Dr Sim calls on Sarawakians to celebrate Sarawak Day in full force

Caption: Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (in yellow) leads the organising committee members shouting "Happy Sarawak Day". - dayakdaily.com

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KUCHING: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian today urged Sarawakians to celebrate Sarawak Day on July 22 in their own ways.

“You can hold public forums, BBQ dinners, karaoke sessions, walkathons and cycling events or whatever ways you can think of to celebrate this important and historical event,” he told reporters after chairing the Sarawak Day main organising committee meeting at the Old Court House Complex here.

He also urged all Anak Sarawak to fly the State flag to honour the Sarawak Day.

“As truly Anak Sarawak, we must celebrate this day in full force,” he said.

Dr Sim, who is the chairman of the Sarawak Day organising committee, said the official celebration at the Kuching waterfront will feature a special 15-minute choral performance by some 50 students.

He said the choral will start as soon as the Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud arrives at the venue of the celebration.

“It will relate to the history of the handing over of Sarawak’s administration to its own people by the British government in 1963.

He said the choral performers consist of students from SK RPR Astana and coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Dr Sim said a video depicting the history and present day of Sarawak will also be projected on a giant LED screen as a background to the performance.

Another highlight of the commemoration ceremony will be a three-day exhibition depicting the history of Sarawak administration, starting from the era before the Brooke’s rule (1841-1941) until after 1963.

According to Dr Sim, the exhibition will be held at the steamship building at the Kuching waterfront from July 22 to 24.

The exhibition is led by the National Archive Department in collaboration with the Information and Museum departments, Pustaka Negeri, RTM and FINAS.

More than 100 pictures, artifacts and videos touching on the Japanese era (1941-1945), the Australian military rule (1945-1946) and the British rule (1946-1963) will be available for the public to see, especially students and the younger generation.

Also to be showcased are the history on the struggle towards achieving Sarawak’s Independence, the Cobbold Commission, the handing over of the administrative power to the people of Sarawak, the past and present governors, chief ministers and on the formation of Malaysia.

The governor will grace the exhibition on July 22.

Among the VVIPs expected to come are Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, deputy chief ministers, state ministers and their spouses. – dayakdaily.com