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FOREWORD BY THE CHIEF MINISTER

Welcome to

The Guide to Sarawak

, a comprehensive guide book which describes our

unique state in stunning detail. As you read on you will discover our singularly romantic and

compelling history, many of nature’s greatest miracles, some of the most colourful cultures in

Asia, and of course a remarkable modern success story.

Sarawak is a State that is multicultural yet socially harmonious, politically stable yet vigorously

democratic, steeped in ancient traditions yet poised on the cutting edge of technology. We

have published this book for one simple reason; to tell you all about us, and to invite you

to come and share in our future, whether you are a tourist, an expatriate, a business visitor

or a potential investment partner. Whatever your purpose in visiting us, you will be warmly

welcomed according to the finest traditions of Sarawak hospitality.

The Sarawak you see today would not exist without the efforts and sacrifices of many very

dedicated people. Therefore I would like to convey my sincerest thanks to my predecessor,

TYT Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, whose 32 years of selfless service and visionary

leadership as Chief Minister has enabled Sarawak to become the vibrant, progressive and

fast-developing state depicted within the pages of this book. I look forward to his continued

contribution and wise guidance as Governor of Sarawak.

I would also like to thank everyone else involved in our remarkable success story: my

colleagues in the Federal and State Governments; the Federal and State Civil Services; the

various voluntary organizations and NGOs; the private sector; and of course the people of

Sarawak, without whose goodwill and unfailing support the task of developing our state

would have been impossible.

Allow me also to thank you, the reader, for taking the trouble to peruse the pages of

The

Guide To Sarawak

and discover what we have achieved and how much more we have to offer.

YAB Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem

Chief Minister of Sarawak