This billboard displays the theme of today’s Sarawak Day 2020 celebration, ‘Sarawak Cemerlang’ centred this year in Miri City. Due to the recovery movement control order which is still in force, many of the programmes and festivities have to be held either in cyber space or under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs). Photo: Ramidi Subari

MIRI: All preparations for celebrating 57th Sarawak Independence Day have been completed.

A ground checked carried out by the New Sarawak Tribune on Tuesday, showed buntings, Sarawak flags and banners had been put up along the Marina Bay area nearby Miri Waterfront here adjacent to Pullman Hotel Miri where the event is to be held tonight.

Yesterday performers and working committee members for the event were conducting final rehearsal this including sound and visual check to ensure a smooth preparation for the event.

This year’s festive mood is slightly different from its previous celebrations due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarawak Day video on show at the celebration venue.

The occasion is to be held virtually and broadcast live from Miri at 9pm via Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), tvSarawak and Sarawak Event Channel.

Amongst those scheduled to attend the celebration tonight are the Head of the State (TYT) Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, his wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang as well as the State Cabinet ministers.

The State government has set Sarawak Day to be celebrated every July 22 since 2016 and gazetted it as a public holiday to commemorate the date the last British colonial governor Sir Alexander Waddel symbolically handed over the administration of the state to the local people in 1963.

The City council since last week has put up decorations at important intersections within the city centre, heading towards the Pullman Hotel Miri.