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Malaysia Day: A joyous, nostalgic celebration in Melaka steeped in history

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MELAKA: There was an air of nostalgia at the Independence Proclamation Monument as guests of honor and thousands of visitors dressed in garb from the 1950s and 1960s packed out the nationwide celebration of Malaysia Day 2022 here.

Against the backdrop of the memorial building where the country’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, first announced that the Federation of Malaya would achieve independence, more than 20,000 visitors began to throng the site from 4 p.m. to celebrate the event held for the first time in the peninsula.

However, the purpose of the event, which had been held in Sabah and Sarawak prior to this, remained the same: to commemorate the agreement of the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah to form Malaysia together on 16 September 1963.

The celebration began with Vespa motorcycles, synonymous with the 1950s and 1960s, roaring along Jalan Parameswara, followed by a parade of vintage bikes and guests of honor riding decorated rickshaws dressed in period costume to the main tent.

The entourage that brought Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Rustam, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Prime Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali, Deputy Prime Minister of Sabah Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Deputy Prime Minister of Sarawak Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Minister of Communications and Multimedia Tan Sri Annuar Musa were accompanied by perennial songs of the time, as well as bagpipe music played by SK staff Henry Gurney.

Veteran actor Shaharuddin Thamby, who played Datuk Bahaman in the historical epic “Mat Kilau: The Rise of a Hero,” then roused the patriotic spirit of the audience through a monologue that chronicled the involvement of figures behind the formation of Malaysia, accompanied by performances and visuals.

The event then continued with the nationality segment with the singing of the National Anthem and the raising of the Jalur Gemilang by members of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The Rukun Negara, established to strengthen unity among the various communities in the country after the racial riots of May 13, 1969, was sung by Melaka State cultural figure and teacher, Abd Rani Embi, accompanied by 14 people representing the diversity of races in Malaysia. namely Malay, Chinese, Indian, Baba and Nyonya, Sikh, Chetti, Portuguese, Orang Asli, as well as the Sabah and Sarawak ethnic groups.

Recorded speeches by Annuar, Sulaiman, Sabah Prime Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, Sarawak Prime Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg were heard before the Prime Minister’s speech, who then kicked off the celebration.

The celebration continued with the signing of the Proclamation of Malaysia, decorated and wrapped in woven motifs with local ethnic motifs from Sarawak, Sabah and the peninsula, which are plated in gold and carefully kept in a special teak box, which is kept in the Sabah Archives Department.

The special book weighing 25kg was carried on stage by Sabah Archive staff and signed by Kitingan representing the Chief Minister of Sabah, Awang Tengah representing the Prime Minister of Sarawak and Ismail Sabri.

Martial arts flutes and drums once again rocked the atmosphere in a special performance combining teams from various martial arts disciplines followed by the poem “Perjuangan” read by Shaharuddin.

Reliving the nostalgia of the first declaration of national independence at the historic site on February 20, 1956, the diorama was installed to depict Tunku Abdul Rahman entering his vintage car and entourage onto the main stage.

The audience was then taken to Borneo with a presentation showing Datu Mat Salleh riding a horse, leading his troops against the invaders with a monologue, as well as images showing the history of the formation of Malaysia in the Land Under the Wind. and Sabah heroes such as Antanom, Tun Datu Mustapha Haron and Tun Fuad Stephens.

Sape (musical instrument) singer and performer Alena Murang amazed the audience with her melodious voice when she sang a traditional Kenyan ethnic song titled “Meno” (longing) composed with a contemporary rhythm, right after a performance which represented the Sarawak hero Rentap. , with footage showing the development of Sarawak and the struggles of Rentap, Sharif Masahor, Rosli Dhobi, Temenggung Jugah, and Kanang Anak Langkau.

Singer Datuk Nash then sang the song “Seruan” accompanied by a pantomime showing the struggles of security personnel to fight for the country’s independence, invoking the spirit of heroism among the audience through the “Titiwangsa Rakyat” medley in the segment. “Teguh Banjaran Titiwangsa”. .

The segment also featured songs such as “Bah Bola” by Sali Bahbola and Gombak Orang Asli; “Warisan” (by Kenny Lee and Melaka Historic City Hall), “Kurik Kundi” (by Nadhiya Zaini and Melaka Art Brigade), as well as a “dikir barat” performance by Arjunasukma Academy.

To close the celebration, the song “Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama” written by Annuar was performed, accompanied by the waving of the Jalur Gemilang by cultural artists from the National Department of Culture and Arts and the attendees, as well as a fireworks display. – Bernama


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Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).

He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.

“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.

“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.

Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”

On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.

A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .

I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.

He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).


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PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019

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KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.

The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.

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“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.

Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.

For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.

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“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.

“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.

Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.

READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students

“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.

It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.

“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.


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Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang

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KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.

“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.

He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.

“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.


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