KUCHING: Sept 16, 1963 is a very important day for the people of Sarawak as it was the day that the state, together with Malaya, Sabah and Singapore formed a country called Malaysia, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He noted that Malaysia had achieved many successes and developments.
“There had been some constraints, including security issues in the beginning. We had confrontations with Indonesia and faced communist threats until eventually in the 70s we succeeded in establishing a stable government.
“To date, we have been able to establish a number of roadmaps focusing on rural development particularly in education, and Sarawak has progressed through the Sarawak Foundation and educational institutions that have been set up,” he told reporters here today.
Johari was also thankful that Sarawak in 56 years, despite numerous challenges had succeeded in becoming the state it is today.
Meanwhile, the full rehearsal for the Malaysia Day 2019 celebration at Stadium Perpaduan here Saturday night was participated by more than 1,000 people.
Performances including by the Royal Malaysia Police band and hoisting of the Jalur Gemilang by the Royal Malaysian Navy was rehearsed at the indoor stadium.
Students and traditional dancers were also involved.
Overseeing the rehearsal which began at 8 pm was Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who is also Joint Celebration Organising Committee chairman.
The parade float for Monday will involve six vehicles, including one from Sabah.