KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's different cultures and history were showcased at the state's National Day celebrations here on Saturday (Aug 31).
The parade which began at 7.30am showcased vehicles and bicycles used in previous decades as well as the first parade of the Tambadau, Sabah's football team.
A total of 172 contingents comprising 8,500 people from schools, non-governmental organisations, government departments and security forces participated in the event.
Sabah head of state Tun Juhar Mahiruddin was present at the event along with Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, state-level National Day celebration chairman Datuk Peter Anthony, state speaker Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali, their spouses, state ministers and assistant ministers.
At the end of the parade, the Kota Kinabalu City Hall enforcement department was announced as the champion of the government department uniformed category while the Customs Department and Sandakan Municipal Council were the second and third place winners respectively.
The Sabah Girl Scouts, Kota Kinabalu Tailoring Academy and Papar Sea Scouts were named first, second and third place winners for the non-governmental and associations category.
For the ethnic category, the Persatuan Bangsa Tombonuo Sabah, the Semporna district office and the Kadazandusun Murut Association were announced the top three winners.
Sabah gained its independence from British rule on Aug 31,1963 while Malaya gained its independence on the same day in 1957.
Sarawak is not holding any event to mark the National Day as it gained its independence from British rule on July 22,1963.
The Federation of Malaysia was then formed by Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore on Sept 16,1963.
However, Singapore left the Federation on Aug 9,1965.