Grand Malaysia Day celebrations


Sabahans celebrating Malaysia Day at Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu last night. (Sept 16) NORMIMIE DIUN/The Star

KOTA KINABALU: A unique performance depicting the deeds of the nation’s heroes coming to the fore was held at the national level Malaysia Day celebrations at the Padang Merdeka.

The 40 minute performance involving some 1,000 youths, including primary and secondary students, saw them taking centre stage before a crowd of people which overflowed into the streets along the historic field.

Amid a carnival like atmosphere, the performers staged five-part skit from the days of formation of Malaysia to the present Generation Y.

The event also paid tribute to the mountain guides who saved over a hundred trapped climbers when a magnitude 6 earthquake hit Mount Kinabalu on June 5.

Among those present were Sabah Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman while Sarawak was represented by its State Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar, who represented Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Sixteen people of different ages but born on September 16 presented the Malaysia Day cake as they marked Sept 16, the date when the regions joined together to form Malaysia, 52 years ago.

Najib, Ahmad Zahid, Musa, Mohamad Asfia, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and Sabah State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman and other senior officials also signed a record book commemorating the 2015 Malaysia Day festivities.

Najib assured Sabahans that the federal government was always listening to the needs of the people.

He said the importance of both Sabah and Sarawak should not be underestimated in strengthening the nation.

The crowd was entertained to performances by renowned Malaysian artistes including rock queen Ella and Stacy AF6 as the night ended with a 20-minute firework display.

People started flocking into the area from early in the afternoon with many wearing red T-shirts bearing the words “Sabah Sokong Datuk Seri Najib’’ and “Sabah Loves Najib’’as they were entertained by modern and traditional music as well as various multi-ethnic dances.

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