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Kota Kinabalu needs more activities: Mayor
Published on: Friday, November 24, 2023
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu needs more activities: Mayor
Noorliza (middle) and Dick (fifth right) at the launch of SICF2023.
Kota Kinabalu: There is a need for more activities to be held under the “Vibrant KK” component of the City Hall’s Love KK Network campaign in order to enliven the city and spur KK’s social and economic life, said Mayor Datuk Noorliza Awang Alip. 

She said in addition to creating a lifestyle for locals, having more events and activities in the city can give tourists something fun and enriching to do during their trip here. 

“We need more activities that can involve everyone in KK, regardless of which part of the community, plus we need activities for tourists.

“Sometimes when tourists come to KK, there aren’t that many activities, so when we have more of it, there will be places for them to go and enjoy themselves,” she said after officiating the sixth Sabah International Coffee Festival (SICF2023) at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, here, Thursday. 

As such, Noorliza encouraged those who want to organise programmes in KK to approach DBKK, as Vibrant KK acts as a bridge that connects industry players and establishes a collaborative network that can make it easier to organise events. 

“I notice after two years of implementing the Love KK Campaign that there is friendship formed. When there is a network, we can work better. 

“Those who are unsure how to go about organising an event, they can come to us and we will help,” she said. 

The Love KK Network programme was initiated by Noorliza in 2021, comprising seven components, namely Love Clean, Green, Vibrant, Beautiful, Heritage, Liveable and Healthy KK.

On the SICF2023, a programme under the Vibrant KK, Noorliza said it was a commendable initiative as it assists DBKK’s initiative to bring life to the city. 

“This is a very good event. It gives locals an enjoyable lifestyle while the coffee culture is catching up, which I hope can be sustained,” she said. 

Some 10,000 visitors are expected to visit the SICF2023 at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall from Nov 23 to 26.

Organising Chairperson Dick Lee thanked DBKK for their strong support towards the event, which is key to strike a better coffee industry in Sabah. “With the strong support of the local authorities and the Government, we can continue to grow coffee industries in Sabah from the upstream till the downstream,” he said. The SICF2023 is mainly organised by Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI), DBKK, and Borneo Coffee Alliance, and co-organised by Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), Professional Coffee Athletics (PCA) and Sabah Employers Association (SEA), and supported by Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry (MIDE), its Department of Industrial Development and Research, Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and Tourism Malaysia.

In addition to the Borneo Latte Art Competition and Borneo Brewers Cup Competition which are the festival’s signature highlights, the SICF2023 will see two new competitions, namely the Borneo Chocolate Beverage Competition and Borneo Mixology Drinks Competition.

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