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SAPP and STAR to organize Sabah Day 2021

KOTA KINABALU, 29 August 2021: Despite having to comply with the SOPs set, the 58th Sabah Day Celebration (since 31/8/1963) will still be organized in a hybrid manner on August 31, according to a statement from Japiril Suhaimin, Sabah Day 2021 Organizing Chairman.

According to Japiril, Sabah’s last British Governor Sir William Goode had declared in August 28, 1963, that North Borneo will be known as Sabah where the state will be self-governing and independent on August 31, 1963 known as “Sabah Day”. Starting from the awareness and spirit of love for the homeland, the Sabah Day Celebration was first organized in 2015 by the Gabungan Sabah.

“Coincidentally, in that year, I was the organizing chairman of the Celebration held in Kundasang,” added Japiril.

“Understanding the importance of upholding historical facts for our future generations, many have suggested that Sabah Day be gazetted as an official public holiday in Sabah on every 31 August. Sarawak has already gazetted Sarawak Day (Sarawak Independence) every July 22 starting in 2016.

“Indeed, nowadays, many consider August 31 to be celebrated as National Day, based on Malaya’s Independence on August 31, 1957 but that has obliterated the fact that Sabah was once an independent country on August 31, 1963. Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah later formed the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963,” he said.

According to him, even though it was celebrated in a simple manner only through the Zoom application this time and participants were invited from all over Sabah, response however is encouraging.

“For those who cannot follow via the Zoom App can still get a live feed on Facebook”, he added.

Among the important figures who will speak are Datuk Hj Mohamad Noor Mansor, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

“Hopefully next year Sabah Day will be gazetted” said Japiril.

Photo caption: Japiril Suhaimin with Jalumin Bayogoh (STAR President’s Team) and part of the organising committee.