Kuih to highlight Gata Sipitang
By Hayati Dzulkifli
KOTA KINABALU: An attempt to make a 500-metre long Jelurut kuih to enter the Malaysia Book
of Records (MBR) will highlight the 2nd Gata Sipitang festival this year.
Disclosing this Monday, Assistant Finance Minister cum event organising chairman Datuk
Sapawi Ahmad said 12 mukims of the district will be involved in the making of the local
goodie to be held during the event in Sipitang town on July 29-31.
"We are optimistic of achieving the feat with the cooperation of 110 villagers from
the 12 mukims."We purposely chose `Jelurut' as one of the traditional goodies as it
is very popular in the district.
"Getting into the MBR is a secondary thing as our main aim is to make the traditional
kuih well-known to Malaysians outside Sabah and foreign tourists," he said.
Sapawi said this in a press conference held at Wisma Kewangan on Monday. Also present were
Sipitang District Officer Yunos Ashmat and other main committee members.
Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, is expected to
launch the festival while the closing will be officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa
Sapawi is confident the festival would attract more than 20,000 domestic and foreign
visitors especially from Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam.
Sapawi, who is also Sindumin Assemblyman, said the biennial festival was first held in
Sipitang town on July 25 to 27, 2003 and that it attracted almost 20,000 tourists.
In the Gata Festival 2003, he said, they had succeeded in making the biggest top and the
longest traditional delicacy called `kelupis', both of which were recorded in the MBR.
"The purpose of conducting the three-day festival is aimed at promoting Sipitang as a
tourist destination as well as preserving the cultural and traditional customs of various
communities in the district."
The festival will also feature a top-spinning competition for which participation 14 teams
have confirmed participation - Sabah, Labuan, Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, and
It will also feature a carnival of local goodies, people's sports featuring diverse
traditional sports, tug-of-war, silat competition, a remote control car competition,
Bintang Gata Sipitang, photography competition, and Malam Citra Budaya featuring AF2
artistes like Adam and Bob.
Further information can be obtained from the Finance Ministry at 088-253319/318845 or the
Sipitang District Office at 087-821963/821965.
Taken from : Daily Express (12 July
2005, page 4)
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