KUCHING: The Gawai celebration is a significant festival in Sarawak which can contribute to the country’s tourism industry, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
He said the celebration, which falls in June every year, could become a major tourist attraction due to its uniqueness.
Speaking at the 9th Gawai Dayak Carnival at Redeems Centre here, Muhyiddin said Sarawak was already well-known for its strong unity and harmonious multiracial society.
"I am confident with what Sarawak has to offer, it can continue to attract more tourists and help pull tourists to Malaysia,” he said, adding the unity of people in Sarawak was something everyone should be proud of and must be preserved.
He said a united people were the backbone of the county, pointing out that without unity the country would not be able to move forward and become a high income and developed nation by 2020.
Also present were Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib.
About 1,000 people attended the celebrations, which featured cultural dance performances.