Convoy celebrating National Day making its rounds around the state
IN THE SPIRIT OF CELEBRATING Malaysia’s 57th National Day and ignite Sarawakians’ sense of patriotism, the Sarawak Information Department organised the state level ‘Kibar Jalur Gemilang 2014’ campaign on August 22.
The launch ceremony held at the Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre is one of the department’s annual events, and this year’s theme for the Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang is ‘Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta’.
A total of four vehicles from the department and several others from various agencies and NGOs including FINAS, RTM, and Pos Malaysia, as well as the 1Malaysia Community and members of the public joined in the convoy in support of the programme.
Twelve locations in several districts have been selected as stopover locations for the convoy where various activities will be held in each location, including distributing Jalur Gemilang to community leaders, deliveries of “touch point” to the needy and the “flag-off” sessions for the convoy team. The convoy will end its journey throughout the state on September 16.
Apart from these 12 locations, 21 other districts throughout the state are also organising the celebration of Kibar Jalur Gemilang campaigns in their respective regions.
According to Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who represented Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Kibar Jalur Gemilang 2014 campaign encourages the main principles of 1Malaysia among the people, which is togetherness and the sense of belonging.
“It is very important for us to understand that we need to practice our actions by putting strong emphasis on the importance of our nation. Every citizen must regard themselves as Malaysians where everything should be cherished together,” he remarked.
“In accordance with this year’s theme for our Independence Day, ‘Malaysia…Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta’, we should strive to be successful in things that we do. We must be willing to work in a more disciplined and diligent manner in order to increase country’s productivity and strengthen our economy as to prove our love for the country.”
Abdul Karim also advised the younger generation to avoid being easily influenced by negative elements that can have adverse effects for the future of the nation.
“People of all races in Malaysia must reject any bad influences and not be swayed by any culture that brings more negative than positive effects. I hope all of us will be able understand the real meaning of independence and strive for a better future of our nation that lies in our hands.”
He encouraged Sarawakians to fly the Jalur Gemilang and the state flag at homes, buildings, schools, or individual premises to show their love for the country and the state.
During the launching ceremony, other activities were also held including the distribution of Jalur Gemilang to community leaders, reciting of a poem on independence, and handing out souvenirs.
Also attending were Sarawak Information Department acting director Zaini Mohamad, Kuching Samarahan Information Department Officer Aziz Derahman, leaders of various departments and agencies as well as community leaders with committee members of 1Malaysia.