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KK to celebrate City Day on grander scale
Published on: Thursday, February 01, 2007
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Kota Kinabalu: City Hall will be celebrating its seventh anniversary on a grander scale this year by involving international participants in the celebration on Feb 2.Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, whose tenure was extended for another two years by the State Government recently, said the rationale is to promote tourism as well as cultural integration between the participating countries and Kota Kinabalu.

"It is also City Hall's efforts to complement the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 tourism campaign that was launched by the Government to promote our country and culture to the outside world," he said.

He said this when welcoming international cultural troupes at Jesselton Point, here, Wednesday.

The troupes were from Yongin City of South Korea, City of Rockingham Western Australia, South Africa, Philippines, China, Indonesia, Sarawak, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

They flew in to Kota Kinabalu to take part in the city's celebration at Promenade Boulevard, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.

Among the itinerary are a floats parade, performance by popular artistes, international cultural performances, flag-raising ceremony and fireworks display.

During the month of February, City Hall has also lined up several programmes that would involve public participation.

The events are launching of the City Gallery at Centre Point Sabah (Feb 2), Batik Show at Palm Square (Feb 2-6), Chinese New Year Carnival at Gaya Street (Feb 10-15), City Run at Padang Merdeka (Feb 11), International Dart Tournament at community hall (Feb 23-25), VIP Golf tournament at Nexus Resort (Feb 24) and KK City Tourism Treasure Hunt at Nexus Resort (Feb 25).

Iliyas also took the opportunity to inform the guests that Jesselton Point would be the starting point of mega scale development, Jesselton Waterfront.

He said when the project is completed it would fully transform Kota Kinabalu into an ultra modern city.

"It is also earmarked to become a heritage landmark in the city," he said.

Also present were Group Managing Director of Suria Bumiria Sdn Bhd Datuk Abu Bakar Abas, Mayor of South Kuching City Council Datuk Chong Ted Tsuing, Deputy Mayor of Yongin City of South Korea Chong Soung Dae, Head of Indonesia (Kalimantan) Cultural Firminus Kunun, Chief of Staff Philippines Tourism Authority Joselito V. Odra, Deputy Director of North Kuching City Hall Mohamed Khidir Abang and Executive Director of Suria Bumiria Sdn Bhd Zainie Aucasa.


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