Sarawak Independence Day expo showcases state’s history in depth

Abang Johari (centre) looking at one of the Sarawak chronology walls, flanked by Pustaka Negri CEO Rashidah Bolhassan (right) and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (left), together with Minister-in-Charge of Sarawak Independence Day 2018 celebration Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (behind Rashidah), Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (behind Abang Johari) and others.

KUCHING, July 22: Sarawakians who want to know more about the never-taught-in-school history of Sarawak can satiate their thirst at the Sarawak Independence Day exhibition at Plaza Merdeka here.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg launched the exhibition this afternoon. It will be on until July 24.

The exhibition, jointly organised by the state government, Pustaka Negri and Plaza Merdeka management, features graphical walls of Sarawak’s chronology starting with the rule of the Brunei Sultanate in 1599 to the Brookes, the Japanese Occupation, the British colonisation and ending with present day Sarawak.

Abang Johari (third from right) about to sign the plaque to officially launch the Sarawak Independence Day exhibition as Pustaka Negri CEO Rashidah Bolhassan (right), Minister-in-Charge of Sarawak Independence Day 2018 celebration Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (second from right) and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (fourth from right) look on.

Abang Johari remarked that the location of the exhibition was very strategic because it was at a shopping mall at the heart of the city.

“This exhibition is very educational. The people of Sarawak can get to know the history of Sarawak in depth, all the way to the present time,” he said.


Apart from the wall of graphics depicting the chronology of Sarawak’s history, there is also a video presentation on the big screen of Plaza Merdeka overlooking the mall’s concourse above the exhibition area.

The exhibition is open to members of the public during Plaza Merdeka’s opening hours. — DayakDaily