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Sabah Advisory
Thursday, August 29, 2019

AUGUST

Marching towards the Independence Day, the month of August brings you several festivals such as the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival and the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival. Not to forget the Sandakan Day Memorial, a service to remember the fallen heroes of WW2.

It is also fruiting season now, so if you are in Sabah, you may want to try an array of local tropical fruits such as the Tarap, Rambutan, Durian and many more! The Sipitang Fruit Festival 2019 will be a great venue for you to indulge in their eat-all-you-can fruit buffet. You are also welcome to witness our National Day parade which will take place downtown on the 31st of August.

The Race for Water Odyssey has arrived in Kota Kinabalu and we are excited to learn more of the technology of this vessel and how it transforms plastic waste into energy.

SEPTEMBER

Adventure is the theme for September! There will be 3 adventure-based events in this month namely TMBT Ultra-Trail MarathonTropical Rainforest Run and Rafting Festival.

We will also be present at the MATTA Fair KL from 6-8 Sept Over the long weekend of 13-15 September, the Sandakan Food and Agriculture Festival takes place in Sandakan.

16th September 2019 marks the 56th year of the formation of Malaysia that is known today as Malaysia Day. This is an important event for Sabah as Malaysia only exists when Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia), North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak form a partnership to give birth to a new nation called Malaysia.

Arrivals

From January to Jun 2019, Sabah received 2,016,680 visitors. This is 6.6% higher compared in the same period in 2018.

The MV Genting Dream Cruise docked in Kota Kinabalu Port on July 16 bringing an estimate of 3,000 passengers from various countries to the State capital.

Sabah was also chosen as the venue for 3 international events in August, participated by an estimated 1150 delegates from the SEA region and the UK:-

  1. 6th International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2019 (ICAME 2019)
  2. The 6th Malaysian International Conference On Academic Strategies In English Language Teaching (My CASELT) 2019 and the
  3. 1st Shureido Cup Karate Championship 2019.

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.

See you in Sabah!
NOREDAH OTHMANGeneral Manager noredah@sabahtourism.com