High Demand For Malaysian Handicraft

KUCHING: The demand for Malaysian handicraft was at an all-time high with the sale of crafts by 5,737 entrepreneurs exceeding RM370 million from January to September this year.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said of the total, RM24.2 million was from Sarawak craft sales and RM37.1 million was from Sabah handicraft sales.

“Looking at the achievement of craft sales in Sarawak and Sabah I’m so proud of the involvement of the 3,070 entrepreneurs in both states.

“This acquisition indirectly responds to the government’s call that the concept of Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 can be applied to all groups and various communities in Malaysia. 

“For the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and Kraftangan Malaysia, we will continue to provide programmes in developing and empowering the craft community in Malaysia including the ethnic communities in Sarawak and Sabah,” he said in his speech at the Borneo Craft Textile Gala Night here.

Mohamaddin said with the availability of quality tourism products in Sarawak, including organising the Visit Sarawak Year 2019, he was confident that the target of five million tourists coming to the state would be achieved.

“According to Sarawak Tourists Arrival Statistics released by the Sarawak Tourism Board 3.36 million domestic and foreign tourists had visited Sarawak from January to September this year, and I am confident that this number will continue to rise and reach its target,” he said.

The Borneo Craft Textile Gala Night is aimed at promoting and upholding Sarawak and Sabah textile craft products which will be showcased in collaboration with local fashion designers namely, Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, Tanoti Sdn Bhd, Pua Indah Enterprise and Malaysian Handicraft  Interior designers.