Abang Johari: Sarawakians must know about Sarawak Day

A file photo of Sarawak flag being hoisted to commemorate the state's independence day on July 22, 1963.

KUCHING, July 20: All Sarawakians must learn and understand the history of July 22 especially on the events leading to the day Sarawak was given the authority to self-govern from the British, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg reminded.

“For those born before 1963, they are the witnesses to the various phases of developments taking place in the state encompassing economy, social, physical and politics,” he said in the souvenir programme of the Sarawak Day celebration 2019 today.

Abang Johari also emphasised that Sarawak’s economy must be enhanced in tandem with the global economy including digital economy or otherwise, Sarawak would be left behind.

He also called on Sarawakians to remain united to ensure that Sarawak would achieve its developed status by 2030.

Bintulu was aptly chosen as the host for the Sarawak Day celebration this year since the first sitting of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) was held there on August 8, 1867.

Meanwhile, minister-in-charge of the celebration, Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom in a similar message called on all Sarawakians, especially those in Bintulu and nearby areas to join in the events as a gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices and struggles of past leaders who has contributed to the development and progress of Sarawak.

Dr Rundi, who is also Minister for Utilities, highlighted that the activities to be held for the celebration included E-Sport Cup and Forum, Love Sarawak Through History, Sarawak Day Run 2019, thanksgiving ceremony, Kamek Sayang Sarawak concert, Sarawak Day exhibition and Sarawak Day Assembly.

He commended all those involved in organising the event as it reflected their teamwork, professionalism and high commitment to make it a success.

Acting State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion in the same souvenir programme reminded that as agents responsible for bridging the rakyat and the government, members of the state civil service should have the spirit of patriotism in discharging their duties.

“All of us must also know the state’s history and the sacrifices given by past leaders in uniting the people and stabilising Sarawak’s economy, politic and social factors,” he said.

“I hoped that the state civil service would always work closely together to see that Sarawak would continue to be developed as aspired by our leaders,” he added.

This year, Bintulu Division has been chosen to host the celebration, the first time the event is held outside Kuching.

A total of seven main events are to be held leading up to the day starting today, culminating with the main event Sarawak Day Rally in the morning of July 22 at the Bintulu Old Airport in which Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to grace the event. — DayakDaily