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Thou­sands join fes­tiv­i­ties in KK to mark Malaysia Day

The Star Malaysia - - Front Page - Re­ports by MUGUNTAN VANAR, RUBEN SARIO, STEPHANIE LEE, SARBAN SINGH, MEI MEI CHU and STEPHEN THEN

They may be sep­a­rated by the South China Sea but Malaysians from Ge­orge Town right up to Kota Kin­a­balu and Sibu marked the for­ma­tion of the coun­try with cel­e­bra­tion and pa­tri­o­tism.

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: A sea of Jalur Gemi­lang filled the Likas Sports Com­plex as thou­sands waved the na­tional flag to the beat of pa­tri­otic songs that in­cluded Se­hati Se­jiwa and Aku Ne­garaku to cel­e­brate Malaysia Day.

It was a cur­tain-raiser to the fes­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate the birth of Malaysia 54 years ago.

Sabah Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahirud­din, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak and Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Musa Aman joined the crowd for the cel­e­bra­tion.

In his speech, Na­jib said the parochial calls of “Sabah for Saba­hans” and “Sarawak for Sarawakians” should be dropped and be re­placed with “Malaysia for Sabah and Sarawak”.

He said the rights of Sabah and Sarawak un­der the 1963 Malaysia Agree­ment would al­ways be re­spected.

He said the Sabah and Sarawak spe­cial rights Cab­i­net com­mit­tee was al­ready look­ing into var­i­ous as­pects raised by the two states.

“Our dis­cus­sions will be done soon.

“They are be­ing done civilly, like dis­cus­sions be­tween sib­lings.”

Na­jib said the Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide spe­cial al­lo­ca­tions for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment in the states be­cause they need it.

“The de­vel­op­ment gap with Penin­su­lar Malaysia will be re­duced till it is wiped out,” he said, adding that the for­ma­tion of Malaysia has brought much progress to the two states.

Also present were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Sarawak State Assem­bly Speaker Datuk Amar Mo­hamad As­fia Awang Nasar.

The cel­e­bra­tion be­gan with the Prime Min­is­ter sign­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive Malaysia Day book.

Na­jib also joined Juhar, Musa and other fed­eral and state lead­ers in the cut­ting of a Malaysia Day cake.

A team of se­cu­rity per­son­nel marched in later, bear­ing a huge Jalur Gemi­lang that was slowly raised as the crowd sang Ne­garaKu.

Af­ter that, there was a se­ries of per­for­mances by var­i­ous artistes, in­clud­ing Zizi Ki­rana, At­mos­fera, Ella, Hael Hu­saini, Nana Sheme, Fran­cis Lan­dong, Jan­ry­wine, Nera, Rosario Bia­nis and Far­ish Aziz.

A 10-minute fire­works dis­play capped off the cel­e­bra­tion that was held un­der over­cast skies.

A sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tion at the Sibu town square in Sarawak was at­tended by Gover­nor Tan Sri Ab­dul Taib Mah­mud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Pat­inggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Pat­inggi Dato Ju­maa’ni Tun Tuanku Bu­jang, as well as other state lead­ers and dig­ni­taries.

The evening event fea­tured a mix of pa­tri­otic and en­ter­tain­ment per­for­mances co­or­di­nated by the Min­istry of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports Sarawak.

A show of unity: Na­jib and Juhar (on Na­jib’s left) to­gether with their wives Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor and Puan Nor­l­i­dah R.M. Jasni (in yel­low head­scarf) cut­ting the cake to mark the Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Likas Sports Com­plex in Kota Kin­a­balu. Also present at the event were (from left) Mul­ti­me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Amar Mo­hamad, Musa and Dr Ahmad Zahid.

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