Borneo Post titled its news on the annual regatta on Baram river as `best ever’-is it hinting to the readers that there cannot be any better ones in the future due to the damming of Baram river at Long Keseh? In the future if the regatta were to go ahead anyway it will have to be held in the dead water in the dam itself-drastically reducing the thrill of past regatta held at the rapids all along Baram river! For the 1st time Sultan of Brunei attended the regatta-rumoured to be a chance created for the state government to lobby for his investment into the Baram dam. But once the dam start work it will mean this would become the sultan’s last visit to the regatta as locals know it! To show the locals’ objection to the dam a residents’ anti-dam committee set up some posters and banners at a conspicuous location to attract support from regatta lovers. They even sponsored a boat to take part in the race! But unfortunately there were not enough rowers -thus the participation at the race did not happen. But the more important race to win the heart and mind of residents have started!
The Best Ever Regatta
Posted on October 9, 2011, Sunday
THE Baram Regatta this year is the best ever to be held in the state.
Minister in-charge and Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said the Regatta, attracting some 60,000 people – twice that of 2008 – was successful in all aspects.
The visit by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei was also the first ever in the history of the Regatta since its inception over 100 years ago.
“His Royal Highness’ comment was very favourable and indeed, we are very thankful to him. During his visit, he was accompanied by two ministers – Finance and Energy – and two permenantsecretaries. This is very important historical event, especially for the people of Baram,” Jabu said in Marudi.
Among the dignitaries gracing several events in the programme were the Head of State, Tun Datuk Patinggi Muhammad Salahuddin and Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Others included Deputy Minister of Tourism Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit, Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talip Zulpilip and elected representatives, among whom was Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran, Assistant Minister of Agriculture (farmers’ organisation) and the organising chairman.
The programme included speed and remote control boat competitions, Baram Idol and Ratu Regatta Baram, Sape competition, exposition and exhibition, sales of various products and IMalaysia Cultural Night.
In the Regatta, Long Terawan, Mulu, retained the Raja Batang Baram title for the second time in a row while Jayong Belaga emerged the overall champion to win the Charles Hose Memorial Cup.
The Jayong 9 Belaga Unlimited Men B team captured the Sultan Brunei’s Challenge Trophy.
The TYT Challenge Trophy went to Long Terawan and the Chief Minister’s Challenge Trophy to the Masyarakat Nelayan Sibuti.