Goodbye Rm1.60, Hello 2016
It was about four hours before midnight and the weather was threatening to rain heavily any time soon.
However, the Tun Salahuddin Bridge at Tanah Puteh, Kuching was starting to get crowded as people from all walks of life came to celebrate the abolishment of the toll bridge by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem during the New Year countdown.
Filling in the seats provided under the huge tent, the crowd was getting excited and the pouring rain did not seem to dampen their new year spirit.
With 13, 000 people showing up for the New Year 2016 Countdown to a Toll Free Sarawak as announced by the emcee of the night, there were no seats left and most were left on their feet as they watched the lively performances by local artists.
First to perform was dance group, Funky Forze who sizzled up the night by giving out an energetic dance performance.
Aside from that, the crowd was further entertained by other local artists such as Mal Imran who sang a few songs such as ‘Cinta sukar ditafsirkan’. Also making an appearance was 10-year-old Abdul Halim, recent winner of Bintang Kecil 2015.
In addition to that, the emcee, Iwan Dasri, lightened the mood when he invited a member of the audience on stage to dance and sing with her, bringing on laughter and setting a gleeful tone to the evening.
But, it was the performance from Sarawak born artist Dayang Nurfaizah and Dato Jamal Abdillah that the crowd had anticipated and became one of the limelight of the night.
Much to the delight of the people, Datuk Jamal Abdillah performed his iconic ‘Azura’, upon the request of the crowd, creating a nostalgic mood.
But, it was not until the arrival of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem around 11 pm that got the crowd rowdy with excitement.
Getting up on stage to deliver the speech everybody was waiting for, Adenan’s declaration that there would be no more tolls in Sarawak throughout his administration as the chief minister in Sarawak scored him a round of applause and appreciative holler from the crowd.
The chief minister also took to the stage later to sing Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ to his wife, much to the delight of the crowd.
At last, less than a minute before 12 midnight, everyone stood up and got ready to welcome the new year.
As the clock struck midnight, the sky was soon filled with a display of fireworks signifying a new year dawning, ushering in 2016!
Happy New Year from us here at The Borneo Post SEEDS and may you all enjoy a prosperous year ahead!