The Sun (Malaysia)
King awed by warm welcome in Sabah
TAWAU: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said yesterday he was moved by the amazing reception accorded by the people upon his arrival here on Sunday for the Kembara Kenali Borneo tour.
During a dinner with the Tawau community and the launch of the event, the King said he and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku
Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah as well as their children were moved when they reached Sabah, the “Land Below the Wind”.
“We are so excited by what the people of Tawau and Sabah have shown. I am moved by the first day’s celebration, tomorrow and the day after must be even greater.
“I am so excited. Tunku Azizah and the children have been counting the days to get here,” said the King during the dinner at the Tawau Community Hall.
Earlier, he launched the Kembara Kenali Borneo tour, involving a distance of 2,154km via the Pan Borneo Highway that connects Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.
The King said he wanted all the people of Sabah and Sarawak to celebrate Malaysia Day with enthusiasm.
“After the spirited National Day celebrations in the Peninsular, I want to see people from Sabah and Sarawak be just as spirited in celebrating Malaysia Day.”
Al-Sultan Abdullah also thanked the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who worked hard to make Kembara Kenali Borneo a reality.
The event, which is being held for the first time until Sept 13, will see the King and Tunku Azizah get to know Malaysians living in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak. – Bernama