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FOREWORD BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR

I warmly recommend the reader to browse and enjoy our book,

The Guide to Sarawak

, which

takes you on a guided tour of our wonderful home state.

This is the right time to get to know Sarawak. After many years of determined effort we

are now harvesting the fruits of our politics of development. From being one of Malaysia’s

least developed states at independence, we have transformed Sarawak into an increasingly

prosperous, business-friendly state offering political security and stability, sound

government policies, professional administration, abundant human resources, social justice

and opportunity for all.

Sarawak already has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and the region, yet

we intend to develop ourselves even further to make Sarawak the richest state in the country

by 2030. Tremendous economic opportunities have been created for the people, including

those in rural areas, through our development initiatives, such as the Sarawak Corridor of

Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Despite these achievements, we have never lost sight of who we are. We Sarawakians relish

our ethnically diverse, multi-cultural and multi-religious society, we take great pride in our

state, and we celebrate our uniqueness, our ethnic harmony and our unity. We are fully

committed to protecting our remarkable heritage and conserving our incredible biodiversity,

so that the Sarawak of the future will still be - as the Sarawak Tourism Board so eloquently

phrases it - “where adventure lives”.

The 12 sections of

The Guide To Sarawak

give you a comprehensive overview of our State –

the history, the people, the arts and culture, flora and fauna, visitor attractions and the way

of life. They also describe our vibrant economy and the resulting business and investment

opportunities, especially in agribusiness and sustainable energy.

Sarawak warmly welcomes you, whether you are a nature lover enjoying our ecotourism

products or a captain of industry investing in our bright, shining future. Therefore, please

take the opportunity to explore this guide book and discover exactly why you should come

to Sarawak.

TYT Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud

Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sarawak