Abdul Karim (right) and Jaul showing the National Day Celebration 2020 poster to the press. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

National Day Celebration 2020

KUCHING: The state-level National Day Celebration 2020 themed “Malaysia Prihatin” will be held in Simanggang town.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the highlight for this year’s celebration would be a unity walk to be led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“About 250 people will take part in the 1.5km walk around Simanggang town, Sri Aman on the morning of August 31,” he said in a press conference at the Baitul Makmur Building, Petra Jaya here yesterday.

He encouraged participants to use their traditional costumes to showcase the uniqueness of Sarawak and enliven the National Day atmosphere.

“As we have to comply with the Covid-19 SOP, the total number of participants is limited. However, we want participants to showcase the culture, uniqueness, and diversity of the people of Sarawak. It will be beautiful if everyone comes in their ethnic costumes,” he said. 

Abdul Karim added that a dinner would be held at Hotel Sri Simanggang in conjunction with the celebration on August 30.

The Chief Minister will mingle with community leaders from around Sri Aman during the event. 

“Let us all watch the state-level National Day Celebration 2020 which will be broadcast live via the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), TV Sarawak, and Sarawak Event Channel on August 31,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said a special video entitled “Wira” would be produced in appreciation of frontliners.

“Wira” tells a story of the frontliners’ lives and their sacrifice and resilience in carrying out their duties for the welfare of the people and the nation.

“In an effort to cultivate the spirit of love for the country, a medley of contemporary patriotic songs will be performed by local singers,” he said.

Among the songs are “Inilah Barisan Kita”, “Bahtera Merdeka”, “Warisan”, “Tanggal 31”, “Setia”, and “Negaraku” (Faizal Tahir version). 

Abdul Karim said the National Day Celebration 2020 encouraged all Malaysians to cultivate a strong spirit of nationhood within themselves.

“As the country faces the challenges of Covid-19, Malaysia as a whole is united to ensure that we win the fight against the pandemic,” he said.

He pointed out that the federal and state governments had provided various assistance and initiatives to ease the burden of the people.

Also present were State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee.