| Achong Tanjong |
IN AN effort to introduce and promote social life, local communities as well as the country’s culture and traditions, some 60 participants of the 8th Brunei-Singapore Students Leaders Adventure Camp 2014 yesterday made a visit to Kampong Sungai Matan in Kota Batu.
The Bruneian and Singaporean students were divided into four groups (each with about 15 participants) – Bukit Patoi, Bukit Markucing, Bukit Teraja and Bukit Ambok.
At Kg Sg Matan, they were briefed by Pengiran Hj Abdul Rahman, the village head and chairman of Kg Sg Matan MPK (Village Consultative Council), on their history and background as well as the various tourism activities available.
Highlights of the visit included cultural performances by the village youth as well as basket-weaving demonstrations.
The students also had an opportunity to learn how to process shrimps and dried prawns, feed fish inside a floating cage, cast nets (Jala) and taste some traditional food, including ‘Calak’ and ‘Penyaram’.
Kg Sg Matan MPK also recently received support from the Tourism Development Department to help with its products and activities and was presented with the Sungai Matan cultural stage, complete with facilities like changing rooms and toilets among others, set up beside the village jetty.
It was a Tourism Development Department project in collaboration with the Public Works Department (PWD), Ministry of Development (MoD) under the National Development Plan that was fully completed in September this year and hopes to boost the village’s economy.
Kg Sungai Matan is one of the villages in the Brunei-Muara District that has become a popular tourist attraction. Last year it received more than 7,000 tourists from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, France, Germany, the UK and USA.