Datuk Seri Celestine Ujang (left) and Sirai Daha Bintulu Acting Resident

Datuk Seri Celestine Ujang (left) and Sirai Daha Bintulu Acting Resident

Borneo Kites Festival 2008 set a new record in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) when 1,655 people flew their kites simultaneously at the old airport site here Sunday.

Bintulu Acting Resident Sirai Daha  met at the site said the number could have been more if all the 2,600-odd kite enthusiasts who had already registered to participate in the event, managed to fly their kites within the 20-minute time frame required by MBR to endorse the record.

The new record was endorsed by MBR official Yap Chee Kong under a new category in the book and was witnessed by leading local dignitaries including Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) executive chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) deputy chairman Datuk Seri Celestine Ujang and general manager Mohidin Ishak.

Efforts to create the new record was initiated as early as July this year, when the organisers, BDA and the Bintulu Resident’s Office, worked to gather the number of participations to meet MBR’s requirement.

The new record attempt came as a prelude to a week-long fourth International Borneo Kite festival which will take off from here tomorrow, to coincide with Sarawak’s 45th independence anniversary through Malaysia.