19th Borneo Island International Big Bike Festiva
KUCHING: Sarawak will host the 19th Borneo Island International Big Bike Festival (BIIBBF) next year.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak will be hosting the international festival after Sampit, Kalimantan, Indonesia hosts it this year.
“I will give allocation for us to be the host (of the 19th BIIBBF),” he said when flagging off 102 big bikers from Petra Jaya Borneo Island Big Bikers Club (BIBB) who will be participating in the 18th BIIBBF in Sampit, Kalimantan, Indonesia from April 28 to 30, this year.
Abang Johari said he fully supported BIBB’s effort in organising BIBBF next year because he believed that such activity would be a positive recreational activity that could help instil the spirit of camaraderie among the participants, besides enabling them to share their views and ideas on how the motoring sports in Sarawak could be further enhanced.
He even suggested that a new route from Sibu to Kapit be included as part of the route for the participants of the 19th BIBBF next year, if the road can be completed in time.
“I suggest that the new route from Sibu to Kapit be included, if it is completed at that time. According to schedule, the road is expected to be completed either at end of 2017 or early 2018. Through the road, we will come out to Baleh, then Bintulu through Belaga, before entering the Pan Borneo Highway.”
Abang Johari highly recommended the bike bikers to go through the Sibu to Kapit route as it has ‘a very good scenery’.
“It is hilly and the landscape is very nice. The road is just beside the Rajang River and is also straight. If we ride our motorcycles from Sibu to Kapit, we will enjoy a very beautiful scenery we will be able to promote tourism either through using car or motorcycle.
“But when the road is completed, we will try through motorcycle first. It will be a good experience so that we can see the nature available at Batang Rajang.”
Meanwhile, Abang Johari advised those participating in the 18th BIIBBF to bring the spirit of Sarawak to Sampit.
“As Sarawakians, we are well known as a neighbour that is friendly and it is hoped that through this friendliness, we will give confidence to our friends to come to Sarawak next year.”
He also advised the big bikers to ensure safety when on the road by being disciplined and abide by the traffic rules and conduct.
He was confident that the big bikers’ visit to Sampit would provide them with opportunities to extend their cooperation with their friends in Indonesia, besides helping to promote Sarawak as a venue for motoring.
Among those present at the flag-off yesterday were Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Solidary permanent secretary Kameri Affandi and BIBB president Ramlee Tuah.
Time: Fri Apr 06 2018 at 12:00 pm
Venue: Stadium Sarawak, Jalan Petra Jaya