COME July 22 I will finally be able to officially wish my fellow Sarawakians Happy Sarawak Day. And it will be a public holiday to boot.
Those of you who have been following this blog would know that I have been posting about July 22, 1963 since 2011.
Credit where credit is due, I actually borrowed Sarawak Day from fellow blogger Rimau Atas Kerusi. Salute Bro! I know you are just as overjoyed as I am.
I also blogged about it last year, when everyone was getting very excited about July 22 – See Happy Sarawak Day 2015.
There will be many who will try to take credit for the recognition of this very significant day in Sarawak’s history.
But let’s make sure the facts don’t get distorted. The State Government began recognising this great day from way back in 2003.
During Sarawak’s Ruby Jubilee or 40th anniversary of independence, I attended an incredibly huge celebration at Padang Merdeka in Kuching.
Like I said last year, it was a grand affair with dignitaries from other countries all joining in the celebration and acknowledging our State’s true date of independence. Contingents marched and the people cheered.
It was then that I learnt about our State’s history and felt even more inspired by my heritage as a Sarawakian.
And now, July 22 will officially be known as Sarawak Day and will be a public holiday.
Our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem is truly striving to return what is rightfully our Great State’s, including the true day of our independence.
He needs and deserves our mandate Sarawakians to continue fighting for us – you and me – to reclaim our Sarawakian rights in all spheres.
Ignore the political rhetoric and spin flying about. You know in your hearts Sarawakians that only Team Adenan can continue to protect our Sarawakian way of life.
The story from The Star:
Adenan: July 22 is now Sarawak Day
KUCHING: July 22 will now be known as Sarawak Day, as announced by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic) Saturday.
Adenan said the day would be declared a public holiday and was to “honour past leaders” and improve historical awareness among locals and Malaysians.
“July 22 will be the day for Sarawak. It will be Sarawak Day,” he said, speaking at the 10th and final stop of the Sejiwa Sanada pre-election tour, which was held at a new real estate development near the Kuching city centre.
On July 22, 1963, the British was granted Sarawak self-government on the condition that it joins Malaya, North Borneo and Singapore to form Malaysia. Many in the state consider July 22 as its “independence day”.
Sarawak was a British colony between 1946 and 1963.
Adenan’s announcement of July 22 as a public holiday was not much of a surprise as he had been saying he would make the proposal to the state Cabinet since early this year.