Sarawak is the bigger state of the two Malaysian territories occupying Borneo which is separated from the peninsula by the South China Sea, the other one being Sabah. It is fondly nicknamed Bumi Kenyalang (Land of the Hornbills.) Hornbills are aesthetically unique birds exclusively adopted as Sarawak's symbol (also incorporated into our logo.)
Historically, Sarawak and its neighbour Sabah were granted independence from the British on July 22 1963 and joined the rest of Malaya to form Malaysia on September 16 1963. The administrative capital is Kuching Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu are the other established and well known town/cities.
The Borneo Convention Centre which opened in 2009 as the first dedicated centre of its kind in Borneo is located in Kuching which is the capital of and most populous city in Sarawak. Kuching is also the largest city in Borneo and considered the fourth largest urban area, inhabited by around 980,000 residents. Home to a variety of cultures and religions the people have an admirable amount of respect for each other's beliefs. Over here English is the most spoken language followed by Malay Language with Bahasa Sarawak dialect as the most prominent. It is widely known as one of the cleanest cities in Malaysia.
As it is with most of Malaysia, Sarawak is of equatorial climate with temperatures ranging 23°C - 32°C all year round. It is broadly dry and warm from March - September. Humidity is regularly high on the lowlands ranging 85%-95% while rainfall per year is between 3,300mm - 4,600 mm. Hopefully we will see a lot of sunshine during this conference, it is fortunately held at quite the right time as rainy weather is usually recorded at its highest only between November - February.
In an already uniquely multi-cultural Malaysia, Sarawak is amazingly considered one of the most vibrant states in terms of ethnic groups, culture, and religion. It is home to various sub-ethnic groups each with its own particular way of life, tradition, and language/dialect.