The following feedback from the public the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) welcomes the suggestions for the inclusion of Kaamatan and Gawai harvest festivals as a main festival on the Cuti-Cuti Malaysia itinerary.
Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shaukri said it is important for citizens of other states to know the culture and traditions behind these two festivals, although Kaamatan and the Gawaii are public holidays in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
I take that positively as a way to demonstrate transparency and clear sense of solidarity between us (Sabah and Sarawak).
"Sabahans and Sarawakians want people from outside Borneo to come and see for themselves their culture and tradition and how the harvest festivals are celebrated by the native groups in both states," she told a press conference here.
Nancy said that by including Kaamatan and Gawai in a holiday list, Malaysian holidays could be arranged and varied throughout the country.
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