|:: Malaysia Day Joy In Sabah ::|
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is set to host celebrations for Malaysia Day which will be observed as a national public holiday for the first time on Sept 16.
The state and federal governments are jointly organising the celebrations that will be held at Padang Merdeka, the very venue where Sabah and Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaya on Sept 16, 1963 to mark the formation of Malaysia.
The celebrations themed Menjana Transformasi (Generating Transformation) will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Deputy Information, Communication, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum conveyed the federal government’s intention that Sabah play host after meeting with state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on Friday.
Joseph said the celebrations would allow people to fully understand the meaning of Malaysia Day and how the country was formed through exhibitions in archives and museums.
He said the Merdeka celebrations on Aug 31 was not only for Peninsular Malaysia but also for Sabah and Sarawak, which gained self-rule on Aug 31, 1963 and Malaysia was formed 16 days later.
“We hope history is not forgotten but introduced to the people, particularly the young,” he said.
Sabah previously marked Malaysia Day in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertua Negri’s birthday, which has now been shifted to October.
Credit to Muguntan Vanan
source : The Star Online