KUCHING – Sarawak recorded RM 13.6 million in craft product sales in the first five months of this year involving 932 craft entrepreneurs, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.
He said last year Sarawak generated sales of RM 30 million through 730 craft entrepreneurs as well as chains encouraged by new projects and activities.
“My ministry is very satisfied with that achievement and I believe the number will continue to rise and further contribute to the country’s craft and tourism industries,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak celebration ceremony at Kraftangan Malaysia’s Sarawak branch on 20 June.
At the national level, craft product sales totalled RM 211.9 million during January-May this year compared with RM 506.5 million for the whole of last year.
He said Kraftangan Malaysia had implemented several new product development and production activities this year focused on traditional Sarawak textile handicrafts such Songket Sarawak, Tenunan Pua Karap and Batik Linut.
Mohamaddin said that in March, Sarawak received its 50 per cent share of the tourism tax collected from 2017 to December last year totalling RM 2.58 million.
“Hence there is no issue about the claim (that the tax was not shared with the state),” he added.