His Majesty visits Borneo Highland

PADAWAN (Bernama/RTB) - His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday visited the Borneo Highland Resort at the Padawan Range about 80km from Kuching, Sarawak.

During the two-and-a-half-hour visit, the Sultan was accompanied by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud; State Minister for Urban Development and Tourism Datuk Michael Manyin Jawong; State Minister for Public Amenities Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and several state government officers.

His Majesty visited several places of interest and also the Kalimantan View Point. Borneo Highland Resort covers an area of 2,000ha and is at an altitude of 1,000m above sea level and has a temperature of 18-28 degrees Celsius.

The resort's founder Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew said it was opened in 2000 and is popular with both local and foreign tourists who loved the natural environment besides playing golf.

He said the resort could be another main tourist attraction for the state due to its location in the tropical rainforest and its proximity to Kuching and is easily accessible by road.

In the afternoon, His Majesty consented to attend a lucheon at Astana Negeri Sarawak hosted by the Governor of Sarawak, Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin.

His Majesty's itinerary continued with a visit to Petrajaya Integration Stadium in Kuching, where His Majesty viewed an exhibition on the 45 years of Sarawak's entry into Malaysia. His Majesty was welcomed upon arrival at the stadium by Dato Sri Haji Mohamad Asfia bin Awang Nasar, Speaker of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.

His Majesty's last visit was to the Sultan Tengah Mausoleum. His Majesty was greeted upon arrival by Datuk Abdul Rahman, Assistant Minister of Religious Affairs of Sarawak. - Borneo Bulletin (5th August 2008)