Paku Town have Chinese and mining history more than 200 years. Paku Town’s name is derived from two sources. The first saying was that Paku Town was named after the Hakka pronunciation of Serembu. The second saying was that according to legend, there was an olive tree in the center of the town. The olives would be stained with sand when they dropped to the ground. Hence the name “沙榄埔”.




Paku rock maze, it is a naturally formed stone forest landform site located behind the Shiwang Temple. Before 2021, it is an undeveloped primitive stone forest overgrown with shrubs. Paku rock maze garden, in addition to the representative "Golden Hoop", there is also a mini "Five Fingers Mountain" standing in the center. Its height is only half a person's body, and its five uplifted ridges and spreading moss are like a miniature model of a plateau mountain. The name "Five Fingers Mountain" is not only because of the similar shape of its five ridges, but also to echo the culture of "Monkey King" together with the roots of the "Golden Hoop". It is hoped that while developing its tourism potential, it also integrates cultural heritage


砂南坡岩石迷宫,是坐落在石王宫后方的一座自然形成的石林地貌遗址。其在2021年前,是一座尚未开发的、灌木丛生的原始石林。在谜石公园除了有代表性的为 “金箍棒” 还有矗立在中心位置的一座迷你 “五指山” 。其高度仅半人身身,五个隆起连绵的山脊与蔓延的苔藓像极了一座高原山峰的迷你模型。取名 “五指山” 不仅是因为其五座山脊的相似外形,也是结合了与 “金箍棒”树根一同对“齐天大圣”文化的呼应。希望其在开发旅游潜力的同时,也融合着文化传承


Paku rock maze, located at Paku is a very precious karst geological landform formed after a long geological evolution for the typical Gust landform. Paku located at Bau district and it is about a 30km drive from Kuching.



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Introducing Committee Members


Pemanca Bong Jong Long



Mdm. Mukvinder Kaur Sandhu

Pro-Vice Chancellor, UCSI University Sarawak

Chairperson, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching

Dr. Yusman Yacob

Secretary, Sarawak Research Society

Senior Lecturer, University Teknologi MARA

Mdm. Rozita Nordin

Regional Marketing Manager, Emerald Publishing (East Asia)

Academic Members

Dr. Ivon Lim

Course Director (Postgraduate), School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

Dr. Hii Puong Koh

Lecturer, UCSI University Sarawak

Dr. Lorna Liew

Lecturer, UCSI University Sarawak

Industry Members

Mr. Lucas Lim

Treasurer, Hwa Gong Bau Historical Society

Mr. Luqman Nulhakim

Senior Assistant Director, Pharmaceutical Services Division, Sarawak State Health Department

Ms. Julie Liaw

Auditor, Sarawak Amateur Radio Emergency Response (SARES) 

Secretary. Saberkas Cawangan Padungan

Executive Members

Mr. Nicholas Tiong

Project Manager, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Ms Andrea Le

Research and Event Committee, Sarawak Research Society

Mr. Reuben Rossell

Project Executive, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Mr. Leo Tang

Project Executive, Centre for Responsible Borneo

The town has a population of about 600 people, of which about 95% are Chinese, mainly Hakka people, and about 5% are Bidayuh. The Chinese education in the Paku of Sarawak can be traced back to 1870, the first Chinese primary school in Sarawak - "HanMin School" established by Chinese in Sarawak. Finally, every traditional Chinese festival such as the Spring Festival, the Tianchuan Festival, and the birthday of the Great Master, they will hold a grand celebration in Paku.


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Green and Gold Experiential Tourism in Bau

One of the pioneering projects under Sarawak Research Society under Responsible Borneo Initiatives, “Green and Gold Tourism Exploration in Bau Disitrict” focuses on community involvement and empowerment. Pilot studies were carried out in Taiton and Jalan Kuching-Bau and a series of dialogues were held with the community leaders and members. The purpose is to design experimental tours involving the host community and gather more inputs from tourism stakeholders before proposing responsible and experiential tourism packages in these areas and other destinations. 


SEARA is about creating a space for students, young academics and practitioners in Southeast Asia to network and learn from one another. With the slogan Research for Sustainable Impact, SEARA vision is to transform research into practice via networking and collaborative learning. Although the members are geographically apart and have diverse backgrounds, they stay connected using the present technology. SEARA is not about providing a series of webinars or an intensive program. Instead, it is about bringing different minds and resources together to build a connected community that will in turn make a positive impact on others.


Responsible Youth Leader (RYL) Program

Responsible Youth Leader (RYL) program 2021-2022 is an initiative of Sarawak Research Society with the support from Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Sarawak, Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA), Emerald Publishing, Centre for Responsible Borneo (CRM). The program lasted for 12 weeks featuring 7 lectures, discussions, and group assignments with the participation of 27 youth leaders in Southeast Asian Region. The program achieves its purpose of creating an avenue for the youths to network, discuss on responsible tourism topics and apply it to their national contexts. 

Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA)



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Secretary: Ms Mandy Chen
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Centre for Responsible Borneo

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