KOTA KINABALU: Sunduvan Sabah, a local NGO which is actively organizing awareness programs will be holding a ceremony to commemorate the Sabah leaders who died in the Nomad plane crash in the shallow waters of Kg Sembulan on the evening of June 6, 1976.
Its chairman Aloysius Danim Siap said in a statement that Sunduvan has organized this program four years in a row. Last year, over 300 people attended the tribute even though it took place at the start of Ramadan, the fasting month of the Muslim community.
According to Aloysius, Sunduvan gets the cooperation and support from United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah, and a number of NGOs namely Mosik, SSU (UK), Sorak Sabah, BANSA and several others.
However, he felt a little sad because the Government did not make June 6 as a public holiday to allow more people to take the opportunity to attend the Double Six memorial services.
He hoped the Government would gazette June 6 as a public holiday in view of its importance and relevance to the history of Sabah after the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
Among those who perished in the crash was then Chief Minister, Fuad Stephens, then Finance Minister Salleh Sulong, then Minister of Housing and Local Government Minister Peter Mojuntin, then Minister Chong Thien Vun, Assistant minister to the Chief minister Darius Binion, the Finance Ministry permanent secretary Wahid Peter Andu and five others.