Gasak president Bobby William (front row, third left) cuts the birthday cake with Gasak members.

KUCHING: Gabungan Anak Sarawak (Gasak) alliance recently celebrated the 179th anniversary of the founding of Sarawak with a cake cutting ceremony.

Gasak chairman Lina Soo said the kingdom of Sarawak was created and carved out of the Brunei sultanate with an agreement signed and sealed between  Englishman James Brooke and Raja Muda Hashim, an uncle of the Brunei sultan on Sept 24, 1841.

“The agreement, written in Jawi, agreed to transfer the government of Sarawak of its dependencies, their revenues and all future responsibilities to James Brooke Esquire.

“From that date henceforth, James Brooke was to be the sole owner of Sarawak’s revenues and responsible for the public expenditure necessary for the good of Sarawak,” she said in a statement on Friday (Sept 25).

Soo also mentioned that the Agreement also upheld James Brooke Esquire as lawful Ruler of Sarawak and all future actions of the Sarawak government could only be carried out with the consent of James Brooke Esquire in accordance with the terms of the Agreement.

“Gasak members expressed their aspiration for the sovereignty status of Sarawak to be restored, as it was intended to be, as founded 179 years ago and affirmed their commitment to serve the people and nation,” she added.