Unsung heroes will be among those invited to Sarawak Day celebration

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK Day celebrations will be held in a small scale at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here on July 22.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the event will be limited to 100 people only, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Although we can only invite 100 people, it is not a fully ‘VIPs’ event as it is time for us to acknowledge the sacrifices and contribution of the unsung heroes in Sarawak, including food delivery riders and garbage collectors,” he said.

“They have been playing an important role in the society, especially during the pandemic,” he said.

Themed “Sarawak Gemilang Untuk Semua”, Sarawak Day commemorates the state’s attainment of self-governance from the British on July 22, 1963. It was declared a public holiday by the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in 2016.

Dr Sim said the celebration would feature a mix of virtual and live performances, including a welcome dance, video presentations conveying messages from leaders and the people, the “I Am Sarawak” short film and a documentary titled “The Struggle”.

He said the highlight would be a special song performance titled “Sarawak Gemilang” composed for the occasion by Sarawak-born producer and composer Alvin Wee.

The song explores the celebration’s theme “Sarawak Gemilang Untuk Semua” and will be performed by local singer Nurafizah Busman.

“The theme showcases Sarawak’s fighting spirit and solidarity, especially in the last one year of Covid-19 when every Sarawakian came together and played their part.

“That spirit goes back to the earlier days of how our forefathers fought for Sarawak. It carries on until today as seen in how Sarawakians are fighting Covid-19 together,” he added.

Similar to last year, the celebration will be broadcast live on Sarawak’s television channel TVS, RTM Radio and the Sarawak Public Communications Unit’s (Ukas) Facebook and YouTube channels at 8.15pm on July 22.