Big Bikers Play Their Role In Promoting Tourism

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Assafal rides on a high powered motorcycle.

By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Some 20 riders will go on a 2,000km big bike expedition around Sabah to promote it as a tourism destination for big bike activities.

The journey, dubbed as the 2019 Borneo Expedition, will cover 35 towns and districts, and over 100 tourism attractions for seven days and six nights, beginning Dec 1.

According to the organising chairman, Hossin Bayani, the expedition also serves as a platform to promote the ‘Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020’.

Assafal launches the 2019 Borneo Expedition programme.

He added contributions from several generous individuals will also be collected and given to three agencies, namely SMK Sukau, Taman Wawasan Tawau, and Rumah Ibadah Keningau.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the state government will always be supportive on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that focus on helping the society through charity activities.

“I believe that Anak Tanjung Aru Association (PERSATA) and Sabah Big Bikers Association (SBBA) are not only assisting the government in promoting the state tourism industry, but at the same time also contributing to the society through welfare activities, such as the implementation of awareness programmes, community activities, research and social responsibility (CSR) programmes,” he said.

Assafal presents an appreciation certicate to one of the sponsors of the event.

The text of his speech which was delivered by State Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Assafal P. Alian during the launching ceremony here, on Saturday.

Shafie added that the collaboration between the two associations will surely have a positive impact on the development of the state and national tourism sectors, which will also boost the economy.

“I believe that we can all go a step further to bring positive messages and positive impact to everyone in the country,” he expressed.

Assafal together with the riders pose for a group photo.

He also noted that the state government will also re-evaluate factors that could benefit and improve the state’s economy.

“We are aware that Sabah’s tourism sector is poised to move higher in attracting more tourists. The government’s effort to promote new tourist destinations in Sabah will require the involvement of all parties,” he said.