7 June 2022, Kuching, Sarawak: Sarawak has officially made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for the country’s largest Sarawak themed mural maze painting measuring 1,387 square metres.
The stunning art piece, painted along a 181-metre maze shaped structure, reflects Sarawak’s vibrant cultures, adventures, nature, food and festivals—but this tourism promotion is only touching the surface.
This impressive feat is a community fundraising initiative by the organiser, Absolute Cool Event, in aid of the Sarawak Society for the Deaf with the intention of raising awareness of the society’s work and the role of art for a more socially-inclusive society.
“Mural arts are known to create a thought space that sparks dialogues around a subject or community issue. It captures the local community spirit by enhancing the community’s social consciousness. In this context, expressing and communicating Sarawak’s glorious cultural identity, “said YB Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Sarawak’s Deputy Minister of Creative Industry and Performing Arts. “This event collected donations of RM6,515.00 for the Sarawak Society for the Deaf. It is clear that our community is very supportive of each other regardless of our differences. Thank you to the visitors who came to support our deaf community and this event as a whole.”
Datuk Snowdan, who represented Minister YB Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahmah Hamzah, revealed that 6,000 visitors had gone to Borneo Convention Centre Kuching to marvel at the maze since the exhibition began on May 26.
Getting the Malaysia Book of Records involved in any initiative can be daunting for some. But for Organising Chairman Michael Yii, anything is possible when passion and community spirit are involved. “ We launched this project in an attempt to make history for Sarawak. We wanted to create exposure to the public and communicate our culture, arts and heritage through mural art. We achieved this record thanks to our superheroes namely the students from UNIMAS, UiTM, Swinburne University Sarawak, UCSI University Sarawak, and University of Technology Sarawak.”
Michael revealed that 285 students participated in Malaysia’s largest Sarawak themed mural maze painting project, which began in January this year. Members of the Society also contributed to the maze setup and painting of the maze.
He continued to thank the project’s strategic partners: Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak (MTCP), Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), Asteel Sdn. Bhd, AS Trans Paint Sdn. Bhd., Prima Hume Cemboard Industries Sdn. Bhd., and Sarawak Media Group.