National Malaysia Day celebrations to be organised on small scale in Sabah

Sabah Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin (right) was presented an invitation for the national level Malaysia Day celebrations in Kota Kinabalu on Monday by the co-chairman of the organising committee Datuk Safar Untong, who Sabah State Secretary.

KOTA KINABALU: The national-level celebration of Malaysia Day on Thursday (Sept 16) will be held on a small scale due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, says Sabah state secretary Datuk Seri Safar Untong.

He said although this year's celebration was on a small scale, the main purpose was to inspire and commemorate the spirit of the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

The national-level celebration will be held at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC).

He said the programme would be implemented with strict adherence to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) such as limited invitations and a short 90-minute programme that begins at 8.00pm.

The co-chairman for the National Malaysia Day 2021 celebration working committee handed over an invitation to Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, at Istana Seri Kinabalu here Monday (Sept 13).

Also present at the Istana was Sabah Federal Secretary Datuk Dr Zulkapli Mohamed.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is also scheduled to attend the Malaysia Day celebrations.

The signing of a special book in conjunction with Malaysia Day will be the highlight of the celebrations.

The Sabah Cultural Board had said earlier that they will be organising a Malaysia Prihatin prayer programme that will be held on their Facebook page and also at places of worship in conjunction with the national-level celebration.

The programme involves the Sabah Bumiputera Christian Association, Sabah United Chinese Association, Malaysia Hindu Sangam and Kinabalu Singh Sabha Sabah.

On Sept 16, the Kinabalu Singh Sabha will have its prayers at the Kota Kinabalu Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple at 10am while Sabah United Chinese Association will have its prayers on Sept 19 at the KK Peak Nam Tong Buddhist Mission.

The Sabah Bumiputera Christian Association will have its prayer session at 2pm on Sept 19 at Gereja Baptis, Pelita Cahaya Damai in Luyang, according to the Sabah Cultural Board statement while the Malaysia Hindu Sangam Negeri Sabah will organise its prayers at Sri Pasupathinath temple in Bukit Padang here at 10am on Sunday.

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