local singer Tony Engkabi singing an Iban song and ended with the grand performance by Malaysian singing sensation Shila Amzah with Chinese, English and Malay songs which celebrated the mix of races of the Sibu people.

During the launching ceremony the mascot for the Visit Sibu Year 2017, BUBU was unveiled for the first time, a crocodile that symbolizes a warrior welcoming visitors to Sibu. The mascot’s name is an abbreviation of ‘Bujang Sibu’, derived from the name of legendary Sarawakian crocodile Bujang Senang.

In conjunction with Visit Sibu Year 2017, various exciting and cultural events such as the Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF), Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF), Rajang River Regatta and Sibu Base Jump will be held throughout the year.

There will also be many other attractions to look forward to in Sibu, such as Comic Convention, Sibu Bike Week, Borneo Talent Award, Christmas Tree Decoration Contest, Sibu Christmas Procession, Remote Powerboat Competition and Sibu Remote Powerboat Racing.

However, the most significant events during the year will most likely be the ever-popular Pesta Kaul Mukah and Baleh Kapit Safari, a staple in Sibu tourism over the years.

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Launching of VISIT SIBU YEAR 2017 by Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem with all the guest of honor that also been invited.

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BUBU; the mascot was presenting himself after being announced by the Emcees.

Emcees introduce BUBU, the crocodile mascot of VISIT SIBU YEAR 2017

Emcees introduce BUBU, the crocodile mascot of VISIT SIBU YEAR 2017

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Malaysia popular singer; Shila Amzah end the launching ceremony with exciting performance.

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BUBU’s statue at SIBU AIRPORT arrival hall.

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Written by: Siti Nabzah
Edited by: Daniella Lupi

Sarawak Tourism Board