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Folklore Fest rebates, discounts
Published on: Friday, May 27, 2016

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Cultural Board will consider offering rebates and discounts to countries which have difficulty in paying the advance fees for the 11th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF).Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said these rebates will be offered based on their previous record of participation as well as their distance from the State.

"I have discussed with State Cultural Board General Manager Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai and so far, there are only seven countries who had registered…the participation is limited to 10 groups this year.

"And we realised that favourite participants like Kazakhstan have yet to confirm their participation.

"I was made to understand that among the reasons given were these countries can't afford to pay the advance fee of US$30 for each group member," he said during the launching of SIFF official website at Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens, here, Thursday.

Citing Kazakhstan, Masidi said the group has to take two days to reach Sabah and the implementation of the advance fee made the situation harder for them.

"We are willing to consider giving rebates and discounts to countries which had been consistent in their participation for SIFF.

"This is one of the ways to reduce their burden, especially those who come from far as it will involve big expenses."

He reiterated that Sabah Cultural Board does not gain any profit through the advance fees payment.

"The fees don't pose a significant impact on cost reduction to organise SIFF. We imposed the fees so that participants will take this event seriously.

"Should we make it easier to be participated, then the risks of getting low quality participation is higher.

"The payment should not be construed as a payment to participate in SIFF… it's more of a token to show their seriousness," he said.

Meanwhile, Masidi said the official SIFF website provides information for everyone who wants to know more about the event.

"It facilitates the public to access information on the 11th SIFF where they can visit the site to get information interactively.

"Among the information that you can access through the site are ticket prices, participants, schedule, forms, rules and regulation and so on," he said.

SIFF is scheduled to be held on July 24-30 with the theme 'Warrior' and currently, Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand had confirmed their participation.

There will be three main events during SIFF – KK City Folklore Parade on July 26, Sabah Traditional Food and Handicraft Exhibition (July 25-30) and the International Folk Dance Competition (July 28-30).

For more information, visit www.siffborneo.com.



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