Sarawak Day do to recognise sacrifices of Covid-19 frontliners

Local Government and Housing Minister cum 2021 Sarawak Day celebration organising chairman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (centre) together with organising committee members (from left) Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Department (Corporate Affairs and UKAS) Abdullah Saidol; Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali; International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Assistant Minister Datuk Naroden Majais; and Youth and Sport Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan showing the 2021 Sarawak Day celebration poster after a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: This year’s Sarawak Day celebration, themed Sarawak Gemilang Untuk Semua, will acknowledge the sacrifices made by frontliners in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organising chairman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the one-day event would be held at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly Complex from 8.30pm.

“Guest list is limited to 100 people only. Those invited are not just VIPs but ordinary Sarawakians,  non-governmental organisations, and the unsung heroes in the pandemic fight.

“For instance, garbage collectors who help keep the city clean, as well as food delivery riders. These are the unsung heroes, so we want to acknowledge them on the day,” he told the media at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here on Tuesday (July 13).

He added Sarawak moving into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting Wednesday (July 14) was also because of every Sarawakian who played their part in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

“This year’s do is also to celebrate the fighting spirit of Sarawak, especially battling the pandemic for 15 months now.

“This spirit dates back to the earliest days of how our forefathers and past leaders fought for Sarawak. And this spirit is still carried on today.”

Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister, added that during the event, there would be a special song performance titled Sarawak Gemilang created by Alvin Wee.

“I also call on Sarawakians to fly the Sarawak flag on July 22 or light up your house as a mark of respect. This will surely add merriment to the occasion.”

Meanwhile, the celebration will be a mixture of digital and live performance broadcast on TVS at 8.15pm. It will also be streamed live on Sarawak Public Communications Unit’s (Ukas) Facebook page, YouTube channel and RTM Radio FM.

Other activities include a contemporary dance performance titled Sarawak Bahagia, presentation of video titled Aspirasi Sarawakku Sayang, short film titled I am Sarawak, and documentary video titled The Struggle.

In addition, Sarawak Multimedia Authority would be organising a TikTok competition for youths to create inspirational videos to commemorate the important day.

Among the VIPs are Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datuk Amar Hajah Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang and Sarawak Cabinet ministers.

Present during the press conference were State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion; Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Minister Datuk Sharifah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan; Assistant International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Naroden Majais and Assistant Corporate Affairs and Ukas Minister Abdullah Saidol.