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About Long Makabar

Kedaya Telang Usang

(Picture adopted from http://telangusan.blogspot.com/2007/09/telang-usan-tourism-project.html)

The people

Long Makabar is a 40-door longhouse community, consisting of approximately 300 residents belonging to both Kenyah and Penan elders and children. The community survives with agriculture and fishing as their main source of income.  SK Long Makabar is the only primary school in the village with secondary school situated nearby Long San. The men in Long Makabar usually venture out to gather wild plants, hunt and plant hill paddy; while the women make handicrafts and weaves. Nevertheless, some of the breadwinners in Long Makabar travel long distance to Miri city to earn a living. While Long Makabar is rich in cultural and resources, lack of electricity is a setback for its development.


The culture

Long Makabar is known for its cultural heritage, the history, the traditional dance and the Sarawakian musical instrument Sape. People from afar travel to Long Makabar to listen, watch and learn this unique musical instrument from one of the finest exponents of the Sape in the entire region. Long Makabar is also well known for their traditional dance, where the dancer strikes dramatically low stances and skillfully maneuvers his shield around him in time to the beautiful rhythm of the Sape. The dance represents a warrior taking on the movement of flapping wings, bringing to life the hornbill in his every step. The Sape was the traditional guitar of the upriver people in this region, where the musician in Long Makabar are peculiarly skillful with. It is a way of connecting the upriver people from different long houses through music. Currently, it had gradually become a social instrument, used as accompaniment for the surviving recreational Kenyah dance, as a source of entertainment and attraction.

The location

Long Makabar, located in the centre of the Silat River is a connecting point between villages along the upstream, Long Banga and downstream, Long San.  With its strategic location, Long Makabar is expected to be the centre for tourism for the communities in Kedaya Telang Usan (Ulu Baram). Long Makabar is strategically located near to the Usun Apau National Park (refer to map below). Long Makabar is embraced by its rainforest abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, and interesting ecological niches. Long Makabar offers tourists an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. On the other hand, the Usun Apau National Park Plateau has outstanding regional conservation significance for its thick forest and various tree species, ideal for botanist and researchers throughout the world. The park has a high potential value for recreational, educational and research purposes and Long Makabar provided the ideal focal point.

The means of transportations

There are two options to travel to Long Makabar:

  1. By Air: MASWings

a)     Miri to Long Akah (RM80.00 per way*)

b)     Miri to Long Banga (RM100.00 per way*)

  1. By Land: 4 Wheel Drive

a)     Miri to Long Makabar (RM700.00 per way/car*)

b)     Long Akah to Long Makabar (RM300.00 per way/car*)

c)      Long Banga to Long Makabar (RM400.00 per way/car*)

*Estimated transportation costs

The accommodation

The Cultural Centre is an accommodation facility for tourists and researchers with a minimum fee of RM15.00 per bed/night. Kitchen facilities are provided below the Cultural Centre. Furthermore, a convenient shop can also be found in the village. There are two shower rooms installed inside and outside the cultural centre with clean water supply. Pillows and mosquito netting will be made available upon request. Moreover, the villagers in Long Makabar can also arrange trips to nearby waterfall for picnics and fishing for leisure. 

Why Long Makabar ?  

Long Makabar is a 40-door longhouse community located at the border of Miri Division. An 8-hour journey by 4-wheel is the only method to access the area. Without proper electricity and water facilities, the community survives with agriculture and fishing as their main source of income. It is a vision of Long Makabar community to outreach the city culture and at the same time, develop and improve their home.

Long Makabar is the first and only longhouse community identified and suggested by MERCY to Project Care when the group approached MERCY Miri for partnership. Together with MERCY, Project Care hopes to gather contributions from people of all walks of life to help Long Makabar, for their people, their children and their future.