Monday, 20 July 2015

State leaders to observe Sarawak Independence Day on July 22

KUCHING: Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem are scheduled to attend a special event to commemorate the history of the Sarawak Independence (Sarawak Merdeka) on July 22 at the State Assembly building here.

According to a statement from the State Information Department, the ceremony is expected to start at 10.30am upon the arrival of the two guests of honour and their spouses.

All male guests have been advised to wear white lounge suit or put on a white blazer or they may choose to wear their national or traditional attire while the ladies will have to wear the ‘baju kurung’.

The essence of the event will be a special rendition relating to the historic moment followed by a speech by Adenan, said the statement.

State cabinet ministers and federal ministers, state assemblymen, members of parliament, heads of government departments and other dignitaries are also expected to attend the event.

On July 22, 1963, the last governor of the British Government, Sir Alexander Waddell, left the Astana, his residence, and boarded a white sampan to cross the Sarawak River to hand over the Government of Sarawak to its own people.

The day that the Union Jack was lowered for the last time was also the day that the first state cabinet meeting, presided over by first Chief Minister Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan, was held.

Sarawak later joined Sabah, Malaya and Singapore, on Sept 16, 1963, to form Malaysia.



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