Sarawak RegattaAugust 21, 2011
Sarawak Regatta has been a premier eventuality with a graphic chronological and informative significant. It was hold as early as before 1872 and was orderly as an annual eventuality holding place during a New Year. Sarawak Gazette had available in 1872, that a annual Regatta that year was held, on 29th Feb 1872 during a Sarawak River infront of a Astana. The European village in Sarawak and in a adjacent countries were invited to a Astana – for breakfast – before a race. Keen foe were also available for a Rajah Cup.
The vessel ‘Sri Matu’ built and manned by a Melanaus, was reported as a winning boat. The Gazette annals supposing a denote that Regatta had been an critical amicable eventuality orderly annually for amicable formation and goodwill for a people of Sarawak. Prominent Political figure, a late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Ong Kee Hui, available that Raja Charles Brooke used to send his yacht “Maimunah1 to outstation to move in a several “Tuan Residents” to join in a amicable event.
The tradition of holding a annual Regatta in a Sarawak River continued by a Colonial duration and into a post-Malaysia period. During these durations a Regatta was orderly by Resident and District Office with supports from a Government while a rest of a account was lifted by open donations.
The day programme embody races for normal longboats, dragon boats and other activities, like a using of totolizers, climbing greasing poles, throwing ducks and “pillow fights”. Racing boats from outstations done it a grand eventuality and also a good arise for families from outward a State Capital to revisit Kuching town.
The 2011 eventuality is done some-more poignant as a regatta concides with a Malaysia Day Celebration; 16th September, a day when Sarawak and Sabah came together with a states of Malaya to form a Federation of Malaysia.