Posted: 16 Jan 2013 10:15 AM PST
MIRI: Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng's visit to Kuala Sibuti yesterday was a special time for locals.
The fishing village has a population of over 400, with 95 per cent coming from the Melanau community.
"This is indeed a very rare occasion as it is the first visit by His Excellency. We feel very honoured to have him with us today," said Subis District Council Councillor Jamali Basri, who is from the village.
"Though Kuala Sibuti is quite remote, we are very proud of our village as it has produced a number of successful people, including those who hold high posts in government agencies as well as other authorities."
Jamali said the success of residents was due to the government's commitment and contributions in terms of development and progress.
"We in Kuala Sibuti are always grateful for what the government has done for us. Without the present Barisan Nasional (BN) government, we could not have achieved many things," he said.
A mini expo of local products was held in conjunction with Salahuddin's visit.
Among the products on sale were fish crackers, shrimp paste, dried fish, salted fish and smoked fish.
After visiting Kuala Sibuti, Salahuddin proceeded to the Al-Jabbar Mosque in Sepupok, Niah to perform prayers with Niah folk as well as visited SJKC Chee Mung to join a pre-Chinese New Year celebration.
Among those accompanying him were Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Family Development Rosey Yunus, Sibuti Member of Parliament Ahmad Lai Bujang, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, Miri Resident Antonio Kahti Galis and Miri District Officer Boniface Intang Apat.
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