Chal­lenge given to SAS to host in­ter­na­tional au­toshow in Kuching

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Au­toEn­thu­si­ast So­ci­ety (SAS) has been chal­lenged to or­gan­ise and host an in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­tive event here four years from now.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports Datuk Snow­dan Lawan, who de­clares this chal­lenge, be­lieves that the pro­posed move would not only gather lo­cal en­thu­si­asts but also those from other coun­tries.

“By do­ing this, lo­cal en­thu­si­asts could also gain wider knowl­edge in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, ex­pose them to wider net­work­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as pro­vide them with a vi­able plat­form to source in­for­ma­tion,” he said in his open­ing re­marks at the Merdeka Auto Car­ni­val 2017 at De­wan Masyarakat Kuching yes­ter­day.

The event, which con­cludes to­day, en­ters its sixth edi­tion this year. It is host­ing a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties such as au­to­mo­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, an auto/au­dio show, an au­toshow, ‘car limbo’, colour­ing con­test, dance com­pe­ti­tion, and drift demon­stra­tions.

In giv­ing as­sur­ance that his min­istry would sup­port such event in the fu­ture, Snow­dan also en­cour­aged any or­gan­iser of au­toshows to ex­tend their in­vi­ta­tions not only to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries such as Brunei, In­done­sia, Sin­ga­pore and Thai­land, but also to those across the East Asia and Pa­cific re­gions.

“I’m sure there are many auto-en­thu­si­asts in th­ese coun­tries.

“I can see from this event that there are var­i­ous recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties that the or­gan­iser has lined up to at­tract the crowds; this cre­ates a good com­mu­nity event in Kuching.

“By hav­ing such event, it would boost the phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion be­tween youths, es­pe­cially in view of this dig­i­tal era where face-to-face so­cial skills have be­come very poor.”

Snow­dan said he would also like to see auto-en­thu­si­asts from Se­rian, Sri Aman, Sibu, Bin­tulu and Miri com­ing to such events.

“The SAS must in­vite them in the fu­ture. Get­ting to­gether in this kind of event ben­e­fits the auto-en­thu­si­asts – they get to learn pos­i­tive val­ues like team­work, ca­ma­raderie, con­fi­dence and dis­ci­pline.

“My min­istry al­ways sup­ports any healthy youth-ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties in the ar­eas of sports, cul­ture and hob­bies,” he pointed out, also thank­ing the Kuching South City Coun­cil (MBKS) for sup­port­ing SAS in or­gan­is­ing the car­ni­val.

SAS pres­i­dent Wan As­raq Arif, vice pres­i­dent Kelvin Chen and or­gan­is­ing chair­man Galvin Amat wit­nessed the car­ni­val’s kick-off.

Snow­dan (fourth right) takes a look at the minia­ture cars on dis­play at one of the booths at the car­ni­val.

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