Malaysia is full of hidden gems. This is the first of a trilogy of videos that explores the process of rural transformation of one of our jewels, Bario, a cluster of villages located in the Kelabit Highlands, northeast of Sarawak.
Bario is one of many rural villages experiencing infrastructural and social development. Basic amenities that we take for granted such as treated water, electricity and Internet access are crucial in lifting a village like Bario out of poverty.
For a village to truly thrive and be sustainable, its people must have access to quality education and find its strength in local enterprises.
With tourism and interest in local Kelabit culture on the rise, it’s important that agriculture, the main economic activity, continues to be cultivated in Bario.