KUCHING: The entire nation celebrates Malaysia Day today, a significant day commemorating a milestone achieved 57 years ago — the establishment of the Malaysian federation.
Although Covid-19 still lurks and celebrations have to be held in the new norm, the spirit of Malaysia Day is still unwavering.
This is a day to reflect on the efforts of the nation’s past leaders who strove to form Malaysia, to appreciate the progress the country as achieved thus far, and to look ahead towards a bright future for the nation.
Sarawak has, once again, been selected to host the Malaysia Day celebrations this year for the second year in a row.
This year’s celebrations — themed “Malaysia Prihatin” (Malaysia Cares) — will be held in Sibu.
In conjunction with Malaysia Day, Sarawak’s leaders have shared their hopes and aspirations for Malaysia.
I hope the people continue to support the current government, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to ensure the continuity of programmes and plans which are comprehensive so that Sarawak can become a developed and high-income state by 2030.DATUK SERI DR WAN JUNAIDI TUANKU JAAFAR
(Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister)
For us in Sarawak, the focus continues to be on digital economy to ensure development in this state is on par with the other states in Malaysia. Happy Malaysia Day to everyone.DATUK DR ABDUL RAHMAN JUNAIDI
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department
(Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission)
It is my hope that every Malaysian is concerned and inclusive about others. Malaysia was formed on the spirit of mutuality — respecting all ethnicities as well as cultural and religious values. Happy Malaysia Day.GERALD RENTAP JABU
(Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Youth chief), Layar assemblyman
Let’s make Sarawak a truly prosperous, peaceful, and the most beautiful place to live in in Malaysia!DATUK IDRIS BUANG
(PBB Information chief), Muara Tuang assemblyman
I look forward to Malaysia being truly Malaysia after 57 years since her formation. It was no ordinary birth then but one that was legally bound with an agreement — the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). There is still much to do to make Malaysia a level playing field for all Malaysians. Happy 57th Malaysia Day.DATUK SERI DORIS SOPHIA BRODIE
(PRS Women chief)
We must cherish and appreciate the hardworking people living and working peacefully in Malaysia over the years, accepting each other’s customs and beliefs in harmony. Let’s use this day to instil the concept of national unity in our children and make greater strides towards a stable and prosperous society.DATUK SERI TIONG KING SING
(Progressive Democratic Party president), PM’s Special Envoy to People’s Republic of China
My Malaysia Day wish for Sarawakians in Malaysia is for all the over 5,000 villages, settlements, towns, and longhouses in the state to be connected by roads and supplied with electricity and potable water.TAN SRI DATUK AMAR DR JAMES JEMUT MASING
(Deputy Chief Minister and Parti Rakyat Sarawak president)
On this day, it is very important for the younger generation to get their history knowledge right. All important dates such as Sarawak Day on July 22, National Day (Aug 31) and Malaysia Day (Sept 16) must be taught and remembered.DATUK SNOWDAN LAWAN
(PRS Youth chief), Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports
I aspire for a united and harmonious society in Malaysia with respect for all people irrespective of their race, culture and religion.DATUK CHIEW YEN CHEW
(PDP Women chief)
I aspire for Malaysia to truly become a haven for diversity — a country that recognises cultural differences through legal means of reconciliation, not just an empathetic approach and placing a footnote in its historical catalogue.ROBERT AYU
(PDP Youth chief)
Sarawak should be known as a state that has contributed much to the whole of Malaysia. It is high time for Malaya to return more of what belong to Sarawak.LO KHERE CHIANG
(SUPP assistant Publicity and Information secretary), Batu Kitang assemblyman
I urge the federal government to expedite steps to restore Sarawak rights. Sarawak under the governance of GPS truly epitomises racial harmony and solidarity.MICHAEL TIANG
(SUPP Youth chief)
Congratulations to Malaysians in general and Sarawak in particular for maintaining the momentum of development.DATUK FRANCIS HARDEN HOLLIS
(Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing)
On this auspicious occasion when we celebrate Malaysia Day in Sibu, we pray that our country regains political stability and all its subjects continue to live in harmony with mutual respect and maximum tolerance irrespective of race, religion and creed.DATUK DING KUONG HIING
(Sarawak United People’s Party vice president)