FORGING TIES: Chance to learn more about govt's initiatives in an interactive setting at carnival
KUCHING: TENS of thousands of people in the Sarawak capital and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to meet Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Jelajah Janji Ditepati carnival and expo this Saturday.
The prime minister will be launching the two-day state-level carnival, which will begin at 8am at the Wisma Bapa Malaysia car park in Petra Jaya.
The government's programme is aimed at fostering closer ties with locals and engage more with the public.
"At the same time, it would also give the people a chance to learn more about the government's initiatives in a more interactive setting," said Primeworks Studios business development and operations general manager Azhar Borhan, who is also the project coordinator.
Primeworks Studios is the content creation subsidiary of Media Prima and Malaysia's largest production company.
The Jelajah Janji Ditepati carnival will feature many booths as well as 18 different types of activities such as exhibitions, games and performances.
Special booths will also be there to showcase government initiatives like the Economic Transformation Programme and 1Malaysia initiatives like the 1Malaysia Housing Programme, Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia , Menu 1Malaysia, Klinik 1Malaysia and other 1Malaysia products.
The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and Media Prima's radio and television teams will be holding their own programmes, including the women's booth, and the Bananana! booth for children.
"We will also be hosting exciting and fun activities such as street soccer, basketball, aerobics and other games," said Azhar.
He said the event would also feature meet-and-greet and autograph sessions with several local celebrities and radio and TV personalities.
"Some of the famous names who will be attending are singers Jaclyn Victor, Suki, Sharifah Zarina and Vokal Bukan Sekadar Rupa finalist Mafa," he said, adding that a mini-concert featuring all these artistes would be held on Sunday evening.
Azhar said Media Prima's Skuad Kembara, representing its radio and television stations, would be visiting outlying areas around Kuching to promote the event ahead of time.
This will be the second stop of the Jelajah Janji Ditepati tour after a well-received opening carnival attended by about 60,000 people in Batu Pahat, Johor, two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, in all its 80 years since wealthy Foochow merchants donated money to build it in 1932, SJK (C) Thai Kwang in Taman Sukun, Jalan Lanang, has never had a visitor as prominent and illustrious as the prime minister.
Come Friday, the school will go down in history when Najib, declares open a RM12.5 million building to cater to the growing number of students enrolled at the school.