In June we continue the cultural celebration with Sabah Fest, a display of Sabah’s culture through traditional dances, food, and craft. For three consecutive weekends, Cultural Showcases will be presented in several locations around the City Center. The 6th Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race took place at the Likas Bay with a total of 89 international and Malaysian teams including China and Philippines vying for coveted titles in nine categories. Also happening in June is the Digital Influencers’ Convention 2019 organized by Travel Earth India. The 2-day convention will bring together 54 influencers from India and about 60 local participants to engage and network.
From January to March 2019, Sabah has received 1,033,871 visitors. This is 9.1% higher compared in the same period in 2018.
As for new flights, in May, we welcomed 2 new flights operated by Air Busan; Daegu to Kota Kinabalu with the flight frequency of 4 times a week and Busan to Kota Kinabalu flying 7 times a week. This is an addition to the 4 other Korean based airlines that are currently servicing Incheon, Busan and Muan bringing the total of 55 direct service flights per week.
East Coast Security Updates
The Malaysian Government has designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to coordinate security forces’ activity. Security forces are stationed on the islands with resorts. Curfew hours between 7 pm to 5 am up to three nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.
Currently, the Malaysian government has enhanced the efforts for patrolling our maritime border and are in constant contact with counterparts in the Philippines. Dusk to dawn curfew is strictly enforced on the sea to ensure the safety of tourists and divers.
These intrusion preventive measures are welcomed by all Malaysians and people of Sabah, to ensure safety and security for all Malaysians and visitors.