MPK reps head to KL craft festival

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REPRESENTATIVES of Village Consultative Councils (MPKs) from all four districts of the sultanate left for Malaysia yesterday to participate in the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival (KLICF).

The selected handicraft participants are from MPK Putat in Brunei-Muara District, MPK Bukit in Tutong District, MPK Lumut II in Belait District and MPK Tanjung Bungar in Temburong District.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Siti Joriahati Johari, Special Duties Officer Grade II at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), said the participants will be showcasing their crafted products alongside international vendors.

“It’s an opportunity for them to market their products abroad and hopefully to penetrate the international market,” she said.

She said the festival will be an eye-opening experience for vendors so as to be able to gain new ideas on improving the quality of local handcrafts.

“The ministry chose these participants from all districts particularly for craft products based on several criteria, one of which is that we gave the opportunity to those who have never joined a showcase abroad,” she added.

One of the participants, Hj Junggal Jumat of MPK Putat, will be promoting traditional musical instruments, gasing (spinning tops) and wooden canes.

“Not only are we going there to sell our products but also to exchange ideas and knowledge with vendors from other countries. I’m grateful to be given this opportunity,” he said.

According to a press release from MoHA, the festival acts as a platform for local MPKs to promote and make known each council’s products under the One Village One Product (OVOP) initiative.

Around 250 Malaysian and 150 international handicraft vendors are participating in the three-day festival which starts today and is taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex.

The KLICF is an inaugural event organised by Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture held in conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFEST) 2015.

Present to send off the delegation at Brunei International Airport were MoHA Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Muhammad Sunadi Hj Buntar, Senior Special Duties Officer at MoHA Hj Azmi Hj Abd Rahim and Ahmad Fazil Zakaria, project officer at the ministry’s Local Authorities and National Unity (District) Section.

The Brunei Times