Dancers dressed in traditional costume pose for a photograph with Sarawakku Sayang banners in the background.

SAMARAHAN: Over 3,000 people thronged the Kota Samarahan Civic Centre courtyard here to witness the launching ceremony of Sarawakku Sayang 2020 programme yesterday.

The ceremony was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who was joined by other dignitaries in playing traditional instruments in a launching gimmick.

The programme was organised by the Sarawak government to highlight Abang Johari’s contribution towards the state’s achievements and developments over the last three years as chief minister.

At the ceremony, the official theme song for the programme titled, ‘Sarawakku Sayang’ was unveiled where guests as well as the audience sang along to the catchy tune.

Abang Johari with wife Juma’ani (seated centre) and seated (from left) are State Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Deputy Chief Ministers Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datin Doreen Mayang, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah together with other dignitaries and guests pose for a ‘big family’ photograft after the launch of Sarawakku Sayang. Photo: Ramidi Subari

Abang Johari also celebrated his three-year anniversary of becoming Sarawak’s sixth Chief Minister on Jan 13, 2017.

He was presented a ‘pulut kuning’ anniversary cake which he and his wife, Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang cut during the ceremony.

At the function, the chief minister presented land titles to community leaders and village chiefs who received them on behalf of their villagers from areas around Samarahan.

Temenggong Chek Bujang and Temenggong Anthony Nipak both presented souvenirs to Abang Johari. His wife also received a souvenir from village chief Saptuyah Ja’al.

Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion.

Also in attendance were Cabinet ministers, assistant ministers, MPs, state assemblymen and community leaders.

The chief minister later toured an exhibition hall displaying the state’s achievements and developments.

Photos: Ramidi Subari