Sarawak’s newest tourism product, the Rajang River Luxury Cruise, will be launched in London on Feb 6.rajang-flottila

Minister of Environment and Public Health Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh said the product would be operated by Myanmar-based Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, Southeast Asia’s largest river cruise operator.

Speaking at a Chinese New Year gathering here last night, Wong said, the cruise operation would promote Sarawak in general and Sibu in particular, as well as the 640km river, to the world.

Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng was the guest of honour at the event organised by the United Chinese Association (UCA), Sibu branch.

The Rajang River cruise is scheduled to make its maiden voyage on July 1 along the country’s longest river.

It will set sail from here and passing through Kanowit and Kapit towns, then along the Baleh River, which is a major tributary of the Rajang River and an integral part of the Iban community heartland.

It will then proceed to the Pelagus Rapids, Song, Sarikei and to the fishing port and industrial town of Tanjung Manis before returning here.

Meanwhile, he said, Miri would host the 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival in July.

“I hope the relevant government agencies, corporate bodies and others can help to make it a successful event,” he said.