Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component leaders wish the state prosperity in conjunction with the Sarawak Day celebration.
This year marks the sixth year the state is celebrating Sarawak Day ever since its independence way back in 1963.
Although this is the second year that Malaysia was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the state government under GPS has stayed strong to curb the spread of the pandemic with the accelerated vaccination rollouts both in the urban and rural areas.
Although Sarawakians are still unable to celebrate this special day en masse, it still holds a special place in our hearts.
Following are the Sarawak Day wishes for New Sarawak Tribune from some of the state’s GPS party leaders.
ROBERT AYU (PDP senior Youth member)
I wish all Sarawakians a Happy Sarawak Day. May Sarawak continue to enjoy progress and peace. This marks the sixth year that Sarawakians are celebrating Sarawak Day and the second year in a row we celebrate it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I hope the GPS government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg continues to prosper and continue to fight for Sarawak’s rights enshrined under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
DATUK SERI DORIS SOPHIA BRODIE (PRS Women chief)
Happy Sarawak Day to all Sarawakians. On this day, let us all remember and honour our past leaders who struggled for Sarawak’s independence. Let us work in solidarity for a better Sarawak and towards achieving herd immunity against Covid-19 soon.
DATUK JANANG BUNGSU (PRS secretary general)
Today, July 22, is very significant as we remember our independence. With our vaccination programme being aggressively implemented, I hope we will be able to achieve herd immunity soon. I hope Sarawak will be more rigorous in its economic approaches and strategies. I also wish to see more political stability so that the leaders can concentrate on developing the state. Happy Sarawak Day to Sarawakians!
DATUK SERI RICHARD RIOT JAEM (SUPP deputy president)
July 22 is Sarawak Day. I wish all Sarawakians Happy Sarawak Day. May Sarawak continue to be blessed as a state of peace and happiness, health, wealth and prosperity. This year’s celebration, for the second time, will be held on a small scale in view of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The theme of the celebration ‘Sarawak Gemilang Untuk Semua’ is aptly chosen. As we celebrate Sarawak’s attainment of self-government from the British on July 22, 1963, let us remember the fighting spirit of our forefathers who fought for our self-government.
DATUK HENRY HARRY JINEP (PDP vice president)
In conjunction with this special day, Sarawak Day, first, we must stay safe and stay protected from all harms and sicknesses. Being healthy is important as we strive to become a developed state by 2030. I would like to remind Sarawakians to get their vaccinations against Covid-19 so that we can have a healthy Sarawak.
KHO TECK WAN (SUPP Women chief)
July 22 serves as a reminder to all Sarawakians to safeguard the sovereignty of Sarawak. On this day in 1963, we obtained self-governance from the British by forming our own government, led by our first chief minister, Datuk Amar Stephan Kalong Ningkan. Sarawak has recorded the highest daily vaccination rate in Malaysia. We break our own target of 50,000 vaccinations per day by administering over 70,000 vaccines daily. These are signs of a mature and progressive Sarawak since 1963. I wish all Sarawakians a happy Sarawak Day.
GERALD RENTAP JABU (PBB Youth chief)
Happy Sarawak Day 2021! In remembering the sacrifices of our past leaders who brought independence to Sarawak in 1963 and formed Malaysia that same year, we give thanks to God for his blessings and a government that had brought continuous developments to our beloved state. Since last year, we have been subjected to the Covid-19 pandemic that does not discriminate against colour, creed or religion. I thank all doctors, nurses, frontliners, volunteers and all Sarawakians that have supported the vaccination efforts. This can only be done with proper planning by the state GPS government. I appeal to all Sarawakians to follow the standard operating procedures, to spend and save wisely and prioritise their children’s education for a better future.
DATUK CHIEW YEN CHEW (PDP Women chief)
Today marks the start of self-governance for Sarawak in 1963. Although we cannot have a grand celebration because of Covid-19, let us honour past leaders who fought for the independence of Sarawak from British colonial rule. It is also a good day to raise awareness of the importance of unity among the different races and ethnic groups in the state under the good governance of the GPS government. I wish everyone a happy Sarawak Day and good health. Stay safe.