KUCHING: Tomorrow marks Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 84th birthday.
In planning the various programmes to celebrate the occasion in the new norm, safety measures have had to be adhered to due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, it is bound to be a grand and jubilant affair as state leaders, dignitaries, and the people of Sarawak come together to celebrate.
Numerous state leaders have shared their well wishes in conjunction with the Head of State’s birthday.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
“Happy birthday TYT Tun. We pray for your continued good health, happiness, and wellbeing to lead Sarawak to be a developed state in Malaysia with its multi-ethnic and multi-religious people living and respecting each other’s cultures and beliefs.”
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah
“May TYT be blessed with good health, wisdom, and barakah (divine blessings) so he may continue to inspire Sarawakians to give our best towards being developed, prosperous, diverse but united, inclusive, and harmonious namely with no one and no area left behind.”
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi
“We are proud because Tun Taib is a leader who has served the state and nation since Sarawak was given the power to self-rule and the establishment of Malaysia 57 years ago – there is no denying that Tun Taib has done so much for our state and country.
“He has shown the ability to strengthen unity among the people consisting of various races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious beliefs throughout Sarawak. He has also shown his prowess as a visionary government leader in his efforts to bring long-term development to Sarawak.
“In conjunction with his 84th birthday celebration, we pray that Allah will always preserve the health and safety of Tun Taib and Toh Puan (Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib) to continue being the umbrella of harmony and prosperity for Sarawak.”
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women chief Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie
“Tun Taib has led Sarawak progressively as chief minister for 33 years and now as our Head of State for the last six years. It is therefore apt to thank him heartily for all he has done and all he continues to do for us Sarawakians.
“Tun Taib, wishing you a blessed 84th birthday and may you continue to enjoy good health always.”
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) assistant Publicity and Information secretary Lo Khere Chiang
“I would like to wish His Excellency the best of health, a very happy birthday, and many years of good life to come. I would like to say thank you to TYT; it is because of him we have what we have what we have in Sarawak today.
“Because of our TYT, we have a state reserve of RM30 bil. Because of our TYT, Umno, PAS, and all the Malayan-based parties are not in Sarawak today.”
Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Women chief Datuk Chiew Yen Chew
“Happy birthday and many happy returns to a wonderful Head of State who serves our state with great honour. You are an inspiration and we hope you have many more years to keep up your good work. Stay healthy and have a day of joy on your birthday.”